November 23 roundup

  • Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales speaks at Cato about standing up to Chinese censors, Friedrich Hayek’s influence on the encyclopedia’s design, and legislative ignorance [video via David Boaz post, related]
  • Unlikelihood of confusion: NJ’s Garden State Parkway sends cease and desist over winery logo [Timothy Geigner, TechDirt]
  • Occupational licensing rules make it hard to move from state to state [Eric Boehm, related Ilya Somin/USA Today and podcast]
  • Lawyers who sued Volkswagen over emissions want $175 million [Joe Mullin]
  • “Top ten dodgy lawyers in literature” [Alex Wade, Guardian]
  • Useful maxim: “Never support any government power you would not want your ideological enemy wielding” [Coyote]


  • Walter Olson. On this day before Thanksgiving, I just wanted to say thanks for your great blog. It’s a wonderful source of information about government intrusion into our lives via the law and how lawyers pervert the law for their enrichment and to our detriment.

  • You are very welcome, and thanks for those kind thoughts.

  • Adding my part to Jeff M’s thoughts.

    Thank you for Overlawyered, which I have read for many years now, and continue to look forward to as part of my daily routine.

    Health and Happiness to you and yours.

  • Add one more to the list. Thank you, Walter, for all you have done and all the best to you and your loved ones.

  • I think of Thanksgiving as a time to be thankful for (as distinct from “to,” right?) friends, family, and colleagues for all the ways they enrich my life. Readers here at Overlawyered have come to be very much a part of that, even if we have never met in person. I’m also especially thankful this year for the blessings of good health and the prospect of holding on to those for a long time to come.

  • A day late for the train here. But I join those who thank you for your very informative blog. I’ve read it regularly for years now.

    Hope you and your family have a warm and wonderful Thanksgivng weekend.