Overlawyered » wayward Republicans http://overlawyered.com Chronicling the high cost of our legal system Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:42:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Texas: a ploy fails http://overlawyered.com/2014/03/texas-ploy-fails/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=texas-ploy-fails http://overlawyered.com/2014/03/texas-ploy-fails/#comments Wed, 05 Mar 2014 11:26:36 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=44376 “Flush with trial lawyer cash, the PAC’s public face is ‘Texans 4 Justice,’ which portrays itself as a conservative grassroots group.” It didn’t work: Texas GOP primary voters yesterday returned incumbent Supreme Court justices. [Texas Observer, Houston Chronicle, earlier] Related: Plaintiff’s lawyer Steve Mostyn, “omnipresent” in Austin, and his involvement with “Conservative Voters of Texas” […]

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“Flush with trial lawyer cash, the PAC’s public face is ‘Texans 4 Justice,’ which portrays itself as a conservative grassroots group.” It didn’t work: Texas GOP primary voters yesterday returned incumbent Supreme Court justices. [Texas Observer, Houston Chronicle, earlier]

Related: Plaintiff’s lawyer Steve Mostyn, “omnipresent” in Austin, and his involvement with “Conservative Voters of Texas” [Chamber-backed Legal NewsLine]

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Public employment roundup http://overlawyered.com/2013/08/public-employment-roundup-3/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=public-employment-roundup-3 http://overlawyered.com/2013/08/public-employment-roundup-3/#comments Wed, 14 Aug 2013 04:05:11 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=40022 “Retirement benefits cost Connecticut more than half of payroll” [Raising Hale] Jagadeesh Gokhale, “State and Local Pension Plans” [Cato] “In the report Krugman cites, the researchers note (repeatedly) that the trillion-dollar figure is very likely a dramatic understatement of the size of the unmet liability.” [Caleb Brown] California: “Bill would reinstate state workers who go […]

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  • “Retirement benefits cost Connecticut more than half of payroll” [Raising Hale] Jagadeesh Gokhale, “State and Local Pension Plans” [Cato] “In the report Krugman cites, the researchers note (repeatedly) that the trillion-dollar figure is very likely a dramatic understatement of the size of the unmet liability.” [Caleb Brown]
  • California: “Bill would reinstate state workers who go AWOL” [Steven Greenhut]
  • Eyebrow-raising federal salaries at unaccountable-by-design CFPB [John Steele Gordon, Commentary]
  • “North Carolina Ends Teacher Tenure” [Pew StateLine]
  • Not all states would benefit from a dose of Scott Walkerism, but Massachusetts would [Charles Chieppo, Governing]
  • “Prison Ordered to Hire Back Guards Fired over an Officer’s Murder Because Everybody Else Was Awful, Too” [Scott Shackford]
  • “New York State Lags on Firing Workers Who Abuse Disabled Patients” [Danny Hakim, New York Times] NYC educators accused of sex misconduct can dig in for years [New York Daily News]
  • “Pennsylvania’s GOP: Rented by Unions” [Steve Malanga, Public Sector Inc.] NYC’s Working Families Party expands into Connecticut [Daniel DiSalvo, same]
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    Not-so-new frontiers of privatization http://overlawyered.com/2013/04/not-so-new-frontiers-privatization/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=not-so-new-frontiers-privatization http://overlawyered.com/2013/04/not-so-new-frontiers-privatization/#comments Fri, 12 Apr 2013 04:17:13 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=37526 Half a century ago, selling the Tennessee Valley Authority was regarded as a free-marketeers’ politically impossible dream. Now guess who’s for it — and who’s against. (Hint on the latter: R-Tenn.) [Knoxville News via Future of Capitalism] P.S. More on this welcome Obama initiative from Chris Edwards: “former Cato chairman Bill Niskanen was barred by […]

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    Half a century ago, selling the Tennessee Valley Authority was regarded as a free-marketeers’ politically impossible dream. Now guess who’s for it — and who’s against. (Hint on the latter: R-Tenn.) [Knoxville News via Future of Capitalism]

    P.S. More on this welcome Obama initiative from Chris Edwards: “former Cato chairman Bill Niskanen was barred by Congress for even looking into TVA reform when he was on President Reagan’s CEA.” So progress marches on. And: Fortune 1933 article on TVA.

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    Copyright and D.C. lobbying: that was fast http://overlawyered.com/2012/11/copyright-d-c-lobbying-fast/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=copyright-d-c-lobbying-fast http://overlawyered.com/2012/11/copyright-d-c-lobbying-fast/#comments Mon, 19 Nov 2012 12:46:15 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=34225 The House Republican Study Committee calls for reconsideration of over-restrictive copyright law, then un-calls for it a day later [TechDirt, rueful update; Alex Tabarrok] P.S. And check out this upcoming Dec. 6 Cato discussion of the newly published Copyright Unbalanced: From Incentive To Excess (Mercatus Center; Jerry Brito, ed.) Tweet Tags: copyright, RIAA and file […]

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    The House Republican Study Committee calls for reconsideration of over-restrictive copyright law, then un-calls for it a day later [TechDirt, rueful update; Alex Tabarrok]

    P.S. And check out this upcoming Dec. 6 Cato discussion of the newly published Copyright Unbalanced: From Incentive To Excess (Mercatus Center; Jerry Brito, ed.)

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    June 28 roundup http://overlawyered.com/2012/06/june-29-roundup-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=june-29-roundup-2 http://overlawyered.com/2012/06/june-29-roundup-2/#comments Thu, 28 Jun 2012 04:10:18 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=30701 Cato Institute settles lawsuit over its governance [Adler] As regulators crack down on payday lending, Indian tribes fill the gap [Business Week] Tribal leaders say they are at war with the CFPB, and no, there is no Elizabeth Warren angle [Kevin Funnell] “SEA LAWYER. A shark.” [1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue via Nancy Friedman] […]

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  • Cato Institute settles lawsuit over its governance [Adler]
  • As regulators crack down on payday lending, Indian tribes fill the gap [Business Week] Tribal leaders say they are at war with the CFPB, and no, there is no Elizabeth Warren angle [Kevin Funnell]
  • “SEA LAWYER. A shark.” [1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue via Nancy Friedman]
  • Trial lawyers in Oklahoma, as in Texas and Florida, endow slate of favored GOP candidates [Tulsa World]
  • Simple reforms could ease path to more interstate adoptions of foster kids [Jeff Katz, Washington Post]
  • “Can you say ‘overzealous service mark claimant’?” [@internetcases]
  • “Today, anyone can sue anyone else, regardless of how ridiculous the claim may be. But it wasn’t always like this.” [Don Elliott, The Atlantic]
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    June 11 roundup http://overlawyered.com/2012/06/june-11-roundup-3/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=june-11-roundup-3 http://overlawyered.com/2012/06/june-11-roundup-3/#comments Mon, 11 Jun 2012 04:06:38 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=29843 Nortel portfolio now used for offense: “How Apple and Microsoft Armed 4,000 Patent Warheads” [Wired] Via Bill Childs: “This shows up in Google News despite fact that it’s lawyer advertising.” [TheDenverChannel.com] At “public interest watchdog” FairWarning.org, who contributed this article about Canadian asbestos controversies? Byline credits a law firm; Another Bloomberg crackdown in NYC: gender-differential […]

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  • Nortel portfolio now used for offense: “How Apple and Microsoft Armed 4,000 Patent Warheads” [Wired]
  • Via Bill Childs: “This shows up in Google News despite fact that it’s lawyer advertising.” [TheDenverChannel.com] At “public interest watchdog” FairWarning.org, who contributed this article about Canadian asbestos controversies? Byline credits a law firm;
  • Another Bloomberg crackdown in NYC: gender-differential pricing in haircuts and other services [Mark Perry]
  • A “Pro-Business Regulation Push” from Obama White House? Oh, Bloomberg Business Week, sometimes you can be so droll [Future of Capitalism]
  • “Trial Lawyers’ Support of Republican Candidates Yields Less Than Stellar Results” [Morgan Smith, NY Times; Examiner editorial; more from TLRPac on Texas election results]
  • “Community banks to Congress: you’re crushing us” [Kevin Funnell]
  • If an emergency injunction could stop one reality-TV show, why couldn’t it stop them all? [Hollywood Reporter]
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    “McMahon’s wrestling company threatens JI with libel lawsuit” http://overlawyered.com/2012/05/mcmahons-wrestling-company-threatens-ji-with-libel-lawsuit/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mcmahons-wrestling-company-threatens-ji-with-libel-lawsuit http://overlawyered.com/2012/05/mcmahons-wrestling-company-threatens-ji-with-libel-lawsuit/#comments Tue, 29 May 2012 10:54:29 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=30083 World Wrestling Entertainment executive Linda McMahon is again running for a Connecticut seat in the U.S. Senate, two years after she won the Republican nomination for the state’s other Senate seat but then lost badly to Democrat Richard Blumenthal. Chris Powell of the Manchester Journal-Inquirer, a prominent commentator on Connecticut politics, expressed scathing opinions on […]

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    World Wrestling Entertainment executive Linda McMahon is again running for a Connecticut seat in the U.S. Senate, two years after she won the Republican nomination for the state’s other Senate seat but then lost badly to Democrat Richard Blumenthal. Chris Powell of the Manchester Journal-Inquirer, a prominent commentator on Connecticut politics, expressed scathing opinions on the type of entertainment purveyed by WWE under McMahon’s leadership, deeming it a “business of violence, pornography, and general raunch.” On Friday a WWE vice president, in a letter sent to news media throughout the state, “threatened the Journal Inquirer with a libel lawsuit.” In response, the newspaper contends that “The programs were issues in the Senate election two years ago and, by distributing its libel lawsuit threat throughout Connecticut’s news media, the McMahon campaign aims to prevent them from being mentioned this year.” [via Jared Eberle](& Rick Green, Hartford Courant)

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    January 5 roundup http://overlawyered.com/2012/01/january-5-roundup-3/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=january-5-roundup-3 http://overlawyered.com/2012/01/january-5-roundup-3/#comments Thu, 05 Jan 2012 05:57:22 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=26560 Big business vs. free markets again: light bulb makers “fuming” over GOP effort to restore consumer choice [Sullum] Large grocery chains like DC’s bag tax [Tim Carney] Eeeuw! Bystander can sue train fatality victim whose body part flew through air and hit her [Chicago Tribune] “Recommended Cell-Phone Ban Comes as ‘Shocking,’ ‘Heavy-Handed’ To Some” [Josh […]

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  • Big business vs. free markets again: light bulb makers “fuming” over GOP effort to restore consumer choice [Sullum] Large grocery chains like DC’s bag tax [Tim Carney]
  • Eeeuw! Bystander can sue train fatality victim whose body part flew through air and hit her [Chicago Tribune]
  • “Recommended Cell-Phone Ban Comes as ‘Shocking,’ ‘Heavy-Handed’ To Some” [Josh Long, V2M]
  • “Exploding churros are newspaper’s fault, Chilean court rules” [AP]
  • In New Jersey and North Carolina, GOP friends of trial bar block legal reform bills [Armstrong Williams, Washington Times]
  • Kozinski vs. ill-prepared lawyer in case of Sheriff Arpaio vs. newspaper that covered him [The Recorder; Phoenix New Times case]
  • Federal judges block cuts to in-home personal care services in California, Washington [Disability Law, San Francisco Chronicle, KQED]
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    From Florida governor to TV lawyer pitchman http://overlawyered.com/2011/05/from-florida-governor-to-tv-lawyer-pitchman/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=from-florida-governor-to-tv-lawyer-pitchman http://overlawyered.com/2011/05/from-florida-governor-to-tv-lawyer-pitchman/#comments Fri, 06 May 2011 13:59:18 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=22878 It only took Charlie Crist a few months, and was no particular surprise given his record in office [Daily Caller, WSJ Law Blog]. More: Turkewitz. Tweet Tags: chasing clients, Florida, governors, wayward Republicans

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    It only took Charlie Crist a few months, and was no particular surprise given his record in office [Daily Caller, WSJ Law Blog]. More: Turkewitz.

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    March 21 roundup http://overlawyered.com/2011/03/march-21-roundup-3/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=march-21-roundup-3 http://overlawyered.com/2011/03/march-21-roundup-3/#comments Mon, 21 Mar 2011 16:13:18 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=22112 “Cleveland Browns lawyer letter is apparently real” [Lowering the Bar, earlier] “Headlines of the Apocalypse: ‘Lady Gaga eyes legal action over breast milk ice cream.’” [@vsalus re: Breitbart via @EdDriscoll] Chesley discipline prospects in Kentucky fen-phen scandal: “King of Torts Dethroned” [Laura Simons, Abnormal Use] Busy construction-defect lawyers vex Fresno builders [Bee, Business Journal] “NHTSA […]

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  • “Cleveland Browns lawyer letter is apparently real” [Lowering the Bar, earlier]
  • “Headlines of the Apocalypse: ‘Lady Gaga eyes legal action over breast milk ice cream.’” [@vsalus re: Breitbart via @EdDriscoll]
  • Chesley discipline prospects in Kentucky fen-phen scandal: “King of Torts Dethroned” [Laura Simons, Abnormal Use]
  • Busy construction-defect lawyers vex Fresno builders [Bee, Business Journal]
  • “NHTSA Postpones Back-Up Camera Requirement Rule” [The Truth About Cars, earlier]
  • Lawyers in Italy call strike to protest law requiring mediation of commercial disputes [WSJ Law Blog]
  • NYT’s Mark Bittman has a magical touch with food (alas) [Patrick at Popehat]
  • Beasley Allen lawyers sluiced $850K to Alabama GOP judicial contender [Birmingham News via PoL]
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