February 2 roundup

  • Many of the best New Jersey sledding slopes are off limits now: “Litigators ruin pretty much everything” [Bainbridge]
  • Granola bar trans-fat lawsuit leaves Russell Jackson unimpressed;
  • “Criminal barbering”: license lapse gets 82-year-old Oregon hair-cutter in legal trouble [Perry]
  • Tomorrow’s economy won’t thrive if municipal authorities strangle innovative businesses where they incubate [Conor Friedersdorf, City Journal]
  • Need to bring property taxes under control? Try litigation reform [NJLRA]
  • Convicted at height of 90s child-abuse prosecution fever, Ohio pair seek to reopen case [Briefcase] More: Balko.
  • Here’s an idea: “Let the shareholders decide if SOX is worth the costs.” [Ribstein]
  • Retired Massachusetts attorney found in possession of stolen art trove [five years ago on Overlawyered] Updates courtesy reader Ronald Stimbert: Legal Blog Watch 2008 (attorney convicted); Cape Cod Times 2010 (paintings returned to owner).


  • “Many of the best New Jersey sledding slopes are off limits now: ”

    One of my favorite childhood sledding slopes we still call “Chicken-Out Hill” due to the very steep incline combined with the multiple trees and plentiful rocks at the bottom. Fortunately it is on family land. There were no injuries.

  • We had a hill like that in my New England town when I was a kid. It was a great ride! I also ran into a tree and broke all the ribs on the right side of my body when I was 10. Sh*t happens. No lawyers were involved, though the hospital was.

  • @ Criminal Barbering–The original purpose of a barber’s license is to protect the public by ensuring that a barber knows proper hygiene, and he properly disinfects the instruments and razors so as not to transmit barber’s itch and other diseases. It is not to ensure good haircuts, because the market will take care of that problem by itself. Originally, it was not supposed to be a source of income for the state.

    Under the circumstances, for a simple lapse, the equitable thing to do is to make the barber pay for all his previous years of lapsed license fees with interest and possibly a financial penalty to discourage others from letting their licenses lapse.

    On the other hand, if a barber is unlicensed because the state yanked his license because of a filthy barber shop, then a “criminal barbering” charge may be in order.

  • sledding slopes … [with] very steep incline combined with the multiple trees and plentiful rocks at the bottom. There were no injuries.”

    Kind of hard to believe. One would think that at a very steep hill ending in trees and rocks, there likely were some injuries.

    I say this because i am conflicted about this trend. At least when I was growing up and sledding, 60s and early 70s, sledding was actually rather dangerous. I saw plenty of shredded skin, several nasty knee injuries, broken arms and noses, not to mention one kid who had his testicles about ripped off completely. I saw sleds shattered and twisted steel runners and indeed a friend who was impaled (thigh) on the back of a steel runner. I permanently damaged my own knee and one time missed a moving car so closely that I actually travelled under the rear quarter. If I had launched a second earlier, I would have been a dead sledder.

    But hey, I’m over-cautious with kids anyway.

  • As to barbering, VMS is correct when he/she noted it is not about haircuts but hygiene and product safety issues.

    For those who blame it on recent liberalism and over-regulation, allow me to recommend you to the 1945 Green Hornet radio show “What Price Glamour” about the need for licensing in the beauty salon business and the attendant horrors in an tonsorial unregulated industry.

  • When I was a kid our favorite sledding hill was known as “Suicide Hill”. You’d think that would give adequate notice of risk.

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