Overlawyered » United Kingdom http://overlawyered.com Chronicling the high cost of our legal system Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:44:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Free speech roundup http://overlawyered.com/2015/04/free-speech-roundup-41/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/04/free-speech-roundup-41/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 04:05:13 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=52278 UK wrongful-speech laws sold to public “with mawkish appeals to the protection of the weak” but typically used by strong, rich and well connected [Charles C.W. Cooke on Galloway episode] “Danish terrorist attack survivor: ‘It’s a fight that we can’t ignore'” [Lena Masri, Poynter] “It gives me no comfort to have my constitutional rights trampled […]

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  • UK wrongful-speech laws sold to public “with mawkish appeals to the protection of the weak” but typically used by strong, rich and well connected [Charles C.W. Cooke on Galloway episode]
  • “Danish terrorist attack survivor: ‘It’s a fight that we can’t ignore'” [Lena Masri, Poynter]
  • “It gives me no comfort to have my constitutional rights trampled in a bipartisan fashion.” [Eric O’Keefe, quoted in M.D. Kittle, Wisconsin Watchdog profile of John Doe target Kelly Rindfleisch via @andrewmgrossman]
  • “I speak here of the rule of law, not the rule of feels.” [Ken at Popehat on BlockBot listings as non-defamation]
  • Rolling back SCOTUS’s First Amendment-based jurisprudence: “Hillary Clinton says she would support a constitutional amendment on campaign finance reform” [Washington Post]
  • “Court Rules San Diego’s Law Prof’s Blog Post Was Not Defamatory” [TaxProf]
  • “Another Day, Another Dumb New York Times Story on Corporations and Free Speech” [Damon Root, Reason, vs. Times columnist Timothy Egan]
  • Sounds promising: Robert Corn-Revere has a book in the works on free speech [Ronald K.L. Collins, Concurring Opinions]
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    U.K.: parents “will be reported …for neglect if they allow children to play over-18 computer games” http://overlawyered.com/2015/04/u-k-parents-will-be-reported-for-neglect-if-they-allow-children-to-play-over-18-computer-games/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/04/u-k-parents-will-be-reported-for-neglect-if-they-allow-children-to-play-over-18-computer-games/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 09:31:08 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=52453 A public authority governing 16 schools in Cheshire, England, has sent a letter to parents warning them that they must not allow their children to play with adult-themed videogames such as Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto. “If your child is allowed to have inappropriate access to any game, or associated product, that is […]

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    A public authority governing 16 schools in Cheshire, England, has sent a letter to parents warning them that they must not allow their children to play with adult-themed videogames such as Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto. “If your child is allowed to have inappropriate access to any game, or associated product, that is designated 18+ we are advised to contact the police and children’s social care as this is deemed neglectful.” [ITV via Lenore Skenazy]

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    Glossy and glamorous lawyer marketing in Manchester, U.K. http://overlawyered.com/2015/04/glossy-and-glamorous-lawyer-marketing-in-manchester-u-k/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/04/glossy-and-glamorous-lawyer-marketing-in-manchester-u-k/#comments Fri, 03 Apr 2015 04:15:27 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=52374 And what Google Street View has to say about the actual law offices [RollOnFriday] Tags: chasing clients, United Kingdom

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    And what Google Street View has to say about the actual law offices [RollOnFriday]

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    Crime and punishment roundup http://overlawyered.com/2015/03/crime-and-punishment-roundup-2/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/03/crime-and-punishment-roundup-2/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 04:05:55 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=52292 “Felony murder: why a teenager who didn’t kill anyone faces 55 years in jail” [Ed Pilkington, Guardian] Crime largely missing from urbanist discussion but might actually be more important than streetcars [Urbanophile] “So when you read ‘she pioneered the use of John Doe indictments to stop clock on statutes of limitation’, think about your alibi […]

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  • “Felony murder: why a teenager who didn’t kill anyone faces 55 years in jail” [Ed Pilkington, Guardian]
  • Crime largely missing from urbanist discussion but might actually be more important than streetcars [Urbanophile]
  • “So when you read ‘she pioneered the use of John Doe indictments to stop clock on statutes of limitation’, think about your alibi for 1983.” [@ClarkHat on Twitter]
  • “Kern County, a jurisdiction with a long unfortunate history of putting the wrong people in prison” [Radley Balko, Glenn Reynolds/USA Today on People v. Efrain Velasco-Palacios]
  • What did prisoners do to get locked up? [Robert VerBruggen/Real Clear Policy] Role of sentencing policy in growth of prison population [Dara Lind, Vox]
  • In the United Kingdom, claims of mass ritual child abuse are back [Matthew Scott, Barrister Blog; Barbara Hewson, The Justice Gap]
  • New York City bus drivers have a point: not every traffic injury implies a legal wrong [Scott Greenfield]
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    Schools roundup http://overlawyered.com/2015/03/schools-roundup-27/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/03/schools-roundup-27/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2015 04:05:48 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=51658 Has it gotten too easy to breach the ordinary protections of academic freedom by charging that research is unethical? [Alice Dreger, Retraction Watch; The Guardian with more on complaints against University of Queensland economist over Brisbane, Australia bus study] “Good reformist energy in NYC to decriminalize student misbehavior. Big, unreported obstacle? School security guards are […]

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  • Has it gotten too easy to breach the ordinary protections of academic freedom by charging that research is unethical? [Alice Dreger, Retraction Watch; The Guardian with more on complaints against University of Queensland economist over Brisbane, Australia bus study]
  • “Good reformist energy in NYC to decriminalize student misbehavior. Big, unreported obstacle? School security guards are all NYPD personnel.” [Chase Madar on Twitter]
  • “What is Obama’s big idea regarding day care? Well, to make it even more expensive” [Nick Gillespie citing Abby Schachter]
  • “Why no one, but no one, trusts a campus sexual assault proceeding.” [Judith Shulevitz; Volokh (16 Penn Law profs)] Remarkable story of student investigated because he reminded woman of man who had attacked her thousands of miles away [Janet Halley/Harvard Law Review, see text between footnotes 23 and 24 near end, but interesting throughout] Two views of new advocacy film The Hunting Ground [David Edelstein, New York; Lizzie Crocker, Daily Beast]
  • We never followed up at the time on what happened in the 2008 Billy Wolfe bullying story out of Fayetteville, Ark., but suffice it to say it’s not flattering to New York Times coverage [Eighth Circuit 2011 opinion; earlier here, here, and here]
  • Quaker schools in United Kingdom resist mandate that all schools teach “fundamental British values” [Guardian] Non-Oxbridge universities to be brought into line rather sharply on teach-against-terror agenda [Chris Bertram, Crooked Timber]
  • How does your pension compare? “Nearly 5,000 [New York] teachers cashing in on six-figure pensions” [New York Post]
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    March 4 roundup http://overlawyered.com/2015/03/march-4-roundup-3/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/03/march-4-roundup-3/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 05:05:23 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=51838 “Woman who lost $500K calls ex-lawyer’s 5-year sentence for stealing $10M ‘a joke'” [Alabama; Martha Neil, ABA Journal] Canada: “Mom Lost Custody After She Left Her Kid Alone at Home for 90 Minutes” [Lenore Skenazy and Paul Best, Reason] “New British Law Will Call All Sorts of Things ‘Child Abuse.'” [Skenazy] “If I End Up […]

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  • “Woman who lost $500K calls ex-lawyer’s 5-year sentence for stealing $10M ‘a joke'” [Alabama; Martha Neil, ABA Journal]
  • Canada: “Mom Lost Custody After She Left Her Kid Alone at Home for 90 Minutes” [Lenore Skenazy and Paul Best, Reason] “New British Law Will Call All Sorts of Things ‘Child Abuse.'” [Skenazy]
  • “If I End Up On Life Support, My Family Knows The Type Of Long, Protracted Legal Battle I Would Want” [The Onion]
  • Stiff training mandates for new drivers? Don’t be surprised if trainers develop into lobby in favor of keeping program going [Maggie Thurber, Ohio Watchdog, thanks for quote]
  • “Law prof’s Garlock testimony details asbestos lawyers’ change in strategy” [Chamber-backed Legal NewsLine on Lester Brickman analysis] Plus, new ATRA website on asbestos litigation abuse;
  • “BakerHostetler 2014 Year-End Review of Class Actions (and what to expect in 2015)” [via Paul Karlsgodt]
  • R.I.P. legal ethicist Monroe Freedman [Washington Post; a 2012 post of his I admired, re: showboat prosecutors]
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    “Report Urges Britain To Take Small-Claims Cases Online” http://overlawyered.com/2015/03/report-urges-britain-to-take-small-claims-cases-online/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/03/report-urges-britain-to-take-small-claims-cases-online/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:38:55 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=51835 “The proposal takes eBay’s dispute resolution system as a kind of inspiration.” Would the idea work here? [NPR] Tags: eBay, procedure, United Kingdom

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    “The proposal takes eBay’s dispute resolution system as a kind of inspiration.” Would the idea work here? [NPR]

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    Please Don’t Eat the Daffodils http://overlawyered.com/2015/02/please-dont-eat-daffodils/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/02/please-dont-eat-daffodils/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 05:15:35 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=51299 Public Health England has sent a letter to major British supermarket chains asking them “to ensure that daffodils, both the bulbs from which they sprout and the cut variety too, are displayed well away from the produce of fruit and vegetable area.” A number of shoppers “for whom English was not their first language” have […]

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    Public Health England has sent a letter to major British supermarket chains asking them “to ensure that daffodils, both the bulbs from which they sprout and the cut variety too, are displayed well away from the produce of fruit and vegetable area.” A number of shoppers “for whom English was not their first language” have mistaken the stalks for Chinese chives, an ingredient used in stir-fry and dumpling dishes. Eating daffodils results in vomiting and other gastrointestinal distress although ordinarily no lasting effects. [Telegraph, BBC]

    One wonders why an informational strategy — perhaps especially aimed at word of mouth in the Chinese community — would not be preferred. Gail Heriot comments (via Facebook):

    When we act to minimize tiny risks we often create other risks that will go unnoticed. Flowers are kept near produce in grocery stores in part because they both need water from time to time to stay fresh. One guy with a mop can take care of spills pretty efficiently. If the two are separated, he may be a tad less quick about getting that job done. If some little old lady slips, no one ever makes the connection between her broken leg and this nonsensical daffodil policy. Trying to deal with tiny, oddball risks frequently results in increasing more ordinary risks to everyday shoppers. The thing to do is cool it.

    P.S.: Chuckle at “handwashing optional” Senator if you like, but then try actually thinking through what value choice might have in food safety [Jacob Grier]

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    International human rights law roundup http://overlawyered.com/2015/01/international-law-roundup-13/ http://overlawyered.com/2015/01/international-law-roundup-13/#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 05:05:42 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=49261 In Britain, Conservative Party proposes pullback from involvement in European Convention on Human Rights [BBC, Telegraph with more coverage, Isabel Hardman/Spectator, Economist, Jon Holbrook/Spiked, Adam Smith Institute, Dominic Grieve/Prospect, Basak Cali/OJ] Lessons of forgotten debates in U.S. history: “Constitutional problems with international courts” [Eugene Kontorovich] “The United Nations is also pressuring countries, particularly Japan, to […]

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  • In Britain, Conservative Party proposes pullback from involvement in European Convention on Human Rights [BBC, Telegraph with more coverage, Isabel Hardman/Spectator, Economist, Jon Holbrook/Spiked, Adam Smith Institute, Dominic Grieve/Prospect, Basak Cali/OJ]
  • Lessons of forgotten debates in U.S. history: “Constitutional problems with international courts” [Eugene Kontorovich]
  • “The United Nations is also pressuring countries, particularly Japan, to enact anti-hate speech laws.” [Elizabeth Nolan Brown]
  • “How the Supreme Court Has Limited Foreign Disputes from Flooding U.S. Courts” [George T. Conway III, John Bellinger III, R. Reeves Anderson, and James Stengel for the Chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform via D&O Diary]
  • Why U.S. ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child would be pointless [Julian Ku/OJ]
  • “I despise North Korea human rights violations as much as anyone, but I’m skeptical that US tort system is answer.” [@tedfrank on Twitter; D.C. Circuit opinion in Kim v. DPRK]
  • Critique of international human rights treaties as having done little to reduce abuses of rights [Eric Posner, The Guardian] Some human rights clinics at law schools like Yale “are very close to pure political advocacy groups” [Julian Ku on another Posner article]
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    Food and beverage roundup http://overlawyered.com/2014/12/food-and-beverage-roundup/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/12/food-and-beverage-roundup/#comments Fri, 26 Dec 2014 05:05:48 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=50052 Why British pubs are in decline [new Institute of Economic Affairs report from Christopher Snowdon] After legal battle with chicken chain, Vermont man wins “Eat More Kale” trademark [AP, earlier here, etc.] “Why D.C. Breweries Say They’re Drowning In Red Tape” [Rebecca Sheir, WAMU] Pennsylvania: “Cops Seized Couple’s $160,000 Wine Collection – And Want to […]

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  • Why British pubs are in decline [new Institute of Economic Affairs report from Christopher Snowdon]
  • After legal battle with chicken chain, Vermont man wins “Eat More Kale” trademark [AP, earlier here, etc.]
  • “Why D.C. Breweries Say They’re Drowning In Red Tape” [Rebecca Sheir, WAMU] Pennsylvania: “Cops Seized Couple’s $160,000 Wine Collection – And Want to Destroy It All” [Baylen Linnekin]
  • More on FDA calorie-labeling mandate for restaurants and food servers [Sarah Kliff, Vox (“way more aggressive than expected”); Steve Chapman, Jacob Sullum, Danny Vinik, New Republic on the lack of evidence in their favor; Jason Stverak, Providence Journal on the costs; Cass Sunstein via Althouse in favor; earlier here, etc.]
  • Opponent seeks sanctions over attempt to turn “meritless snack food labeling action into the Second Peloponnesian War” [Daniel Fisher]
  • “A Trademark Year in Wine and Beer: Our 2014 Holiday Buyer’s Guide to Disputed Beverages” [David Kluft, Foley Hoag]
  • Roundup of reactions (including ours) to Boston professor’s fateful tussle with Chinese restaurant [National Post, earlier]
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