Overlawyered http://overlawyered.com Chronicling the high cost of our legal system Sun, 01 Mar 2015 17:41:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Federal Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee updates guidelines http://overlawyered.com/2015/03/federal-dietary-guidelines-advisory-committee-updates-recommendations/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/03/federal-dietary-guidelines-advisory-committee-updates-recommendations/#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2015 12:13:32 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=51775 571 pages of urgings from the federal Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, so much to disagree with [Elizabeth Harrington, Washington Free Beacon (obesity “interventionists” at workplaces, initiatives to limit advertising and time spent looking at screens); Glenn Lammi; Julie Gunlock; Paul C. (“Chip”) Knappenberger, Cato (environmental impacts of food production)] More: “Strategies are needed to encourage […]

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571 pages of urgings from the federal Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, so much to disagree with [Elizabeth Harrington, Washington Free Beacon (obesity “interventionists” at workplaces, initiatives to limit advertising and time spent looking at screens); Glenn Lammi; Julie Gunlock; Paul C. (“Chip”) Knappenberger, Cato (environmental impacts of food production)]

More: “Strategies are needed to encourage the U.S. population to drink water when they are thirsty.” [from the report, quoted approvingly (naturally) by NYT’s Mark Bittman, via James Taranto]

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DOJ closes FCPA investigation of drugmaker without filing charges http://overlawyered.com/2015/02/doj-closes-fcpa-investigation-of-drugmaker-without-filing-charges/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/02/doj-closes-fcpa-investigation-of-drugmaker-without-filing-charges/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 16:44:13 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=51798 And it only took 11 years [WSJ] Related: never mind what DOJ’s criminal fraud chief wrote, says Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch, we’ll tighten screws further on FCPA [David Baumann] Tags: Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Jarndyce redux

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And it only took 11 years [WSJ] Related: never mind what DOJ’s criminal fraud chief wrote, says Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch, we’ll tighten screws further on FCPA [David Baumann]

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February 27 roundup http://overlawyered.com/2015/02/february-27-roundup-4/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/02/february-27-roundup-4/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:05:33 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=51730 Yes: “Should the Legal Drinking Age Be Lowered?” [New York Times “Room for Debate”] “New police radars can ‘see’ inside homes” [Gannett] “‘Shopping cart’ patent beaten by Newegg comes back to court, loses again” [Joe Mullin, ArsTechnica] “Utah woman can sue herself over fatal car accident, ruling says” [Salt Lake Tribune, Lowering the Bar] “Large […]

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  • Yes: “Should the Legal Drinking Age Be Lowered?” [New York Times “Room for Debate”]
  • “New police radars can ‘see’ inside homes” [Gannett]
  • “‘Shopping cart’ patent beaten by Newegg comes back to court, loses again” [Joe Mullin, ArsTechnica]
  • “Utah woman can sue herself over fatal car accident, ruling says” [Salt Lake Tribune, Lowering the Bar]
  • “Large Product Liability Awards Made Comeback in 2014″ [Margaret Cronin Fisk, Bloomberg]
  • New York assembly ex-speaker Silver indicted; charges reduced from five to three [Reuters]
  • “Your fruit may be patented.” [Dan Lewis, Now I Know]
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    Update: suit claiming pancake credit falls flat http://overlawyered.com/2015/02/update-pancake-credit-suit-falls-flat/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/02/update-pancake-credit-suit-falls-flat/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:22:25 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=51778 A judge tosses the suit against pancake makers by heirs of one of the women hired to portray Aunt Jemima to promote the brand [The Wrap, earlier] Tags: right of publicity, statutes of limitations

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    A judge tosses the suit against pancake makers by heirs of one of the women hired to portray Aunt Jemima to promote the brand [The Wrap, earlier]

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    Finally, some files released in John Geer case http://overlawyered.com/2015/02/finally-some-files-released-in-john-geer-case/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/02/finally-some-files-released-in-john-geer-case/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:01:15 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=51805 Fairfax County, Va. prosecutor blasts police and county stonewalling on the shooting of a homeowner. Curious that the story, in the national media’s own backyard, still hasn’t gone national [Tom Jackman, Washington Post, earlier] Tags: police, Virginia, Washington D.C.

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    Fairfax County, Va. prosecutor blasts police and county stonewalling on the shooting of a homeowner. Curious that the story, in the national media’s own backyard, still hasn’t gone national [Tom Jackman, Washington Post, earlier]

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    SCOTUS: fish not “documents” or “records” under Dodd-Frank http://overlawyered.com/2015/02/scotus-fish-not-documents-or-records-under-dodd-frank/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/02/scotus-fish-not-documents-or-records-under-dodd-frank/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 20:54:42 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=51822 Ilya Shapiro comments [link fixed now] on the Supreme Court’s ruling this morning in Yates v. United States that the Sarbanes-Oxley accounting law’s prohibition on evasive destruction of “tangible objects” cannot be used to prosecute a fisherman who discarded undersized grouper in hopes of avoiding enforcement. “How does one make a false entry on a […]

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    Ilya Shapiro comments [link fixed now] on the Supreme Court’s ruling this morning in Yates v. United States that the Sarbanes-Oxley accounting law’s prohibition on evasive destruction of “tangible objects” cannot be used to prosecute a fisherman who discarded undersized grouper in hopes of avoiding enforcement. “How does one make a false entry on a fish?” asked Justice Samuel Alito in a concurrence, while dissenting Justice Elena Kagan, citing Dr. Seuss’s “One Fish Two Fish,” disagreed with the prevailing justices’ view that the statute’s prohibition on destruction of “tangible objects” should be read in conjunction with references elsewhere in its text to files and information. [David Lat/Above the Law; ABA Journal] Earlier here.

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    Blog slowdown http://overlawyered.com/2015/02/blog-slowdown/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/02/blog-slowdown/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:26:24 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=51813 I’m taking time away from Overlawyered to attend to some personal matters. Expect a slower pace of posting through maybe the middle of March, depending on circumstances. Comments still enabled, but moderation and approval might be slower or less predictable than usual. Tags: about the site

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    I’m taking time away from Overlawyered to attend to some personal matters. Expect a slower pace of posting through maybe the middle of March, depending on circumstances. Comments still enabled, but moderation and approval might be slower or less predictable than usual.

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    School bake sales defended in Virginia http://overlawyered.com/2015/02/school-bake-sales-defended-in-virginia/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/02/school-bake-sales-defended-in-virginia/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:46:52 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=51783 S’more local autonomy that way: despite federal pressure in the other direction Virginia lawmakers are moving to enable more school bake sales [Laura Vozzella, Washington Post] Columnist Petula Dvorak finds the debate “ridiculous”: “The classic school bake sale to raise cash for sports equipment, class trips or charitable causes is actually an essential part of […]

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    S’more local autonomy that way: despite federal pressure in the other direction Virginia lawmakers are moving to enable more school bake sales [Laura Vozzella, Washington Post] Columnist Petula Dvorak finds the debate “ridiculous”: “The classic school bake sale to raise cash for sports equipment, class trips or charitable causes is actually an essential part of a curriculum,” teaching lessons of “entrepreneurship, independence, self-reliance, creation of a product.” Earlier on school bake sales here, here, here, here, here, here, etc.

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    Free speech roundup http://overlawyered.com/2015/02/free-speech-roundup-39/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/02/free-speech-roundup-39/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:05:38 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=51599 “Victory for ‘Caveman’ Blogger in Free Speech Fight – the right to give advice about what to eat” [Institute for Justice, earlier] “Is an academic discussion of free speech potentially traumatic?” Given campus trends, it might soon be [Wendy Kaminer] Logic of rejecting heckler’s veto points likewise to rejecting its savage cousin, terrorists’ veto [Ronald […]

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  • “Victory for ‘Caveman’ Blogger in Free Speech Fight – the right to give advice about what to eat” [Institute for Justice, earlier]
  • “Is an academic discussion of free speech potentially traumatic?” Given campus trends, it might soon be [Wendy Kaminer]
  • Logic of rejecting heckler’s veto points likewise to rejecting its savage cousin, terrorists’ veto [Ronald Collins]
  • Someone tried to yank a Minnesota urbanist’s engineering license because of things he wrote on his blog. It didn’t work [Strong Towns; compare first roundup item]
  • Departing NPR ombudsman would take free speech law back to ’50s, and that means 1850s not 1950s [Volokh, earlier]
  • The last time I saw Paris, it was making a fool of itself in litigation [Mediaite, Huffington Post, earlier on city’s threats to sue Fox]
  • Argentina: state uses control over soccer broadcasts to beam propaganda denouncing opposition [David Kopel] “Dissenting voices silenced in Pakistan’s war of the web” [Jon Boone, Guardian]
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    ADA: Service dog vs. cabbie’s dog-phobia http://overlawyered.com/2015/02/ada-service-dog-vs-cabbies-dog-phobia/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/02/ada-service-dog-vs-cabbies-dog-phobia/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:45:58 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=51744 “The law requires cab drivers to allow service dogs. A cabbie has dog phobia. Who wins under the ADA? (Hint: Woof.)” [Daniel Schwartz, Connecticut Employment Law Blog] Tags: service animals, taxis and ridesharing

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    “The law requires cab drivers to allow service dogs. A cabbie has dog phobia. Who wins under the ADA? (Hint: Woof.)” [Daniel Schwartz, Connecticut Employment Law Blog]

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