A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from November 17, 2014
“A lawsuit is something no one wants to have and no one wants to lose”

"A lawsuit is something no one wants to have and no one wants to lose” is a popular legal contradiction that appeared in the American Bar Association Journal in 1920. “What is it that no man wants to have yet no man wants to lose?” was asked by the character of The Riddler in the television series Batman in 1966. “A lawsuit!” answered Robin, correctly.


Google Books
November 1920, American Bar Association Journal, pg. 169, col. 2:
Queer But True
We find some odd contradictions in life.
There is one thing nobody wants to have, and when they do hae it nobody wants to lose, and that is—a lawsuit!

The Internet Movie Database
Batman (TV Series)
Hi Diddle Riddle (1966)
Quotes

Batman: Out riddled!
The Riddler: I thought you might be, Batman. That’s why I brought witnesses with camera’s. Hoho! What is it that no man wants to have yet no man wants to lose?
Robin: A lawsuit!
The Riddler: Correct, Boy Wonder!

Google Groups: rec.aviation.homebuilt
Farewell
Mike Best
10/22/94
(...)
PS. Better yet, do not ever oppose this man or you too will have that which no man wants TO HAVE and no man wants TO LOSE… a lawsuit.

YouTube
What is it that no man wants to have, yet no man wants to lose?
RiddleThemThis
Published on Feb 25, 2013
Riddle: Question, what is it that no man wants to have, yet no man wants to lose?

Twitter
TheGeno360
‏@TheGeno360
A lawsuit. No man wants to have a lawsuit,but no man wants to lose a lawsuit either. (@YouTube http://youtu.be/OLlSSGylCq4?a )
4:47 PM - 9 Apr 2013

Twitter
The Riddler
‏@RealEdwardNigma
What is it that no man wants to have but no man wants to lose?
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A lawsuit
#theriddler #riddles
4:22 PM - 4 Aug 2014

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Monday, November 17, 2014 • Permalink