Overlawyered » United Kingdom http://overlawyered.com Chronicling the high cost of our legal system Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:15:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 In Britain, shotgun control at your doorstep http://overlawyered.com/2014/10/britain-shotgun-control-doorstep/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/10/britain-shotgun-control-doorstep/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 04:21:53 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=48912 From the United Kingdom [Camilla Swift, The Spectator]: Police this week were granted the authority to carry out random, unannounced checks at the home of anyone who has a gun license. Why? They claim that shooters may be ‘vulnerable to criminal or terrorist groups’ and this is the way to tackle the ‘problem’. The new […]

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From the United Kingdom [Camilla Swift, The Spectator]:

Police this week were granted the authority to carry out random, unannounced checks at the home of anyone who has a gun license. Why? They claim that shooters may be ‘vulnerable to criminal or terrorist groups’ and this is the way to tackle the ‘problem’. The new Home Office guidance assures us this won’t occur ‘at an unsocial hour unless there is a justified and specific requirement to do so.’ Some get-out clause.

More: CPSA. Perhaps, in our American Bill of Rights, there is more of a connection between the Second Amendment and Fourth Amendment than is at first apparent.

And: “Watervliet, NY Asks Pistol Permit Applicants for Facebook Passwords. Or Not.” [Robert Farago, The Truth About Guns]

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Scary UK proposal: “Extremist Disruption Orders” http://overlawyered.com/2014/10/scary-uk-proposal-extremist-disruption-orders/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/10/scary-uk-proposal-extremist-disruption-orders/#comments Fri, 03 Oct 2014 10:45:27 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=48608 “Extremists will have to get posts on Facebook and Twitter approved in advance by the police under sweeping rules planned by the Conservatives.” [Telegraph] The Spectator joins other critics in noting that the idea, floated by Home Secretary Theresa May, could conceivably be used not only against proponents of violent Islamism but also (for example) […]

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“Extremists will have to get posts on Facebook and Twitter approved in advance by the police under sweeping rules planned by the Conservatives.” [Telegraph] The Spectator joins other critics in noting that the idea, floated by Home Secretary Theresa May, could conceivably be used not only against proponents of violent Islamism but also (for example) radicals of right and left, Irish nationalists, and animal-rights protesters:

Labour’s ‘hate crime’ laws have already been used to pursue Christian street preachers criticising homosexuality and Englishmen being rude about Scots. This magazine was once contacted by the CID, which was ‘investigating’ an article about Islamic fundamentalism — the police were trying to establish if we had violated the parameters of argument defined by New Labour. Rather than repeal such laws, Mrs May seems to want to extend them.

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September 16 roundup http://overlawyered.com/2014/09/september-16-roundup-2/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/09/september-16-roundup-2/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:05:04 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=47788 “When I asked them why they decided to sell their [toy import] business, they said that they got out because of Proposition 65 and the CPSIA.” [Nancy Nord] State tax regimes are getting more aggressive about grabbing money earned in other states [Steve Malanga, City Journal] “Still can’t get over the fact that all [development] […]

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  • “When I asked them why they decided to sell their [toy import] business, they said that they got out because of Proposition 65 and the CPSIA.” [Nancy Nord]
  • State tax regimes are getting more aggressive about grabbing money earned in other states [Steve Malanga, City Journal]
  • “Still can’t get over the fact that all [development] permits are discretionary in San Francisco” [@TonyBiasotti linking Mark Hogan, Boom]
  • How would American politics change if political parties could expel members, as in many countries they can? [Bryan Caplan]
  • Defenders of Wisconsin John Doe prosecutor push back against Stuart Taylor investigation [Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via Althouse, more, related on "blue fist" posters and John Doe investigator, earlier]
  • “In Britain, Child’s Weight Leads to Parents’ Arrest” [New York Times in June, King's Lynn 11-year-old; also, Cadbury agrees to "stop making chocolate bars in Britain with more than 250 calories"] More: Pencil-twirling in class leads to CPS referral in New Jersey [Katherine Mangu-War, Reason]
  • Should there be judicial remedies — what kind, and for which plaintiffs — when federal spending is politicized? [Daniel Epstein, Federalist Society "Engage"]
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    September 2 roundup http://overlawyered.com/2014/09/september-2-roundup-4/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/09/september-2-roundup-4/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 04:05:23 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=47962 Police have traced the crime wave to a single micro-neighborhood in the California capital [Sacramento Bee] “Adam Carolla Settles with the Patent Trolls” [Daniel Nazer/EFF, Reason, related eight days earlier and previously] eBay takes on Landmark in the E.D. of Texas [Popehat] Frank Furedi on law and the decline in childrens’ freedom to roam [U.K. […]

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  • Police have traced the crime wave to a single micro-neighborhood in the California capital [Sacramento Bee]
  • “Adam Carolla Settles with the Patent Trolls” [Daniel Nazer/EFF, Reason, related eight days earlier and previously] eBay takes on Landmark in the E.D. of Texas [Popehat]
  • Frank Furedi on law and the decline in childrens’ freedom to roam [U.K. Independent]
  • On “ban the box” laws re: asking about job applicants’ criminal records, it’s sued if you do, sued if you don’t [Coyote]
  • Fake law firm websites in U.K. sometimes parasitize the real ones [Martha Neil, ABA Journal]
  • What C. Steven Bradford of the blog Business Law Prof reads to keep up (and thanks for including us on list);
  • As applications to renounce U.S. citizenship mount, many related to FATCA, our government hikes fee for doing so by 422% [Robert Wood, Forbes]
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    UK local council spends $350K trying to unmask political blogger http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/uk-local-council-spends-350k-trying-unmask-political-blogger/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/uk-local-council-spends-350k-trying-unmask-political-blogger/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 04:15:13 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=47040 In the North of England, “South Tyneside Council has abandoned its hunt for notorious blogger Mr Monkey after spending more than £200,000 of taxpayers’ cash.” [Chronicle] The widely read blog had made scurrilous charges against council members and others. “The authority said it had a ‘duty’ to protect staff and councillors against” what it called […]

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    In the North of England, “South Tyneside Council has abandoned its hunt for notorious blogger Mr Monkey after spending more than £200,000 of taxpayers’ cash.” [Chronicle] The widely read blog had made scurrilous charges against council members and others. “The authority said it had a ‘duty’ to protect staff and councillors against” what it called “cyber-bullying and harassment.” “Councils cannot sue for libel. Any action against the ‘Mr Monkey’ blogger could only be taken by named individuals.” [BBC] More: Daily Mail, Taxpayers Alliance.

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    Britain: publicly funded films must advance diversity http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/britain-publicly-funded-films-must-advance-diversity/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/britain-publicly-funded-films-must-advance-diversity/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 09:08:51 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=47001 The government-backed, lottery-funded British Film Institute, which backs a substantial portion of film production in Britain, “announced a ‘Three Ticks’ scheme to ensure diversity in films and behind the scenes as it set out new rules for funding. Under the system, to be implemented in September, films must ‘tick’ at least two of three criteria: […]

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    The government-backed, lottery-funded British Film Institute, which backs a substantial portion of film production in Britain, “announced a ‘Three Ticks’ scheme to ensure diversity in films and behind the scenes as it set out new rules for funding. Under the system, to be implemented in September, films must ‘tick’ at least two of three criteria: on-screen diversity; off-screen diversity and ‘creating opportunities and social mobility’.” [Telegraph]

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    Free speech roundup http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/free-speech-roundup-31/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/07/free-speech-roundup-31/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 04:05:37 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=46882 Why are PEN and Index on Censorship luminaries supporting Hacked Off press control campaign in UK? [Brendan O'Neill] Religious offense, hate speech and blasphemy: meet India’s self-appointed “Ban Man” [WaPo] “Like a free press? Thank corporate personhood.” [Dylan Matthews, Vox] Participant’s memoir: “spontaneous” mob violence against Danish cartoons was anything but [Lars Hvidberg, Freedom House] […]

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  • Why are PEN and Index on Censorship luminaries supporting Hacked Off press control campaign in UK? [Brendan O'Neill]
  • Religious offense, hate speech and blasphemy: meet India’s self-appointed “Ban Man” [WaPo]
  • “Like a free press? Thank corporate personhood.” [Dylan Matthews, Vox]
  • Participant’s memoir: “spontaneous” mob violence against Danish cartoons was anything but [Lars Hvidberg, Freedom House]
  • Floyd Abrams testifies at Senate hearing on proposed constitutional amendments to curtail First Amendment for purposes of limiting campaign speech [Volokh]
  • Ruling: Pennsylvania high court judge can proceed with libel suit against Philadelphia newspapers [Philadelphia mag, Inquirer]
  • Missouri gun activist ordered to remove material from internet about police encounter wins settlement [Volokh, earlier]
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    June 19 roundup http://overlawyered.com/2014/06/june-19-roundup/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/06/june-19-roundup/#comments Thu, 19 Jun 2014 04:05:10 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=46253 Heeding union and legacy air carriers, Congress nixes cheap flights to Europe [W.R. Mead/American Interest, Marc Scribner/CEI] Kneecapping the opposition: lawprof wants to yank trade associations’ tax exemption [CL&P] “Connecticut Supreme Court rules against man who got drunk and fell in bonfire” [Legal NewsLine] Making reform of big-city government a conservative cause [Scott Beyer] Judge: […]

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  • Heeding union and legacy air carriers, Congress nixes cheap flights to Europe [W.R. Mead/American Interest, Marc Scribner/CEI]
  • Kneecapping the opposition: lawprof wants to yank trade associations’ tax exemption [CL&P]
  • “Connecticut Supreme Court rules against man who got drunk and fell in bonfire” [Legal NewsLine]
  • Making reform of big-city government a conservative cause [Scott Beyer]
  • Judge: Pipe maker can sue qui tam law firm over press release calling products defective [Daniel Fisher, Forbes]
  • British insurer group calls for action, says fraudulent accident claims up 18% in year [Insurance Journal]
  • Long, detailed look at forces behind the madness that is the San Francisco housing market [Kim-Mai Cutler, TechCrunch in April]
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    May Day special: morris dance liability http://overlawyered.com/2014/05/may-day-special-morris-dance-liability/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/05/may-day-special-morris-dance-liability/#comments Thu, 01 May 2014 20:14:04 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=45628 So far as I can tell, this insurance page from Great Britain is entirely in earnest: Public Liability Insurance for Morris Dance Troupes We provide instant, on-line morris dance troupe public liability insurance quotes and cover from our panel of specialist liability insurers and our own unique underwriting facilities in the United Kingdom…. Why does […]

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    So far as I can tell, this insurance page from Great Britain is entirely in earnest:

    Public Liability Insurance for Morris Dance Troupes

    We provide instant, on-line morris dance troupe public liability insurance quotes and cover from our panel of specialist liability insurers and our own unique underwriting facilities in the United Kingdom….

    Why does a morris dance troupe need public liability insurance?

    Every day morris dance troupes face the risk of legal action being taken against them in respect of their liability for personal injury or property damage arising in the course of their business activities. The awards that may be made as a result of a successful claim can be catastrophic but even the legal costs of defending the most spurious claim can cause severe financial hardship.

    On the other hand, this page from the plaintiff’s side appears to have been written at least with a bit of tongue-in-cheek:

    The no win no fee Elstow Morris dancing accident injury claim specialist

    A little bit of Morris-dancing never hurt anybody; or did it? You might need the services of a specialist no win no fee Elstow Morris dancing accident injury claim solicitor, if, whilst strutting your stuff, you’re struck in the face by a Morris stick, or even a handkerchief, and break a bone, or sustain an eye injury. …

    Launching a no win no fee Elstow Morris-dancing accident injury claim

    Sometimes, shards of wood can splinter off the Morris-sticks and strike someone causing an injury, and sometimes small children can inadvertently get in the way, and sustain an injury. In cases like these, be it a Morris-dancer, or a spectator, or a child that is injured, AAH, the specialist no win no fee Elstow injury claim lawyer, can be called on to help to launch a personal injury claim. All troupes of public performers, be they acrobats or Morris-dancers, must have public liability insurance.

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    Speaking of European labor-law rigidity… http://overlawyered.com/2014/04/auto-plants/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/04/auto-plants/#comments Fri, 25 Apr 2014 11:33:20 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=45204 The Wall Street Journal last month (paywalled, no link) reported on how the long-moribund British auto industry now has a striking success, BMW’s Mini plant in Oxford, along with a hopeful sign for the future, Tata Motors Ltd.’s plans to invest $2.5 billion in its Jaguar plant in Solihull: Workplace flexibility is a big factor […]

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    The Wall Street Journal last month (paywalled, no link) reported on how the long-moribund British auto industry now has a striking success, BMW’s Mini plant in Oxford, along with a hopeful sign for the future, Tata Motors Ltd.’s plans to invest $2.5 billion in its Jaguar plant in Solihull:

    Workplace flexibility is a big factor behind the success of the U.K.’s auto industry, experts say. The Mini plant operates under the “working time account” model, which lets employees build up extra working hours that they can then draw on in downtime. …

    “This is impossible in the rest of Europe on any relevant scale because of local legislation that protects workers’ rights and pay,” said John Leech, head of the U.K. automotive section at consultancy KPMG.

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