October 12 roundup

  • After President Obama’s Orlando photo-op with construction workers came the high-ticket fundraiser at the home of med-mal titan John Morgan [Orlando Sentinel]
  • “Lawyer Sues Facebook, Says Tracking Cookie Violates Wiretap Laws” [ABA Journal]
  • The bone-marrow bounty that could save a life — and the law that gets in the way [Virginia Postrel]
  • New coalition to repeal New York’s unfair Scaffold Law;
  • “How the FDA Could Cost You Your Life” [Scott Gottlieb on medical device lags, WSJ]
  • Mississippi: new release of sealed Scruggs-scandal documents [YallPolitics, Freeland]
  • What I learned (about false accusation) at Dartmouth [Gonzalo Lira]


  • The last item with the Gonzalo Lara link is very interesting. Taking the blog post as reliable, one wonders why very intelligent, in the SAT sense, believe fantastic claims without corroboration. Senator Franken did this in the Jones case, and many did so in the recent controversy involving the Davis execution. And, of course, there was the Duke Lacrosse case.

  • William,

    Political correctness run amuck, and I can almost guarantee you that there was a faculty advisor or dean with their thumb on the scale of justice.

  • Walter,

    I had to click through your “john morgan” tag to figure out why you called him a “med-mal titan.” Sure, Morgan & Morgan does their fair share of med-mal, but I wouldn’t call them a “med-mal” firm because that implies they’re specialized and focused on med-mal.

    It’s undoubtedly less than 10% of their work; I bet they make 2x or more off car accidents as med-mal. The firm as a whole is a more general “personal injury” firm, with some growth into other sector like mass torts and even some non-injury work like social security disability.

    Just FYI.

  • Serves me right for relying too heavily on news clips in the item.