Reviews

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.

Michael 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.