December 20 roundup

  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry may urge the state to take a step toward loser-pays [NJLRA]
  • “FCC push to regulate news draws fire” [The Hill]
  • Could litigation on behalf of Madoff victims get more than all their money back? [Salmon, more, NYT, Above the Law]
  • “Chevron Says Documents Show Ecuador Plaintiffs Worked With Government” [Dan Fisher/Forbes, more]
  • Organized trial lawyers expect to fare less well in next Congress, but prospects for actual liability reform remain slender [Joseph Weber/Wash. Times, Matthew Boyle/Daily Caller]
  • Mount Laurel rulings in New Jersey (towns given quotas to build low-income housing) described as “libertarian”, I express doubts [Hills, Prawfsblawg]
  • Criminal law’s revolving door: “prosecutors turn up the fire and then sell extinguishers” [Ribstein, TotM]
  • The wages of unconstitutionality: a Utah attorney’s curious fee niche [five years ago on Overlawyered]

One Comment

  • You have to be from New Jersey to understand this issue. The problem with COAH is that it adds another level of regulation and is preposterously complicated. I support getting rid of zoning and agree that zoning keeps prices high. That being said, I do not support having another level of regulation to counteract the problems imposed by the first level. The complexity wants to make you tear your hair out because it is so complicated and stupid.

    Good luck getting rid of it though. The NJ Supreme Court routinely orders the legislature to enact laws, so its unlikely they will let their baby die.