Overlawyered » Illinois http://overlawyered.com Chronicling the high cost of our legal system Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:16:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Liability roundup http://overlawyered.com/2014/12/liability-roundup-5/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/12/liability-roundup-5/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 05:05:20 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=49644 Illinois legislature rams through trial lawyer bills before new governor takes office [Chamber-backed Madison Record: retroactive lifting of statute of limitations on asbestos suits, reduction of jury size from 12 to 6] “The NFL Concussion Settlement: Class Action Exploitation” [Howard Erichson] Thanks to plaintiff-friendly California law, suits over “Made in USA” labels proliferate [WSJ] Fraud […]

Liability roundup is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

]]>
  • Illinois legislature rams through trial lawyer bills before new governor takes office [Chamber-backed Madison Record: retroactive lifting of statute of limitations on asbestos suits, reduction of jury size from 12 to 6]
  • “The NFL Concussion Settlement: Class Action Exploitation” [Howard Erichson]
  • Thanks to plaintiff-friendly California law, suits over “Made in USA” labels proliferate [WSJ]
  • Fraud complaints related to Hurricane Katrina above 30,000 and more continue to come in [Insurance Journal]
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court addresses products liability in case of Tincher v. Omega Flex, Inc., but falls short of coherence or clarity [Deborah La Fetra, Pacific Legal Foundation; Max Kennerly with a plaintiff's-side view].
  • “Fraud on a Federal Court Allows Vacation of Remand Orders” [Fourth Circuit asbestos suit against Colgate-Palmolive; Beck, Drug & Device Law]
  • New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act now menaces unwary businesses nationwide [Joanna Shepherd, more]
  • Tags: , , , , , ,

    Liability roundup is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

    ]]>
    http://overlawyered.com/2014/12/liability-roundup-5/feed/ 2
    The Illinois way in public employment http://overlawyered.com/2014/11/illinois-way-public-employment/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/11/illinois-way-public-employment/#comments Sat, 29 Nov 2014 16:10:29 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=49752 Substitute-teaching for one day triggered entitlement to a tax-funded pension worth nearly $1 million for a pair of Illinois teacher’s union lobbyists [Adam Andrzejewski, Forbes, citing 2011 Chicago Tribune investigation] Tweet Tags: Illinois, public employment, schools

    The Illinois way in public employment is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

    ]]>
    Substitute-teaching for one day triggered entitlement to a tax-funded pension worth nearly $1 million for a pair of Illinois teacher’s union lobbyists [Adam Andrzejewski, Forbes, citing 2011 Chicago Tribune investigation]

    Tags: , ,

    The Illinois way in public employment is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

    ]]>
    http://overlawyered.com/2014/11/illinois-way-public-employment/feed/ 0
    Illinois lame duck maneuvering http://overlawyered.com/2014/11/illinois-lame-duck-maneuvering/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/11/illinois-lame-duck-maneuvering/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:06:02 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=49535 Organized trial lawyers usually don’t make minimum wage increases a top priority, but they may do so in order to deprive incoming GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner of leverage he might use to extract liability reform. [Rich Miller, Crain's Chicago Business] Tweet Tags: Illinois, minimum wage, tort reform

    Illinois lame duck maneuvering is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

    ]]>
    Organized trial lawyers usually don’t make minimum wage increases a top priority, but they may do so in order to deprive incoming GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner of leverage he might use to extract liability reform. [Rich Miller, Crain's Chicago Business]

    Tags: , ,

    Illinois lame duck maneuvering is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

    ]]>
    http://overlawyered.com/2014/11/illinois-lame-duck-maneuvering/feed/ 2
    Election open thread http://overlawyered.com/2014/11/election-open-thread/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/11/election-open-thread/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 14:28:04 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=49231 Trial lawyer and inveterate Litigation Lobby booster Bruce Braley lost his Iowa senate bid (“He comes across as arrogant, and I think it’s because he is,” said an unnamed Democratic official.) Sen. Mark Pryor, chief Senate handler of the awful CPSIA law, lost big. Massachusetts voters again rejected Martha Coakley, whose prosecutorial decisions we have […]

    Election open thread is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

    ]]>
    Trial lawyer and inveterate Litigation Lobby booster Bruce Braley lost his Iowa senate bid (“He comes across as arrogant, and I think it’s because he is,” said an unnamed Democratic official.) Sen. Mark Pryor, chief Senate handler of the awful CPSIA law, lost big.

    Massachusetts voters again rejected Martha Coakley, whose prosecutorial decisions we have found so hard to square with the interests of justice. The Wisconsin Blue Fist school of thought, which sees organized government employees as the natural and truly legitimate governing class, met with a rebuff from voters not only in Wisconsin itself but in neighboring Illinois (where Gov. Quinn, of Harris v. Quinn fame, went down to defeat) and elsewhere. Colorado voters rejected GMO labeling, while a similar Oregon bill was trailing narrowly this morning but not with enough votes to call.

    California voters rejected Prop 46, to raise MICRA medical liability limits, require database use and impose drug testing of doctors, by a 67-33 margin, and also rejected Prop 45, intensifying insurance regulation, by a 60-40 margin (earlier).

    I’ve written a lot at my Free State Notes blog about the governor’s race in my own state of Maryland, and unlike most others was not surprised at Larry Hogan’s stunning upset victory. The politics category there includes my letter to Washington Post-reading independents and moderates about why they should feel comfortable electing Hogan as a balance to the state’s heavily Democratic legislature, as well as my parody song about what I thought a revealing gaffe by Hogan’s opponent, Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown.

    Tags: , , , , , , ,

    Election open thread is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

    ]]>
    http://overlawyered.com/2014/11/election-open-thread/feed/ 0
    October 31 roundup http://overlawyered.com/2014/10/october-31-roundup-3/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/10/october-31-roundup-3/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:05:52 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=48173 “Government Is the Biggest Threat to Innovation, Say Silicon Valley Insiders” [J.D. Tuccille, Reason] Acrimonious split between Overlawyered favorite Geoffrey Fieger and long-time law partner Ven Johnson [L.L. Brasier, Detroit Free Press] Case against deference: “Now More Than Ever, Courts Should Police Administrative Agencies” [Ilya Shapiro on Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association; boundary between "interpretive" […]

    October 31 roundup is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

    ]]>
  • “Government Is the Biggest Threat to Innovation, Say Silicon Valley Insiders” [J.D. Tuccille, Reason]
  • Acrimonious split between Overlawyered favorite Geoffrey Fieger and long-time law partner Ven Johnson [L.L. Brasier, Detroit Free Press]
  • Case against deference: “Now More Than Ever, Courts Should Police Administrative Agencies” [Ilya Shapiro on Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association; boundary between "interpretive" and "legislative" agency rules]
  • “The Canary in the Law School Coal Mine?” [George Leef, Minding the Campus] Ideological diversity at law schools [Prof. Bainbridge and followup]
  • Familiar (to economists) but needed case against state auto dealership protection laws [Matt Yglesias, Vox; our tag]
  • Trial lawyers dump millions into attempt to defeat Illinois high court justice Lloyd Karmeier [Chamber-backed Madison County Record, Southern Illinoisan]
  • A genuinely liberal regime would leave accreditation room for small Massachusetts college that expects students to obey Biblical conduct standards [Andrew Sullivan, more]
  • Tags: , , , , , ,

    October 31 roundup is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

    ]]>
    http://overlawyered.com/2014/10/october-31-roundup-3/feed/ 0
    Illinois judge rebuffs prolific folk-law filer http://overlawyered.com/2014/10/illinois-judge-rebuffs-prolific-folk-law-filer/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/10/illinois-judge-rebuffs-prolific-folk-law-filer/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:45:16 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=49142 Mr. Wemple’s various lawsuits have named as defendants all Illinois judicial circuits as well as, more recently, “the Illinois State Bar Association and all of its members,” for conscripting him into a legal process that is “defective and unsafe for its intended purpose in that it generates degeneration financially, psychologically and/or physically.” One of his […]

    Illinois judge rebuffs prolific folk-law filer is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

    ]]>
    Mr. Wemple’s various lawsuits have named as defendants all Illinois judicial circuits as well as, more recently, “the Illinois State Bar Association and all of its members,” for conscripting him into a legal process that is “defective and unsafe for its intended purpose in that it generates degeneration financially, psychologically and/or physically.” One of his filings charged the state bar association with “treason” of sundry varieties, not a well-formed complaint since “treason is a criminal offense, not a basis for a civil lawsuit.” A no-longer-patient judge has ordered him added “to the list of ‘restricted filers’ (sometimes called ‘vexatious litigants’) who typically must seek leave before filing anything (and pay fees up front) because of this sort of history.” [Lowering the Bar]

    Tags: , ,

    Illinois judge rebuffs prolific folk-law filer is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

    ]]>
    http://overlawyered.com/2014/10/illinois-judge-rebuffs-prolific-folk-law-filer/feed/ 0
    Illinois Supreme Court battles http://overlawyered.com/2014/10/illinois-supreme-court-battles/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/10/illinois-supreme-court-battles/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:15:53 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=49034 Really, the headline is as good an introduction to this tangled web as any: “Clifford firm contributes $150K to unseat Justice on the same day he’s in court saying campaign money corrupted Supreme Court.” [Madison County Record, related post ten years ago] Also, Illinois election officials say the state may need to have a slow […]

    Illinois Supreme Court battles is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

    ]]>
    Really, the headline is as good an introduction to this tangled web as any: “Clifford firm contributes $150K to unseat Justice on the same day he’s in court saying campaign money corrupted Supreme Court.” [Madison County Record, related post ten years ago] Also, Illinois election officials say the state may need to have a slow Election Night [The Southern Illinoisan]

    Tags: , ,

    Illinois Supreme Court battles is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

    ]]>
    http://overlawyered.com/2014/10/illinois-supreme-court-battles/feed/ 0
    Politics roundup http://overlawyered.com/2014/09/politics-roundup-12/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/09/politics-roundup-12/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 04:05:03 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=47870 California may lead in number of arrested lawmaker scandals but jealous New York vows to catch up [NYDN] Will voters in hotly contested Massachusetts primary remember Martha Coakley’s central role in the Amirault travesty of justice? “State of unions: Illinois’ big unionized workforce has become a big campaign issue” [Peoria Journal Star] Teachers’ union top […]

    Politics roundup is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

    ]]>
  • California may lead in number of arrested lawmaker scandals but jealous New York vows to catch up [NYDN]
  • Will voters in hotly contested Massachusetts primary remember Martha Coakley’s central role in the Amirault travesty of justice?
  • “State of unions: Illinois’ big unionized workforce has become a big campaign issue” [Peoria Journal Star] Teachers’ union top priority: unseat GOP governors [Politico]
  • In which I’m quoted saying relatively favorable things about left-leaning New York gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout (though “enjoyed interacting with” is a long way from “would consider voting for”) [Capital New York]
  • Meet the trial-lawyer-driven group behind the Rick Perry indictment [Texas Tribune; more of what's up in Texas]
  • Senate incumbents Reid, Pryor, and Durbin and hopeful Bruce Braley among recipients of asbestos law firm money [MCR, Legal NewsLine] Key trial lawyer ally Durbin has slipped in polls [Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Montana Democrats’ candidate for U.S. Senate looking a little Wobbly [Lachlan Markay, Free Beacon; A. Barton Hinkle, Richmond Times-Dispatch; #wobblydem]
  • Tags: , , , , ,

    Politics roundup is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

    ]]>
    http://overlawyered.com/2014/09/politics-roundup-12/feed/ 0
    Labor and employment roundup http://overlawyered.com/2014/08/labor-employment-roundup-30/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/08/labor-employment-roundup-30/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 04:05:06 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=47281 “The tie that binds public employee unions and Wall Street” [Daniel DiSalvo] “Unions Manipulate New York City’s Public Pension Funds To Punish Their Enemies” [NYT via Jim Epstein, Reason] Illinois latest state to pass “ban the box” law restricting employers’ inquiries on criminal records [Workplace Prof] Two ex-football pros file suit claiming union conspired with […]

    Labor and employment roundup is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

    ]]>
  • “The tie that binds public employee unions and Wall Street” [Daniel DiSalvo] “Unions Manipulate New York City’s Public Pension Funds To Punish Their Enemies” [NYT via Jim Epstein, Reason]
  • Illinois latest state to pass “ban the box” law restricting employers’ inquiries on criminal records [Workplace Prof]
  • Two ex-football pros file suit claiming union conspired with owners on concussions [Bloomberg]
  • Average Illinois public retiree’s pension rapidly narrowing gap with average salary of worker still on job [Jake Griffin Daily Herald via Reboot Illinois] By 2006, 1,600 California prison guards were making $110K+, plus more on tendency of state/local government pay to outrun private [Lee Ohanian via Tyler Cowen]
  • Great moments in employment law: Seventh Circuit says other employees’ having sex on complainant’s desk not hostile work environment when not targeted at gender [Eric B. Meyer]
  • Next step signaled in SEIU fast food protest campaign: unlawful property occupations [AP, Chicago Tribune, arrests in May]
  • Trial lawyer win: Obama federal-contractor fiat will forbid pre-dispute agreements to submit bias claims to binding arbitration [AP, AAJ jubilates]
  • Tags: , , , , , , , ,

    Labor and employment roundup is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

    ]]>
    http://overlawyered.com/2014/08/labor-employment-roundup-30/feed/ 2
    Labor and employment roundup http://overlawyered.com/2014/06/labor-employment-roundup-28/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/06/labor-employment-roundup-28/#comments Mon, 23 Jun 2014 04:10:21 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=46460 “NLRB Could Ease Unionization of Franchisees” [Bill McMorris, Washington Free Beacon] Wait, you mean self-harm is something you can overdo? “Can the Minimum Wage Be Too High?” [NYT "Room for Debate"] “Correcting Harold Meyerson’s Math On The Minimum Wage” [Tim Worstall] Lawyers can help ascertain when lip-licking in workplace rises to level of harassment [Fox […]

    Labor and employment roundup is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

    ]]>
  • “NLRB Could Ease Unionization of Franchisees” [Bill McMorris, Washington Free Beacon]
  • Wait, you mean self-harm is something you can overdo? “Can the Minimum Wage Be Too High?” [NYT "Room for Debate"] “Correcting Harold Meyerson’s Math On The Minimum Wage” [Tim Worstall]
  • Lawyers can help ascertain when lip-licking in workplace rises to level of harassment [Fox Rothschild]
  • Pending bill in Illinois would do away with workers’ comp’s longstanding immunity for safety consultants [Kevin Martin, State Journal-Register]
  • Best and worst states legally for staffing business [Leslie Stevens-Huffman, Staffing Industry]
  • “You can have your strong public employee unions, ‘prevailing wages’ and restrictive work rules, or you can have nice infrastructure. New Yorkers have (perhaps unknowingly) made their choice.” [Scott Sumner via Arnold Kling]
  • Does time spent driving to employer-mandated anger-management courses count as compensable “hours worked” under FLSA? [Bryan Symes, Ruder Ware]
  • Tags: , , , , , ,

    Labor and employment roundup is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

    ]]>
    http://overlawyered.com/2014/06/labor-employment-roundup-28/feed/ 0