February 29 roundup

  • Jackpot justice and New Jersey pharmacies (with both a Whitney Houston and a Ted Frank angle) [Fox, PoL, our Jan. 3 post]
  • New Mexico: “Trial lawyers object to spaceport limits” [Las Cruces Bulletin]
  • Dodd-Frank: too big not to fail [The Economist] Robert Teitelman (The Deal) on new Stephen Bainbridge book Corporate Governance After the Financial Crisis [HuffPo] Securities suits: “trial lawyers probably won’t be able to defend a defective system forever” [WSJ Dealpolitik]
  • Uh-oh: U.K. Labour opposition looks at unleashing U.S.-style class actions [Guardian] “U.K. Moves ‘No Win, No Fee’ Litigation Reforms to 2013” [Suzi Ring, Legal Week]
  • More on controls on cold medicines as anti-meth measure [Radley Balko, Megan McArdle, Xeni Jardin, earlier here, here, here]
  • Recognizable at a distance: “In Germany, a Limp Domestic Economy Stifled by Regulation” [NY Times]
  • Fewer lawyers in Congress these days [WSJ Law Blog]


  • Norway had similar laws on grocery store hours when I was there in the 1990s, but convenience stores were exempt. Naturally the convenience stores expanded their selections, and the grocery stores cried foul.

    The Trondheim police were not as enthusiastic about enforcing these laws as the Frankfurt city inspector in the NYT story. They let the stores know that as long as they didn’t sell alcohol outside official store hours, enforcing this law was a low priority. You’d walk into a grocery store after 8pm on a weekday, after 6pm on a Saturday, or anytime on Sunday, and there would be tarps covering all the beer and wine.

  • The pseudoephedrine restrictions drive me nuts. I suffer from chronic sinusitis, had sinus surgery last week. I have to buy pseudephedrine every two weeks or so and I am made to feel like a criminal every time I do. Thanks so much big brother for again treating lawful citizens like criminals.