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U.K. roundup

Because you were clamoring for one:

  • Police warn householders of three convicted burglars but say they cannot describe them for fear of violating their human rights [Telegraph]

  • Eight year old Connor McCreaddie is very fat indeed, so North Tyneside officials are considering taking him from his mum into protective custody [Gillespie, Reason “Hit and Run”]

  • Sounds promising but haven’t seen: author Simon Carr has published compendium of legal horror stories entitled “Sour Gripes” [Telegraph]

  • As in the U.S., prospect of discrimination suits has deterred efforts to keep unhealthily thin fashion models off the catwalk [Guardian]

  • Ban on fox hunting not only is widely evaded but in fact has led to renaissance of the sport [Telegraph]

  • “An incompetent expert [witness] can cause more misery than a psychotic gang member.” [Slapper/Times]

  • Vacationing cop busted for Swiss Army knife [Daily Mail]

  • In hospitals, perhaps a surfeit of privacy [Huddersfield Daily Examiner via KevinMD] and sensitivity [Daily Mail via ditto]

  • Man obsessed by sex after motorcycling injury expected to get multi-million-pound award [Telegraph]

  • Children’s sack race scrapped for lack of liability insurance [Telegraph]; industrialist says inordinate playground risk-aversion is bad omen for economy [ditto]

  • Convicted armed robber “given legal aid to sue over a telephone message that reveals that his phone calls come from prison” [Telegraph]

  • Familiar ring? Controversy mounting over “ambulance chasing”, allegations of sharp practices as no-fee-no-win injury work makes fortunes for some well placed solicitors [Times here, here, here, here]

March 8 roundup

  • Why the tort reform movement is really a civil justice reform movement. [Point of Law; University of Dayton Law Review]
  • What to do about private securities class actions. [Wallison @ AEI]
  • Law firm sued when witness trips, dies, in courtroom accident. [Lattman]
  • Nifong responds to criticism of his handling of Duke Lacrosse case; KC Johnson not impressed.

  • Big corporations have bogus consumer fraud lawsuits, too: NutraSweet maker sues Splenda maker over “Made from sugar so it tastes like sugar.” [Legal Intelligencer]
  • The effect of a malpractice suit on a physician. [Levy via Kevin MD]
  • “Are our institutions or is our sense of justice stronger because of [the Libby] prosecution?” [Fred Thompson; WaPo oped; also many posts by Frum]

March 6 roundup

  • NY trial lawyers furious over state medical society’s plan to put informational posters and postcards in docs’ waiting rooms re: Topic A [Kingston Daily Freeman]

  • But can you sue Spider-Man? “Superheroes” linked to multiple pediatric injuries [BlogMD]

  • By reader acclaim: German farmer’s suit claims teenagers’ fireworks scared his ostrich Gustav right out of the breeding mood [AP/Jake Young]

  • Doug Weinstein is a fan of Edwards, but many of his commenters aren’t [InstaLawyer first, second posts]

  • Former Georgia legislator, author of bill that resulted in Genarlow Wilson’s 10-year sentence (see Feb. 8), says he’s sorry [Towery @ TownHall]

  • A lesson for grabby New Orleans Mayor Nagin? “In the massive floods of 1993, levees broke up and down the Mississippi — and no one sued. They rebuilt.” [Surber]

  • “Defamation of religion” soon to be regarded as contrary to int’l law? [Brayton channeling Volokh](more: Stuttaford)

  • Wouldn’t you just know: Bertolt Brecht’s sly legal dodges, at expense of Kurt Weill and other collaborators, still keep litigators busy long after his death [National Post]

  • U.K.: “Rectorial liability is a time bomb under every enticing glebe” [Guardian]

  • NYC subway system didn’t own or control access stairs, but can be sued over slip-fall anyway [Point of Law]

  • Grocery worker with Down’s Syndrome couldn’t follow basic sanitary rule, but that didn’t mean supermarket could fire him [three years ago on Overlawyered]

March 5 roundup

  • Ray Nagin asks for $77 billion (only $1 billion for infrastructure) in claim; traffic jam outside of courthouse as lawyers rush to file Katrina claims against Army Corps of Engineers. [New Orleans Times-Picayune; USA Today; CNN/AP]
  • Illinois trial lawyers try to expand already broad joint and several liability in that state. [Illinois Justice Blog]
  • Florida legislator Frederica Wilson wishes to ban term “illegal alien”: “I personally find the word ‘alien’ offensive when applied to individuals, especially to children. An alien to me is someone from out of space.” (She’s okay with “illegal,” however.) [News-Press; Overcriminalized blog]
  • Defense-attorney time-stamp shenanigans. [Above the Law]
  • The Deamonte Driver case: lawyer blames the government for parental neglect [Frum]
  • Writing contracts with clarity. [Dillon]
  • Are law firms breaking the law when they bend to client demands for lawyers of a particular color? Curt Levey’s paper “Legal Implications of Complying with Race and Gender-Based Client Preferences” to be discussed at AEI March 13. [AEI; see also Financial Times; Overlawyered Jan. 9 and Dec. 27]

February 27 roundup

  • Arguments Merck won’t be allowed to make in Madison County Vioxx trial. [Point of Law]
  • First Chicago foie gras fines. [Bainbridge]
  • Sometimes med-mal plaintiffs deserve to win. [Times-Herald via Kevin MD]
  • Curious about the Leonard Peltier pardon-seeking underlying the Geffen-Clinton-Obama split? (And where does Obama stand on pardoning Peltier?) [NPPA; TPM Cafe]
  • The polite rejection letter [Parloff]
  • Judge Jack to speak at Cardozo March 27. [Point of Law]

February 22 roundup

February 15 roundup

February 9 roundup

Multi-billion dollar (and down) extortion edition:

  • Merrill Lynch and CSFB appeal extortionate Enron class-action certification. [Point of Law; AEI (Feb. 9); WLF brief]
  • More on the extortionate and lawless $500 billion Wal-Mart class certification. [Point of Law]
  • Mississippi Supreme Court rejects extortionate medical monitoring class actions. [Behrens @ WLF]
  • Lawyer Daniel Hynes tries to extort $2000 from New Hampshire bar holding Ladies’ Night. [Foster’s Daily Democrat (h/t B.C.)]
  • Colorado Civil Justice League stops legislative attempt at giveaway to local trial lawyers. [Point of Law]
  • Wisconsin court: family can be sued for babysitter’s car accident when returning home from dropping off child. [AP/Insurance Journal]
  • Fox seeks to dismiss Borat suit on anti-SLAPP grounds. [Hollywood Reporter Esq. via WSJ Law Blog]

  • Passaic County jury: $28M for “wrongful birth.” []
  • Former AG (and Dem) Griffin Bell: “Judicial Leadership Emerging In Asbestos And Silica Mass Torts” [WLF]
  • Utah legislature considering med-mal reform for ERs. “Neurosurgeons in this town have to pay over $90,000 a year just for the privilege of getting out of bed on a Friday night to drain the blood from the brain of a victim of a drunk driver crash. And they say, I’m not gonna do it. Because the patients are sicker. The procedures are sometimes more invasive and more risky with more complications. Why take that risk if they don’t have to?” [KCPW via Kevin MD; Provo Herald]

  • A little-read blog promoting a soon-to-be-pulped fictional account of tort reform is really begging for a link from us, what with three out of the last five posts making amateurish (and often false) personal attacks on this site’s authors or soliciting others to also fling poo. No dice.

February 5 Roundup

  • First Democratic earmark for trial lawyers. [Point of Law; Grace]
  • Philip Howard on the lack of trust in the American justice system. [Common Good/NY Sun]
  • Cooperman pleads guilty to Milberg Weiss kickbacks. Anonymous commenter at WSJ Law Blog: “Mr. Taylor of Zuckerman Spaeder contends that Mr. Cooperman’s statements “have never been credible.” Then why on God’s green earth did Milberg Weiss repeatedly use Mr. Cooperman as a plaintiff in the first instance for so many years if he was not credible? Is Mr. Vogel, another plaintiff whom Milberg Weiss repeatedly used for decades who also has pled guilty similarly not credible? Milberg Weiss certainly has a penchant for finding “not credible” plaintiffs for representing class interests.” [Point of Law; WSJ Law Blog]
  • Bone-screw litigation and informed consent claims. [Drug and Device Law Blog]
  • Dan Markel has a more theoretical look at the car-wash “forgiveness” case. [Prawfsblawg]
  • Getting rich on backdating (but not the way you think) [Ribstein]
  • Jury selection in San Francisco [Cal Biz Lit; see also NLJ]
  • Hawaii losing doctors; gov calls for reform; 86% of Hawaii med-mal claims without merit [The Honolulu Advertiser]
  • The miracle of joint and several liability: Police chase injuries put city on hook $4.5 million, because city held a 10% responsible for felon’s car accident. [The Olympian]
  • Judge Harry Hanna becomes star for his slap on the wrist to Chris Andreas, but, more jaw-dropping: Ninth Circuit Judge Bea defends the double-dipping lawyer. [Point of Law; Legal Pad; WSJ Law Blog photo of Andreas t-shirt]
  • The Guardian v. AEI. [Adler @ Volokh; Frum; Point of Law]