8 Mar 2008
I ran across a case recently, which brought to mind the way that the legal profession is perceived by the public. The case is Whelan v. Beothic General Insurance Co.,  N.J. No. 336 (T.D.).
The facts of the case are simple: Mr. Whelan’s teenaged daughters set out to make some French fries. They put some cooking fat into a large pot and put the pot on their electric stove, leaving the burner turned fully on. Then they went upstairs to their room and started fixing their hair, forgetting completely about the fat on the stove.