Rock, Paper, Scissors: The New ADR
June 09, 2006 at 10:20 AM
It’s a sad day when a federal judge orders the lawyers in a case to settle a trivial dispute with a game of "Rock, Paper, Scissors," but that’s the decision that Orlando federal district court Judge Gregory A. Presnell just handed down from the bench. The New York Times reports that attorneys David Pettinato and D. Lee Craig couldn’t reach agreement on the appropriate location for a deposition. The fact that leaves me speechless: both lawyers work in the same building, but couldn’t agree on whether to hold the deposition in this office building or at the court reporter’s office. Not surprisingly, Judge Presnell decided that there couldn’t be a more appropriate way to settle this decidedly juvenile dispute than with that age-old kid’s game, Rock, Paper, Scissors. Matti Leshem, the co-commissioner of the USA Rock Paper Scissors League, has offered to serve as referee. Just in case this method of ADR catches on, there are plenty of Internet guides to Rock, Paper, Scissors strategy. Thanks to Law Blog for the tip.