June 16 roundup

by Walter Olson on June 16, 2009

  • Legal hazards of beachcombing: “Keeping bald eagle feather could result in a $100,000 fine and year in prison” [BoingBoing; our Sept. 1999 post]
  • “E.U. Condemns America’s Online Gambling Crackdown” [Sullum, Reason "Hit and Run"]
  • Much-loved Stockton, Calif. eatery Chuck’s Hamburgers is menaced by ADA serial litigator, and friends rally to save it [Stockton Record, 4000-member Facebook group]
  • Doomed AF Flight 447 had multiple connections with France (airline, aircraft maker) and Brazil (takeoff, many passengers’ nationality), so of course some American lawyers are hoping to get resulting suits heard in U.S. courts [Bloomberg]
  • Sure takes a lot of lawyering to bring a movie like “Bruno” to the screen [Althouse, WSJ Law Blog, Legal Ethics Forum]
  • Form vs. substance: U.K. historic-preservation edict saves increasingly impractical Victorian bell frames, at expense of 650-year-old bell ringing tradition [Telegraph via Never Yet Melted]
  • All in a day’s (double) work: take city retirement or even disability, then come back in second job [Al Tompkins, Lowell (Mass.) Sun]
  • Can it be? In just about another two weeks your favorite source of legal consternation will turn ten years old [nine years and eleven months or so ago on Overlawyered]

{ 2 comments }

1 kimsch 06.16.09 at 7:54 pm

the video linked in comments on the BoingBoing link (Eagles) is incredible.

2 Soronel Haetir 06.16.09 at 9:16 pm

I don’t get the whole historic preservation of things that aren’t even 150 years old. Take a look at most of the buildings of antiquity that were built in existing cities, you will see that they were built from the stones of older buildings.

People have this notion that the world is static and that we somehow need to keep it that way. I believe that same attitude permiates a lot of the climate discussion, people just aren’t capable of imagining that the world was ever different despite all of the contrary evidence.

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