Overlawyered » Walter Olson http://overlawyered.com Chronicling the high cost of our legal system Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:08:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 “So, what’s the best defense to a discrimination claim?…” http://overlawyered.com/2014/10/whats-best-defense-discrimination-claim/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/10/whats-best-defense-discrimination-claim/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:32:36 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=49194 “…Hire others in the same protected group.” [Jon Hyman, Ohio Employer's Law Blog] Wait a minute. Isn’t that discrimination? And if, as Jon Hyman argues with some show of logic, employers have a strong incentive to follow this advice in replacing a dismissed employee given the way courts currently handle bias complaints, should we be […]

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“…Hire others in the same protected group.” [Jon Hyman, Ohio Employer's Law Blog] Wait a minute. Isn’t that discrimination? And if, as Jon Hyman argues with some show of logic, employers have a strong incentive to follow this advice in replacing a dismissed employee given the way courts currently handle bias complaints, should we be disturbed that the law is itself encouraging discrimination?

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Update: court rules against Noriega “Call of Duty” suit http://overlawyered.com/2014/10/update-court-rules-noriega-call-duty-suit/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/10/update-court-rules-noriega-call-duty-suit/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:29:18 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=49188 A California state court, interpreting the state’s “right of publicity” law, has ruled that the rights of former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega were not infringed when he was turned into a character in the videogame Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Eugene Volokh has details [earlier]. Tweet Tags: right of publicity, videogames

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A California state court, interpreting the state’s “right of publicity” law, has ruled that the rights of former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega were not infringed when he was turned into a character in the videogame Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Eugene Volokh has details [earlier].

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October 31 roundup http://overlawyered.com/2014/10/october-31-roundup-3/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/10/october-31-roundup-3/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:05:52 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=48173 “Government Is the Biggest Threat to Innovation, Say Silicon Valley Insiders” [J.D. Tuccille, Reason] Acrimonious split between Overlawyered favorite Geoffrey Fieger and long-time law partner Ven Johnson [L.L. Brasier, Detroit Free Press] Case against deference: “Now More Than Ever, Courts Should Police Administrative Agencies” [Ilya Shapiro on Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association; boundary between "interpretive" […]

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  • “Government Is the Biggest Threat to Innovation, Say Silicon Valley Insiders” [J.D. Tuccille, Reason]
  • Acrimonious split between Overlawyered favorite Geoffrey Fieger and long-time law partner Ven Johnson [L.L. Brasier, Detroit Free Press]
  • Case against deference: “Now More Than Ever, Courts Should Police Administrative Agencies” [Ilya Shapiro on Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association; boundary between "interpretive" and "legislative" agency rules]
  • “The Canary in the Law School Coal Mine?” [George Leef, Minding the Campus] Ideological diversity at law schools [Prof. Bainbridge and followup]
  • Familiar (to economists) but needed case against state auto dealership protection laws [Matt Yglesias, Vox; our tag]
  • Trial lawyers dump millions into attempt to defeat Illinois high court justice Lloyd Karmeier [Chamber-backed Madison County Record, Southern Illinoisan]
  • A genuinely liberal regime would leave accreditation room for small Massachusetts college that expects students to obey Biblical conduct standards [Andrew Sullivan, more]
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    Our public servants http://overlawyered.com/2014/10/public-servants/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/10/public-servants/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:08:38 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=49172 Chicago police union sues to keep newspapers from seeing misconduct reports [Sun-Times; headline borrowed from @tpcarney] Tweet Tags: Chicago, labor unions, police

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    Chicago police union sues to keep newspapers from seeing misconduct reports [Sun-Times; headline borrowed from @tpcarney]

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    Houston mayor withdraws pastor subpoenas http://overlawyered.com/2014/10/houston-mayor-withdraws-pastor-subpoenas/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/10/houston-mayor-withdraws-pastor-subpoenas/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:49:32 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=49168 One instance of abusive litigation discovery down, 437,816 to go. [WSJ Law Blog, Houston Chronicle, City of Houston, earlier] More from Scott Shackford, Reason: “Oppressive subpoenas like this happen all the time, which is probably why Houston didn’t even realize it was poking at a hornet’s nest. Cities across the country fight back like this […]

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    One instance of abusive litigation discovery down, 437,816 to go. [WSJ Law Blog, Houston Chronicle, City of Houston, earlier]

    More from Scott Shackford, Reason: “Oppressive subpoenas like this happen all the time, which is probably why Houston didn’t even realize it was poking at a hornet’s nest. Cities across the country fight back like this against citizens attempting to exert their right to influence municipal policy. … If the targets hadn’t been pastors, would we even had known about the subpoenas?”

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    Experimental drugs, terminal patients, and “right to try” statutes http://overlawyered.com/2014/10/experimental-drugs-terminal-patients-right-try-statutes/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/10/experimental-drugs-terminal-patients-right-try-statutes/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:24:35 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=49158 Many libertarians have expressed interest in statutes, enacted in five states, which seek to give incurably ill patients access to “investigational” drugs which have passed the first stage in the FDA’s approval process but not reached final approval. Nice goal, but according to James Beck at Drug & Device Law: …we don’t think these statutes […]

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    Many libertarians have expressed interest in statutes, enacted in five states, which seek to give incurably ill patients access to “investigational” drugs which have passed the first stage in the FDA’s approval process but not reached final approval. Nice goal, but according to James Beck at Drug & Device Law:

    …we don’t think these statutes are going to accomplish much, let alone achieve their purpose of making investigational drugs generally available to terminally ill patients having no other choices.

    One obstacle is the supremacy of the FDA:

    States can pass all the laws they want, but unless the FDA gives its okay to programs more expansive than its compassionate use (“expanded access”) program, nothing’s going to happen. It’s called “preemption.”

    A second is liability. While the new crop of statutes are an improvement on earlier proposals which sought to conscript pharmaceutical companies’ participation, they still give drugmakers no strong protection from resulting lawsuits, and sometimes include language hinting at the reverse. Even though plaintiff’s lawyers would face their own challenges of proving causation and damages, there would still be unknowable legal downside with relatively scant upside, making for poor incentives to participate in the program by making investigational drugs available.

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    “The Ill-Defined Crime of ‘Structuring’” http://overlawyered.com/2014/10/ill-defined-crime-structuring/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/10/ill-defined-crime-structuring/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:15:24 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=49155 Cato’s Caleb Brown interviews Larry Salzman of the Institute for Justice in this podcast about the federal practice of seizing and keeping small businesses’ bank accounts when it claims to find a pattern of deposits below the $10,000 reporting threshold. Earlier here, etc. Tweet Tags: banks, forfeiture

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    Cato’s Caleb Brown interviews Larry Salzman of the Institute for Justice in this podcast about the federal practice of seizing and keeping small businesses’ bank accounts when it claims to find a pattern of deposits below the $10,000 reporting threshold. Earlier here, etc.

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    Politics roundup http://overlawyered.com/2014/10/politics-roundup-14/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/10/politics-roundup-14/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:05:44 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=49145 Weekly Standard runs my parody song about the local governor’s race, “Show Me the Way to Frederickstown, or, Lost in Maryland“; Update: Here’s Lauren Weiner’s rendition, to the tune of “Sweet Betsy from Pike.” Freelance writer Lauren Weiner has lived in Baltimore since 1992. Also on Maryland governor’s race: it’s not every day a GOP […]

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  • Weekly Standard runs my parody song about the local governor’s race, “Show Me the Way to Frederickstown, or, Lost in Maryland“; Update: Here’s Lauren Weiner’s rendition, to the tune of “Sweet Betsy from Pike.” Freelance writer Lauren Weiner has lived in Baltimore since 1992.
  • Also on Maryland governor’s race: it’s not every day a GOP challenger blames a Democratic incumbent for issuing too few pardons [Radley Balko; more on clemency]
  • Harry Reid forces are latest to demagogue Stand Your Ground laws and role of American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), but Glenn Kessler calls them on it with Four Pinocchios [Washington Post "Fact Checker"]
  • Enough non-citizens vote illegally “that their participation can change the outcome of close races.” [Jesse Richman and David Earnest, Washington Post Monkey Cage; a response]
  • State attorney general offices are now politicized and targets of lobbying, and why should we be surprised at that given all the power they’ve grabbed for themselves as business regulators in recent years? [David Boaz, Cato] Hot state-AG races this year include Wisconsin, Nevada, New Mexico, Arkansas [John Fund]
  • Two views on Alabama proposed Amendment One, curbing use of foreign law: Paul Horwitz (adds nothing to Alabama constitution not already there), Quin Hillyer (insurance against bad judicial decisionmaking);
  • More about the Greg Abbott tree-fall settlement called into question by opponent Wendy Davis [Hugh Kelly, TLR, earlier]
  • Long Island legislator withdraws from State Senate race after charges of high-dollar law-firm misconduct [Newsday]
  • Defaulted mortgages: “Coakley lawsuit has ties to key backer’s interests” [Boston Globe via Funnell] Flashback: Radley Balko in 2010 on Martha Coakley’s awful prosecutorial record (up to that point) [Politico; related, Harvey Silverglate on prosecutors who run for higher office; earlier]
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    “Detroit man fights $30k child support bill for kid that is not his” http://overlawyered.com/2014/10/detroit-man-fights-30k-child-support-bill-kid/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/10/detroit-man-fights-30k-child-support-bill-kid/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:21:23 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=49139 Once the Deadbeat Dad machinery of the state is clanking along, actual innocence isn’t enough to excuse you, Carnell Alexander of Detroit says he has discovered to his sorrow. [WXYZ] Also, from last year, another Detroit case: “Father says he’s still paying child support for 3-year-old son who died 25 years ago” Tweet Tags: child […]

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    Once the Deadbeat Dad machinery of the state is clanking along, actual innocence isn’t enough to excuse you, Carnell Alexander of Detroit says he has discovered to his sorrow. [WXYZ] Also, from last year, another Detroit case: “Father says he’s still paying child support for 3-year-old son who died 25 years ago”

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    Illinois judge rebuffs prolific folk-law filer http://overlawyered.com/2014/10/illinois-judge-rebuffs-prolific-folk-law-filer/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/10/illinois-judge-rebuffs-prolific-folk-law-filer/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:45:16 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=49142 Mr. Wemple’s various lawsuits have named as defendants all Illinois judicial circuits as well as, more recently, “the Illinois State Bar Association and all of its members,” for conscripting him into a legal process that is “defective and unsafe for its intended purpose in that it generates degeneration financially, psychologically and/or physically.” One of his […]

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    Mr. Wemple’s various lawsuits have named as defendants all Illinois judicial circuits as well as, more recently, “the Illinois State Bar Association and all of its members,” for conscripting him into a legal process that is “defective and unsafe for its intended purpose in that it generates degeneration financially, psychologically and/or physically.” One of his filings charged the state bar association with “treason” of sundry varieties, not a well-formed complaint since “treason is a criminal offense, not a basis for a civil lawsuit.” A no-longer-patient judge has ordered him added “to the list of ‘restricted filers’ (sometimes called ‘vexatious litigants’) who typically must seek leave before filing anything (and pay fees up front) because of this sort of history.” [Lowering the Bar]

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