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Top Twenty Spookiest Law Review Articles

It’s time for the third installment of  spookiest law reviews.  We started this October tradition back in 2008, and did a revision in 2011, so we’re about due for a research update.

This year we’ve combed the legal literature once again, collecting all that’s scary, spooky, or spine tingling to emerge from the law school presses. Conclusion: zombies are still lumbering through the legal landscape.

Halloween 2013 also marks the twenty year anniversary of perhaps one of the most notable law review articles to analyze a supernatural subject: Caveat Spiritus: A Jurisprudential Reflection Upon the Law of Haunted Houses and Ghosts 28 Val. U.L. Rev. 207 (1993) by Daniel M. Warner.

In the spirit of Halloween fun, we present the top 20 spookiest law review and journal articles from fall 2011 to the present, selected by title alone —

  1. The Tax Expenditure Budget Is a Zombie Accountant 46 U.C. Davis L. Rev.  265 (2012).
  2. “Ah, You Publishing Scoundrel!”: A Hauntological Reading of Privacy, Moral Rights, and the Fair Use of Unpublished Works 25 Law & Literature 85 (2013).
  3. Prosecuting the Undead: Federal Criminal Law in a World of Zombies 61 UCLA L. Rev. Discourse 44 (2013).
  4. Market Makers and Vampire Squid: Regulating Securities Markets after the Financial Meltdown 89 Wash. U. L. Rev. 323 (2011).
  5. Death and Taxes and Zombies 98 Iowa L. Rev. 1207 (2013).
  6. Ghost Neighbors 41 Real Est. L.J. 145 (Fall 2012).
  7. Dead Document Walking 92 B.U.L. Rev. 1225 (2012).
  8. The Lucifer Effect 2012-DEC Army Law. 55 (2012).
  9. Night of the Living Dead Hand: The Individual Mandate and the Zombie Constitution 81 Fordham L. Rev. 1699 (2013).
  10. Beware of Deadly Flying Bats: An Examination of the Legal Implications of Maple Bat Injuries in Major League Baseball 22 Seton Hall J. Sports & Ent. L. 311 (2012).
  11. The Monster in the Courtroom 2012 B.Y.U.L. Rev. 1953 (2012).
  12. Confrontation Clause Curiosities: When Logic and Proportion Have Fallen Sloppy Dead 20 J.L. & Pol’y 485 (2012).
  13. Laying the Ghost of the “Invention” Requirement 41 AIPLA Q.J. 1 (2013).
  14. Macbeth’s Three Witches: Capitalism, Common Good, and International Law 14 Or. Rev. Int’l L. 47 (2012).
  15. Exorcising the Ghosts of the Past: An Exploration of Alcoholic Beverage Regulation in Oklahoma 37 Okla. City U.L. Rev. 289 (2012).
  16. Nottebohm’s Nightmare: Have We Exorcised the Ghost of WWII Detention Programs or Do They Still Haunt Guantanamo? 11 Chi.-Kent J. Int’l & Comp. L. 1 (2011).
  17. Aesthetic Functionality: A Monster the Court Created but Could Not Destroy 102 Trademark Rep. 1126 (2012).
  18. Spandrel or Frankenstein’s Monster? The Vices and Virtues of Retrofitting in American Law 54 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 339 (2012).
  19. The Dangers of Modern Day Belief in the Supernatural: International Persecution of Witches and Abinos 35 Suffolk Transnt’l L. Rev. 393 (2012).
  20. The “Dark Magic” in the Law 6 J. Parliamentary & Pol. L. 401 (2012).



Selling a Haunted House in Ohio

You’ve probably come across Stambovsky v. Ackley, the most famous haunted house case ever in your contracts class. In that New York case, the house in question was declared legally haunted for the purposes of property disclosure, and the seller was estopped from denying this fact to the purchaser.

If you’re looking to sell a house in Ohio, haunted or not, you’ll want to have a look at the Ohio Residential Property Disclosure Law, ORC 5302.30.  This law requires sellers to disclose any known defects of the property. This would include obvious defects like a shoddy roof or sewage problems, but what about paranormal activity?

Poltergeists and other hauntings probably fall under the broad category of stigmatized properties. On a more earthly plane, stigmatized properties cover properties where murders or suicides took place.

Ohio’s disclosure law is mum as to paranormal disclosures, but subsequent caselaw has addressed the concept of stigmatized properties, specifically the disclosure of rape on a property.

So while technically Ohio law might not require you to disclose the fact that your ghostly great grandmother still roams the halls of your house, you may still want to let the buyer know about the guest.

Halloween: Legal Perspective

Coolest Halloween Costumes by Carole P.

If you plan on trick or treating in Alabama, do not dress as a minister,  nun, priest,  or rabbi.

According to Alabama law, a person who fraudulently pretends in public to be a minister of any religion can be fined up to $500.00 and/or confined in the county jail for up to one year.  Ala. Code Section 13A-14-4 (2012).

Spookiest Law Review Articles, Updated

Time for a Halloween law review update! Back in 2008, we posted what we thought were the top twenty spookiest law review articles ever. So it’s only fitting that a good researcher would update her work. Conclusion: zombies are the new vampires.

In the spirit of Halloween fun, we present the latest top 20 spookiest law review list, selected by title alone –

  1. Magic: No Witch is a Bad Witch: A Commentary on the Erasure of Matilda Joslyn Gage 20 S. Cal. Interdis. L.J. 21 (Fall 2010).
  2. Romance is Dead: Mail Order Brides as Surrogate Corpses 17 Buff. J. Gender L. & Soc. Pol’y 61 (2009).
  3. Dead Dads: Thawing an Heir from the Freezer Charles P. Kindregan, Jr. 35 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 433 (2009).
  4. Copyright’s Twilight Zone: Digital Copyright Lessons from the Vampire Blogosphere 70 Md. L. Rev. 1 (2010).
  5. Zombie Life Estates, Ghost Value Transfers, and Phantom Takings: Confusions of Title and Value in Property Law Legislation Kenneth Salzberg 22 Quinn. Prob. L. J. 363 (2009).
  6. Negotiating Paths, Creepy Crawly Creatures and Things that Go Bump in the Night: The Cautionary Tale of Fourth-Year Dean  Linda L. Ammons 41 U. Tol. L. Rev. 255 (Winter 2010).
  7. It’s the Economy, Stupid: The Hijacking of the Debate Over Immigration Reform by Monsters, Ghosts, and Goblins (or the War on Drugs, War on Terror, Narcoterrorists, Etc.) 13 Chap. L. Rev. 583 (Spring 2010).
  8. Unleashing a Cure for the Botnet Zombie Plague: Cybertorts, Counterstikes, and Privileges 59 Cath. U.L. Rev. 527 (Winter 2010).
  9. Beyond the Bar: Halloween, and the Monster Outside Your Courtroom Door 23 S. Carolina Lawyer 15 (2011).
  10. Horizontality and the “Spooky” Doctrines of American Law 59 Buffalo L. Rev. 455 (April 2011).
  11. The Monster in the Closet: Declawing the Inequitable Conduct Beast in the Attorney-Client Privilege Arena Alexis N. Simpson 25 Ga. St. U. L. Rev. 735 (Spring 2009).
  12. Trick or Treat: A (Not-So)-Scary Look at Equal Monthly Payments under §1325(a)(5) William J. McLeod 27-8 ABIJ 14 (October 2008).
  13. Metadata: The Ghosts Haunting E-Documents  David Hricik and Chase Edward Scott 82 Fla. Bar J. 32 (October 2008).
  14. Rights of the Dead Kirsten Rabe Smolensky 37 Hofstra L. Rev. 763 (Spring 2009).
  15. Something Wicked This Way Comes: The United States Government’s Response to Unsafe Imported Chinese Toys and Subsidized Chinese Exports Scott D. McBride 45 Tex. Int’l L.J. 233 (Fall 2009).
  16. The Witch’s Brew: Nigerian Schemes, Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks, and Your Trust Account 61 S.C. L. Rev. 753 (Summer 2010).
  17. Whistling Past the Graveyard: The Problem with the Per Se Legality Treatment of Pay-for-Delay Settlements Michael Kades 5Competition Pol’y Int’l 143 (Autumn 2009).
  18. Does the Michigan Supreme Court Need a Midnight Visit from the Ghost of Chief Justice William Howard Taft? 86 U. Det. Mercy L. Rev. 303 (Winter 2009).
  19. Watching Ghosts: Supervised Release of Deportable Defendants 14 Berkeley J. Crim. L. 105 (Spring 2009).
  20. Individualized Justice in Disputes over Dead Bodies Frances H. Foster 61 Vand. L. Rev. 1351 (October 2008).


“Occupy Wall St.” will be “Occupy Halloween” for one day

Several Anti-Wall St. protesters in New York City have been arrested for wearing masks at recent rallies. New York State does have a law banning masked gatherings, but in a law dating back to 1845, masks are allowed for “a masquerade party or like entertainment”. The organizers of “Occupy Wall St.” said on its website that they are invited to join the “Village Halloween Parade” on Monday, October, 31st, and have set up an “Occupy Halloween” website. The parade attracts thousands of onlookers and is broadcast live on local television. N.Y. Civil Liberties Executive Director Donna Lieberman said: “Behavior that falls within the (New York state mask law’s) exemption cannot be criminalized simply because it has a political message.” See the Reuters news story here.