Web week

The Lawyer‘s Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week’s blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@thelawyer. com.

Lawyers have put the fear of God into corporate America and the threat of suing looms large. Consumers in the safety-conscious nation are more likely to send for their lawyer before calling an ambulance in the event of someone slipping over.

As a result warning labels in the US have become the stuff of legend. And award ceremonies. Legal blog Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch, or MLaw for short (http://www.mlaw.org/wwl/) provides a yearly roundup of some of the most absurd warning labels out there and has just compiled a selection of the best.

The winner this year was a plaque on a small tractor that said simply: “Danger – Avoid Death.” Now that’s advice worth following.

Then there’s the letter opener that advises people to wear safety goggles at all times when opening letters, and the label on a hair dryer that reads: “Never use hair dryer while sleeping.”

Finally, the warning on a transfer for a T-shirt only won second prize, but it’s definitely worth a mention. It said simply: “Do not iron while wearing shirt.”

It seems as if there’s a competition out there to see who can come up with the most niche blog around. If there is, then Web Week has found a strong contender.

Acrobat for Legal Professionals (http://blogs.adobe.com/acrolaw/.html) sounds like it might mix circus skills and legal practice, but it’s not that exciting or mainstream. It’s a blog devoted to the use of Adobe Acrobat by legal professionals.

Developed by Rick Borstein, an “Adobe Certified Expert in Acrobat”, the blog tells lawyers about all the cool things they can do with the program. Like open PDFs and read them.

If you want to spend some time reading about “Acrobat Properties Bar for Quick Access to Text Color Highlights” then click away. But don’t say we didn’t warn you.