Overlawyered http://overlawyered.com Chronicling the high cost of our legal system Sat, 04 Jul 2015 13:31:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 NYC to carwashes: unionize or else http://overlawyered.com/2015/07/nyc-to-carwashes-unionize-or-else/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/07/nyc-to-carwashes-unionize-or-else/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 15:17:49 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=54068 A new law in New York City aims to close car washes that don’t unionize, and workers’ own wishes in the matter would appear to be irrelevant. The bill would “requir[e] car wash owners to purchase a $150,000 surety bond to operate in city limits. … [But] businesses with collective bargaining agreements with unions in […]

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A new law in New York City aims to close car washes that don’t unionize, and workers’ own wishes in the matter would appear to be irrelevant. The bill would “requir[e] car wash owners to purchase a $150,000 surety bond to operate in city limits. … [But] businesses with collective bargaining agreements with unions in place only need $30,000 coverage.” [F. Bill McMorris, Free Beacon]

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“The person sending the takedown notices…” http://overlawyered.com/2015/07/the-person-sending-the-takedown-notices/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/07/the-person-sending-the-takedown-notices/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 10:05:15 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=54042 “…claims to telepathically channel an inter-dimensional space alien from the future.” [Daily Dot (“Tumblr’s biggest copyright troll is a guy who says he knows an alien”)] Tags: copyright, social media

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“…claims to telepathically channel an inter-dimensional space alien from the future.” [Daily Dot (“Tumblr’s biggest copyright troll is a guy who says he knows an alien”)]

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“If you don’t care about kids or families, at least care about taxpayers” http://overlawyered.com/2015/07/if-you-dont-care-about-kids-or-families-at-least-care-about-taxpayers/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/07/if-you-dont-care-about-kids-or-families-at-least-care-about-taxpayers/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 04:15:08 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=54048 My case for not applying discrimination law in ways that drive conservative religious agencies out of adoption work. [Cato at Liberty, drawing on my contributions to Scott Shackford’s Reason piece on libertarians and gays, which deserves a read on its own] Tags: adoption, churches, discrimination law, sexual orientation

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My case for not applying discrimination law in ways that drive conservative religious agencies out of adoption work. [Cato at Liberty, drawing on my contributions to Scott Shackford’s Reason piece on libertarians and gays, which deserves a read on its own]

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Donald Trump’s latest defamation suit http://overlawyered.com/2015/07/donald-trumps-latest-defamation-suit/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/07/donald-trumps-latest-defamation-suit/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 04:05:52 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=54056 There’s something wrong with it, in fact a whole lot of things, according to Eric Turkewitz, who is downright gentle compared with Ken at Popehat. Earlier on Trump here, here, and at our tag. Tags: Donald Trump, libel slander and defamation

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There’s something wrong with it, in fact a whole lot of things, according to Eric Turkewitz, who is downright gentle compared with Ken at Popehat. Earlier on Trump here, here, and at our tag.

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“Judge Kozinski: Time to Rein in Prosecutors” http://overlawyered.com/2015/07/judge-kozinski-time-to-rein-in-prosecutors/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/07/judge-kozinski-time-to-rein-in-prosecutors/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 09:42:26 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=54032 “In the latest issue of Georgetown Law Journal, Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals turns a critical gaze toward America’s criminal justice system. …one of [the essay’s] major themes is prosecutorial advantage, both in federal and state courtrooms.” Among his topics: judges’ and federal authorities’ reluctance to name or charge […]

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“In the latest issue of Georgetown Law Journal, Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals turns a critical gaze toward America’s criminal justice system. …one of [the essay’s] major themes is prosecutorial advantage, both in federal and state courtrooms.” Among his topics: judges’ and federal authorities’ reluctance to name or charge misbehaving prosecutors. He thinks the U.S. Department of Justice should drop its opposition to “a bill proposed by Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska in 2012 — called the Fairness in Disclosure of Evidence Act — that would require federal prosecutors to disclose any evidence ‘that may reasonably appear to be favorable to the defendant in a criminal prosecution.'” (The Department currently follows a less demanding standard on disclosure of adverse evidence). Kozinski also “favors abolishing state judicial elections, among other recommendations.” [Jacob Gershman, WSJ Law Blog; Alex Kozinski, “Preface,” Georgetown Law Journal Annual Review of Criminal Procedure 2015]

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French taxi drivers vs. Uber: the musical version http://overlawyered.com/2015/07/french-taxi-drivers-vs-uber-the-musical-version/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/07/french-taxi-drivers-vs-uber-the-musical-version/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:15:39 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=54002 French taxi men attack Uber drivers, set cars ablaze, so France arrests (you guessed it) Uber executives. And someone needed to do a musical version, so I stepped up at Cato, to a familiar tune from Les Miz, with “Do You Hear the Drivers Honk?” Tags: France, humor, taxis and ridesharing, WO writings

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French taxi men attack Uber drivers, set cars ablaze, so France arrests (you guessed it) Uber executives. And someone needed to do a musical version, so I stepped up at Cato, to a familiar tune from Les Miz, with “Do You Hear the Drivers Honk?

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Schools roundup http://overlawyered.com/2015/07/schools-roundup-30/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/07/schools-roundup-30/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:05:23 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=53825 University of California deems it “microaggressions” to say these things. How many have you said today? [Eugene Volokh; related from Hans Bader on federal government’s role] Regarding those conniptions among some University of Wisconsin faculty: “Despite what you’ve heard, tenure is unchanged.” [Christian Schneider, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, via Ann Althouse] Indiana school board president: black […]

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  • University of California deems it “microaggressions” to say these things. How many have you said today? [Eugene Volokh; related from Hans Bader on federal government’s role]
  • Regarding those conniptions among some University of Wisconsin faculty: “Despite what you’ve heard, tenure is unchanged.” [Christian Schneider, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, via Ann Althouse]
  • Indiana school board president: black market for sugar, salt observed in our schools after federal lunch mandate [Washington Free Beacon, B.K. Marcus/FEE via @farmerhayek (comparison to prisoner of war economy)]
  • “Amherst’s version of Kafka’s ‘The Trial'” [KC Johnson, Minding the Campus] Problems with Washington Post journalism on campus assault [KC Johnson and Stuart Taylor, Jr., Weekly Standard; Ashe Schow, D.C. Examiner]
  • Judge rules against NYC teacher competence test that showed disparate impact against minorities [New York Times; Blake Neff, Daily Caller]
  • Update: “Jury Rejects Unsuccessful Conservative Faculty Candidate’s Discrimination Suit Against Univ. of Iowa Law School” [Caron/TaxProf, earlier here, etc.]
  • Ethics regs forbid researchers to exercise “undue influence” over survey subjects’ decision to answer their questions, and applications of that concept can be surprising [Nicholas Christakis on Berkeley instance via Zachary Schrag, IRB Blog]
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    “De Blasio continues crusade against smoking at home” http://overlawyered.com/2015/07/de-blasio-continues-crusade-against-smoking-at-home/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/07/de-blasio-continues-crusade-against-smoking-at-home/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 09:48:50 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=54000 “The administration [of Mayor Bill de Blasio] is planning to select and pay four health-advocacy groups $9,000 apiece to pressure landlords and developers to prohibit smoking in their apartment complexes so neighboring tenants don’t inhale secondhand smoke.” [Carl Campanile/New York Post] Tags: advocacy funding, landlord tenant law, NYC, smoking bans

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    “The administration [of Mayor Bill de Blasio] is planning to select and pay four health-advocacy groups $9,000 apiece to pressure landlords and developers to prohibit smoking in their apartment complexes so neighboring tenants don’t inhale secondhand smoke.” [Carl Campanile/New York Post]

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    Great moments in alcohol enforcement http://overlawyered.com/2015/07/great-moments-in-alcohol-enforcement/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/07/great-moments-in-alcohol-enforcement/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:15:38 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=54013 Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic: [Charles Murray, author of the newly published By the People: Rebuilding Liberty without Permission] is quick to add that he is perfectly fine with a wide range of sensible regulations, and that only a narrow subset of regulations ought to be disobeyed, offering this rule of thumb: if the matter in […]

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    Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic:

    [Charles Murray, author of the newly published By the People: Rebuilding Liberty without Permission] is quick to add that he is perfectly fine with a wide range of sensible regulations, and that only a narrow subset of regulations ought to be disobeyed, offering this rule of thumb: if the matter in question were to become a news story in the mass media, the vast majority of Americans would side with the rule-breaker. He offered the example of a bartender with whom he corresponded––she was fined $3,000 for failing to card a customer, and while he granted the legitimacy of requiring alcohol sellers to check the ages of customers, he felt it was unfair to fine the bartender in this particular situation as the customer was her father.

    Earlier on Murray’s new book here and here.

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    Supreme Court and constitutional law roundup http://overlawyered.com/2015/07/supreme-court-and-constitutional-law-roundup-3/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/07/supreme-court-and-constitutional-law-roundup-3/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:05:41 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=53691 Supreme Court grants certiorari (as Cato had urged) in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, on First Amendment rights of individual public employees against unions, potentially major sequel to Harris v. Quinn (our coverage) and Knox v. SEIU (our coverage). More: Jason Bedrick, Cato; More First Amendment: On same day, high court says Texas can turn […]

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  • Supreme Court grants certiorari (as Cato had urged) in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, on First Amendment rights of individual public employees against unions, potentially major sequel to Harris v. Quinn (our coverage) and Knox v. SEIU (our coverage). More: Jason Bedrick, Cato;
  • More First Amendment: On same day, high court says Texas can turn down Confederate-flag license plates but that town of Gilbert, Ariz. impermissibly took content into account in regulating roadside signs [Lyle Denniston; Eugene Volokh on Gilbert and earlier, and on license plates] Ilya Shapiro has a wrap-up of other end-of-term cases;
  • Paging judicial-independence buffs: study finds Obama stands out for aggressive comments on pending SCOTUS cases [W$J via Jonathan Adler]
  • Abercrombie v. EEOC followup (earlier): If Thomas’s dissent has the courage of its convictions, maybe it’s because he was longest-serving chairman in EEOC history [Tamara Tabo] “SCOTUS requires employers to stereotype in ruling for EEOC in hijab-accommodation case” [Jon Hyman] Yes, employers can still have dress codes, but read on for the caveat [Daniel Schwartz]
  • “Illinois Uses Racial Preferences for No Good Reason,” Seventh Circuit take note [Ilya Shapiro and Julio Colomba, Cato]
  • Feds can refuse to register a “disparaging” trademark. Consistent with the First Amendment? [Shapiro, Cato]
  • More from Ilya Somin on anniversary of eminent domain Kelo v. New London decision [one, two, more]
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