A Louisiana attorney who called himself “The God of the Earth Realm,” and alleged that defendants tried to monopolize intergalactic foreign trade has lost his appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

The resulting opinion serves as a guide for lower courts who must deal with frivolous, meritless claims. Here, lawyer Edward Moses Jr.’s claims were so frivolous that the government shouldn’t be bothered to respond and courts shouldn’t be troubled to adjudicate them, said the ruling in Atakapa Indian de Creole Nation v. Louisiana.

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