November 13 roundup

by Walter Olson on November 13, 2012

  • New law grads and others, come work for liberty at the Cato Institute’s legal associate program [Ilya Shapiro]
  • Lawsuit against United Nations seeks compensation for mass cholera outbreak in Haiti [Kristen Boon, Opinio Juris]
  • “Parents Sue Energy Drink After Girl’s Death” [NBC Washington; Hagerstown, Md.] “The New York Times Reveals That 18 Servings of an Energy Drink Might Be Excessive” [Jacob Sullum]
  • Claim: There is no explosion of patent litigation [Adam Mossoff, Truth on the Market, and further]
  • “After Inmates Sue for Dental Floss, Jailers Explain the Security Risk” [ABA Journal, earlier]
  • Court: First Amendment protects right of “The Bachelor” producers to consider contestants’ race [Volokh, earlier]
  • From Florida tobacco litigation to an, um, interesting higher-education startup [Inside Higher Ed, h/t Overlawyered commenter Jeff H.]

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1 boblipton 11.13.12 at 8:40 am

I see that one of the reasons the UN is fighting is that it doesn’t have the money. Since when has the ability of the defendant to pay been a consideration in an American court?


2 Frank 11.13.12 at 12:37 pm

Re: the suit of Monster energy drink

It is noted in the one article that “two 24-ounce cans of Monster Energy Drink contain 480 milligrams of caffeine, the equivalent of five eight-ounce cups of coffee.”

This is what the girl drank in 24 hours.

I routinely drink a half-dozen or more 8oz coffees between 8:00am and 5:00pm. Sometimes a couple of cups with dinner too.

3 No Name Guy 11.13.12 at 12:54 pm

Re Frank’s comment:

Lets see, 2 x 24 ounces = 48 ounces of energy drink.
5 x 8 ounces = 40 ounces of coffee.

Same amount of caffeine in both.

One can conclude (if those facts are correct) that energy drinks have a lower concentration of caffeine than coffee. Therefore, if energy drinks are dangerous (from OD-ing on caffeine) then coffee is, only more so. Hmmmm….I think I sense a new money making opportunity by suing a certain large coffee chain.

4 JohnC 11.13.12 at 6:55 pm

A bit odd the ABA cites Mythbusters, rather than the dozens of cases in which inmates have used floss, for cutting and cordage, to (at least partially) escape. It’s not a hypothetical concern.

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