Matthew Vansuch, Icing the Judicial Hellholes: Congress’ Attempt to Put OuDr. Zhivagot “Frivolous” Lawsuits Burns a Hole Through the Constitution, 30 Seton Hall Legis. J. 249 (2006).

Unfortunately, Dr. Zhivago’s love for Lara Antipova did not convince Congress to pass a bill grouping LARA, a/k/a Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act, with our favorite topic, CAFA. However, for an interesting read (if you like 3 1/2 hour films about the life of a Russian doctor/poet who, although married, falls for a political activist’s wife and experiences hardships during the Bolshevik Revolution, you’ll enjoy this work) see this article by Mr. Vansuch. While the article does not analyze CAFA, it does dedicate a footnote (lucky 13 to be exact) to why LARA should be more like CAFA if it wants to be passed.

I suspect the Congressional hearing went much like the memorable line from Dr. Zhivago:

LARA: Wouldn’t it have been lovely if I had been like CAFA.

Senator Zhivago: Before you were.

LARA: I would have passed the House and Senate. If I were like CAFA.

Senator Zhivago: I think you may go mad if you think about all that.

LARA: I shall always think about it.


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Lara: Wouldn’t it have been lovely if we’d met before?

Zhivago: Before we did? Yes.

Lara: We’d have got married, had a house and children. If we’d had children, Yuri, would you like a boy or girl?

Zhivago: I think we may go mad if we think about all that.

Lara: I shall always think about it.