Overlawyered » Walter Olson http://overlawyered.com Chronicling the high cost of our legal system Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:21:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 “U.S. Senate panel advances global disabilities treaty” http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/crpd-senate/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=crpd-senate http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/crpd-senate/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:20:25 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=47215 “The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 12-6 in favor of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.” I’ve outlined the insuperable problems with the CRPD on many occasions, e.g. here (see also here, here, etc.). It’s not clear why Sens. Robert Dole and John McCain would think the best way to honor […]

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“The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 12-6 in favor of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.” I’ve outlined the insuperable problems with the CRPD on many occasions, e.g. here (see also here, here, etc.). It’s not clear why Sens. Robert Dole and John McCain would think the best way to honor American military veterans is to yield up U.S. sovereignty over large swaths of domestic governance. [Reuters]

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Labor and employment roundup http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/labor-employment-roundup-29/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=labor-employment-roundup-29 http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/labor-employment-roundup-29/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:05:58 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=47107 “Telling Employee He Is ‘Eligible’ For Bonus Not Enough to Create Contractual Obligation” [Chris Parkin/Daniel Schwartz; Connecticut appeals court] Richard Epstein on Obama’s anti-LGBT-discrimination edict for federal contractors [Hoover "Defining Ideas"] D.C. Circuit panel, Janice Rogers Brown writing, strikes down DC tour guide licensing scheme [Ilya Shapiro/Cato, WaPo, Orin Kerr] “Why Progressives Shouldn’t Support Public […]

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  • “Telling Employee He Is ‘Eligible’ For Bonus Not Enough to Create Contractual Obligation” [Chris Parkin/Daniel Schwartz; Connecticut appeals court]
  • Richard Epstein on Obama’s anti-LGBT-discrimination edict for federal contractors [Hoover "Defining Ideas"]
  • D.C. Circuit panel, Janice Rogers Brown writing, strikes down DC tour guide licensing scheme [Ilya Shapiro/Cato, WaPo, Orin Kerr]
  • “Why Progressives Shouldn’t Support Public Workers Unions” [Dmitri Mehlhorn/Daily Beast]
  • “James Sherk of Heritage on Members-Only Bargaining” [On Labor]
  • As discrimination law gradually swallows all else: “Rep. Keith Ellison wants to make union organizing a civil right” [MSNBC]
  • NY Senate committee gives approval to “workplace bullying” law. On thin constitutional ice? [Hans Bader/CEI, earlier]
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    Corinthian Colleges meets its downfall http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/corinthian-colleges-meets-downfall/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=corinthian-colleges-meets-downfall http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/corinthian-colleges-meets-downfall/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:29:50 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=47286 Through the actions of multiple federal agencies — the Department of Education, Securities and Exchange Commission, and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — the Obama Administration has succeeded in wiping out a major for-profit education provider with thousands of employees and 72,000 students, all without bringing a legal charge. Imagine what they could have done if […]

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    Through the actions of multiple federal agencies — the Department of Education, Securities and Exchange Commission, and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — the Obama Administration has succeeded in wiping out a major for-profit education provider with thousands of employees and 72,000 students, all without bringing a legal charge. Imagine what they could have done if they’d filed charges [WSJ editorial]

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    “SawStop suit stopped” http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/sawstop-suit-stopped/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sawstop-suit-stopped http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/sawstop-suit-stopped/#comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 16:18:04 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=47257 Last month federal district judge Claude Hilton dismissed an antitrust suit filed against rival makers of table saws by SawStop, a company that has patented a table saw with innovative safety features. “Hilton’s ruling, while a blow to SawStop, has no legal bearing on the company’s efforts to get the Consumer Product Safety Commission to […]

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    Last month federal district judge Claude Hilton dismissed an antitrust suit filed against rival makers of table saws by SawStop, a company that has patented a table saw with innovative safety features. “Hilton’s ruling, while a blow to SawStop, has no legal bearing on the company’s efforts to get the Consumer Product Safety Commission to require the use of their technology on most table saws sold in the U.S.” Trial lawyers at Boies Schiller and elsewhere have also filed numerous product liability suits against makers of conventional saws; many saw users prefer to go on buying conventional saws, which are much less expensive, in preference to using the SawStop system [David Frane, Tools of the Trade, background; earlier]

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    Leash laws for dogs — and sometimes humans too http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/leash-laws-dogs-sometimes-humans/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=leash-laws-dogs-sometimes-humans http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/leash-laws-dogs-sometimes-humans/#comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:05:04 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=47273 “Busted for Off-Leash Dog, Man Ordered Not to Leave Southern California,” reads the headline. John Gladwin lives right next to a national park in the mountains outside Los Angeles, and has had a series of run-ins with park police after letting his Australian cattle dog, Molly, roam on both sides of the boundary. Now Gladwin […]

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    “Busted for Off-Leash Dog, Man Ordered Not to Leave Southern California,” reads the headline. John Gladwin lives right next to a national park in the mountains outside Los Angeles, and has had a series of run-ins with park police after letting his Australian cattle dog, Molly, roam on both sides of the boundary. Now Gladwin “cannot leave a seven-county area, for any reason, without permission from his probation officer.” [L.A. Weekly]

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    “Friends May Be Liable for Man’s Drunken Cliff Fall” http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/friends-may-liable-mans-drunken-cliff-fall/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=friends-may-liable-mans-drunken-cliff-fall http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/friends-may-liable-mans-drunken-cliff-fall/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:26:12 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=47268 “A man who fell off a cliff while intoxicated can sue the people who brought him there and waited hours to get him help, a California appeals court ruled.” [Jeff Gorman, Courthouse News] Tweet Tags: personal responsibility

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    “A man who fell off a cliff while intoxicated can sue the people who brought him there and waited hours to get him help, a California appeals court ruled.” [Jeff Gorman, Courthouse News]

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    Dept. of unexpected findings, discrimination law division http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/dept-unexpected-findings-discrimination-law-division/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dept-unexpected-findings-discrimination-law-division http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/dept-unexpected-findings-discrimination-law-division/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:47:36 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=47234 “Study results in jurisdictions with state-level protections against housing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation unexpectedly show slightly more adverse treatment of same-sex couples than results in jurisdictions without such protections.” [Samantha Friedman et al., "An Estimate of Housing Discrimination Against Same-Sex Couples," SSRN] Tweet Tags: discrimination law, fair housing

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    “Study results in jurisdictions with state-level protections against housing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation unexpectedly show slightly more adverse treatment of same-sex couples than results in jurisdictions without such protections.” [Samantha Friedman et al., "An Estimate of Housing Discrimination Against Same-Sex Couples," SSRN]

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    Sometimes privacy wins out http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/sometimes-privacy-wins/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sometimes-privacy-wins http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/sometimes-privacy-wins/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:15:24 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=47236 A Utah lawyer has been stalled on his hopes of broadcasting divorce cases on YouTube [Salt Lake Tribune] Tweet Tags: cameras in the courtroom, divorce, Utah

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    A Utah lawyer has been stalled on his hopes of broadcasting divorce cases on YouTube [Salt Lake Tribune]

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    So there were risks in the idea http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/risks-idea/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=risks-idea http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/risks-idea/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:05:44 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=47263 Reality-TV attempt to break world record for “Fastest Time to Jump Through 10 Panes of Tempered Glass” does not end well, money sought [Mike Heuer, Courthouse News] Tweet Tags: assumption of risk, broadcasters

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    Reality-TV attempt to break world record for “Fastest Time to Jump Through 10 Panes of Tempered Glass” does not end well, money sought [Mike Heuer, Courthouse News]

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    Delaware: “Man sues pizzeria for thwarting robbery” http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/man-sues-pizzeria-thwarting-robbery/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=man-sues-pizzeria-thwarting-robbery http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/man-sues-pizzeria-thwarting-robbery/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:45:45 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=47259 Nigel Sykes, currently serving a 15-year sentence, is suing employees of Seasons Pizza in Newport, Del. who allegedly tackled him as he was robbing the pizzeria at gunpoint. His suit, filed without a lawyer, asks in excess of $260,000, saying employees of the dining establishment beat him up and poured hot soup on him. “While […]

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    Nigel Sykes, currently serving a 15-year sentence, is suing employees of Seasons Pizza in Newport, Del. who allegedly tackled him as he was robbing the pizzeria at gunpoint. His suit, filed without a lawyer, asks in excess of $260,000, saying employees of the dining establishment beat him up and poured hot soup on him. “While U.S. District Judge Sue L. Robinson tossed out several of Sykes’ claims, she allowed the case to move forward against the pizza employees, two arresting officers and Seasons.” Sykes, whom police linked to a series of robberies at a bank and various retail establishments, had filed an earlier suit with different factual allegations which was dismissed on procedural grounds. He has also claimed that he should be allowed to take back his plea in the criminal case, arguing in a motion, “I’m not good at making good choices.” [Sean O'Sullivan, Wilmington News Journal]

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