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    Overlawyered.com commentary [through mid-June 2003. Items after that date collected here]:

    Mold, 2003: "Mold -- to the highest bidder!", Jun. 23. 2002: "'Doctors find no evidence of mold as a toxic disease'", Sept. 23; "Judge questions 'shotgun' naming of 282 defendants in trailer-mold case", Aug. 21; "The rewards of growing mold together", May 9; "Mold sweepstakes: You May Already Be a Winner", Apr. 25 (& update May 21, 2003).  2001: "Plastic cup blamed for child's autism", Apr. 9; "Mold wars, cont'd", Mar. 2-4.  2000: "Spread of mold law", Oct. 10. 

    Wildlife management, species protection, 2003: "U.K. roundup" (licensing of exotic pet fish), Jun. 12-15. 2001: "False trail of missing lynx", Dec. 18; "Pricing out the human species", Aug. 22-23; "Stories that got away", Jul. 23; "Bush's environmental centrism", Apr. 24.  2000: "Endangered list", Dec. 4; "Snakes' rights not always paramount" (man killed snake in self-defense), Aug. 18-20; "'Imperfect laws add to danger of perfect storms'", Aug. 10.  1999: "Property owners obliged to host rattlesnakes", Oct. 12; "Knock him over with a feather" (migratory bird contraband laws), Sept. 11; "Mow' better ADA claims" (claim of "exotic prairie plants" by resident who didn't want to mow her lawn), Jul. 26. 

    "Bounty-hunting in New Jersey", Jun. 10-11, 2003.

    "'State is suing ex-dry cleaners'" (Calif., Superfund), May 27, 2003.

    Animal rights and wrongs, 2003: "'Suit seeks to keep elephant at L.A. zoo'", May 16-18 (& update Jun. 2); "Pigs' right not to be bored" (EU), Feb. 26; "Pet custody as legal practice area", Feb. 17; "'Grieve for Fido, but don't litigate'", Feb. 12.  2002: "Suit: schoolkids shouldn't attend rodeo", Oct. 24; "Officious intermeddlers, pet division" (chimps; lawyers intervene in divorces on behalf of couple's cats and dogs), May 14-15; "Zoo asserts animals' 'medical privacy'", May 8; "Lawyers for chimps?", Apr. 29-30; "'PETA Says It Will Sue New Jersey Over Deer/Car Accident'", Feb. 25-26; "All things sentimental and recoverable", Jan. 30-31.  2001: "'North America's most dangerous mammal'" (deer), Nov. 29; "Fight over dog's disposition said to cost taxpayers $200K", Nov. 21-22; "Harvard Law's new Bob Barker program in animal rights", Jul. 5.  2000: "Lab mice paperwork", Oct. 26; "European roundup" (Swiss animal-rights initiative), Oct. 16-17; "'Parody of animal rights site told to close'", Jul. 3-4; "Compare and contrast: puppy's life and human's", Jun. 22-25; "Suits by household pets?", May 26-29; "From the dog's point of view", Feb. 8-9; "Down, attorney! Down!", Feb. 1; "Weekend reading: columnist-fest" (Laura Pulfer on animal rights), Feb. 5-6. 1999: "Got milk? Get sued" (veggie lawsuit against milk in schools), Dec. 16; "Wide world of federal law enforcement" ("crush video" ban), Oct. 16-17; "Not just our imagination" (class action against "Big Meat"?), Sept. 25-26; "Polly in Margaritaville" (felony defendant charged with getting parrot tipsy), Aug. 2.

    "Suing 'til the cows come home", May 20, 2003. 

    "U.K. roundup" (global warming suits), Jun. 12-15, 2003; "Tort suits over global warming", Feb. 6-9, 2003; "Global warming suit?", Jul. 31, 2001 (& Aug. 10-12); "Plus extra damages for having argued with us", Aug. 19, 1999. 

    "California's hazardous holiday" (fireplaces), Dec. 27-29, 2002; "Chestnuts-roasting menace averted", Dec. 24-27, 2001; "Put out that match" (agricultural burning, residential wood burning), Feb. 28-Mar. 1, 2001. 

    "Right to know" laws, 2002: "California's hazardous holiday" (acrylamide), Dec. 27-29; "'Lawyers who sue to settle'", Nov. 4-5; "Chocolate, gas-pump fumes, playground sand and so much more", Oct. 15; "'Greedy or Just Green'", Mar. 13-14.  2001: "There'll always be a California" (chocolate and Prop 65), Dec. 4; Letter to the editor (lutefisk exempted from toxic-substance status in Wisconsin), Nov. 29; "Be somewhat less afraid" (nuclear plant terrorism), Nov. 30-Dec. 2; "'U.S. Debates Info on Chemical Hazards'" ("right to know" and terrorism), Nov. 12; "Chemical-plant vulnerabilities: read all about them", Oct. 1.  1999: "Lockyer vs. keys" (California attorney general declares brass a toxic hazard), Nov. 2. 

    "How much did you say that Indian legend was worth?", Sept. 25-26, 2002; "Final innings for Kennewick Man", Sept. 27-28, 2000; "Free Kennewick Man!" (pre-Columbian remains), Oct. 11, 1999. 

    Low exposures, 2002: "A breast-cancer myth", Sept. 3-4; "'Unharmed woman awarded $104,000'" (Canada), May 6.  2001: "There'll always be a California" (chocolate and Prop 65), Dec. 4; "'Incense link to cancer'", Aug. 27-28; "'Candles might be polluting your home, EPA says'", Jun. 19; "While you were out: the carbonless paper crusade", Apr. 25 (& letter to the editor, May 18); "Hunter sues store over camouflage mask", Jan. 12-14.  2000: "'Airbag chemical on trial'", Aug. 14; "Multiple chemical sensitivity from school construction", Jul. 3-4; "Feelings of nausea?  Get in line" (Baton Rouge chemical spill), Jan. 26-27. 1999: "Lockyer vs. keys" (California attorney general declares brass a toxic hazard), Nov. 2. 

    Zoning, land use, 2002: "How much did you say that Indian legend was worth?", Sept. 25-26; "'Preserving' History at Bayonet Point", Feb. 15-17; "Planners tie up land for twenty years", Jan. 18-20.  2001: "Columnist-fest" (John Tierney on NYC battle over IKEA site), May 25-27; "Lessons of shrub-case jailing", May 17; "Perils of regulatory discretion", Jan. 24-25.  2000: "Cornfield maze as zoning violation", Oct. 30.  1999: "Great moments in zoning law" (rescued pets from storm, charged with running unlawful animal shelter), Nov. 22.

    "Mercury in dental fillings", Jul. 16-17, 2002 (& Nov. 4-5, 2002). 

    "Going to blazes" (logging and Western fires), Jul. 1-2, 2002; "Credibility up in smoke?" (same), Jul. 12-14, 2002; letter to the editor, Oct. 23. 

    Industrial farming: "'Tampa Judge Tosses Out Class-Action Suit Against Hog Company'", Jul. 3-9, 2002; "RFK Jr. blasted for hog farm remarks", Apr. 15, 2002 (& Apr. 17, Apr. 19-21, letter to the editor and editor's response, Apr. 19); "Chickens are next", Feb. 6-7, 2002; "Judge throws out hog farm suit", May 7, 2001; "Trial lawyers vs. hog farms", Dec. 7, 2000; "This little piggy got taken to court", Sept. 12, 2000; "Not so high off the hog", Oct. 4, 1999. 

    "'San Francisco Verdict Bodes Ill for Oil Industry'", Jun. 11-12, 2002. 

    "'Legal fight over chemical spill ends with whimper'" (W.V.), Jun. 7-9, 2002. 

    "Flowers, perfume in airline cabins not OK?" (Canada), May 17-19, 2002; "Scented hair gel, deodorant could mean jail time for Canadian youth", Apr. 24, 2000. 

    "The mystery of the transgenic corn", May 14-15, 2002.

    "Erin Brockovich", 2002: "'Erin Brockovich, the Brand'", Apr. 29-30.  2001: "Exxon Brockovich vs. Erin Valdez", Nov. 15; "NBC mulls Brockovich talk show", Nov. 6, 2001; "Brockovich a heroine?  Julia really can act", Mar. 23-25.  2000: "Errin' Brockovich?", Dec. 21, 2000; "'All about Erin'", Oct. 12; "More woes for 'Brockovich' lawyers", Jun. 22-25;  "Brockovich story, cont'd: the judges' cruise", Apr. 18; Brockovich story breaks wide open", Apr. 17; "Plume of controversy", Apr. 14-16; "Hollywood special", Mar. 30.  1999: "A Civil Action II?", July 7. 

    Trial lawyer/enviro alliance?  "RFK Jr. blasted for hog farm remarks", Apr. 15, 2002 (& Apr. 17, Apr. 19-21, letter to the editor and editor's response, Apr. 19); "'Working' for whom?" (Environmental Working Group), May 23, 2001; "Judge throws out hog farm suit", May 7, 2001; "'Bogus' assault on Norton", Jan. 18, 2001; "Trial lawyers vs. hog farms", Dec. 7, 2000. 

    "'Former clients sue attorney O'Quinn'" (Kennedy Heights case), Apr. 8-9, 2002. 

    "Arsenic: one last dose?", Mar. 22-24, 2002; "The view from Arsenictown", Sept. 11, 2001; "'The arithmetic of arsenic'", Aug. 17-19; "Bush's environmental centrism", April 24; "Tempest in an arsenic-laced teacup?", Apr. 18; "'Bogus' assault on Norton", Jan. 18; "The Times vs. Gale Norton", Jan. 15; "Ecology and economy", Jan. 5-7, 2001. 

    "Liability concerns fell giant sequoia", Mar. 12, 2002. 

    "Environmental lawsuits vs. military readiness", Jan. 2-3, 2002. 

    "Overlawyered schools roundup" (environmental impact statement for teacher layoffs?), Dec. 7-9, 2001. 

    "Infectious disease conquered, CDC now chases sprawl", Nov. 9-11, 2001. 

    "States lag in curbing junk science", May 29, 2001. 

    "'Family awarded $1 billion in lawsuit'" (Louisiana land contamination), May 24, 2001. 

    "Prospect of $3 gas", May 10, 2001. 

    Who needs power anyway?: "Sweetness and light from Bill Lockyer", Jun. 1-3, 2001 (& see June 8-10, June 22-24); "California electricity linkfest", Mar. 26, 2001; "Brownout, Shivers & Dim, attorneys at law", Oct. 11, 2000; "Worse than Y2K?" (EPA/DOJ suit against coal-burning utility plants), Nov. 18-19, 1999. 

    "Seventh Circuit rebukes EPA" (Superfund search and seizure), Apr. 23, 2001. 

    Attorneys' fees: "Stories that got away" (Endangered Species Act suits), Jul. 23, 2001; "Losers should pay" (columnist Thomas Sowell; injunctions, bonding requirements), Aug. 4-7, 2000; "Marbled Murrelet v. Babbitt: heads I win, tails let's call it even" ("one-way" fee shifts), Sept. 8, 1999 (& see National Law Journal, Dec. 14, 1999). 

    "Enviro litigator: debate belongs in Congress, not courts", Dec. 29, 2000-Jan. 2, 2001.

    "Federal power over mud puddles?" (wetlands case), Nov. 28, 2000. 

    "From the evergreen file: cancer alley a myth?", Nov. 8, 2000. 

    "'A Civil Action' and Hollywood views of lawyers", Jun. 20, 2000. 

    "Don't cooperate" (lawyers' advice re local health survey), Jun. 9-11, 2000.

    "EPA's high courtroom loss rate", May 26-29, 2000; "When agencies like getting sued", Dec. 6, 1999.

    "After the great power-line panic", May 24, 2000; "Another scare starts to fizzle" (endocrine disrupters), Aug. 19, 1999. 

    "This side of parodies" ("dihydrogen monoxide" parody), May 10, 2000. 

    "Diapered wildlife?" (animal emissions as environmental problem), Apr. 10, 2000; "Backyard trash burning" (suspected as major dioxin source), Jan. 6, 2000. 

    "Emerging campaign issue: 'brownfields' vs. Superfund lawyers", Apr. 4, 2000; "Mayors: liability fears stalling 'brownfields' development", Feb. 26-27, 2000. 

    "Lawyers for famine and wilderness-busting?" (anti-biotech), Jan. 3, 1999. 

    "Weekend reading: evergreens" (Race car great Bobby Unser's snowmobiling rap), Dec. 3-5, 1999. 

    "Leave that mildew alone" (EPA considers mildew-proof paint to be pesticide), Nov. 30, 1999. 

    "Flag-burning protest requires environmental permits" (one for smoke, one for fire), Nov. 3, 1999. 

    "A mile wide and an inch deep" (EPA considers Platte River impaired because sun heats it up), Oct. 15, 1999. 

    "Careful what you tell your lawyer" (feds demand waiver of lawyer-client confidentiality in environmental cases), Sept. 14, 1999; "Overlawyered skies not always safer" (environmental audits and other "self-critical analysis"), Jul. 19, 1999. 

    "Tainted cycle" (class action over infectious bacterium in Milwaukee water supply), Sept. 2, 1999. 

    Articles by Overlawyered.com editor Walter Olson:

    "Hollywood vs. the Truth" ("Civil Action" movie), Wall Street Journal, December 23, 1998. 

    "Don't Steal This Book", review of Property Matters by James DeLong, Wall Street Journal, April 2, 1997 (property rights).

    "Lawyers with Stethoscopes: Clients Beware", Manhattan Institute Civil Justice Memo # 26, June 1996.

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