After spending 50 years practicing law, Tom Morrison knew exactly what he wanted: writing satirical novels about lawyers. “I tried to write a spy novel once, but I knew nothing about it. And I did not 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 lawsuits are fun and funny. So I wanted to write a farce about lawsuits. ”
And wrote he did.
His latest book is “Please Pass the Tort $,” the sequel to “Tort $ ‘R’ Us,” and features twin brothers Patrick A. “Pap” and Prescott U. “Pup” Peters leaving their crazy exploits. heavy law firms to start their own plaintiff’s class action firm in the belief that it will be an ideal way to make more money and have more fun.
“I think a lot of lawyers tend to be stuffy and full of themselves, and they think everything they do is hugely important. Lawyers do a lot of good work, but there is a lot humor in what we do, ”says Morrison.
“People love jokes about lawyers, and that’s because so many take themselves so seriously. So many of them are withdrawn and pompous, and I thought it would be good to puncture the balloon of litigation lawyers, especially in the field of class action. ”
Several cases he recounts in the book were taken from his own career, including one against the breath-refreshing product BreathAsure. “We sued them for false advertising. Their entire advertising campaign was completely false,” Morrison said. In the settlement, the company agreed to waive 23 of its advertising claims, including the claim “It works.”
In another escapade told about in the book, a class action lawsuit is filed against the KGB and the Russian government for capturing a US congressman in a so-called honey trap.
“I got the idea for many of the class actions from articles I read in the New York Post,” Morrison notes.