Tag — you’re still it

Ten men have been playing tag since the 1980s.

As schoolmates at Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, Wash., these comrades played the game together through graduation. But Joe Tombari, now a high school teacher, never got a chance to tag someone else and therefore was, as he told The Wall Street Journal, “It for life.”

In 1990, some of the group reunited and, out of sympathy for Tombari’s “it” status, decided to revive the game for one month out of every year. Patrick Schultheis, a first-year lawyer at the time, drafted a “Tag Participation Agreement,” which specified the month they would play and the no-tagbacks rule. Everybody signed on, and the game continued to be afoot.

Every February, life gets interesting for the participants. Schultheis, now a partner in Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s Seattle office, told the Journal he refused to help a colleague change his tire because he was convinced the guy was a plant to get him tagged. He even enlists his office manager to provide security detail. — Richard Binder

Don’t bogart that expertise

Washington state is looking for a pot adviser as it prepares to regulate the newly legal drug, and applicants are expected to come from the medical-marijuana world. “The nation and the world are looking to us to set up a good model,” said Christy Stanley, a potential applicant. — Associated Press

Straight up

A former American Idol contestant booted off the show in season two nearly a decade ago is suing a group that includes Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Morrison & Foerster, E! Entertainment Television Inc. and Fox Inc. to the tune of $120 million. Corey Clark accuses all four defendants of libel and false-light invasion of privacy over statements made following his ouster from the show and in connection with his claims that he and Idol host Paula Abdul had a romantic affair. The law firms participated in an internal investigation that cleared Abdul. Subsequently, Clark asserts, he “started receiving death threats from complete strangers in the streets. Random people spit on him and damned him to hell.” — The American Lawyer

Who Dat in agony?

A federal judge dismissed a class action that a New Orleans Saints season-ticket holder filed against the National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell over the investigation of the team for paying bounties for tackles. U.S. District Judge Helen “Ginger” Berrigan rejected the notion that ticket holders were the only ones who could have experienced “mental suffering” from the team’s disappointing 7-9 record this season. “Rather, that agony has been much more widely felt by the Who Dat Nation,” Berrigan wrote. — Associated Press