Overlawyered http://overlawyered.com Chronicling the high cost of our legal system Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:15:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Driver leaves scene of accident http://overlawyered.com/2014/08/driver-leave-scene-accident/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=driver-leave-scene-accident http://overlawyered.com/2014/08/driver-leave-scene-accident/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:15:41 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=47910 And returns accompanied by more victims. After a private car and public school bus were involved in a fender-bender in Jackson, Miss., police say, things began to get a bit wild: “Precinct 4 Commander James McGowan says the driver of a white sedan, the only person in the car at the time of the accident, […]

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And returns accompanied by more victims. After a private car and public school bus were involved in a fender-bender in Jackson, Miss., police say, things began to get a bit wild: “Precinct 4 Commander James McGowan says the driver of a white sedan, the only person in the car at the time of the accident, left the scene, more than once, and returned with people claiming to be involved in the wreck and injured.” After further altercations, two people present were “charged with disorderly conduct, interfering with police and inciting a riot.” [WLBT]

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Labor roundup http://overlawyered.com/2014/08/labor-roundup-3/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=labor-roundup-3 http://overlawyered.com/2014/08/labor-roundup-3/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:05:35 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=47896 What’s wrong with the NLRB attack on McDonald’s franchising, cont’d [On Labor, earlier here, etc.] Postal union calls in American Federation of Teachers, other public employee unions to kill Staples postal partnership plan [Huffington Post] U.S. Department of Labor uses coercive hot-goods orders to arm-twist blueberry farmers, judges say no [Jared Meyer, Econ21 and Salem […]

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  • What’s wrong with the NLRB attack on McDonald’s franchising, cont’d [On Labor, earlier here, etc.]
  • Postal union calls in American Federation of Teachers, other public employee unions to kill Staples postal partnership plan [Huffington Post]
  • U.S. Department of Labor uses coercive hot-goods orders to arm-twist blueberry farmers, judges say no [Jared Meyer, Econ21 and Salem Statesman-Journal]
  • “Watch Closely Obama’s Treatment of Unions” [Diana Furchtgott-Roth] “Obama ‘Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces’ Executive Order Will Punish Firms in Pro-Worker States” [Hans Bader, CEI]
  • Judge: massive document request signals NLRB’s emergence as litigation arm, and co-organizer, of unions [Sean Higgins, Examiner] Wobblies on top: NLRB sides with IWW workers over poster claiming eatery’s food was unsafe [Minneapolis Star-Tribune, earlier]
  • Academic debate on union issues already wildly lopsided, union-backed labor history curriculum unlikely to help [Alex Bolt, Workplace Choice]
  • Turning unionism into a protected-class category in parallel with discrimination law is one of the worst ideas ever [Jon Hyman, earlier here, etc.]
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    From Coyote, a Ferguson, Mo. recollection http://overlawyered.com/2014/08/coyote-ferguson-mo-recollection/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=coyote-ferguson-mo-recollection http://overlawyered.com/2014/08/coyote-ferguson-mo-recollection/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:38:20 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=47893 As I and many other writers have noted lately, the town of Ferguson like several nearby suburbs in St. Louis County has a reputation for raising revenue through aggressive use of tickets for minor traffic and vehicle infractions, a practice that many suspect weighs more heavily on poorer and outsider groups. Blogger Coyote, who now […]

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    As I and many other writers have noted lately, the town of Ferguson like several nearby suburbs in St. Louis County has a reputation for raising revenue through aggressive use of tickets for minor traffic and vehicle infractions, a practice that many suspect weighs more heavily on poorer and outsider groups. Blogger Coyote, who now lives in Arizona, has some reflections about police practice in that state and also adds this recollection from an earlier stint in Missouri:

    I worked in the Emerson Electric headquarters for a couple of years, which ironically is located in one corner of Ferguson. One of the unwritten bennies of working there was the in house legal staff. It was important to make a friend there early. In Missouri they had some bizarre law where one could convert a moving violation to a non-moving violation. A fee still has to be paid, but you avoid points on your license that raises insurance costs (and life insurance costs, I found out recently). All of us were constantly hitting up the in-house legal staff to do this magic for us. I am pretty sure most of the residents of Ferguson do not have this same opportunity.

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    Governor Rick Perry loses his right to buy guns or ammo http://overlawyered.com/2014/08/governor-perry-loses-right-buy-guns-ammo/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=governor-perry-loses-right-buy-guns-ammo http://overlawyered.com/2014/08/governor-perry-loses-right-buy-guns-ammo/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:15:15 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=47890 Because the federal gun-disabilities provision in question, 18 U.S.C. § 922(n), kicks in on bare indictment for a felony, as opposed to conviction. [The Blaze] But is that constitutional? [Eugene Volokh, more; earlier on Perry indictment] Tweet Tags: constitutional law, guns

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    Because the federal gun-disabilities provision in question, 18 U.S.C. § 922(n), kicks in on bare indictment for a felony, as opposed to conviction. [The Blaze] But is that constitutional? [Eugene Volokh, more; earlier on Perry indictment]

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    12-year-olds playing unsupervised at the park http://overlawyered.com/2014/08/12-year-olds-playing-unsupervised-park/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=12-year-olds-playing-unsupervised-park http://overlawyered.com/2014/08/12-year-olds-playing-unsupervised-park/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 04:23:47 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=47868 Apparently 43 percent of Americans now believe there should be a law against that [Lenore Skenazy] Happily, after years of advocacy from Skenazy (especially) and others, we’re seeing more written from the calmly rational side: “Why I let my children walk to the corner store — and why other parents should, too” [Petula Dvorak, Washington […]

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    Apparently 43 percent of Americans now believe there should be a law against that [Lenore Skenazy] Happily, after years of advocacy from Skenazy (especially) and others, we’re seeing more written from the calmly rational side: “Why I let my children walk to the corner store — and why other parents should, too” [Petula Dvorak, Washington Post]

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    Environmental roundup http://overlawyered.com/2014/08/environmental-roundup-13/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=environmental-roundup-13 http://overlawyered.com/2014/08/environmental-roundup-13/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 04:05:40 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=47786 “Fine for killing birds” is susceptible of two meanings, you know [Coyote on energy production] Lacey Act criminal provisions, of Gibson Guitar raid fame, owe much to influence of domestic forest products companies, and that’s just one of the links between crony capitalism and overcriminalization [Paul Larkin, Heritage] Why California shut down its local redevelopment […]

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  • “Fine for killing birds” is susceptible of two meanings, you know [Coyote on energy production]
  • Lacey Act criminal provisions, of Gibson Guitar raid fame, owe much to influence of domestic forest products companies, and that’s just one of the links between crony capitalism and overcriminalization [Paul Larkin, Heritage]
  • Why California shut down its local redevelopment agencies, all 400+ of them [Shirley Svorny, Regulation]
  • “EPA’s ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Proposal: Coming Soon to a Back Yard Near You?” [Scott McFadin, WLF]
  • Taxpayers shell out handsomely to be sued under Endangered Species Act [Higgins]
  • “How Land Prices Obviate the Need for Euclidean Zoning” [Emily Washington]
  • Casting a skeptical eye on Vandana Shiva’s anti-GMO crusade [The New Yorker]
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    “L.A. to pay $26 million for ban on naps by garbage-truck drivers” http://overlawyered.com/2014/08/l-pay-26-million-ban-naps-garbage-truck-drivers/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=l-pay-26-million-ban-naps-garbage-truck-drivers http://overlawyered.com/2014/08/l-pay-26-million-ban-naps-garbage-truck-drivers/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:54:26 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=47782 The many, many pitfalls of wage-and-hour law: “The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday finalized a $26-million legal settlement to end a lawsuit over a ban on lunchtime naps by trash-truck drivers. … Sanitation officials had imposed the no-nap rule to avoid the bad publicity that would come if a resident, business owner or television […]

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    The many, many pitfalls of wage-and-hour law: “The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday finalized a $26-million legal settlement to end a lawsuit over a ban on lunchtime naps by trash-truck drivers. … Sanitation officials had imposed the no-nap rule to avoid the bad publicity that would come if a resident, business owner or television news crew stumbled across a sleeping city employee. But lawyers for the drivers said the city, by limiting workers’ mealtime activities, had essentially robbed them of their meal breaks.” [Los Angeles Times]

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    Tax flight: King seeks protection of Queen http://overlawyered.com/2014/08/tax-flight-king-seeks-protection-queen/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tax-flight-king-seeks-protection-queen http://overlawyered.com/2014/08/tax-flight-king-seeks-protection-queen/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 04:15:08 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=47853 Remember when Canada was regarded as the high-tax, big-government country, and we weren’t? How times have changed. Burger King is considering becoming Canadian through a tax inversion deal with donut chain Tim Horton’s, aware that north of the border “corporate tax rates are as much as 15 percentage points lower than in the United States,” […]

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    CanadaQueenStampRemember when Canada was regarded as the high-tax, big-government country, and we weren’t? How times have changed. Burger King is considering becoming Canadian through a tax inversion deal with donut chain Tim Horton’s, aware that north of the border “corporate tax rates are as much as 15 percentage points lower than in the United States,” in the words of Daniel Ikenson at Cato, who writes: “If the acquisition comes to fruition and ultimately involves a corporate ‘inversion,’ consider it not a problem, but a symptom of a problem. The real problem is that U.S. policymakers inadequately grasp BurgerStamp that we live in a globalized economy, where capital is mobile and products and services can be produced and delivered almost anywhere in the world, and where value is created by efficiently combining inputs and processes from multiple countries. Globalization means that public policies are on trial and that policymakers have to get off their duffs and compete with most every other country in the world to attract investment, which flows to the jurisdictions where it is most productive and, crucially, most welcome to be put to productive use.” And the fact is that the United States, once the domicile of choice for international business, has slipped badly down the ratings of how difficult it is to do business in various countries. Policymakers “should repair the incentives that drive capital away from the United States.” Full post here. More: Stephen Bainbridge.

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    Food roundup http://overlawyered.com/2014/08/food-beverage-roundup/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=food-beverage-roundup http://overlawyered.com/2014/08/food-beverage-roundup/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 04:05:12 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=47245 “New York Times Hosts Panel on Farming, Forgets to Invite Farmers” [Julie Gunlock, IWF] Historical perspectives on the current attack on food freedom [Baylen Linnekin and Michael Bachmann for the Institute for Justice; report, PDF, and summary; Reason and more Linnekin on the FDA's odd campaign against added ingredients which also occur naturally] Food Safety […]

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  • “New York Times Hosts Panel on Farming, Forgets to Invite Farmers” [Julie Gunlock, IWF]
  • Historical perspectives on the current attack on food freedom [Baylen Linnekin and Michael Bachmann for the Institute for Justice; report, PDF, and summary; Reason and more Linnekin on the FDA's odd campaign against added ingredients which also occur naturally]
  • Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 will increase costs and reduce variety in food intended for animals as well as for humans [Jerry Ellig and Richard Williams, Cato Regulation]
  • Elyria pink cookie, pride of the Ohio town’s school system, is casualty of federal food rules [Chronicle-Telegram, WEWS] NYC may launch another attack on toys in McDonald’s Happy Meals [Jeff Quinton, earlier]
  • UC Berkeley project assists effort to step up labor union presence in food area [Bill McMorris on Food Labor Research Center]
  • Lungs are better in the open air: Scotland has at least one haggis food truck [Baylen Linnekin, Vice mag]
  • “Eat great on food stamp budget” cookbook is hit, even if fans may not always have thought through its political valence [Maryn McKenna, National Geographic "The Plate"] Push to make food stamp program data public [Slate, USDA comments]
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    A warning sign http://overlawyered.com/2014/08/warning-sign/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=warning-sign http://overlawyered.com/2014/08/warning-sign/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:59:00 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=47824 Making the rounds, from Reddit: “Please do not enter the dangerous area beyond this gate! You quite possibly will be hurt, then you will sue. … [This sign] will be ‘Exhibit 1′.” Tweet Tags: wacky warnings

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