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Chronicling the high cost of our legal system



Last Build Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 05:15:07 +0000

 



A new presidential administration

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 05:15:07 +0000

Donald Trump’s inaugural address missed the mark a bit in discussing the oath of office, and would have profited by a mention or two of the Constitution, I argue at Cato at Liberty. Meanwhile, my colleague Ilya Shapiro has this send-off to the departing president: “Top 10 Ways Obama Violated the Constitution during His Presidency.” […]

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On exiting, Nanny dims the lights

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:38:54 +0000

“With midnight regulation, Obama Energy Department just outlawed your three-way bulb,” reports Tim Carney at the Washington Examiner. The new rule, announced Thursday on the departing administration’s last full day, effectively revokes an exception that had allowed for sales of conventional incandescent bulbs in several specialty categories, including three-ways and decorative forms such as globes. […]

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About that “Mnuchin’s bank foreclosed on widow over 27 cents” tale

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:16:02 +0000

Last month Politico reported that Treasury Secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin’s bank “filed to take a 90-year-old woman’s house after a 27-cent payment error.” Ted Frank writes that four minutes of fact checking would have shown the story wrong. “A. Widow was never foreclosed on and never lost her home. B. It wasn’t Mnuchin’s bank that […]

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Free speech roundup

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:00:34 +0000

Good news for Donald Trump! Sticking with speech-protective opinion rule, New York judge dismisses libel suit by PR consultant against him based on his derogatory tweets [ABA Journal] “Jawboning” at FCC, under which media companies bend to commissioners’ wishes on content and hiring rather than risk their disapproval, should be recognized as danger to both […]

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Great moments in U.K. hate speech law

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:59:11 +0000

After a professor’s denunciation, West Midlands police in the United Kingdom recorded as a reported “hate incident” a cabinet minister’s speech to a Conservative Party conference. In the speech, Home Secretary Amber Rudd, whose duties include the oversight of policing itself as well as immigration and citizenship, had “suggested tightening rules that allow UK firms […]

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Texas: serious litigation reform, serious results

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:15:26 +0000

“How tort reform helped ignite the Texas boom”: Over the last two decades, Texas engaged in a conversation as to the purpose and role of its civil courts. When that conversation began, the state’s courts had become virtual fiefdoms of trial lawyers. Texas recognized few limits on damages claims and imposed minimal accountability on plaintiffs. […]

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Reuters investigates police union contracts

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:05:20 +0000

“Over the last 40 years, cities have bargained away the power to discipline police officers, often in closed negotiation meetings with local unions.” Contracts frequently call for discipline records to be erased at short intervals, allow officers accused of misconduct to see the opposing evidence before having to commit to a story, and require dismissal […]

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January 18 roundup

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:59:40 +0000

Another day, another lawsuit charging a social media company with material support for terrorism. This time it’s Twitter and IS attacks in Paris, Brussels [Benjamin Wittes, Lawfare; Tim Cushing, Techdirt] More: And yet another (Dallas police officer versus Twitter, Facebook, and Google; listed as one of the filing attorneys is 1-800-LAW-FIRM, no kidding, complaint h/t […]

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Labor and the federal courts roundup

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:22:40 +0000

“Labor law in America has reached the absurd point where the NLRB is taking the position that a company can’t tell its employees to have a positive attitude” [Ira Stoll on Trader Joe’s controversy, following on T-Mobile case last April, earlier on predecessor 2014 decision in Hills and Dales General Hospital] Judge Janice Rogers Brown, […]

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EPA cracks down on household wood-burning

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:56:30 +0000

In Alaska. In winter. [John Daniel Davidson, The Federalist] Earlier here, etc. (San Francisco Bay area). Tags: Alaska, Environmental Protection Agency

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