June 28 roundup

  • Cato Institute settles lawsuit over its governance [Adler]
  • As regulators crack down on payday lending, Indian tribes fill the gap [Business Week] Tribal leaders say they are at war with the CFPB, and no, there is no Elizabeth Warren angle [Kevin Funnell]
  • “SEA LAWYER. A shark.” [1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue via Nancy Friedman]
  • Trial lawyers in Oklahoma, as in Texas and Florida, endow slate of favored GOP candidates [Tulsa World]
  • Simple reforms could ease path to more interstate adoptions of foster kids [Jeff Katz, Washington Post]
  • “Can you say ‘overzealous service mark claimant’?” [@internetcases]
  • “Today, anyone can sue anyone else, regardless of how ridiculous the claim may be. But it wasn’t always like this.” [Don Elliott, The Atlantic]

One Comment

  • Generally speaking, a Sea Lawyer is a sailor who uses legalistic “reasoning” to shirk his duty. Invocations of discrimination, and fairness are common ones, but also pitting on authority against another, or expansively interpreting even the strictest orders to result in the most convenient and leisure-bearing interpretation. Broadly, any sailor or shipboard Marine who tries to talk his way out of a direct order can be fairly accused of Sea Lawyering. Like all shirkers, Sea Lawyers are poisonous to shipboard morale.