Woman face with botox injectionin forehead area
Woman face with botox injectionin forehead area (Rudyanto Wijaya/iStock)

Time for another roundup of quirky, strange news that you might have missed:

1. Medical benefit all law firms should offer: Botox. Feeling stressed and overwhelmed by your Big Law job? Of course, you are. Who isn’t?

Instead of popping Zoloft, Prozac or pouring yourself another cocktail, you might consider going for a little Botox break at lunch. Not only will you look more youthful (always a career enhancer) but it will make you feel much better about your job.

It turns out that Botox can help fight more than wrinkles. Reports The New York Times:

In a study forthcoming in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, Eric Finzi, a cosmetic dermatologist, and Norman Rosenthal, a professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical School, randomly assigned a group of 74 patients with major depression to receive either Botox or saline injections in the forehead muscles whose contraction makes it possible to frown. Six weeks after the injection, 52 percent of the subjects who got Botox showed relief from depression, compared with only 15 percent of those who received the saline placebo.

Lest you think this is just a study sponsored by Botox manufacturers, the morale-boosting benefits of Botox are heralded by other studies as well. According to The Times, Michael Lewis at Cardiff University and M. Axel Wollmer at the University of Basel found similar results.

Firms looking to improve morale might consider social events organized around Botox. Instead of those same-old, same-old firm cocktail parties or summer outing at the country club, why not spice things up and add Botox to the mix?

2. This was bound to happen: Death by stiletto. I don’t mean to make light of anyone’s death, but this one is quite bizarre—and timely, considering the state of foot fashions. “A Houston jury found Ana Trujillo guilty today in the so-called “stiletto murder” of her boyfriend who was battered by her spiked heel shoe,” reports ABC News (hat tip: Above the Law). The shoe in question was a blue suede pump, with five inch heels, size 9. During the trial, her lawyer called his client a “diminutive woman” who was merely trying to defend herself.
I don’t know the details of the trial, but as someone who wears a size 5.5 or 6 shoe, I find it hard to believe that someone who wears a size 9 shoe can claim to be “diminutive.” Such a lame defense.
3. Oh Puh-leez. Every now and then, there’s a suit filed by someone claiming discrimination because she’s too beautiful or too sexy. One recent suit was filed by a yoga instructor in New York who says she was fired for being too attractive. Money quote: “Being attractive is not going to fall under the umbrella of gender discrimination,” says Keisha-Ann Gray, a partner at Proskauer Rose and cohead of the firm’s employment litigation and arbitration group, commenting generally on this type of claim. ( Corporate Counsel)
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