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that’s not a boat

Like pornography, we know one when we see one, but thanks to a society that must litigate every god damn issue in the world, the Supreme Court will now define it for you…

The Supreme Court at 11 a.m. on Monday will hold one hour of oral argument on how to define a “vessel” for purposes of moving a dispute over a floating structure into the special court that handles maritime commerce.   Arguing first in the case of Lozman v. Riviera Beach, Fla. will be Stanford law professor Jeffrey L. Fisher, representing the owner of a houseboat that was at the center of the dispute, Fane Lozman.  Fisher will have twenty minutes of time.  Partly supporting Lozman, Curtis E. Gannon, an Assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General, will argue for the federal government as an amicus, with ten minutes of time.  The Florida city will be represented by David C. Frederick of the Washington office of Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, with thirty minutes of time. Read on.