Have You Ever Experienced “Premature Discovery Dispute” Syndrome?

I’m not ashamed to admit that I have.

What can I say, sometimes a person gets excited!

(It’s not where you start, it’s where you end.)

The first step, however, is to acknowledge you may have a problem, like our friend the witty Magistrate Judge Goodman does here:

Some discovery motions are brought to the Court too early. The discovery disputes at issue here fit into that category. As musically noted by well-known singer-songwriter Tom Petty, “the waiting is the hardest part.”2

I really love footnote 2, this is why Judge Goodman’s orders are such fun:

The lyric is from the song “The Waiting,” the lead single from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ album Hard Promises, released in 1981. Although now 30 years old, the song is still used in popular culture. It was featured in at least one promotional spot for the fifth season of the television situation comedy “The Office” and is used at Philadelphia Flyers home games (when officials are reviewing a play). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_ Waiting_(song) (last visited 5/16/2011). See also http://www.lyricstime.com/tom-petty-the-waiting-lyrics (last visited 5/16/2011).

Can you imagine being Judge Goodman’s clerk on this matter:

“Quick, I need you to research recent cultural references to an old Tom Petty song.  What?  Ok, Tom Petty was a singer a long time ago.  You mean they didn’t teach you this in law school?  Welcome to my world.”

Judge, you are welcome to guest blog here anytime.