- Mackensworth v. American Trading Transportation Co., 267 F.Supp. 373 (E.D. Pa. 1973).
- However, the court did indicate that, but for this jurisdictional problem, the plaintiff might well have been able to maintain the suit as a class action on behalf of all others harmed by Satan: "It appears to meet the requirements of Fed.R. of Civ.P23 that the class is so numerous that joinder of all members is impracticable, there are questions of law and fact common to the class, and the claims of the representative party is typical of the claims of the class. We cannot now determine if the representative party will fairly protect the interests of the class."
has, like Satan, been involved in some interesting court decisions:
In 1980, the British Columbia Court of Appeals ruled that God
is not a "person" at least within the meaning
of the Criminal Code provision making "private conversations"
between two persons inadmissible as evidence if either objects
thereby permitting a police sergeant to testify that, by
means of a hidden microphone, he overheard the defendant pray:
"Oh, God, let me get away with it just this once"
(UPI Release 1980).
In 1979, a West Australian Justice accomplished the ultimate application of the principle of construing a document most strictly against the one who drafted it (in holding that the biblical commandment "thou shalt not kill" is directed at murder, not at killing in military operations).