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Chronicling the high cost of our legal system



Last Build Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:35:02 +0000

 



“The FDA cultivates a coterie of journalists whom it keeps in line with threats”

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:32:44 +0000

Charles Seife in Scientific American tells the story of how, using the “close-hold embargo” and other techniques, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other government agencies shape what you read about them when major initiatives and findings are announced. I sum up highlights in my new Cato post. More: Megan McArdle. Tags: FDA, science […]

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“Should I sue?”

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:50:00 +0000

Dear Prudence: “I hit a child with my car and have to sue his parents in order to afford therapy….What would you do in my situation?” [Slate] Tags: deep pocket, nonmonetary costs of litigation

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Banking and finance roundup

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 04:05:57 +0000

Consumer Financial Pro­tection Bureau (CFPB) estimates its new anti-arbitration rule will generate 1,200 more class actions a year [Daniel Fisher, Joshua Davey/McGuire Woods, CEI comments] Denial: Treasury officials are at pains to deny that federal money-laundering rules are cutting off access to legitimate customers [Emily Glazer and Aruna Viswanatha, WSJ] State management of private pensions, […]

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The human right to lap watch

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:29:35 +0000

A couple in Winnipeg, Canada, has filed a human rights complaint challenging the National Hockey League’s requirement that they purchase a separate ticketed seat for their infant if they want to bring it along to a game. [CBC News Manitoba] Tags: Canada, international human rights, sports

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U.K.: “Iceland (the country) may sue Iceland (the chain) over name”

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 22:31:31 +0000

“The Icelandic government has confirmed it is considering launching a lawsuit against British supermarket Iceland over its name.” The British retailer, which specializes in frozen foods, has been doing business for 46 years. [The Guardian] Tags: trademarks, United Kingdom

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Prosecution roundup

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 04:05:24 +0000

Fourth Circuit will review forfeiture case of “pre-conviction, pre-trial restraint of untainted property” [Ilya Shapiro, Cato] “Voodoo Science in the Courtroom: The U.S. has relied on flawed forensic-evidence techniques for decades, falsely convicting many” [Alex Kozinski, WSJ; ABA Journal] “Highest court in Massachusetts throws out another shaken-baby syndrome conviction” [Radley Balko on Boston Globe] Federal […]

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NYPD: accounting for all the cash we seize would crash our servers

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:22:20 +0000

“The New York City Police Department takes in millions of dollars in cash each year as evidence, often keeping the money through a procedure called civil forfeiture. But as New York City lawmakers pressed for greater transparency into how much was being seized and from whom, a department official claimed providing that information would be […]

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Cato audio: a stalled Supreme Court?

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 04:05:05 +0000

I join Trevor Burrus and Caleb Brown in this Cato Audio (34:32) on the Supreme Court, last term and this, in transition from the Scalia era to whatever is coming next. Tags: on TV and radio, Supreme Court

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Intellectual property roundup

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 04:05:48 +0000

“Copyright Trolls Now Threatening College Students With Loss of Scholarship, Deportation” [Timothy Geigner, TechDirt] Use the phrase “Law Firm 2.0”? Better cease and desist [Carolyn Elefant, MyShingle] “How A Supreme Court Case On Cheerleader Costumes and Copyright Could Impact Prosthetic Hands” [Mike Masnick, TechDirt] Have you violated your competitor’s legal rights when you buy search […]

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Ted Frank on laws named after victims

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:01:30 +0000

Laws named after sympathetic victims are sure-fire vote-getters, but they are usually bad laws. “A politician holds a press conference standing next to the victim’s family; this gets the bill on the news. Because of terse media coverage, voters think said law will actually do something for a victim or potential future victims, no matter […]

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