October 15 roundup

  • “Jury Says No to Libel Claim Over Truthful E-Mail” [NLJ, Ardia/Citizen Media Law; high-profile First Circuit Noonan v. Staples case, earlier here and here]
  • Transmission of folk music is getting tangled in copyright claims [BoingBoing]
  • Scientific shortcut? Veterans Department will presume Parkinson’s, common heart ailment are caused by Agent Orange for GIs who set foot in Vietnam [NY Times]
  • Federal hate crimes bill: yes, courts will consider speech and beliefs in assessing penalties [Sullum and more, Bader]
  • Texas trial lawyer Mark Lanier’s famed Christmas bash will feature Bon Jovi this year [ABA Journal, background here and here]
  • Let’s explain our Constitution to her: U.K. cabinet minister thinks Arnie can close private website because it’s based in California and he’s governor [Lund, Prawfsblawg]
  • Ten best Supreme Court decisions, from a libertarian point of view? [Somin, Volokh]
  • Cert petition on dismissal of suit against Beretta shows Brady Center still haven’t given up on undemocratic campaign to achieve gun control through liability litigation [Public Nuisance Wire interview with Jeff Dissell, NSSF]


  • Isn’t it sort of bad scientific form to assume things like that? It will prevent more research into what actually is causing their individual heart problems.

  • Joe,

    Agent Orange has been studied for decades. No link was ever found between Agent Orange and anything else. But people believe what they will believe. Half our population believe evolution is untrue.

    The Veterans Department’s ruling is a settlement of sorts. It is a rare duck who can understand how bad this is.

    The last thing needed is more study of Agent Orange or Gulf War Syndrome or Yucca Mountain. We are in a dark age that allows for CPSIA.