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Tyler v. Carter

In Tyler v. Carter, 151 F.R.D. 537 (SDNY 1993), a probably deranged plaintiff alleged a fantastic conspiracy among Ross Perot, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and NASA to murder ten million black women and sell their bodies for meat. The court dismissed the case sua sponte, and it's been one of those cases law students joke about amongst themselves ever since.

But does it tell us something larger about our modern legal system? In Overlawyered, I argue that it does. For more on the problems of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 8, see Nov. 27.



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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