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Good riddance, Operation Choke Point

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:14:16 +0000

The Department of Justice has confirmed that it is putting an official end to Operation Choke Point, the under-the-radar initiative by Obama financial regulators to discourage banks from doing business with certain disfavored businesses such as payday lenders and gun dealers. I’ve written a piece for the Washington Examiner on it, excerpt: The fate of […]

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Banking and finance roundup

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 04:05:43 +0000

“Unintended Consequences of Military Lending Act Hurt Some Families” [R.J. Lehmann] Tenth Circuit: Fed must provide all depository institutiona access to the clearing system, whether they serve marijuana businesses or any other kind [George Selgin, Cato] “Moneylending has been taboo for most of human history. So how did usury stop being a sin and become […]

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The year of movable statues: what to do with Roger Taney?

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:51:31 +0000

My new op-ed at the Frederick News-Post on Gov. Larry Hogan’s decision to support removal of the statue of Roger Taney from its place in front of the Maryland State House: Taney did many things in an illustrious legal career but is remembered for only one: the disastrous Dred Scott decision, which served to entrench […]

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Labor and employment roundup

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 04:05:56 +0000

Welcome news: Labor Secretary Alex Acosta urges states to fix occupational licensing [Eric Boehm, Reason] Fresh thinking on the antitrust angle in a bill from Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) [Ilya Shapiro, Cato] “Occupational licensing should not be used to keep honest Americans out of work” [Clark Neily, The Hill] Video of Heritage panel on the […]

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Connecticut SC backs $41.7M verdict against school for failing to warn of tick bites

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 20:46:49 +0000

The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled “that schools have a duty to warn parents and students of potential hazards associated with field trips – in particular, dangerous insect bites – and let stand a $41.7 million verdict to a student who was disabled after developing encephalitis from a tick bite while on a school trip […]

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On expanding the term “terrorism”

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 14:01:38 +0000

The “terrorism” label throws civil liberties onto the defensive, and frequently serves as a “thought-terminating cliché” justifying expansion of official power. Don’t casually extend it to political or hate-fueled violence generally [Ed Krayewski, Reason] Tags: terrorism

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“It would have been career suicide to defend me.”

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 13:57:36 +0000

Google Echo Chamber, or Google Hush? Cathy Young interviews now-ex Google programmer James Damore (earlier here, here, and here). Heather Mac Donald writes on how some workplaces are being remade in the image of college speech codes [WSJ] And my appearance last week on Guy Gordon’s WJR Detroit talk show is now online: Tags: Google, […]

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Liability roundup

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:11:45 +0000

Ted Frank, crusader against class action abuse and formerly a contributor to this blog, profiled [Caleb Hannan, Bloomberg] Judge: “Milberg attorneys engaged in an elaborate scheme of deceptive conduct” in qui tam relator case [Bailey McGowan/WLF, opinion in Leysock v. Forest Labs] “One way to help save the subways: Repeal the Scaffold Law” [Mike Elmendorf, […]

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Eclipse risk management

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 04:05:49 +0000

Reader R.T. writes: “Don’t know if anyone has commented but my son’s middle school is keeping all students inside from 1-4. My law partner’s kid’s school is releasing them all at 11. Guarantee it is because they don’t want to get sued for scorched corneas.” Tags: safety, schools, science and scientists

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EEOC: “gentleman’s club” broke law by refusing to hire male barkeep

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:09:24 +0000

The EEOC’s 1997 dispute with the Hooters breastaurant chain over its failure to hire male Hooters Girls is among the most glorious in its history [see coverage here and here]. Now the Commission seems eager to bring back old times: it has filed a lawsuit charging that Sammy’s Gentlemen’s Club of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., […]

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