Wednesday, 20 May 2015

A Brief History of Kramer in the Courtroom

It’s been 17 years since the television sitcom Seinfeld ended and we saw Jerry, George, Elaine and Cosmo Kramer thrown in jail for breaking the ‘Good Samaritan Law’ in the small town of Latham, Massachusetts. But it wasn’t Kramer’s first time in a courtroom. Together with his lawyer Jackie Chiles he was the plaintiff in a number of civil cases, so let’s take a walk down memory lane with lawyer Glenn Duker and revisit them.

Cosmo Kramer vs The Coffee Company

Kramer sneaks a cafe latte into a dark movie theatre. As he tries to shuffle past sitting patrons, he spills his coffee and wouldn’t you know it, it’s too hot. He meets litigator Jackie Chiles who files a lawsuit against the coffee company, a reference to a real life 1994 case in which a McDonalds customer sued the restaurant for making a coffee that was ‘too hot’. However before Chiles is able to settle on a tidy dollar figure for his client, Kramer jumps in ahead of him and accepts a deal for free coffee for a lifetime.

Cosmo Kramer vs Sue-Ellen Mischke

When Kramer spots Elaine’s old nemesis Sue-Ellen Mischke walking the streets of New York wearing a bra as a top, he has a car accident which causes an injury that affects his golf game. He calls upon Chiles again, this time to sue Mischke for personal injury, and given that she is an heiress to a candy bar fortune they expect the $$$ payout to be substantial. But then… Kramer takes advice from his golf caddy who suggests that Mischke try the bra on in court. Despite his lawyer’s protests, Kramer insists she put the bra on. Of course, it doesn’t fit over her clothes (“if it doesn’t fit you must acquit”) and Kramer loses the case. 

Cosmo Kramer vs “Big Tobacco”

After Kramer decides to turn his apartment into a smoking lounge for himself and his friends, he emerges four days later looking noticeably aged and ‘disfigured’. Once again, Kramer turns to his lawyer Chiles who files a lawsuit against the tobacco companies. Unbeknownst to Jackie, Kramer ends up settling out of court when he’s offered the chance to become the public face of the company on their billboards. It would be the last time Jackie represented Kramer until the series finale. 

In real life, civil court cases aren’t a lot of fun, but they are sometimes necessary all the same. When you need an experienced litigator with the know-how to provide qualified, worthwhile legal advice, call on the expertise of Glenn Duker, solicitor in Melbourne and make the experience as stress free as possible.

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