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Chronicling the high cost of our legal system



Last Build Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:48:10 +0000

 



Claim: church’s rule against breast-feeding in the pews violates Virginia law

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:48:10 +0000

In 2015, following the lead of many other states, Virginia passed a “law that says women have a right to breast-feed anywhere they have a legal right to be.” The law provides “no exemption for religious institutions.” Now a mother and her attorney say Summit Church in Springfield, in the D.C. suburbs, had no right […]

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Oregon man fined $500 for calling himself engineer in email to state

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:15:27 +0000

By reader acclaim: “In September 2014, Mats Järlström, an electronics engineer living in Beaverton, Oregon, sent an email to the state’s engineering board. The email claimed that yellow traffic lights don’t last long enough, which ‘puts the public at risk.'” The board fined him $500 for “practicing engineering without a license” and for referring to […]

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“Orleans Parish prosecutors are using fake subpoenas”

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:05:15 +0000

Seems incredible: the district attorney’s office in the county-equivalent that includes New Orleans sends out bogus subpoenas not actually cleared with a judge ordering witnesses to appear for investigations. A spokesman says it’s been done for decades. Following press inquiries, “the District Attorney’s Office has said the practice will end.” [The Lens (New Orleans)] Tags: […]

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Great moments in privacy

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 04:15:02 +0000

After a Saturday evening incident in which 40 to 60 teenagers invaded an Oakland, Calif. rapid transit station, robbing and beating riders, a spokesman for BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) says surveillance videos of the flash-mob robbery will not be made public because people committing crimes appear to be minors. [Demian Bulwa and Michael Cabanatuan, […]

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Schools roundup

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 04:05:48 +0000

“It’s like open carry, but for Coppertone”: lawmakers in Washington move to “allow students to use sunscreen at school without a doctor’s note.” [Lenore Skenazy, Free-Range Kids] Chicago Mayor Emanuel’s “life plan or no diploma” scheme meddles in grads’ lives [Amy Alkon] Sounds like must viewing: School, Inc. is a three-part documentary on state of […]

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They fought the EPA and the EPA won

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:13:02 +0000

From John Ross’s Short Circuit newsletter for the Institute for Justice, Mar. 10: “Allegation: EPA agents lead armed raid of Casper, Wyo. laboratory based on false accusation from former employee, an 18 year old, that the lab falsified water-quality records. Five years later, case dismissed against former lab owners without charges. They sue the EPA. […]

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April 26 roundup

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 04:05:53 +0000

FDA’s costly menu labeling rules set to begin enforcement May 5. Any hope of blocking them? [Baylen Linnekin, earlier] “Justice Department Disability Demands Raise Serious Free Speech Issues” [Hans Bader, CEI, earlier on the Berkeley online course takedown] Government shouldn’t be entitled to shut down recording of its officers in public places when it doesn’t […]

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Back at SCOTUS: limits to state court jurisdiction

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:53:10 +0000

The Supreme Court is set to hear oral argument Tuesday (today) on Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court and BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrrell, enabling it to revisit its line of cases (especially Daimler AG v. Bauman, 2014) setting limits to state court jurisdiction. The recommendation in my new Cato piece: “for a united Court to […]

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How regulation drives up housing costs in Minnesota

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 04:15:06 +0000

“Outside coastal states like New York and California, the Twin Cities was No. 1 in housing costs among the nation’s 20 largest metro areas, according to 2014 U.S. Census data. And they have remained at or near the top of other cost-comparison surveys since then. Statewide, Twin Citians pay an average of 26 percent more […]

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Arizona Gov. Ducey signs bill curtailing ADA shakedowns

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 04:05:29 +0000

“Arizona Governor Doug Ducey just signed into law an amendment to the Arizonans with Disabilities Act (AzDA) designed to make it more difficult to bring lawsuits against businesses based on claims that they are not accessible to individuals with disabilities. The amendment requires potential plaintiffs to give business owners notice of alleged access violations and […]

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