Overlawyered http://overlawyered.com Chronicling the high cost of our legal system Mon, 27 Apr 2015 20:32:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 Commenting function back on (update) http://overlawyered.com/2015/04/commenting-function-temporarily-disrupted/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/04/commenting-function-temporarily-disrupted/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 19:48:55 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=52824 (Update: 4:30 p.m. Monday EDT: commenting is working again.) Due to a technical issue that came up today Overlawyered is at present unable to post new comments on posts. Comments are still being accepted in the moderation queue, but will not appear on the site until we can get the technical issue resolved. We hope […]

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(Update: 4:30 p.m. Monday EDT: commenting is working again.)

Due to a technical issue that came up today Overlawyered is at present unable to post new comments on posts. Comments are still being accepted in the moderation queue, but will not appear on the site until we can get the technical issue resolved.

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Coercion 1, pluralism and liberty 0 http://overlawyered.com/2015/04/coercion-1-pluralism-and-liberty-0/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/04/coercion-1-pluralism-and-liberty-0/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:29:52 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=52813 An Oregon hearing officer recommends $135,000 in damages against Melissa and Aaron Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham, Ore., who had declined to cater a gay wedding on grounds of religious scruples [Oregonian, earlier] Tags: discrimination law, Oregon

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An Oregon hearing officer recommends $135,000 in damages against Melissa and Aaron Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham, Ore., who had declined to cater a gay wedding on grounds of religious scruples [Oregonian, earlier]

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John Oliver on patent trolls http://overlawyered.com/2015/04/john-oliver-on-patent-trolls/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/04/john-oliver-on-patent-trolls/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 04:15:58 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=52809 Here (language). “You cannot let trial lawyers decide whether there should be more baseless lawsuits. That’s the equivalent of trusting raccoons to make laws about garbage can placements. ‘They should be easy to reach and left slightly open.'” (9:40) Tags: Eastern District of Texas, patent trolls

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Here (language). “You cannot let trial lawyers decide whether there should be more baseless lawsuits. That’s the equivalent of trusting raccoons to make laws about garbage can placements. ‘They should be easy to reach and left slightly open.'” (9:40)

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Children and schools roundup http://overlawyered.com/2015/04/children-and-schools-roundup/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/04/children-and-schools-roundup/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 04:05:04 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=52179 Story of free-range Meitiv kids goes national, cont’d: “Bystanders are forced [sic] to step in and enforce discipline because the parents aren’t around.” [Slate via @bibliographing] Yes, the cited “National Association to Protect Children” is a real group, I looked it up [Washington Jewish Week] “Epidemic of moms getting arrested for leaving children in car […]

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  • Story of free-range Meitiv kids goes national, cont’d: “Bystanders are forced [sic] to step in and enforce discipline because the parents aren’t around.” [Slate via @bibliographing] Yes, the cited “National Association to Protect Children” is a real group, I looked it up [Washington Jewish Week] “Epidemic of moms getting arrested for leaving children in car 5 mins to run into store.” [Kim Brooks, Salon via @Lorettamalakie]
  • What got buried in a WaPo column arguing that standardized tests for schoolkids are “a civil right.” [Ann Althouse] Testing issue allows teachers’ unions to make friends on the conservative side [NYT via same]
  • Legal costs exceed $100 per student at some Chicago-area public schools; $23 billed for one lawyer’s phone message [Tribune via ABA Journal]
  • Maintenance of Effort laws, meant to insulate school budgets against local voter control, might backfire [Free State Notes post by me, channeling my letter to the editor]
  • A dissent on liberalizing school discipline policies [Paul Sperry, New York Post]
  • Colorado school shootings: why is GOP leading push for emotion-driven, public-fisc-endangering lawsuits? [John Frank, Denver Post]
  • Expensive new playground mandates [Paul Best and Lenore Skenazy, more from Skenazy, Tim Gill via Common Good]
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    A Wisconsin John Doe question http://overlawyered.com/2015/04/a-wisconsin-john-doe-question/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/04/a-wisconsin-john-doe-question/#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:08:03 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=52786 If the now-infamous investigation was supposed to be so super-duper-confidential that even the targets of the dawn home raids couldn’t be allowed to talk about it, then who tipped the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ahead of time to the raid on Cindy Archer’s home? [Watchdog; earlier] Tags: politics, prosecutorial abuse, Wisconsin

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    If the now-infamous investigation was supposed to be so super-duper-confidential that even the targets of the dawn home raids couldn’t be allowed to talk about it, then who tipped the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ahead of time to the raid on Cindy Archer’s home? [Watchdog; earlier]

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    “Mila Kunis being sued for allegedly ‘stealing’ a chicken as a child” http://overlawyered.com/2015/04/mila-kunis-being-sued-for-allegedly-stealing-a-chicken-as-a-child/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/04/mila-kunis-being-sued-for-allegedly-stealing-a-chicken-as-a-child/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 16:17:04 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=52791 If you dream of being a celebrity, consider whether you really want to turn yourself into a lawsuit magnet: a woman who says she grew up in Ukraine with actress Mila Kunis claims that when they were about five years old Kunis took a beloved chicken away from her; “she could not get over the […]

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    If you dream of being a celebrity, consider whether you really want to turn yourself into a lawsuit magnet: a woman who says she grew up in Ukraine with actress Mila Kunis claims that when they were about five years old Kunis took a beloved chicken away from her; “she could not get over the loss and became an ’emotional wreck,’ who required therapy.” [Fox]

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    Update: jury acquits man charged with sex with demented wife http://overlawyered.com/2015/04/update-jury-acquits-man-charged-with-sex-with-demented-wife/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/04/update-jury-acquits-man-charged-with-sex-with-demented-wife/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 13:15:44 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=52789 Updating our earlier report: “A jury found a longtime Iowa state lawmaker not guilty of sexually abusing his wife who suffered from dementia, in an unusual case that centered on when a person is no longer mentally capable of consenting to sex.” [KWWL] More: NYT Room for Debate. Tags: crime and punishment, Iowa, nursing homes, […]

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    Updating our earlier report: “A jury found a longtime Iowa state lawmaker not guilty of sexually abusing his wife who suffered from dementia, in an unusual case that centered on when a person is no longer mentally capable of consenting to sex.” [KWWL] More: NYT Room for Debate.

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    New podcast: “Why Jail Parents Who Can’t Afford Child Support?” http://overlawyered.com/2015/04/new-podcast-why-jail-parents-who-cant-afford-child-support/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/04/new-podcast-why-jail-parents-who-cant-afford-child-support/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:44:13 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=52782 Caleb Brown interviews me in this new podcast for Cato about child support collection policies that might be seen as backfiring even if one accepts revenue maximization as their sole purpose (earlier from me at Cato and here). Some other views: NYT “Room for Debate” Tags: child support, on TV and radio

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    Caleb Brown interviews me in this new podcast for Cato about child support collection policies that might be seen as backfiring even if one accepts revenue maximization as their sole purpose (earlier from me at Cato and here). Some other views: NYT “Room for Debate

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    Regulatory crime blotter: Wisconsin-only beer found for sale in Minnesota http://overlawyered.com/2015/04/regulatory-crime-blotter-wisconsin-only-beer-found-for-sale-in-minnesota/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/04/regulatory-crime-blotter-wisconsin-only-beer-found-for-sale-in-minnesota/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 09:32:47 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=52746 Felony charges possible: “undercover police traveled to Maple Tavern where they were served the Wisconsin-only beer.” [KMSP, Minneapolis Star Tribune] Tags: beer and brewers, Minnesota, Wisconsin

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    Felony charges possible: “undercover police traveled to Maple Tavern where they were served the Wisconsin-only beer.” [KMSP, Minneapolis Star Tribune]

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    “Inmates file claims for $18 million after Seahawks TV privilege revoked” http://overlawyered.com/2015/04/inmates-file-claims-for-18-million-after-seahawks-tv-privilege-revoked/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/04/inmates-file-claims-for-18-million-after-seahawks-tv-privilege-revoked/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 04:15:57 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=52768 A sudden wave of claims by inmates of the Yakima County, Wash., jail demanded a cumulative $18 million in damages over a variety of alleged problems from clogged sinks to “denial of outside yard time. The claims, 15 in all, were filed by inmates housed in the same unit of the jail’s annex. … The […]

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    A sudden wave of claims by inmates of the Yakima County, Wash., jail demanded a cumulative $18 million in damages over a variety of alleged problems from clogged sinks to “denial of outside yard time. The claims, 15 in all, were filed by inmates housed in the same unit of the jail’s annex. … The claims began a day after the entire unit lost its television privileges for misbehavior, preventing inmates from watching the Jan. 10 Seattle Seahawks playoff game against the Carolina Panthers, which the Seahawks won 31-17. Despite the unusual nature and impractical monetary demands of the claims, they still had to be addressed by county legal staff and jail officials, [county paralegal Cindy] Erwin said.” [Yakima Herald-Republic]

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