February 14 roundup

  • “From Chevron to Arlington: The Court and the Administrative State at Sea” [Michael Greve]
  • “Tawana Brawley ordered to pay settlement to man she accused of rape” [ABA Journal] False memories of being assaulted by Tigger, and how that can happen [Lowering the Bar; William Saletan, Slate, debunks a Gawker story, 2010]
  • “Portlandia — The Bed and Breakfast Inspector” [Armisen/Brownstein, IFC]
  • Writer at National Review Online sees Obama’s “pro-marriage” talk as logically entailing big new entitlement program, and applauds that [W. Bradford Wilcox]
  • “What’s Next For The Class Action Plaintiffs’ Bar? Getting Deputized By State Attorneys General” [Kevin Ranlett, Mayer Brown]
  • “Christian School’s Lawsuit May Test Supreme Court’s Religious Freedom Ruling in Hosanna-Tabor Case” [Fed Soc Blog]
  • “The Slippery Slope (Insurance Fears = No More Sledding)” [Free-Range Kids]


  • People need to stop whining about how insurance companies ruin everything. It’s a circular reaction world. Insurance is about spreading the risk. Losses incurred (lawsuits-costs and verdict/settlements) are borne by all of us. If you have an activity that will inevitably lead to someone filing a lawsuit (i.e, I didn’t know it was dangerous to sled down this hill, the ski resort should have warned me, give me a million bucks), then from a risk management point of view, that has to be accounted for in policy writing. I’m not saying the industry is perfect, but jiminy Christmas, the insurance industry is just doing what they are supposed to. We can’t whine about ever increasing rates when the losses (real, imagined, or made up for monetary gain) are rising even faster.

  • @DC: exactly. It’s not the insurers that are so much to blame, as litigiousness.