Friday, December 11, 2009

What is chicken? The final word on Frigaliment.

Frigaliment Importing Co. v. B.N.S. International Sales Corp., 190 F.Supp. 116 (S.D.N.Y. 1960), is of course, one of the seminal law school cases on contract interpretation, making clear in its immortal first line by Judge Friendly, "The issue is, what is chicken?"

Finally, the definitive scholarly paper (pdf) answering that question has been published, and set forth below is the author's presentation of his findings.


  1. Chicken Chicken chickens chick chick chickens Chicken!

  2. As a two handed lawyer in training, a.k.a. a law student, I suspect that on the one hand Beaker from the Muppets would be quite pleased with this presentation, yet on the other hand I also find it quite possible that Beaker would be quite confused. Nevertheless, I am willing to bet Beaker's opinionated response would consist of “Meep”, or multiples of “Meep.”

    Thank you Professor Friedman, this was great!
    Adam West

  3. Ha Ha!! This woke me up.

  4. Anjela Freeman12/13/09, 12:21 AM

    Seriously funny.


  5. Excellent...I think Professors should do this once in a while to ease the tension of their students. Chicken!

    Ajit Shamin Nair