Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lawyer dissects Disney movie for his kids

By guest columnist Cleland Thom
Forget about wanting to see wholesome family entertainment. When Washington Attorney Kenneth D. Kronstadt took his two daughters to the movies to watch The Little Mermaid, he used it as a lesson in family law.

Kronstadt, a high-flyer with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, took issue with the legalities of the popular film.

He said: "Ariel was 16 when she agreed to be bound. As a minor, she was not capable of contracting under California law.

"Second, in order to prevent Ariel from succeeding, Ursula sabotages Ariel’s attempts to win Eric’s love, thereby frustrating the purpose of the contract and/or providing Ariel with a gift-wrapped fraud defense. Ursula obviously never intended to honor her bargain with Ariel."

It’s not clear if Kronstadt intends to charge Ariel $700 an hour to represent her. Or if he’ll be seeking a warrant for the arrest of the man who shot Bambi.

Cleland Thom is director of CTJT, who run Manhattan News’ Tabloid Internship

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