Overlawyered http://overlawyered.com Chronicling the high cost of our legal system Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:49:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Jim Hood, a go-to guy for Hollywood? http://overlawyered.com/2014/12/jim-hood-go-guy-hollywood/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/12/jim-hood-go-guy-hollywood/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:15:58 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=50116 Who’d have guessed that movie studios would entrust populist Mississippi Attorney General and longtime Overlawyered favorite Jim Hood with key water-carrying tasks in pushing their rights as copyright owners against online services and search engines? Not I [Eli Lehrer, Weekly Standard] More from Mike Masnick at TechDirt: “it appears the MPAA and the major Hollywood […]

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Who’d have guessed that movie studios would entrust populist Mississippi Attorney General and longtime Overlawyered favorite Jim Hood with key water-carrying tasks in pushing their rights as copyright owners against online services and search engines? Not I [Eli Lehrer, Weekly Standard] More from Mike Masnick at TechDirt: “it appears the MPAA and the major Hollywood studios directly funded various state Attorneys General in their efforts to attack and shame Google.” Related: The Verge.

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Best of Overlawyered — January 2014 http://overlawyered.com/2014/12/best-overlawyered-january-2014/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/12/best-overlawyered-january-2014/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:55:31 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=50131 A few highlights from January: Who killed traditional Edison light bulbs? “Government did it, at the request of big business.” Never saw that one coming: “Psychic Love Spell Center stole my money, lawyer alleges in lawsuit” Border agents vs. musical instruments; Britain considers criminalizing “emotional blackmail“; One of the U.S. Supreme Court’s most celebrated and […]

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A few highlights from January:

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“Tell them I went rogue and (you) had no idea and you immediately fired me” http://overlawyered.com/2014/12/tell-went-rogue-no-idea-immediately-fired/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/12/tell-went-rogue-no-idea-immediately-fired/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:17:02 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=50144 The Costa Mesa, Calif. police union scandal breaks wide open with new court papers shedding light on the conduct of a law firm representing the union. [Orange County Register] Two private investigators hired by the law firm called in a fake DUI on the town’s mayor and attached a GPS to a councilor’s car to […]

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The Costa Mesa, Calif. police union scandal breaks wide open with new court papers shedding light on the conduct of a law firm representing the union. [Orange County Register] Two private investigators hired by the law firm called in a fake DUI on the town’s mayor and attached a GPS to a councilor’s car to track his movements, according to the county district attorney’s office. [Daily Pilot] We’ve been covering the scandal for more than two years here, here, and here.

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Banking and finance roundup http://overlawyered.com/2014/12/banking-finance-roundup-24/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/12/banking-finance-roundup-24/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:05:14 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=50054 House Oversight Committee report finds evidence FDIC used Operation Choke Point to strangle access to banking for lawful but disliked businesses [St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Bloomberg, report, Kevin Funnell, HalfWheel (cigar shops), Pete Kasperowicz, The Blaze (guns), Joe Adler/American Banker (critical views)] “Fallout for the S.E.C. and the Justice Dept. From the Insider Trading Ruling” [Peter […]

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  • House Oversight Committee report finds evidence FDIC used Operation Choke Point to strangle access to banking for lawful but disliked businesses [St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Bloomberg, report, Kevin Funnell, HalfWheel (cigar shops), Pete Kasperowicz, The Blaze (guns), Joe Adler/American Banker (critical views)]
  • “Fallout for the S.E.C. and the Justice Dept. From the Insider Trading Ruling” [Peter Henning, NYT DealBook, on challenges to previous cases; earlier]
  • Congress finally trims Dodd-Frank, with a nose hair clipper. Imagine what Sen. Warren will say if it takes up a scalpel or axe [Michael Greve]
  • Did tax policy set out to make life tough for American expatriates, or does it just seem that way? [Neil Gandal, WSJ on FATCA, FBAR, etc.]
  • “Like other federal agencies, the SEC has long been good at publicizing its initial accusations of wrongdoing …not so good at letting the public know when those accusations turn out to be unfounded or an overreach” [Russell Ryan via Bainbridge, more on SEC press releases on enforcement actions]
  • A market with next to no entry: “If Primary Bank, Mr. Greiner’s proposed firm, wins approval, it would be only the second new bank the FDIC has cleared in the U.S. since 2010.” [WSJ]
  • “The only people who benefit from shareholder litigation over M&A deals are lawyers. Period. End of discussion.” [Stephen Bainbridge; related, Steve Bradford via Bainbridge ("Delaware' entire fairness standard morphs into a tax on deals for the benefit of plaintiff lawyers"), earlier here, etc.]
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    Fewer professors willing to teach rape law http://overlawyered.com/2014/12/fewer-professors-willing-teach-rape-law/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/12/fewer-professors-willing-teach-rape-law/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 22:21:29 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=50141 Because, says Harvard Law professor Jeannie Suk, they’re afraid of upsetting students. [The New Yorker] Tweet Tags: law schools, sexual assault

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    Because, says Harvard Law professor Jeannie Suk, they’re afraid of upsetting students. [The New Yorker]

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    Suit seeks to blame Newtown school massacre on gun suppliers http://overlawyered.com/2014/12/suit-seeks-blame-newtown-school-massacre-gun-suppliers/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/12/suit-seeks-blame-newtown-school-massacre-gun-suppliers/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:42:49 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=50109 The new lawsuit by the prominent Connecticut personal-injury firm of Koskoff, Koskoff, and Bieder [news coverage: WSJ Law Blog, CNN] seeks to get around the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act by latching on to the law’s narrow exception for “negligent entrustment.” That’s not a reasonable reading of the law, and I argue […]

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    The new lawsuit by the prominent Connecticut personal-injury firm of Koskoff, Koskoff, and Bieder [news coverage: WSJ Law Blog, CNN] seeks to get around the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act by latching on to the law’s narrow exception for “negligent entrustment.” That’s not a reasonable reading of the law, and I argue in a new post at Cato at Liberty that courts should toss attempts like these to revive gun control through litigation, all the more so because legislative attempts to overturn PLCAA (as I discussed last year) are rightfully going nowhere.

    Some out there seem to think it’s okay to use litigation as a way of lashing out against opponents, whether by way of a winning case or not:

    More: “The Sandy Hook Families’ Lawsuit Against Bushmaster Will Fail. Here’s Why.” [Bob Adams, Bearing Arms] And Eugene Volokh’s analysis breaks down the provisions of PLCAA and its interaction with the specifics of Connecticut law, concluding that “unless there is some evidence that the defendant manufacturers and gun sellers in this case violated some specific gun regulations (judgments actually made by legislatures), plaintiffs’ claim will go nowhere — and rightly so, I think.”

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    Tweet-suing Chicago landlord sunk by class action http://overlawyered.com/2014/12/litigious-chicago-landlord-runs-class-action/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/12/litigious-chicago-landlord-runs-class-action/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:35:30 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=49991 When Horizon, a large Chicago apartment building manager locked in a legal dispute with one of its tenants, chose to sue her over a disparaging tweet a few years back (more), one of the owning family’s members was quoted in the press as saying that “the suit was warranted and that Horizon is ‘a sue […]

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    When Horizon, a large Chicago apartment building manager locked in a legal dispute with one of its tenants, chose to sue her over a disparaging tweet a few years back (more), one of the owning family’s members was quoted in the press as saying that “the suit was warranted and that Horizon is ‘a sue first, ask questions later kind of an organization,'” a comment for which the company subsequently apologized. You’ll never believe what happened next

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    Nuisance, NIMBYs, and the non-living http://overlawyered.com/2014/12/nuisance-nimbys-non-living/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/12/nuisance-nimbys-non-living/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:15:20 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=50098 Is a cemetery an objectionable land use, and does it matter if the neighbors’ objections are religious? [Gideon Kanner] Tweet Tags: California, land use and zoning, religious discrimination

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    Is a cemetery an objectionable land use, and does it matter if the neighbors’ objections are religious? [Gideon Kanner]

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    NLRB and labor law roundup http://overlawyered.com/2014/12/labor-law-nlrb-roundup/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/12/labor-law-nlrb-roundup/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:05:02 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=49512 The National Labor Relations Board has been so hyperactive lately reshaping the law for the benefit of labor unions that it gets a roundup all to itself: NLRB announces new right to use employer’s email system for union organizing [Daniel Schwartz] Per 2-1 vote, NLRB agrees with ALJ that restaurant can’t fire workers over false […]

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    The National Labor Relations Board has been so hyperactive lately reshaping the law for the benefit of labor unions that it gets a roundup all to itself:

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    Marking Bill of Rights Day http://overlawyered.com/2014/12/marking-bill-rights-day/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/12/marking-bill-rights-day/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:31:43 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=50096 Today is the commemoration of Bill of Rights Day. My colleague Tim Lynch says the Third Amendment safeguard against troop-quartering “is one of the few that is in fine shape.” Tweet Tags: constitutional law

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    Today is the commemoration of Bill of Rights Day. My colleague Tim Lynch says the Third Amendment safeguard against troop-quartering “is one of the few that is in fine shape.”

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