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President’s Day: remembering Calvin Coolidge…

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:09:01 +0000

…for his civil rights legacy, in my new post at Cato. More on the Calvin Coolidge record from Cato colleagues Gene Healy (reviewing Amity Shlaes’s biography), more, and Dan Mitchell. Tags: WO writings

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Workplace roundup

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:56:04 +0000

Bad idea keeps spreading: “Philadelphia to Prohibit Asking Job Applicants About Their Prior Wage History” [Ford Harrison] Bill introduced in Maryland legislature [Danielle Gaines, Frederick News-Post on HB 398] “New York (State and City) Imposes New Rules for Freelancers, State Contracts” [Daniel Schwartz] On the minimum wage, lame reporting and motivated reasoning make war on […]

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“Cheating Frenchman sues Uber for unmasking his mistress”

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:03:14 +0000

“An adulterous businessman in southern France is seeking damages of up to 45 million euros ($48 million) from Uber over his wife’s discovery of his extra-marital rides, his lawyer and a report said Friday.” According to the man, he once used his wife’s phone to arrange a ride, and although he logged the account off […]

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“Dad who live-streamed his son’s birth on Facebook loses in court”

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 18:36:14 +0000

Fair use, says a federal judge: “A father who live-streamed his son’s birth on Facebook and proceeded to sue for copyright infringement several media outlets that used the clips has lost his case.” [Joe Mullin, ArsTechnica] Tags: copyright, Facebook, obstetrics

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Switcheroo: newspaper publisher threatens to sue politician for libel

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:08:39 +0000

A Colorado state senator disparaged his hometown paper, the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, as “fake news” (as well as “very liberal”). The publisher of the family-owned newspaper then responded with an editorial that struck a threatening tone: “see you in court.” [Corey Hutchins, Columbia Journalism Review] Tags: Colorado, libel slander and defamation, newspapers

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She “wanted a ‘reasonable accommodation’ to move out.”

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:36:15 +0000

The legal hassles that face landlords in New York City and California are well known, but saying goodbye to an unwelcome tenant can bring its share of drama in Ohio, too, given all the different grounds for complaint [Bert Stratton, City Journal] Tags: disabled rights, landlord tenant law, Ohio

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Liability roundup

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:02:57 +0000

In the just-out eighth edition of the Cato Handbook for Policymakers, I helped revise and add to the chapter on tort and class action reform, joining Robert A. Levy and Mark Moller as authors; Baron & Budd “Preparing For Your Deposition” asbestos memo still being fought over in court 20 years later [David Yates/Southeast Texas […]

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More federalization of crime? No thanks

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 05:05:16 +0000

On “Blue Lives Matter” sentence enhancement, floated as a national idea in one of President Donald Trump’s three executive orders last week on crime, the feds really have no business meddling when local legal systems are appropriately vigorous in prosecuting and punishing a category of offense, as is ordinarily true of injuries to police [Jonathan […]

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Environment roundup

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:15:46 +0000

How regulators dismiss economists’ advice: the case of CAFE fuel economy regs [David Henderson] Other auto manufacturers appear to have an emissions cheating problem, raise your hand if you’re surprised [Coyote] “You can end up getting a platinum LEED certification and still have the highest energy consumption density in the city of Chicago, as it […]

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“Forcing Apple to Shut Down Drivers’ Phones Is a Terrible Idea”

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:14:32 +0000

What could go wrong? [Katherine Mangu-Ward, Reason; Nick Farr, Abnormal Use] Tags: Apple, cellphones

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