And if that doesn’t work, the thumbwar is next

There are some arguments that are simply too acrimonious to resolve. Ordinarily this would lead to some sort of trial and endless appeals, but one judge doesn’t want to do that. Instead, there’s this:

NEW YORK (FORTUNE) – Faced with the inability of two bickering

attorneys to resolve even the most innocuous scheduling questions

without his intervention, a Florida federal judge yesterday ordered the

two to meet on the steps of the federal courthouse and resolve their

latest quarrel by playing “one (1) game of ‘rock, paper, scissors.’ “

Judge Gregory A. Presnell of Orlando ordered the unusual measure, which

he characterized as “a new form of alternative dispute resolution,”

after the two Tampa attorneys had proven unable to agree upon where to

hold a deposition, even though both of their offices are just four

floors away in the very same building in Tampa.

It’s even funnier in legalese