Legal Trivia Quiz #50

The United States Supreme Court has been in the news in the past months. This quiz test readers’ knowledge of the institution.

1. The US Supreme Court was established in which year?

A. 1776

B. 1784

C. 1789

D. 1790


2. In which city or town did the US Supreme Court first sit?

A. Washington DC

B. New York City

C. Philadelphia

D. Princeton


3. In which state or district is the United States Supreme Court located?

A. Virginia

B. Washington DC

C. Maryland


4. True of False: The US Supreme Court has its own police force ?

A. True

B. False


5. What are the legal qualifications required to be appointed to the US Supreme Court?

A. A law degree

B. Admission as a lawyer in any state or territory of the US.

C. Admission as a lawyer in any common law jurisdiction.

D. Practice as a lawyer in any state or territory of the US for at least 10 years.

E. None


6. Who appoints judges of the US Supreme Court?

A. The President

B. The Senate

C. A joint vote of Congress

D. The President with the advice and consent of the Senate.

E. An independent commission


7. What is the minimum age requirement for appointment as a judge of the US Supreme Court.

A. None

B. 35

C. 40

D. 45


8 What is the retirement age for judges of the US Supreme Court?

A. 65

B. 70

C. None for associate justices, but 70 for the chief justice

D. None


9. How old was the youngest justice ever appointed to the US Supreme Court?

A. 29

B. 32

C. 38

D. 43


10. True or false. There is a representation of the prophet Mohammed in the United States Supreme Court Building.

A. True

B. False


Contest Rules

To be eligible to win a bottle of Ch. Roquettes 2010 (Grand Cru) or Ch. Tour Baladoz 2006 (Grand Cru) from Global Vintage Wines Centre, please send your quiz question answers to The first reader to respond with the most correct answers, with no more than 3 incorrect responses, will be deemed the winner. The decision of Thomson Reuters regarding the winner is final and conclusive.

Winner of Legal Trivia #49:

Janene Loke, Associate, Hogan Lovells


Answers to Legal Trivia Quiz #49

1. D. Mr Panayioutou is George Michael. Panayiotou v Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd [1994] ChD 142

2. C. “The parties are advised to chill” were the closing words of Circuit Judge Kozinski in Mattell v MGA Records 296 F.3d 894 (9th Cir. 2002) involving the song Barbie Girl sung by Aqua. The judge began his judgment saying “If this were a sci-fi melodrama, it might be called Speech-Zilla meets Trademark Kong.”

3. D. Peter Smith J included the coded message “JACKIEFISHERWHOAREYOUDREADNOUGHT” in his judgement in Baigent & Anor v The Random House Group Ltd [2006] EWHC 719 (Ch).

4. A. Lady Gaga sued to stop the release of a parody video by Lady Goo Goo. Ate My Heart Inc v Mind Candy Ltd [2011] EWHC 2741 (Ch)

5. B. Rihanna sued Topshop for passing off (and won). Fenty & Ors v Arcadia Group Brands Ltd (t/a Topshop) & Anor [2013] EWHC 2310 (Ch)

6. A. Men at Work’s song Land Down Under was found to infringe Kookaburra Sits on the Old Gum Tree. EMI Songs Australia Pty Limited v Larrikin Music Publishing Pty Limited [2011] FCAFC 47

7. B. Cliff Richard won has case against the BBC for breach of privacy rights.

8. B. Yao Ming sued Coca Cola for allegedly misusing his image. The case settled.

9. C. Lisa Kudrow’s manager was awarded US$1.6 million in damages. Howard Entertainment Inc v Kudrow.

10. C. The superstar was known as PJS. PJS v News Group Newspapers Ltd [2016] UKSC 26



Mr. Clark is a barrister (and former solicitor) practising in Hong Kong. His practice focuses primarily on intellectual property and related areas.  From September 2016, he has been appointed an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong to teach the IP LLM course. Mr. Clark is General Editor and a co-author ofIntellectual Property Rights: Hong Kong SAR and the People’s Republic of China and author of Patent Litigation in China. He has also published a history of British and American extraterritoriality in China, Gunboat Justice