The following is offered by Steven Rambam in Los Angeles Superior Court Rambam vs Prytulak, BC271433, as evidence of a jury award to Steven Rambam totalling $850,000.
However, it is impossible to understand the significance of this award:
Also, it is difficult to understand what Steven Rambam lawyer Gary Kurtz hopes to gain by offering this sheet to Judge James R. Dunn in the Rambam vs Prytulak proceedings. For reasons such as the above, courts at best pay unpublished opinions or decisions next to no heed, and when there is not even an unpublished opinion or decision written by a judge, but only the single inscrutable sheet of clerical scribbling below, there cannot be a court in the Western world that is able to do more than wonder at the poor judgment of those who hang their success on such a slender thread. One might guess that the syllogism which activates Gary Kurtz runs somewhat as follows:
- Being a jury trial, there is no written judgment.
- There is no indication of what issues were argued, such as jurisdiction.
- There is no indication of what Internet publications were complained of, or what particular statements within these Internet publications.
- There is no indication of whether defendants A. J. Weberman, Mordechai Levy, and the Jewish Defense Organization presented a competent defense.
- The "interrogatories submitted" to which the jury "unanimously concurred" are not disclosed.
- There is no indication of whether the award is being appealed.
However, reality may not follow exactly this syllogism, and courts may refuse to recognize the precedential value of unpublished cases:
- someone who wins a single defamation law suit anywhere has a right to thenceforth win all defamation law suits everywhere;
- Rambam has won a single defamation law suit in New York;
- therefore, Rambam should prevail in Rambam vs Prytulak in California.
Appellant, in seeking to support its contention, relies upon two unreported decisions of the federal district court of Alaska. While these opinions buttress appellant's position, this court, as well as courts within the federal system, have placed little, if any, precedential value upon unreported opinions. For this court's attitude toward unpublished opinions, see State v. Fitzpatrick, 5 Wash.App. 661, 491 P.2d 262 (1971), review denied, 80 Wash.2d 1003 (1972); for the federal court's attitude, see United States v. Fox 154 U.S. App.D.C. 1, 473 F.2d 131 (1972); United States v. International Business Machines Corp., 60 F.R.D. 654 (S.D.N.Y.1973). The reliance upon unpublished opinions is a dubious practice at best, and we decline the invitation under the instant circumstances.
State ex rel. Lonctot v Sparkman & McLean Co., 16 Wash. App. 402, 406, 556 P2d 946 at 948 (Washington 1976). Footnotes omitted.
[I]t is clear [that] citation to unpublished opinions of this court is forbidden and citation to unpublished opinions of other jurisdictions is also inappropriate. "The reliance upon unpublished opinions is a dubious practice at best, and we decline the invitation under the present circumstances." State v. Sparkman & McLean Co., 16 Wash. App. 402, 406, 556 P.2d 946 (1976).
Mendez v Palm Harbor Homes, Inc., 45 P3d 594 at 608 (Washington 2002)
At the Trial Term 14 of the Supreme Court of the|
State of New York held in and for Kings
County, at the Court House in the Borough
of Brooklyn, on the March
day of twenty-fifth 2002.
Present: Hon. Theodore T. Jones Justice.
|Steven Rombom AKA Rambam
& Pallorium Incorp
A. J. Weberman, Mordechai Levy,
Jewish Defense Organization
|Index # 1378/00
This cause having been called for trial in its order on the Calendar, and six
trial Jurors having been duly drawn, empanelled and sworn to try the same, the Jury
come into Court and say that they find a verdict for the plaintiff as follows:
Compensatory damages against the defendant A. J. Weberman
is awarded to the plaintiff in the amount of $50,000.00
Punitive damages against the defendant A. J. Weberman
is awarded to the plaintiff in the amount of 250,000.00
Compensatory damages against the defendant Mordechai Levy
is awarded to the plaintiff in the amount of $100,000.00
Punitive damages against the defendant Mordechai Levy
is awarded to the amount of $250,000.00
Compensatory damages against the defendant Jewish Defense
Organization is awarded to the plaintiff in the amount of $200,000.00
Jury unanimously concur to all interrogatories submitted.
This is a true extract of the minutes.
Wibur A. Levin|
by [Signature] A.C.C.
Gordon G[illegible] A.C.C.