Ted Frank, who directs the Center for Class Action Fairness and was long a co-blogger here at Overlawyered, is the subject of this Bloomberg/BNA profile from Steven Sellers of Class Action Litigation Report. A master key to Ted’s analysis of class action settlement incentives? “The Posner and Easterbrook decisions on class actions… pervade everything I do,” he says, referring to economically informed Seventh Circuit judges Richard Posner and Frank Easterbrook, both also associated with the University of Chicago law school, where Ted studied. Chicken offsets get a mention, too.
- Tributes to Milton Friedman at 100 [Bryan Caplan, Andrew Coulson/Cato]
- Funny “Chicken Offsets” idea is now live courtesy Ted Frank, more economically sound than most boycotts [earlier on Chick-Fil-A furor here, here, etc.]
- Cass Sunstein, now departing from OIRA, a laissez-faire extremist? Maybe to the oft-quoted Prof. Steinzor [Steve Hayward; earlier here, etc.] “Did he quit, or was he nudged?” [David M. Wagner, cf. also Jonah Goldberg]
- “Truck owner wants DEA to pay up after botched sting” [Houston Chronicle via Radley Balko]
- Vaccine critic’s Texas action: “Andrew Wakefield’s libel suit against Brian Deer: Dismissed!” [Orac/Respectful Insolence, earlier]
- “Nanny state at the playground” [Andrew Sullivan, Cabinet magazine]
- Because criminalizing questions of origin has worked so well for exotic woods: Reps. Ed Markey, Barney Frank seek federal criminal penalties for misstatements on seafood origin [Boston Globe]