Douglas Whaley. Law professor, gay rights advocate, atheist, heart transplant recipient, actor, director, novelist, playwright, bridge player, husband, father, cat owner, storyteller. Much humor and, since the writer is a teacher, advice on many topics.
Even though in theory I’m retired from teaching law, this
spring I’m finishing up my 41st year of being a law professor at The
Ohio State University (and my 47th year in this profession overall)
by conducting a course in the law of Sales.
One of the classes I now schedule as part of the course is a detailed
exploration of an actual lawsuit that I filed right here in Columbus, Ohio, in
the Municipal Court in 2014 involving my purchase of cork flooring materials
for my condominium. I use what actually
happened as a practical lesson in the lawyering of a dispute over the buying
and selling of goods. It teaches, I believe,
a valuable lesson about the difference between conducting a lawsuit and finding
justice for the parties involved. My
conclusion is that in the end the lawyers look bad and the lawsuit was a waste of
time for everyone involved. As someone
we all know tediously says, “Sad.” Read
what follows and judge for yourselves.