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Wikipedia: Dewey, Cheatem & Howe
Dewey, Cheatem & Howe ("Do we cheat ‘em? And how!") is the gag name of a fictional law firm or fictional accounting firm, used in several parody settings. For example, a popular Three Stooges poster features the Stooges as bumbling members of such a firm (although the name was never used in an actual episode, “Dewey, Burnham, and Howe” was used). Similarly, mention of a firm by this name is employed by comic figures such as Johnny Carson, Groucho Marx and Daffy Duck.
The name pokes fun at the perceived propensity of some lawyers to take advantage of their clients. Many law professors perversely work “Dewey, Cheatem & Howe” into the hypotheticals presented on final exams, especially in professional responsibility and legal ethics courses. The name is also used more broadly as a placeholder for any hypothetical law firm.
The spelling of the second name varies somewhat, including Cheetem, Cheater, Cheethem and Cheatham.
2 July 1870, Oregon State Journal (Portland, OR), pg. 1:
Two neighboring door-plates in the same city bear the name “I. Ketcham” and “U. Cheatham,” and a firm is doing business there known as “Call and Settle.”
13 October 1874, New York (NY) Daily Graphic, pg. 747:
“BY THEIR SIGNS SHALL YE KNOW THEM.”
(Photo of “KETCHAM, CHEATHAM & SKINNER, ATTORNEYS”—ed.)
Much more fitting is the firm name next in order, of Ketcham, Cheatham & Skinner. Any one who does not believe it is welcome to go to law for proof, and out of his “contingent remainder,” if he has any, he can forward his penitent confession of faith (postage paid) to THE DAILY GRAPHIC office.
A managerial emphasis
By Charles T Horngren
Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall
The annual profit was to be certified by Dewey, Cheatham, and Howe, a huge public accounting firm.
Sue the B*st*rds;
The victim’s handbook
By Douglas Matthews
New York, NY: Dell
So, the phone rings and the voice on the other side introduces itself as Joe Lawyer from Dewey, Cheatum, and Howe.
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