The Living Dead:  “‘Even so, while the plaintiffs’ second, third, and fourth causes might have been moribund when the case returned from the [high court’s] denial of certiorari, they were not declared dead and properly buried in a formal final judgment. The not quite yet dead corpse was still walking … .’” (Griset v. Fair Political Practices Commission (2001) 25 Cal.4th 688, 695.)
Judicial Smoothie:  “However—to throw a couple metaphors into a blender here, just because a vexatious litigant can change his spots does not mean he or she has turned a new leaf.”  (Luckett v. Panos (2008) 161 Cal.App.4th 77, 86.)
Big Bite:  The Civil Code definition of nuisance “is so broad that it could be applied indiscriminately to everything” and allowing it to substitute for traditional torts “would allow nuisance to become a monster that would devour in one gulp the entire law of tort.” (El Escorial Owners’ Ass’n v. DLC Plastering, Inc. (2007) 154 Cal.App.4th 1337, 1348 (internal quotations and citations omitted).)
Subterranean Engineering:  “We also observe that trial attorneys who prosecute their own appeals, such as appellant, may have ‘tunnel vision.’ Having tried the case themselves, they become convinced of the merits of their cause.” (Estate of Gilkison (1998) 65 Cal.App.4th 1443, 1449-1450.)
Fantasy Land:  “We can hardly believe that any trial lawyer would seriously anticipate an opportunity to examine the jurors after they were sworn. Although that opportunity may be enticing, its contemplation is wholly fanciful.” (Bly-Magee v. Budget Rent-A-Car Corp. (1994) 24 Cal.App.4th 318, 324.)
Sugar Coating:  “What the heck?!? At one point, the trial court commented, ‘This is one of the most screwed up cases I’ve ever seen.’ We heartily agree.” (Essex Insurance Co. v. Heck (2010) 186 Cal.App.4th 1513, 1515.)
Legal Scholarship:  “This is an argument only a lawyer could love; it rests on semantics rather than on reason.” (Gallo v. Sup. Ct. (1988) 200 Cal.App.3d 1375, 1380.)
Us and Them:  “This case comes to us on stipulated facts. The parties agree that summary judgment in favor of someone is appropriate.” (Century Surety Co. v. United Pacific Insurance Co. (2003) 109 Cal.App.4th 1246, 1254.)
Stimulating Reading:  “After this mind-numbing journey through RCRA, we return to the provision that is, after all, the one before us for examination.” (American Mining Congress v. United States EPA, et al. (D.C. Cir. 1987) 824 F.2d 1177, 1189.)