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Chronicling the high cost of our legal system



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Family can’t sue doctors over loved one who turned down transfusions

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 09:59:32 +0000

Pennsylvania: “The family of a Jehovah’s Witness who died after repeatedly refusing blood transfusions can’t sue the hospital where doctors begged for a chance to save her life, a state appeals court ruled.” [Matt Miller, PennLive] Tags: assumption of risk, hospitals, medical malpractice

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After a copyright verdict, creators keep mum

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 04:15:09 +0000

Two years after the Blurred Lines copyright verdict, lawyerly caution is making itself felt: “According to a BBC report last week, recording artists are now being instructed not to talk publicly about their musical influences for fear of exposure to copyright infringement claims.” [Brink Lindsey, Cato] From the BBC report: According to forensic musicologist Peter […]

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“Lawyers Hope to Do to Opioid Makers What They Did to Big Tobacco”

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 04:05:12 +0000

As the Wall Street Journal reports, former Mississippi attorney general and longtime Overlawyered favorite Michael Moore has been collaborating with Ohio Attorney General Michael DeWine, with other elected government attorneys, and with other trial lawyers to seek lift-off of suits against painkiller makers and distributors. The headline was “Lawyers Hope to Do to Opioid Makers […]

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Campus speech wars: the law school advantage

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:03:54 +0000

By demanding that students “imaginatively and sympathetically reconstruct the best argument on the other side,” a good legal education can help inoculate you against blinkered self-righteousness, which may be one reason why relatively few of the recent campus shout-downs and brawls have taken place at law schools. [Heather Gerken (dean, YLS), Time] And don’t miss […]

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Land use and development roundup

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 04:05:22 +0000

“Expanding housing and job opportunities by cutting back on zoning” [Ilya Somin on Ed Glaeser Brookings essay] Always hold back and let the government do it. That way the $550 stairs can be built for $65,000-$150,000 [CTV, CBC, sequel: city of Toronto tears down stairs] Some reasons why even without NIMBY or funding constraints, government […]

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Individual liberty and the Israel Anti-Boycott Act

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 15:56:49 +0000

A bill sponsored by roughly half the members of Congress would — so we are warned by New York magazine, at least — “make it a felony for Americans to support the international boycott against Israel” and “make avoiding the purchase of Israeli goods for political reasons a federal crime.” While those claims may be […]

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“To: brandenforcements@… Mr. Forcements — may I call you Branden?”

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 18:59:50 +0000

California blogger Vincent “Vino” Malone, who writes about his visits to the Olive Garden, penned this retort to a (possibly robotic) takedown notice/infringement-gram from the restaurant chain. [AllOfGarden via Cyrus Farivar, ArsTechnica] Tags: bloggers and the law, nastygrams, restaurants, trademarks

“To: brandenforcements@… Mr. Forcements — may I call you Branden?” is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system




Minnesota high court upholds administrative searches of tenants’ homes

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 13:41:33 +0000

Over strong dissents from two of its justices, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday “that cities do not need to provide evidence of a suspected housing code violation in order to obtain an administrative search warrant to inspect renters’ homes without their permission.” [Institute for Justice] Tags: Fourth Amendment, landlord tenant law, Minnesota

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Higher education roundup

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:08:26 +0000

Claw back money spent on unhelpful college tuition after bankruptcy? Not if Connecticut has anything to say about it [The American Interest] Incoming civil rights/Title IX enforcement officials tell university lawyers they plan to take less adversarial stance toward colleges than did previous administration [Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed] “Maryland becomes first state to outlaw […]

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Barton and Bibas, Rebooting Justice

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 04:05:56 +0000

In the mail, and on sale soon from Encounter Books: Rebooting Justice: More Technology, Fewer Lawyers, and the Future of Law by Benjamin Barton (University of Tennessee) and Stephanos Bibas (Penn). Publisher’s summary: America is a nation founded on justice and the rule of law. But our laws are too complex, and legal advice too […]

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