The lawyer writes satirical books on his former profession
After spending 50 years practicing law, Tom Morrison knew exactly what he wanted to do: write satirical novels about lawyers. “I tried to write a spy novel once, but I didn’t know. And I didn’t want to write a legal thriller, ”says Morrison, who writes under the name TC Morrison. “There is a lot of fun in the legal world. I think a lot of trials are funny and fun. So I wanted to write a farce on litigation.
And write that he did.
His latest book is “Please Pass the Tort $”, the sequel to “Tort $ ‘R’ Us”, and features the wacky exploits of twin brothers Patrick A. “Pap” and Prescott U. “Pup” Peters, who are leaving their home. heavy law firms to start their own plaintiff class action firm, convinced that this will be a perfect way to make more money and have more fun.
“I think a lot of lawyers tend to be stifled and self-righteous, thinking that whatever they do is extremely important. Lawyers do a lot of good work, but there’s a lot of humor in what we do, ”says Morrison.
“People love lawyer jokes, and that’s because so many take themselves seriously. A lot of them are stuffy and pompous, and I thought it would be good to punch the litigators’ ball, especially in the class action area.
Several cases he relates in the book have been taken from his own career, including one against the refreshing product BreathAsure. “We sued them for false advertising. Their whole advertising campaign was totally bogus, ”says Morrison. “We found an expert witness who was a leading expert on bad breath. And he convinced the court that the bad breath was in the mouth, not in the stomach, as the product claimed. In the settlement, the company agreed to drop 23 of its advertising claims, including the “It works.” “
In another escapade recounted in the book, a class action lawsuit is brought against the KGB and the Russian government for trapping a US congressman in a so-called honey trap.
“I got the idea for a lot of class actions from articles I read in the New York Post,” Morrison notes.