Reviews For Torts "R" Us and Please Pass the Torts

“Tortes” Served with Sauce

Pap and Pup and their slightly over-sexed but very competent colleagues continue their zany but very entertaining laugh-out-loud efforts to make big money in state and Federal court as class-action plaintiffs’ lawyers, while the author, himself a very successful trial lawyer and clearly enjoying the stories as much as we do, continues to poke good fun at his own profession and its practitioners. Imprisoned chimps suing the New York Zoo? Check. A “Dr. Doolittle” allowed to testify about his communications with the chimps? Check. “Adult” entertainers protecting their uncovered images from use in ads  by lowlife strip clubs and their front businesses and from use as avatars in adolescent video games? Check. Congressmen who’d been seduced by a Russian agent suing the Russian government to protect their questionable reputations by blaming an enemy state for their own weaknesses of the flesh? Check. And in every episode, Pap, Pup, and crew enjoying their audacity to the point of eliciting continued laughs on the part of us readers. Check. What antics will greet us in Book 3? Will law firm associate Chip continue to get “lucky” with every young woman he meets? If WE are lucky, we won’t wait too long to find out.
Mike Abram, Retired lawyer

Too Close To Call

T C Morrison has done it again. I can’t decide which book I like the best, TORTS “R” US or PLEASE PASS THE TORT$. It doesn’t matter because T C’s style of humor shines through in both. ”Please Pass The Tort$”, like the first book, is an easy read that is finished so quickly that the reader is left wanting more.
With his catchy style and quirky names, Morrison has you captured in the thoughts of the clients, witnesses, lawyers and justices (or is it judges?).
You will find out about “The Wall of Fame “ or is it “The Wall of Dames”?
Did you know hazelnuts are very good for you? At least, Dr. Nutt loves Hazelnutts.
Can you spot the real football Hall of Famer from the 40’s and 50’s? There is also an NFL quarterback who played in Texas. Also the famous Red Sox who had a pole named for him/her.  No, not Lydias’ pole from the first book, but Miss Lowlace again steals the show. This time with TWO lawsuits that are "Barely Enough”.

Dave Ewing, Retired English Professor and College Baseball Coach

Fun and Funny

After thoroughly enjoying Torts R Us, I eagerly awaited T.C. Morrison's second book, Please Pass the Tort$.
I was not disappointed! It is another riotous romp through the courts with Pap and Pup Peters and their colorful band of wild and wacky associates and clients. To add to the legal mayhem, their docket is filled with several strange and ground-breaking cases which result in some unique and hilarious proceedings.
A fun read for anyone interested in seeing the lighter side of the staid legal profession.

Bob Scherer, Retired Trademark Lawyer

Fantastic Sequel!

Great sequel with our very innovative lawyer friends Pap and Pup and my favorite client Lydia Lowlace and her version of the English language!! The book is hilarious and so entertaining it is hard to put down as you become involved with all the crazy and creative tort or torte cases and clients. A must read!!!

Lea Davies, an Amazon Reviewer

Lots of Laughs!

This [Please Pass the Torts] is another fun romp through the not-so-hallowed halls of a New York law firm. A most enjoyable read, and while it can stand alone, I personally loved being reacquainted with my "old friends" from Torts "R" Us. I'm not sure that I learned much about tort law, but that was not the point of the book. The author cleverly uses the legal world as a colorful backdrop to our ordinary, everyday human foibles. Lots of laughs!

Janet Graaf, an Amazon Reviewer

Hysterical Book.

I truly did laugh out loud and at least a half dozen times laughed until I cried. I especially enjoyed the spoofed up names in the “big pharma” case.

I wonder if I’m the only one who thinks Mr Morrison isn’t especially fond of New Jersey. It took me a few chapters to realize this and it ushered in another laugh until I cried moment. You probably have to BE from New Jersey or New York to notice this. I’m not going to relate how I came to this conclusion because I want everyone to read this book. It is one of the funniest I’ve ever read.

Winnie, an Amazon Reviewer

Wit with compelling message.

This excellent satire exposes the extreme tort judicial excesses of today. This topic deserves satire because it is so outrageous, damaging and politically derivative rather than part of a proper judicial process. One can only imagine what Jonathan Swift would have done with tort activity in America. The first thing that Swift could do was read Tort$ “R” Us. T.C. Morrison is an experienced, exceptional litigator who understands the courtroom reality and implication of the abuses of tort practice, as only a practitioner can. He provides needed comic relief while delivering a compelling message and story. Kudos for Mr. Morrison. Read this book for the rare combination of enjoyment and education.

Gene Dattel

Retired investment banker and author of "Cotton and Race in the Making of America" and "Reckoning with Race."

Laugh yourself to sleep at night.

If you bristle at those attorney television ads or emails searching for clients to fill out their class action lawsuits whether it's herbicides, toys or stock prices that went the wrong way, this is your revenge. This is a satire that will keep you chuckling and even laughing out loud. Who could resist characters like Mona Lot, Nina Nosenyormus or Laural Ann Hardy. Tom Morrison's satire bites pretty close when the Peters law firm relishes a million dollar fee plus expenses for a suit where their clients go home with a box of chocolates. This is just the book to read a chapter or two and have you chuckling as your head hits the pillow.

Bill Littauer

Bill is a former a radio/television reporter, anchor and news producer in Baltimore, Washington and New York.

Laughing Out Loud.

I don't know who had more fun with this book -- Morrison in writing it or me in reading it.  I can't recall reading, or seeing, anything, in a long time, that had me laughing so hard and loud.  Morrison has a perfect ear, and eye, for the absurd, not only in the world of law, but in the world at large, and can shine a light on it as well as anyone. The lawyers, judges, clients -- they ALL make you laugh.   But you especially have to love Pap and Pup and all their legal colleagues -- not to mention the zany terms of the class-action settlements they engineered.  Godiva Chocolates?  And a perfect (too-soon) ending, with Pap, true to form playing a classic trick on brother Pup.  Get the book and have fun, too!

Michael Abram

Mike, unfortunately, did not attend Yale, but had to settle for a lesser school in Cambridge, MA.  He then went on to practice law for 45 years with Cohen, Weiss, and Simon,  representing national and local labor unions in court litigation, arbitration, and negotiations, in New York and around the country.

The Non-Essential, Class-Action Attorney.

This is a terrific book! Within a few paragraphs I felt like I was falling down the rabbit hole with maybe only a kaleidoscope to look out. The characters kept passing by, one more outlandish than the next but, unfortunately, totally believable. The rapid, octopusian stretch from boring fact to red-herring, to brilliant legal theory was truly frightening. If you like Hiaasen, Lewis Caroll, Oscar Wilde with a little Monty Python thrown in, you’ll be richly rewarded by Morrison. Just be forewarned: there’s no way to read this slowly; you just have to dive in and swim as fast as you can to the other side. Going back to your daily routine will be enormously comforting after exiting the pool.

Matthew Pearson

Michael Pearson is a former investment banker, author, and general student of history.

I highly recommend this well written book to lawyers and nonlawyers alike.

Torts ‘R Us is highly readable and entertaining.  From beginning to end, the farce flows brilliantly. It hooks the reader early on, and Morrison sustains the high level of humor and spoofing, page after page, masterfully presenting factual situations and characters, who communicate with a sustained flow of unusually humorous plays on names, words and concepts. The cases involve a wide variety of issues, including false advertising, laws protecting endangered species, and privacy. The farce includes all aspects of class actions, including bizarre clients, questionable claims, high emotion, difficult opposing counsel, and a judge with an inability to keep the names and roles of the parties, lawyers, and his staff, straight, resulting in an abundance of humorous developments.

One of the cases involves an invasion of privacy arising out of an alleged assault, along with violations of several federal laws, by a high-strung homeowner using a BB gun to rid her yard of geese. Another case involves a claim that advertising falsely asserted a certain brand of pills stopped bad breath. Both cases involve hilarious situations and considerable spoofing.

I highly recommend this well written book to lawyers and nonlawyers alike.

Harry Woods

Former President of the Oklahoma Bar Association.

Humor when we need it.

This book slyly blends absurdity and topical, mordant wit til you can't quite figure out why you're still laughing. But laugh you do, all the way through the adventures of the Peters brothers, their colleagues and clients (including the chimpanzees), and the rest of the world as it careens by their Fifth Avenue offices. You can tell the author must be a retired lawyer, because the judges featured on these pages are lampooned as unsparingly as everyone else --and if T.C.M. were still practicing, he wouldn't dare. What saves the book from being just another humorous takedown of an overripe target, though, is the author's genuine affection and sympathy for his characters. You can tell he must have muddled through some of the same swampy ponds they find themselves in. If you enjoy contemporary humor chronicling our society's foibles, but could do without the savagery or holier-than-thou posturing that sometimes accompanies such ventures, then this book's for you. Read it and weep - with laughter.

Frederick B. Warder

Frederick B. Warder is a litigation  partner in the NYC firm of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler.