December 23 roundup

  • AT&T sued for $1 billion for allegedly misclassifying managers [Hyman, American Lawyer]
  • Shaken-baby-syndrome angle deserved more attention in Baucus-girlfriend-for-U.S.-Attorney flap [Kos, Freeland, earlier]
  • Awful: “Holocaust Denier Sues Survivor” [South Florida Sun-Sentinel via Faces of Lawsuit Abuse “worst lawsuits of 2009” poll which you can take here]
  • Bizarre new twist in rogue Philly cop unit story [Balko, earlier here, here, etc.]
  • More on the first “Bruno” lawsuit against Sacha Baron Cohen [Lowering the Bar, earlier]
  • False accusation as academic career booster: “The Rot at Duke” [Stuart Taylor, Jr., National Journal]
  • Claim: Netflix recommendation algorithm contest exposed a subscriber’s privacy to her detriment [Singel, Wired]
  • No “Continuing Duty to Investigate Accuracy” of Newspaper Article Posted on Web Site [Volokh on Jenzabar case, earlier here and here]


  • In re the Holocaust-denier suit, the first thought that occurred to me was to wonder why the case was not simply thrown out. I notice that the name of the judge in the suit is not mentioned in the article in the link.

    Perhaps this lack of public accountability for wasting the time and money that goes into the courts is part of the problem.


  • As to the denier suit, I wonder how a 25 year old man could possibly have been libeled by an account, true or false, of events that are alleged to have occured some four decades before his birth?