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Around the Web, April 28

  • Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's interview with "60 Minutes" is online at the CBS News website. A 4,200-word story AND video. The major revelation: Scalia's an originalist. NPR's Nina Totenberg also had an interview with Scalia on "Morning Edition" today.
  • Business Week celebrates the successes of Tanya Andersen, who has back pain and a quiet voice, "Yet this woman is behind a fierce assault on the music industry and its tactics for combating music piracy on the Internet." Relevance, your editor! Andersen is suing the Recording Industry Association of America for conspiracy, committed while it pursues music pirates. The article in the April 24th issue is entitled, "Does She Look Like a Music Pirate?" The class-action lawsuit is Andersen v. Atlantic, filed in the U.S. District Court, Portland (OR) District.
  • In New York, the AP reports: "A federal appeals court on Friday reinstated a lawsuit by credit card holders that claimed some of the nation's biggest banks joined forces to prevent class-action suits...The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said lawyers for the credit card holders might prove the banks agreed to make it harder for individuals to make legal claims by requiring them to go to arbitration.
  • The case, a class-action antitrust suit, is Ross v. Bank of America N.A. (06-4755-CV), and the court's order is here. The plaintiff's counsel is Merrill G. Davidoff of the Philadelphia firm, Berger & Montague.

  • An editorial in the Memphis Commercial Appeal, "Only a baby step": "Supporters of tort reform in Tennessee are touting a measure approved by the General Assembly as a step toward eventual passage of comprehensive legislation that will revolutionize medical malpractice litigation...That's an optimistic assessment that might be borne out in the future, but it's far from a certainty."
  • Is Rex Morgan from Tennessee? Anyway, from the Sunday Rex Morgan comic strip, dialogue in a storyline about an outbreak of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and a dead boy. That nice Dr. Reed was just served in a malpractice lawsuit. "Dr. Morgan: Isn't Max Mallory one of those lawyers who advertises on TV? June Morgan, R.N: That's right. He's Max the Ax, Legal Warrior."

Update (4 p.m.): The Comics Curmudgeon website notes something we overlooked: Max the Ax can't spell subpoena.



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute


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