Sing Me A Song Mr. Bloom

A few years ago, Peter Lattman at WSJ Law Blog wrote a post about “Long-Named Litigants & the Law” discussing a Manhattan federal judge’s dismissal of a lawsuit brought by a Brunei prince against two of his advisers, a British couple:

“The reason we write about this case has nothing to do with civil procedure or financial fraud. Rather, we’re pleased to report that we have a new member of the Law Blog All-Name Team. The Brunei prince’s name: Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Digadong Sahibul Mal Pengiran Muda Haji Jefri Bolkiah.”

A recent Ontario decision involves a plaintiff whose name may qualify him for membership in the Law Blog All-Name Team. The full name used by the plaintiff in The Natural and Sovran-on-the-Land, Flesh, Blood and Bone North America Signatory Aeriokwa Tence Kanienkehaika Indian Man v. Canada 2011 ONSC 673 (CanLII) is:

The Natural and Sovran-on-the-Land, Flesh, Blood and Bone North America Signatory Aeriokwa Tence Kanienkehaika Indian Man: Gregory-John: Bloom©, as created by the Creator (God)

Or, in Justice Perell’s economical prose, the plaintiff known as “Mr. Bloom”.

The decision involved a Rule 21 motion to strike the pleading as disclosing no reasonable cause of action as against the defendant law firm, its lawyer and a freelance process server, which was granted primarily on the basis of lack of vicarious liability. However, Mr. Bloom raises some thorny constitutional issues which may blossom with time:

“5]               Mr. Bloom’s statement of claim is an amalgam of Canadian, British, and Aboriginal history mixed with some jurisprudence about the rule of law, constitutional law, the distribution of powers, the scope of the Federal Government’s criminal law power, and the canons of statutory interpretation. The statement of claim also contains some metaphysics and dialectic about the nature of being and a syllogism about how the rule of law derives from but cannot be greater than the rule of God.

[6]               The statement of claim does not comply with the rules for pleading, and it makes for difficult reading, but the gist of it is that it is an account of Mr. Bloom’s complaint that his property and civil rights and the property and civil rights of Indians have unlawfully been interfered with by the provincial Municipal Act.

[14]           In his statement of claim, Mr. Bloom alleges that the Municipal Act infringes the liberty of the people contrary to sections 91 of the British North America Act. He states that as a matter of constitutional law, the Municipal Act cannot regulate Indians and that in contravention of British North America Act, the Municipal Act “arbitrarily confiscated the management of protecting Indians” and “arbitrarily eliminated Federal jurisdiction over Indians.”

I found some lyrics to inspire Mr. Bloom in his quest for justice:

(Lyrics by Ian Walker)

Sing me a song Mr Bloom
You sing and I’ll dance around the room
You roll back the years
Dry up my tears
When you sing me a song Mr Bloom

Every day you’ll find me as the world goes rolling by
Sitting in my corner, a sadness in my eye
‘Cos I’m minding the time when my world was in its prime
Where did it go Mr Bloom

I played life to the limit, I know it’s hard to understand
Dancing through the nighttimes, singing with the band
Now the voice is gone and my dancing days are done
Until you came along Mr Bloom

The family and friends I knew, I never see them now
But I’d welcome them with open arms if they could come somehow
‘Cos I’m always at home, always alone
Except when you call round Mr Bloom

The sun came smiling from your face when you walked through my door
You lifted up this tired old head from staring at the floor
And you gave back to me a reason to be
Hello again and thank you Mr Bloom

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