Justice Pfeifer lets his "fillings" be heard
“We learned in oral argument that the root of the Batman interest came from bartering undertaken by Nile Batman's great-great-grandfather, a dentist who traded dental care for interests in his patients' mineral rights; he put them in dentures and they gave him indentures. Hopefully, there were no hard fillings. Now his patience with those mineral rights has paid off for his progeny, a crowning achievement, even if the prices for the commodities involved have receded somewhat from their crest. Somewhere, the good doctor is smiling, knowing that ancient fees owed for drilling and extractions have been paid many times over by fees paid for drilling and extraction. He wouldn't care that the 1989 ODMA has been rendered toothless.”
While Justice Pfeifer’s concurrence may win the award for most entertaining legal opinion of 2016, we bet that his prize will be nothing more than a little plaque.