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Free speech roundup

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:02:35 +0000

“I believe in the First Amendment” and FCC has no authority to revoke licenses over newscast content, says commission chairman Ajit Pai [Jacob Sullum/Reason, earlier] She stoops to censor: British Crown and her Wiltshire police are not amused by your tweets [Andrew Stuttaford, BBC via Helen Pluckrose on Twitter; earlier here, here, here, here, here, […]

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“3-year-old for sale, $12” joke prompts human trafficking investigation

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:05:50 +0000

Journalist mom tweets “3-year-old for sale. $12 or best offer.” Following an anonymous tip, Lafayette County, Miss. initiates human trafficking investigation. And thus began what Alex McDaniel describes as the “most hellish week of my life.” [Magnolia State Live via Lenore Skenazy] Tags: Child Protective Services, Mississippi, trafficking

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October 18 roundup

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:56:25 +0000

Research by Todd Henderson et al. suggests that lawyers may often do well as CEOs, and anticipating and reducing litigation risk may be a key mechanism [Stephen Bainbridge] Canada: Couple sues neighbors for $2.5 million for copying their house’s architecture [Rain Noe, Core77] Abraham Lincoln on public choice and the aligning of interest with ethical […]

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EPA swears off collusive settlements

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 04:05:00 +0000

My new Cato post applauds administrator Scott Pruitt for breaking with past Environmental Protection Agency policy under which it has settled not-necessarily-adversarial lawsuits by agreeing to issue regulations (dubbed by critics “sue and settle“). Pruitt’s new steps toward transparency and public access are welcome but easily reversed by a successor, which is “why Congress should […]

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Lawsuit: eateries’ switch to service-included policy was price-fixing conspiracy

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:05:17 +0000

Sued over tip division, some popular New York City restaurants switched to service-included pricing. Now, lawyers are suing them over that, calling it a price-fixing conspiracy in violation of antitrust laws and saying that the hike in menu prices was higher than the amount needed to cover servers’ compensation. [Steve Cuozzo, New York Post] Tags: […]

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In Ontario, a new Test Act?

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 04:15:43 +0000

According to the Ontario bar association, all lawyers “must prepare and submit a personal ‘Statement of Principles’ attesting that we value and promote equality, diversity and inclusion.” Bad idea: “In free countries, law governs actions rather than expressions of beliefs. People can be required to obey the speed limit and pay taxes, but they may […]

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“The £400,000 comma”

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 04:05:46 +0000

Is it a true story? It is at the least a widely circulated old story that many persons would have been in a position to correct if untrue. Here is a 1928 version [via Jot 101] Solicitors in their private practice have evolved a language of their own, which weird though it may be, is […]

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Schools roundup

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:59:13 +0000

Union contracts can result in truant-teacher syndrome [Larry Sand, City Journal] “A Review of Department of Education Programs: Transgender Issues, Racial Quotas in School Discipline, and Campus Sexual Assault Mandates” [Linda Chavez et al., Regulatory Transparency Project] Why is the FBI getting involved in college sports recruiting scandals? [Cato podcast with Ilya Shapiro] School lobby […]

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Said about us

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 04:05:42 +0000

We like accolades, in this case from esteemed Evil HR Lady Suzanne Lucas, to whom we linked last week: I always feel like I've won some sort of award when @walterolson links to me at @overlawyered. — Suzanne Lucas (@RealEvilHRLady) October 10, 2017 Tags: accolades

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“Canada may legalize drunken canoeing”

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 15:58:31 +0000

Impaired operation of a powerboat can easily pose dangers for other watercraft and water users. Canoes, probably not so much. A proposed change would also exclude from “vessel” such muscle-powered conveyances as kayaks and inflatable rafts. [Lowering the Bar] Tags: alcohol, Canada, nanny state

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