December 18 roundup

by Walter Olson on December 18, 2007

  • “Of all the body parts to Xerox!” Another round of stories on efforts to reduce liabilities from office holiday parties [ABA Journal, Above the Law, and relatedly Megan McArdle]
  • New edition of Tillinghast/Towers Perrin study on insurance costs of liability system finds they went down last year, which doesn’t happen often [2007 update, PDF]
  • Vermont student sues Burger King over indelicate object found in his sandwich; one wonders whether he’s ruled out it being a latex finger cot, sometimes used by bakery workers [AP/FoxNews.com]
  • Good discussions of “human rights commission” complaints against columnist Mark Steyn in Canada [Volokh, David Warren and again @ RCP, Dan Gardner; for a contrasting view, see Wise Law Blog]
  • Having trousered $60-odd million in fees suing Microsoft in Minnesota and Iowa antitrust cases, Zelle Hofmann now upset after judge says $4 million in fees should suffice for Wisconsin me-too action [Star-Tribune, PheistyBlog]
  • Australian rail operator will appeal order to pay $A600,000 to man who illegally jumped tracks, spat at ticket inspectors, hurt himself fleeing when detained [Herald Sun]
  • Lawyers’ fees in Kia brake class action (Oct. 29, Oct. 30) defended by judge who assails honesty of chief defense witness [Legal Intelligencer]
  • Who deserves credit for founding Facebook? Question is headed for court [02138 mag]
  • Yes, jury verdicts do sometimes bankrupt defendants, as did this $8 million class action award against a Kansas City car dealer [KC Star, KC Business Journal]
  • Dispute over Burt Neuborne’s Holocaust fees is finally over, he’ll get $3.1 million [NY Sun]
  • So long as we’re only fifty votes behind in the race for this “best general legal blog” honor, we’re going to keep nagging you to vote for Overlawyered [if you haven't already]

{ 4 comments }

1 Mahlon 12.18.07 at 10:04 am

On the K.C. car dealer filing for bankruptcy – there is a moral here. When you lie to people and steal their money, bad things happen.

2 Tom T. 12.18.07 at 10:16 am

Also, its list of creditors was 1758 pages long. The judgment may have hastened its demise, but clearly the wolf was already at the door.

3 Bumper 12.18.07 at 3:05 pm

“So long as we’re only fifty votes behind in the race for this “best general legal blog” honor, …”

It is time to enact the Louisiana method of elections: vote early and vote often.

A vote a day keeps Second Place away!

4 TC 12.18.07 at 6:56 pm

“… Zelle Hofmann now upset after judge says $4 million in fees should suffice …”

One can hope it will become a national trend eh?

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