September 16 roundup

  • House Judiciary holds hearing on asbestos-claim fraud and abuse, with Prof. Brickman headlining [Main Justice, Legal NewsLine, WSJ law blog, PoL, Brickman testimony]
  • Endangered species habitat in Nevada: “Elko County wants end to 15-year-old trout case” [AP]
  • “Why is the Eastern District of Texas home to so many patent trolls?” [Ted Frank/PoL, more] Tech giants say multi-defendant patent suits place them at disadvantage [WSJ Law Blog] Plus: “Patent company has big case, no office” [John O’Brien, Legal NewsLine]
  • Lawsuit settlement and the lizard brain [Popehat]
  • “U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Looks Into Eminent Domain Abuses” [Kanner, Somin] U.K.: “Squatters could be good for us all, says judge in empty homes ruling” [Telegraph]
  • Madison mob silences Roger Clegg at news conference where he releases new study of UW race bias [ABA Journal, Althouse]
  • Life in Australia: “Another motorized-beer-cooler DUI” [Lowering the Bar]


  • that is just an awesome ruling, judge. Squatting is not a crime.

  • Re: Clegg. He’s not the first conservative speaker to be shut down by protestors. Talk to Ann Coulter, Ward Connerly, Jared Taylor. Race especially triggers this. There is a sense of entitlement among the elements of the left who take up racial issues here — they know there will be no consequences for their actions. When Eric Holder’s DOJ looks the other way on Black Panthers, do these protestors have anything to fear? Jared Taylor had an entire conference shut down because of threats of violence toward the hotels. Imagine if the roles were reversed: the NAACP has to cancel a meeting because a Klansman called and threatened the hotelier with violence. What would the reaction be?

  • “Squatters could be good for us all, says judge.”

    I read that in the Telegraph at least three times, and still do not get it. OK, in the UK squatting is not in itself a crime (and from some of the cases it seems trespassing is not either), but just how does that lead to publishing a list of places which are empty?

    Now, yes, a list of places people could move into without immediate payment, perhaps conditional on repair/upkeep, perhaps – but voluntary, though pushing councils into listing some at all for public (non-developer) information may be called for.

  • “ThinkProgress,” the website of the Center for American Progress, reports on Clegg’s shouting-down in what I read as an approving tone: