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Say what you will about Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, there is one unintended consequence of this imbroglio: citizens are getting basic lessons in the law. Finally, lay individuals can understand the significance of arbitration versus trial and the implications of that speedier and private hearing. They have now heard the term “removal” and understand it may not be about splinters; now they learn it may be better to be in federal court than state court, especially when it comes to enforcing arbitration agreements. Citizens have learned of a retired judge—without a robe and a gavel, but as an arbitrator—sign an ex parte order to desist and not give notice to the person who is affected. TV viewers learn about liquidated damages versus unenforceable penalties. Terms like “reformation of a contract” and “rescission of a contract” are tossed around like new entries in the Urban Dictionary. And for those who did not sign a contract, but they could have/should have, there is the wonderful turn of phrase, “third party beneficiary”!

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