Elena Kagan Ruling Cites ... Tommy Tutone Song

She makes reference to '867-5309' in decision

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 13, 2013 5:14 PM CDT

(Newser) – The Supreme Court ruled today that truckers at the Port of Los Angeles can't be forced to affix "How Am I Driving?" placards on their trucks, reports the LA Times. The decision is getting more attention than you might expect, however, thanks to Elena Kagan's sense of humor and apparent fondness for 1980s music. Here's the excerpt (with emphasis added), spotted by the Daily Beast:

  • “... 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 ..."
That's right, Kagan made reference to the 1982 hit by Tommy Tutone "867-5309/Jenny." Yahoo News has more on the song's now legendary status in pop culture (and at phone companies).

Justice Elena Kagan.
Justice Elena Kagan.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
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