Law Offices of Paul Levin May 2018

In this digital age, having a family board-game night every few weeks is a novelty. Putting away the electronics and having fun face-to-face with your kids is reason enough to make this a family tradition. But did you know that board games can also teach your kids valuable life skills? Here’s the best way to facilitate this learning as a parent. Find the Right Game for the Right Age USE BOARD GAMES AS A TEACHING TOOL Get More out of Game Night It’s important to find games that fit your children’s abilities. Complex rules, small pieces, or mature content can make some games inappropriate for young kids. The first thing you should do is check the recommended age range on the packaging. This will help you find the best match for your kids. Consult the Rules Whether you’re new to a game or an old pro, it’s worth spending some time going over how the game is played. Not only will this help you teach your kids how to play a new game, but these rules also provide valuable insight into the skills the game teaches. Even games While we passionately pursue cases that make a difference in the community, we recognize that not every dispute out there is life altering. It doesn’t make our job any less important, but in some cases, it sure makes it a whole lot more interesting. These three cases are perfect examples of when personal injury suits meet pure hilarity. NOTE: None of these were our cases!! BEER CAN’T DEFY THE LAWS OF PHYSICS A man sued Anheuser-Busch for $10,000 in 1991 after claiming they caused him severe emotional distress and depression. Why? Well, after watching Budweiser commercials in which bikini-clad women appeared shortly after opening a fresh brew, the client expected beautiful women to turn up in his living room when he did the same. When this didn’t happen, he decided one of America’s largest breweries was to blame. The case was thrown out. It turns out that drinking beer doesn’t make women materialize out of thin air. Who knew? WITCH! If you’re a fan of the fantasy genre, you’ve seen plenty of sorcery on the silver screen and in books, but it usually stops there. However, in 2008, one man decided major corporations were practicing witchcraft. The plaintiff sued huge companies like Walmart and Microsoft for practicing

of pure chance, like Chutes and Ladders, can teach young kids motor skills, a sense of fair play, and what good sportsmanship looks like for both winning and losing. Does the game have rules for trading among players, like Monopoly or Settlers of Catan? These sorts of games are a great way to teach social skills. Does it offer multiple paths to victory, like Chess or Tokido? These games teach strategy and critical reasoning. Games like Pandemic require players to work together, teaching valuable teamwork and leadership skills. Teach by Example While gameplay itself can be a great teacher, being a role model for your children during game night is the most important thing you can bring to the table. No matter their age, showing your kids how to lose gracefully, win magnanimously, and have fun no matter what are skills they will carry with them the rest of their lives.


Some Cases Were Never Meant to Be Filed

magic and mind control in order to boost their bottom line. How effective was this new revenue booster? His suit sought $2 billion. The case was quickly thrown out, but conspiracy theorists suggest Hogwarts was behind it. SPOILERS It’s one thing to spoil a surprise; it’s another to have a surprise spoil you. In 2007, a man sued a flower company after they sent a thank-

you card to his residence for his recent purchase. The only issue was that the flower delivery that

prompted the card wasn’t for the man’s wife — it was for his mistress! After being caught in the act, the plaintiff decided he was not to blame for the

subsequent action of his wife leaving him, so he

filed a suit for $1.5 million. Whoever said love don’t cost a thing?

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