The Maryland Court of Appeals cited a SEINFELD episode to explain their reasoning in a lawsuit brought by the ex-wife of author Tom Clancy against her ex-husband for pulling out of a book deal that would have profited her. In the SEINFELD episode, Jerry tries to return a jacket because he didn't like the salesman:
bad faith when he withdrew from a television and paperback series that profited
the partnership he formed with his then-wife, Wanda.
In footnote 27, the court reprints the dialogue between Seinfeld and a store
Clerk: I don't think you can return an item for spite.
Jerry: What do you mean?
Clerk: Well, if there was some problem with the garment. If it were
unsatisfactory in some way, then we could do it for you, but I'm afraid spite
doesn't fit into any of our conditions for a refund.
I think if Obama becomes President, he should consider putting Jerry on the Supreme Court.
(Thanks to my cousin Danny Barer for the heads-up)