June 12 roundup

by Walter Olson on June 12, 2009

  • Judge in Van Buren County, Michigan won’t approve adoptions unless one parent promises to stay home [Ken at Popehat]
  • Critical view of proposed Performance Rights Act, under which radio would pay new fees to artists and copyright owners [Jesse Walker, Reason]
  • Student threatens to sue school district: “You can say she was an exotic dancer and she was 18, but it was not an equal relationship.” [Boston Herald, columnist Margery Eagan, Worcester Telegram]
  • More attention for U.S. Chamber’s movie trailers promoting awareness of lawsuit abuse [NY Times]
  • Train didn’t actually strike her car at dicey RR crossing after gate closed behind her, but New York woman’s suing Metro-North anyway for the bad scare [Westchester, N.Y. Journal-News]
  • Uh-oh: Defamation-and-privacy section of American Association of Law Schools keeps electing as leaders feminist lawprofs known for speech-restrictionist views [Greenfield, earlier]
  • Cows and vows don’t mix: Oregon county says weddings may not be held on farm-zoned land [KTVZ]
  • Paul Offit, author of noteworthy book Autism’s False Prophets, sued by anti-vaccine blogger [Confutata (scroll), Alyric, link to complaint (PDF) at Courthouse News]

{ 3 comments }

1 Eric T 06.12.09 at 2:49 pm

Train didn’t actually strike her car at dicey RR crossing after gate closed behind her, but New York woman’s suing Metro-North anyway for the bad scare

It’s notable that she is doing this without an attorney, as it is likely that no lawyer would touch it.

I get calls all the time about people almost being injured in an accident. And it’s clear when I reject the matter that they have heard rejections before.

2 Robert 06.12.09 at 2:55 pm

Women Drivers! This story is astounding.

3 Patrick 06.13.09 at 12:16 am

I get calls all the time about people almost being injured in an accident. And it’s clear when I reject the matter that they have heard rejections before.

I got a call once from a woman who’d struck a deer on a winding road in the mountains of North Carolina, and suffered horrible injuries when her car went into the valley.

I had one of those laugh-cry moments when I realized that none of the attorneys she’d called (she must have called many to get to an insurance defense lawyer a hundred miles away) had explained to her that she couldn’t collect from her own auto insurance policy for this. She knew that, and she was pretty smart. She was calling about uninsured motorist coverage, but she’d been given variants on “deer don’t have insurance,” and, “Was it Bambi? We could sue Disney.” . Yet no one had pointed out to her that UM coverage requires an actual motorist.

Honestly, it doesn’t make sense that uninsured motorist coverage doesn’t cover wrecks involving animals. Animals are generally far more responsible than the sort of person who drives a car without insurance.

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