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Around the Web, April 23

  • Sen. Tom Coburn, R-OK, appears to have been satisfied that legislation to ban employers and insurers from discriminating on the basis of genetic testing will not open the gates to civil rights lawsuits from employees, The New York Times reports in "Congress Near Deal on Genetic Test Bias Bill." Coburn says, "We would have created a trial lawyers' bonanza." The bill is the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (S. 358).
  • Authority and funding for a Central Florida commuter train system is making its way through the Florida Legislature in fits and starts, The Orlando Sentinel reports, "Orlando-area commuter-rail deal gets sidetracked." Senate Majority Leader Dan Webster, R-Winter Garden, is trying to salvage the $450 million plan, financed in part through a $2-a-day surtax on rental cars. Welcome to Disneyworld. The plan also raised to $250 million of insurance coverage the state would buy to pay accident claims, and, AND, "And it would allow trial lawyers to collect higher fees after rail accidents."
  • From the AP, West Virginia: "CHARLESTON -- A federal judge has blocked West Virginia election officials from enforcing several disclosure rules governing political advertising, agreeing with an advocacy group that they are too vague...U.S. District Judge David Faber partly granted the preliminary injunction sought by the Center for Individual Freedom, which seeks to run ads in the state Supreme Court race before the May 13 primary." The Center for Individual Freedom's website is here, and a March news release on its lawsuit is here. The case is Center for Individual Freedom, Inc. v. Ireland et al. Filing briefs against the Center were Citizen Action Group, the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and the state Democratic Party, Employment Lawyers Association and Association for Justice.
  • This has been a big issue in the blogosphere, a harassing subpoena against a blogger for criticizing trial lawyers. From Slashdot: "Ares writes.. "In a follow-up to Blogger Subpoenaed for Criticizing Trial Lawyers, Kathleen Seidel's blog indicates that not only has she successfully quashed her subpoena, but the lawyer issuing said subpoena is now under orders to appear and explain why the courts shouldn't sanction him for it. This should be interesting, because in addition to Ms. Seidel's subpoena in New Hampshire, the lawyer issued a similar subpoena to a doctor and a Harvard professor under similar circumstances." Congrats!



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute


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