Overlawyered » Washington state http://overlawyered.com Chronicling the high cost of our legal system Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:48:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Schools roundup http://overlawyered.com/2014/10/schools-roundup-19/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/10/schools-roundup-19/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 04:05:21 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=48010 New report: “Schools Cut Back as Litigation Costs Eat into Budgets” [California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse, PDF] “Swings too dangerous for Washington schools” [AP; Richland, Wash.] “Appeals Court Ruling Paves Way for Gender Quotas in High School Sports” [Saving Sports, Ninth Circuit on Title IX] More: Alison Somin [Ollier v. Sweetwater Union School District] “College […]

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  • New report: “Schools Cut Back as Litigation Costs Eat into Budgets” [California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse, PDF] “Swings too dangerous for Washington schools” [AP; Richland, Wash.]
  • “Appeals Court Ruling Paves Way for Gender Quotas in High School Sports” [Saving Sports, Ninth Circuit on Title IX] More: Alison Somin [Ollier v. Sweetwater Union School District]
  • “College and university administrators demolishing freedom of religion and association” [Bainbridge]
  • “Grenade Launchers: The Newest Must-Have School Supply” [Jason Bedrick/Cato, earlier]
  • “It was against the school policy for elementary kids to have Chapstick” [Amy Alkon; Augusta County, Va.] “Mom Tells Therapist About Briefly Leaving Kids Alone, Shrink Calls Cops” [Lenore Skenazy]
  • Disability and school discipline: “Wondering why a preschooler would ever need to be suspended? Here’s an explanation.” [Amy Rothschild, Greater Greater Washington]
  • Civic education needed: some Greendale, Wisc. parents and educators wonder why non-parents are allowed to vote on school matters [Lenore Skenazy]
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    Liability roundup http://overlawyered.com/2014/09/liability-roundup-2/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/09/liability-roundup-2/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:05:18 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=47952 Florida judge strikes down state’s workers comp system [Insurance Journal, WorkersCompensation.com, David DePaolo, Bradenton Herald] State of Washington will pay $10 million to family on theory it should have closed highways earlier in ice storm [Seattle Times] “Allegations that biglaw aided concealment of asbestos torts survives at the pleading stage” [John Steele, Legal Ethics Forum] […]

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  • Florida judge strikes down state’s workers comp system [Insurance Journal, WorkersCompensation.com, David DePaolo, Bradenton Herald]
  • State of Washington will pay $10 million to family on theory it should have closed highways earlier in ice storm [Seattle Times]
  • “Allegations that biglaw aided concealment of asbestos torts survives at the pleading stage” [John Steele, Legal Ethics Forum]
  • “Pennies for Plaintiffs, Millions for Lawyers” — but some judges revolt [Megan McArdle, Bloomberg]
  • Trial lawyers gain sympathetic press ear for suits over lack of bollards in front of stores as precaution against runaway drivers [Fair Warning]
  • …similarly for suits seeking to abolish “Baseball Rule,” obtain damages when foul balls strike spectators [Bloomberg, earlier]
  • More on California car dealer’s suit against asbestos law firm [Legal NewsLine, earlier]
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    Schools roundup http://overlawyered.com/2014/03/schools-roundup-ii/ http://overlawyered.com/2014/03/schools-roundup-ii/#comments Tue, 11 Mar 2014 04:05:14 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=44001 The price of yielding to demands for “trigger warnings” in college curricula, discussions [Jenny Jarvie/TNR, Jill Filipovic/Guardian, Laurie Essig/Chronicle of Higher Ed, Philip Wythe/Rutgers Daily Targum (trigger warning needed on Woolf's "Mrs. Dalloway"?)] A sleeping giant awakes? Asian-Americans oppose attempt to restore racial preferences in Calif. higher ed [Pasadena Star-News] Coming soon: huge expansion in […]

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  • The price of yielding to demands for “trigger warnings” in college curricula, discussions [Jenny Jarvie/TNR, Jill Filipovic/Guardian, Laurie Essig/Chronicle of Higher Ed, Philip Wythe/Rutgers Daily Targum (trigger warning needed on Woolf's "Mrs. Dalloway"?)]
  • A sleeping giant awakes? Asian-Americans oppose attempt to restore racial preferences in Calif. higher ed [Pasadena Star-News]
  • Coming soon: huge expansion in school feeding program as feds fund meals for all students in schools where >40% qualify [Baylen Linnekin] More: fiasco unfolds in new school lunch regs [Jason Bedrick]
  • Kansas Supreme Court seizes control over school spending [my new Cato post, earlier here, here, and here, more background]
  • More coverage of Sen. Diaz’s scheme in New York to require parents of school-age kids to take parenting classes [Deseret News and thanks for quote, earlier here and here]
  • Staff at Minnesota school, worried about following rules, “opted to simply let the girl freeze” [Jason Bedrick/Cato]
  • College discipline furor: Can she consent to sex after drinking? [Margaret Wente, Cathy Young]
  • Infant fell through bleachers at soccer game, Yakima, Wash.-area school district to pay $6.9 million [Insurance Journal]
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    Seattle jury awards $50 million in wrongful birth case http://overlawyered.com/2013/12/seattle-jury-awards-50-million-wrongful-birth-case/ http://overlawyered.com/2013/12/seattle-jury-awards-50-million-wrongful-birth-case/#comments Fri, 13 Dec 2013 16:11:57 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=43022 His parents say they would have aborted little Oliver Wuth, now 5, had they been given proper genetic counseling. [Seattle Post-Intelligencer] Tweet Tags: Washington state, wrongful birth and wrongful life

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    His parents say they would have aborted little Oliver Wuth, now 5, had they been given proper genetic counseling. [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]

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    City pays $100K over cop’s conduct, now faces claim from him http://overlawyered.com/2013/12/city-pays-100k-cops-conduct-now-faces-claim/ http://overlawyered.com/2013/12/city-pays-100k-cops-conduct-now-faces-claim/#comments Fri, 06 Dec 2013 11:27:54 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=42889 Washington: “A Lake Stevens police officer who was at the center of a civil rights lawsuit that cost the city $100,000 filed a claim Monday alleging city officials mishandled the lawsuit and tarnished his reputation. … ‘The cumulative result of the City’s errors is that Warbis has been continually portrayed as a rogue and hot-headed […]

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    Washington: “A Lake Stevens police officer who was at the center of a civil rights lawsuit that cost the city $100,000 filed a claim Monday alleging city officials mishandled the lawsuit and tarnished his reputation. … ‘The cumulative result of the City’s errors is that Warbis has been continually portrayed as a rogue and hot-headed cop, something that is completely contrary to the truth and case facts,’ according to the claim. … The claim does not spell out how much money the police officer is seeking, however, it says ‘a seven-figure-damages judgement is not unreasonable.'” [Everett Herald]

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    Washington voters reject GMO labeling http://overlawyered.com/2013/11/washington-voters-reject-gmo-labeling/ http://overlawyered.com/2013/11/washington-voters-reject-gmo-labeling/#comments Wed, 06 Nov 2013 15:11:40 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=42351 Following the example of California voters, Evergreen State voters were turning down the measure by a 45-55 margin at latest count [KING]. Less happily, the town of SeaTac south of Seattle will now experiment with a $15 minimum wage [same], and those in New Jersey are inscribing an indexed minimum wage into their state constitution. […]

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    Following the example of California voters, Evergreen State voters were turning down the measure by a 45-55 margin at latest count [KING]. Less happily, the town of SeaTac south of Seattle will now experiment with a $15 minimum wage [same], and those in New Jersey are inscribing an indexed minimum wage into their state constitution. [Star-Ledger] Voters in Westchester County, N.Y. chose to retain County Executive Rob Astorino, whose battles with the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have been chronicled in this space. [White Plains Patch]

    More: Quirky soapmaker Dr. Bronner used its own product labels to crusade for the unsuccessful GMO bill. Thank you, Citizens United, for protecting its freedom to do so! [Caleb Brown]

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    Environmental roundup http://overlawyered.com/2013/11/environmental-roundup-6/ http://overlawyered.com/2013/11/environmental-roundup-6/#comments Tue, 05 Nov 2013 04:05:35 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=42087 Voters in state of Washington today consider I-522, latest attempt to mandate GMO food labeling [Jacob Grier, Umlaut; Baylen Linnekin, Reason; earlier including my take on failed California initiative Prop 37] Which Michael Pollan should we listen to? [Jon Entine] Ilya Somin in Cato Supreme Court Review on two big takings cases Koontz and Arkansas […]

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  • Voters in state of Washington today consider I-522, latest attempt to mandate GMO food labeling [Jacob Grier, Umlaut; Baylen Linnekin, Reason; earlier including my take on failed California initiative Prop 37] Which Michael Pollan should we listen to? [Jon Entine]
  • Ilya Somin in Cato Supreme Court Review on two big takings cases Koontz and Arkansas Game & Fish, both won by property owners in last year’s Supreme Court term [article on SSRN, video and podcast of panel]
  • “The Conservative Record on Environmental Policy” [Jonathan Adler, The New Atlantis]
  • Regulatory power grab foiled: “West Virginia chicken farmer wins EPA lawsuit over runoff” [AP]
  • Defendants fight back in Louisiana coastal marshes suit [John Maginnis, Shreveport Times; earlier here, here, and here]
  • Lawsuits under way: “‘Wind Turbine Syndrome’ Blamed for Mysterious Symptoms in Cape Cod Town” [ABC]
  • Want affordable housing and plenty of it? Unleash the cranes [Ed Glaeser, NYT "Room For Debate"]
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    October 7 roundup http://overlawyered.com/2013/10/october-7-roundup-3/ http://overlawyered.com/2013/10/october-7-roundup-3/#comments Mon, 07 Oct 2013 10:39:02 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=41762 More regulation of online speech: what could go wrong? “‘Eraser’ law gives California teens the right to delete online posts” [ABA Journal, Eric Goldman, Scott Greenfield] Gov. Brown signs bill to grant law licenses in California to illegal immigrants [Reuters] “Court: website alleging police corruption shouldn’t have been shut down” [Ars Technica; Lafayette, Louisiana] License […]

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  • More regulation of online speech: what could go wrong? “‘Eraser’ law gives California teens the right to delete online posts” [ABA Journal, Eric Goldman, Scott Greenfield]
  • Gov. Brown signs bill to grant law licenses in California to illegal immigrants [Reuters]
  • “Court: website alleging police corruption shouldn’t have been shut down” [Ars Technica; Lafayette, Louisiana]
  • License to speak: Eugene Volokh and Cato Institute challenge licensing of DC tour guides;
  • Thanks to Keith Lee at Associates Mind for including us in list of recommended law sites;
  • St. Paul disparate-impact housing controversy: “How Mischievous Obama Administration Officials Scuttled An Important Supreme Court Case” [Trevor Burrus, see also]
  • Great circle of tax-funded life: public sector lobbying expenditures [Washington state via Tyler Cowen]
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    September 23 roundup http://overlawyered.com/2013/09/september-19-roundup-3/ http://overlawyered.com/2013/09/september-19-roundup-3/#comments Mon, 23 Sep 2013 04:05:01 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=40767 Drunk driver leaves road, hits power pole, Washington high court allows suit against property owner to proceed [Lowman v. Wilbur, PDF] State attorneys general pressure clothing maker to drop t-shirts with drug names [ABA Journal, related earlier] More transparency needed in Child Protective Services [Reason TV] One lawyer’s critique of CPS [Laurel Dietz, Straight (Vancouver)] […]

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  • Drunk driver leaves road, hits power pole, Washington high court allows suit against property owner to proceed [Lowman v. Wilbur, PDF]
  • State attorneys general pressure clothing maker to drop t-shirts with drug names [ABA Journal, related earlier]
  • More transparency needed in Child Protective Services [Reason TV] One lawyer’s critique of CPS [Laurel Dietz, Straight (Vancouver)]
  • While aspiring to nudge us into more farsighted financial practices, government has trouble staying out of dumb bond deals itself [Coyote, and more (Detroit)]
  • You can care about safety but still think some speed limits are set too low [Canadian video on Jalopnik]
  • Trial lawyers aim to extend to Indiana their Idaho victory over “Baseball Rule” on spectator liability [NWIT, earlier here, here, here, etc.]
  • New “fair-housing” assessment and planning process propels federal government into social engineering [IBD editorial via AEI Ideas, HUD]
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    Medical roundup http://overlawyered.com/2013/07/medical-roundup-13/ http://overlawyered.com/2013/07/medical-roundup-13/#comments Thu, 25 Jul 2013 04:05:16 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=39948 Crisis of sterile injectables rages on, among victims are premature infants who need parenteral nutrition [Washingtonian ("Even if the FDA’s doing something terrible, we can’t criticize them. They regulate us.") via Tabarrok, earlier here, here, here, etc.] “Tweets not medical advice” [@Caduceusblogger via @jackshafer] “Why Your Dog Can Get Vaccinated Against Lyme Disease And You […]

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  • Crisis of sterile injectables rages on, among victims are premature infants who need parenteral nutrition [Washingtonian ("Even if the FDA’s doing something terrible, we can’t criticize them. They regulate us.") via Tabarrok, earlier here, here, here, etc.]
  • “Tweets not medical advice” [@Caduceusblogger via @jackshafer]
  • “Why Your Dog Can Get Vaccinated Against Lyme Disease And You Can’t” [Curt Nickisch, WBUR]
  • Cites distinctive Connecticut law: “Hospital Successfully Sues its Patient’s Attorneys for Filing a Vexatious Malpractice Suit” [Alex Stein, Bill of Health]
  • Should adversarial medical examinations be videotaped? [Turkewitz]
  • “Lawyers Have Learned To Distort Pharmacovigilance Signals” [Oliver on FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS), earlier]
  • Causation from nasal decongestant at issue: “Judge orders UW to pay $15M to Snoqualmie family” [KING5]
  • “The ban on compensated transplant organ donation has led to hundreds of thousands of excess deaths. A ban on compensated sperm and egg donation would lead to a dearth of lives.” [Alex Tabarrok, related on Canada]
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