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Justice Kagan Channels Tommy Tutone in SCOTUS Decision
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June 13 2013 12:52 PM

Tommy Tutone Gets Its Day in the Supreme Court When Kagan Dials 867–5309

Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan attends U.S. President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech before a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol February 12, 2013

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The Daily Beast flags what surely can't be complete coincidence: In her written opinion on American Trucking Association v. City of Los Angeles, Justice Elena Kagan dropped what appears to be a pretty obvious reference to 80s power pop band Tommy Tutone. Here's the relevant passage from Kagan's opinion (emphasis added):

Under that contract, a company may transport cargo at the Port in exchange for complying with various requirements. The two directly at issue here compel the company to (1) affix a placard on each truck with a phone number for reporting environmental or safety concerns (You’ve seen the type: “How am I driving? 213–867–5309”) and (2) submit a plan listing off-street parking locations for each truck when not in service.

Just in case those digits don't ring a bell, here's your reminder:

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

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