City Paper is not for tourists
The biggest story over the weekend concerned a videotape that allegedly showed Ashley Biden, the 27-year-old daughter of VP Joe Biden, snorting cocaine and cussing.
The New York Post reported that lawyer Thomas Dunlap had come to the paper while trying to sell the tape to media outlets for as much as $2 million. Dunlap was representing the guy who claimed to have shot the video.
When I read the story, posted on Drudge, the anonymous rat’s lawyer’s name sounded familiar.
And then it hit me: HE’S THE KICKBALL GUY!
Dunlap, of the firm Dunlap, Grubb, and Weaver, with offices in Leesburg and DC, was the plaintiff’s lawyer in what has to be the first federal lawsuit ever filed about kickball, and one of the bizarrest cases I’ve ever come across.
In 2006, Dunlap’s client, the World Adult Kickball Association (WAKA), sued relatively teensy upstart DCKickball for, among other things, violating copyright law.
Dunlap contended that DCKickball stole its kickball rules from WAKA, which, to the untrained eye, sure seem just like the kickball rules used by third-graders the world over. For its offenses, WAKA wanted $356,000. (In 1998, one of WAKA’s founders had told me he had cribbed the group’s rules from softball and his own memories of playing kickball as a kid.)
Dunlap, while in the kickball heavy role, also sent cease-and-desist letters with similar infringement claims to other kickball confederations around town (the NAKID kickball league) and all over the country, accusing them of stealing WAKA’s “intellectual property and trade secrets.”
One more time: It’s kickball!
And since then, if I can believe what I read in the New York Post, Dunlap’s gone from representing playground bullies to working for even bigger creeps.
For Ashley Biden’s sake, I hope there’s no video of her playing adult kickball. That would really be sad.
(Now I’m just waiting to see if the rat played for WAKA.)