Abnormal Use interviews Bob Dorigo Jones, founder of the ever-popular Wacky Warning Labels contest.
Sign spotted at Yarmouth station, UK [via @TimMontgomerie @wallaceme]
A recent anime (Japanese cartoon) portrays America as a land where pretty much any misadventure can be turned into grounds for a lawsuit. Siouxsie Law has the (funny? horrifying?) video clip, the plot line of which involves the catastrophic misuse of a microwave oven and its fictional legal consequences.
- By reader acclaim: “Rules in Chandler restrooms: Don’t drink from toilets” [Arizona Republic]
- Arbitration and class actions before the Supreme Court: “Misconceptions about Concepcion” [Andrew Trask]
- County commissioner candidate sues county employees, rival over election flyer [Whidbey Island, Wash. News-Times]
- Fannie’s Tammany: MacLean, Nocera on the politicized world of the mortgage GSEs [Tabarrok]
- $56 million obstetrics verdict against Westchester County, N.Y. hospital [Hochfelder]
- Legal Ethics Forum is looking for guest bloggers;
- New Federalist Society white papers on Ohio and North Carolina supreme courts;
- “When Art Imitates Life: Suing for Defamation in Fiction” [Jane Kleiner, Citizen Media Law]
In case you didn’t know. [California Civil Justice]
“…Use Your Own” [Maggie Koerth-Baker, BoingBoing, seen on a hardwood floor sander, with picture]
I have a bit more to say about the “warning label on the U.S. Constitution” story in Diane Macedo’s FoxNews.com report today, which is getting a lot of readership. Original posts here and here (& welcome KTRH, Lars Larson listeners). Update: statement from Wilder Publications courtesy Distaff View of the World.
Speaking of warnings, Bob Dorigo Jones has picked the finalists for his 13th annual Wacky Warning Labels Contest (on a go-cart: “This product moves when used”) and I’ve got a post on that at Cato at Liberty.
The things you have to warn against these days [Ted at PoL]
I blogged at Cato at Liberty yesterday about a copy of the U.S. Constitution sold with a parental advisory warning (hat tip: reader Clark S.). According to the warning, it might be a good idea not to let kids read the nation’s founding document until having a discussion with them about how views on race, sex, etc. have changed since it was written. It’s just boilerplate, of course, as found on other books from the same publisher. More: Eugene Volokh and Damon Root, Reason “Hit and Run”. And reader L.S. points out that in their prefatory matter the publishers also purport to prohibit readers from using or reproducing the text of the Constitution without permission.
P.S. First Things commenter Jared: “I presume, in the interests of not being chauvinistic about the present, that which they publish written today also carries a similar warning label: ‘This book is a product of the cultural mores and prejudices of the early twenty-first century…'”