October 28 roundup

  • Self-parody watch: Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Ct.) wants federal program to dispense free diapers [Fox News]
  • Trial-lawyer-friendly Florida Supreme Court could strike down state’s 2003 malpractice limits [Orlando Business Journal]
  • Don’t forget to thank Wal-Mart lobbyists for that debit fee charge [Mark Perry]
  • “Should insurers [be compelled by law to] pay for eating disorders?” [NYT “Room for Debate”]
  • Texas man drops suit against former fiancee [Above the Law]
  • “$75,000 Settlement for Muslim Teacher Denied 19 Days’ Unpaid Leave for Hajj (Pilgrimage to Mecca)” [Volokh]
  • Epidemiology for hire: “The Texas Sharpshooter Goes Free Range” [David Oliver]


  • According to a study sponsored by Huggies diapers, one in three families struggle to provide diapers and one in 20 mothers have used reused wet or soiled disposable diapers.

    Obviously Huggies is a disinterested party that just has the welfare (pun intended) of these poor mothers in mind.

    The maker of Huggies on Monday cut its sales outlook in the U.S. and other developed markets, citing a low birth rate due to the economic downturn.

    Well maybe not.

  • That ‘Muslim teacher’ case wasn’t about her leave. It was, rather, that the school board had no process through which to handle religious accommodation issues–for any religion–in its contracts. That was what DOJ and EEOC were suing over; that’s what the settlement obtained.

  • A very odd feature of the “Muslim Teacher” case is that the fact that the school district had no religious accommodation policy and that this was the central aspect of the case was never mentioned in the coverage that I read prior to the settlement, which dealt exclusively with the reasonableness of the teacher’s request for leave. Overall, the press and blogs did not do a good job on this one.