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NBER: Seattle minimum wage hike hurt low-wage workers

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:07:19 +0000

A working paper for the National Bureau of Economic Research by a University of Washington team — the same team hired by Seattle to evaluate its minimum-wage experiment — just found serious ill effects: This paper evaluates the wage, employment, and hours effects of the first and second phase-in of the Seattle Minimum Wage Ordinance, […]

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Zillow cease-and-desist closes McMansion Hell blog

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:11:20 +0000

23-year-old Kate Wagner has at least temporarily shuttered McMansion Hell, a popular blog on which she posted photos of modern houses overlaid with sarcastic comments about their perceived design shortcomings. Real estate aggregator Zillow sent Wagner a cease and desist order because she used photos taken from its site. (Zillow itself borrows photos from other […]

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Supreme Court will hear cakeshop case

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 04:05:54 +0000

By agreeing to hear the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, the Supreme Court has set up a potentially major decision on “whether applying Colorado’s public accommodations law to compel the petitioner to create expression that violates his sincerely held religious beliefs about marriage violates the free speech or free exercise clauses […]

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Home improvement chains sued over 4 x 4 lumber

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:26:32 +0000

4 x 4 lumber isn’t really four by four in dimensions, and if that comes as news to you, you might be a class action plaintiff [Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel/USA Today Network] Tags: class actions

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Labor and employment roundup

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 04:05:08 +0000

Rhode Island bill would lock in existing public employee union benefits until new contract reached. Why bargain in good faith? [Providence Journal editorial] NYC Mayor De Blasio signs “Fair Work Week” package imposing on fast-food and retail employers various constraints typical of unionized workplaces; meanwhile, court strikes down 2015 NYC law imposing punitive terms on […]

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“Remembering the Murder You Didn’t Commit”

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 20:47:12 +0000

“DNA evidence exonerated six convicted killers. So why do some of them recall the crime so clearly?” [Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker] Tags: crime and punishment

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U.K.: 2013 nastygram to Grenfell Action Group

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:26:05 +0000

Grenfell Tower tenants repeatedly complained about safety concerns; their landlord hired a lawyer who threatened to sue them for libel. pic.twitter.com/t9Rh6d0rXE — Bruce E.H. Johnson (@BEHJ) June 19, 2017 “Grenfell Tower tenants repeatedly complained about safety concerns; their landlord hired a lawyer who threatened to sue them for libel.” [Bruce E.H. Johnson on Twitter] A […]

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Mello et al.: does state-level malpractice exposure correlate with health care quality?

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 14:07:53 +0000

Michelle Mello and colleagues examined reports in a federal health database to determine whether there were observable relationships between the intensity of litigation environments on a state level and measures of hospital outcomes. “No consistent association between malpractice environment and hospital process-of-care measures was found. … Overall, little evidence was found that greater malpractice risk […]

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Privacy and the common law

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:59:49 +0000

More regulation and legislation to protect privacy from a snooping press? “The common law is able to deal more flexibly with the questions that arise,” says Hofstra law professor Irina Manta [Federalist Society video] Tags: First Amendment, free speech, photography, privacy

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Tipsy axe-throwing: in case it winds up in court

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:15:09 +0000

Not that an entertainment business plan based in part on providing a venue for tipsy axe-throwing would ever run into litigation. But just in case it ever does, here are arguments you might offer as plaintiff [Lowering the Bar]: Maybe you’ve heard of the “assumption of risk” doctrine, maybe you haven’t. (Well, now you have.) […]

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