If you’ve ever wondered how privacy issues would be handled on Krypton with its x-ray vision, or whether the statute of limitations applies in cases of time travel or suspended animations, attorneys James Daily and Ryan Davidson have your answers.

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James Daily of Multiverse
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Ryan Davidson of Multiverse

Daily and Davidson (wouldn’t that make a great fictional law firm name?) say, “If there’s one thing comic book nerds like doing it’s over-thinking the smallest details. Here we turn our attention to the hypothetical legal ramifications of comic book tropes, characters, and powers. Just a few examples: Are mutants a protected class?  Who foots the bill when a hero damages property while fighting a villain? What happens legally when a character comes back from the dead?”

My interest here: they’re teaching (and researching when needed) real law. They apply American legal principles and precedents; they only feature more interesting case studies than usual.

I hereby add them to my honor roll of unlikely superheroes: lawyers who can write. (Real English required.)

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