Posts Tagged ‘roundups’

November 3 roundup

  • Don’t forget Point of Law’s featured roundtable discussion on the midterm elections. [Point of Law]
  • Public Citizen’s consumer law blog is holding a book club, and they’ve invited AEI’s Michael Greve into the hostile territory to discuss his book on consumer-fraud class actions. Both the book and the discussion are must-reading. [CL&P; CL&P; CL&P]
  • Lester Brickman and others talk about mass tort screening fraud on your iPod. [Federalist Society]
  • November 8 in DC: the Kaiser Family Foundation is hosting a big panel on health courts. [Common Good]
  • Roundup of links on the outrageous Illinois Chief Justice Robert Thomas libel suit. This really deserves a longer post by itself. [Bashman]
  • Melvin Dummar is back in court with his implausible Howard Hughes lawsuit. [AP/MSNBC via ATL]
  • Barney Frank also doesn’t like the internet gambling ban. [Frank via Evanier]
  • Today’s outrageous Ninth Circuit decision: a 2-1 invalidation of a meth-addict’s guilty plea for murder. Judge Bybee’s dissent tears it apart. [Smith v. Baldwin; The Recorder; Above the Law]
  • Clint Bolick of Institute for Justice, on the other hand, defends judicial activism in an interview with Russell Roberts. [Cafe Hayek]
  • Have we mentioned the new website with all of Judge Richard Posner’s opinions in one place? [Project Posner]

October 31 roundup

  • A WSJ Law Blog commenter thinks I’m too restrained in criticizing the plaintiffs’ bar. [WSJ Law Blog]
  • The Bush administration just might accomplish something else reform-related in its last two years. [Point of Law; Ideoblog]
  • 12-year-old California boy tries to jump over five-foot-long Halloween decoration that has chicken wire sticking out, hurts himself, 2-1 court decision says he can sue school district for failing to supervise him. [Los Angeles Daily News]
  • Jaycees may be forced to disband over haunted house lawsuit; they’ve stopped running the haunted house already. [Quad City Times]
  • Judge Easterbrook: “Gobs of judicial (and law-firm) time have been squandered by the combination of sloppy drafting, repeated violations of Rule 65(d), and inattention to all sources of subject-matter jurisdiction. If these lawyers were physicians, their patients would be dead.” [Blue Cross and Blue Shield Assoc. v. American Express Co. via Bashman]
  • Britons vandalize speed cameras. [NY Times]
  • Roger Pilon on California Prop 90. [LA Times via Bashman]
  • How to use a condom optimally, and save $13.5 million a year to boot. [Marginal Revolution]
  • You like me! You really, really like me! Or, if not “like,” a small fraction of you tolerate me enough to download my writings off of SSRN. [Torts Prof Blog]

October 30 roundup

  • My Oct. 28 WSJ op-ed is now on-line for free. [AEI]
  • Your tax dollars at work: $24.2 million for two 17-year-old trespassers burned by high-voltage electrical wires six feet above the top of an Amtrak train that they had climbed. The one who received “only” $6.8 million had injuries minor enough that he’s serving in the Army now. [Lancaster Online via Northridge Buzz Blog]
  • Refuting trial lawyers’ claims of repealing McCarran-Ferguson as a panacea for insurance rates. [Point of Law]
  • “At what point are these accommodations exacerbating learning disabilities, and creating life disabiltities?” [Ivey; Wall Street Journal]
  • $1.5 million verdict: plaintiff blamed her bipolar disorder on a nurse’s error that caused a lung to collapse. [Columbus Ledger-Enquirer; see also Kevin MD commenters]
  • Trial lawyers insult West Virginia businessmen for daring to challenge their hegemony. [Institute for Legal Reform]
  • Bank of America overcredits account, takes money back, gets hit with California state class action verdict that could cost billions. [Point of Law]
  • Latest Duke lacrosse case outrage: prosecutor’s office says it hasn’t even interviewed alleged victim. [Volokh; Outside the Beltway; Corner]
  • In anticipation of Philip Morris v. Williams, hear the great Sheila Birnbaum argue State Farm v. Campbell. [Oyez MP3 via Mass Torts Prof]
  • Kristol: the U.S. Senate still matters because of judicial nominations. [Weekly Standard]
  • Election challenge to Washington state incumbent Supreme Court justice who is supported by trial lawyers. [Seattle Post-Intelligencer via Bashman]
  • Don’t tell AG Lockyer, or he’ll want to sue the fat for global warming. [NY Times via Kevin MD]

October 24 roundup

  • I’m speaking at the National Press Club today on the Philip Morris v. Williams case. [Point of Law; Medill summary; Bashman analysis]
  • How much skin color discrimination is there? [Somin @ Volokh]
  • Latest in the Ninth Circuit follies. [Above the Law]
  • Difficulty of making causal link between lung disease and 9/11 dust. [NY Times; TortsProf]
  • Kirkendall on the Skilling sentence. [Kirkendall]
  • Quelle surprise: ATLA dishonestly attacks me. [Point of Law]
  • Ford seems to have settled, instead of fighting, the ludicrous Texas Garcia decision where they got blamed for a drunk-driving accident with unbelted passengers. [Point of Law; CFIF]
  • Scalia: “The more your courts become policy-makers, the less sense it makes to have them entirely independent.” [AP]
  • Richard Epstein on legislators v. Wal-Mart [EconTalk Podcast]
  • Environmentalists v. private property rights. [CEI blog]
  • Litigious Pennsylvania judge Joan Orie Melvin sues for a pay-cut. [Bashman]
  • Why law firm associates work so hard. [Marginal Revolution]

October 17 round-up

  • Interview with ICJL’s Ed Murnane on Madison County judiciary elections. [Madison County Record; see also Illinois Justice Blog]
  • London pension fund: oops, we just sued BP [Point of Law]
  • New York court throws out mold suit with systematic rebuttal of the junk science involved. [Point of Law]
  • Next mass tort: anti-psychotic drugs. [Mass Tort Litigation Blog]
  • “Vibrant, dynamic, gravitas, ambitious, hungry and 17 other words or phrases have been banned by one of Britain’s top recruitment agencies for fear of falling foul of new anti-ageism laws.” [Telegraph (h/t F.R.)]
  • Israel Supreme Court: compensatory damages don’t include cost of prostitute visits. This actually reversed a lower-court decision to the contrary. [Avi Bell/PrawfsBlawg via Above the Law]

October 16 round-up

  • “‘I’ve never felt so ill,’ says one reporter about the NY Times’s coverage of the Duke lacrosse-team case.” [New York Magazine]
  • Double-standards for judicial seminars. [Point of Law; Volokh]
  • 14-year-old British student arrested for not wanting to do class project with non-English speakers? [Volokh]
  • Our October 13 entry on the pros and cons of complusory licensing in copyright provoked one of our longest comment threads ever.
  • Will regulators shut down an aversive-stimuli special-education school? Should they? [Village Voice via Cowen]
  • Cheap crime deterrent: wearing pink. [Prettier than Napoleon] Meanwhile, professors debate shaming in general. [Markel on PrawfsBlawg and SSRN; Berman; Markel reply; Kerr on Volokh; Markel reply]
  • Trent Lott about to implement bad public policy out of spite. [RiskProf]
  • Greg Beck has good analysis of the Emerson v. NBC garbage disposal suit. Always glad to see Public Citizen support liability reform. [CL&P]
  • Is “erroneous removal” a problem? [Point of Law; TortsProf Blog]