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Around the Web, April 29

  • Loyola Law Professor Rick Hasen, who blogs at ElectionLawBlog.org, has numerous links with reaction to yesterday's Supreme Court ruling in the Indiana voter ID suit. His initial analysis is here. John Fund of The Wall Street Journal is the leading journalistic commenter on voter fraud, and in his "A Victory Against Voter Fraud," he argues, "The Supreme Court had to deal with the claim that such laws demanded the strictest of scrutiny by courts, because they could disenfranchise voters. All nine Justices rejected that argument."
  • The Journal also editorialized.

  • From The Recorder, via Law.com: "The Judicial Council will consider new rules for electronic discovery in California, a long-awaited package that's been received warily by the high-tech industry."
  • A new tort reform group to be launched Wednesday in Missouri, the Missouri Justice Alliance, a project of the Missouri Chamber Legal Foundation. Judging by the media advisory, it's quite the event, even featuring Chris Manning of Manning & Sossamon, the D.C. attorney who defended the Chungs in Judge Roy Pearson's $54 million lawsuit over misplaced suit pants. And a satellite feed for a local news conference...huh. The key lobbying target is HB2241, entitled, "Changes the laws regarding merchandising practices, the requirements for maintaining an action for unlawful merchandising practices, and the qualifications of expert witnesses in civil actions."
  • The Chamber's LegalNewsLine story, "Lead poisoning at new low in Rhode Island," highlights a new state study, "Childhood Lead Poisoning in Rhode Island." And in New Jersey, the Star-Ledger reports: "Gov. Jon Corzine today is expected to sign an executive order on lead abatement after accepting a report from the state Public Advocate on the dangers of lead paint."
  • Michigan is the latest Legislature to see an outbreak of insurance companies versus trial lawyers (labor, consumer groups, etc.), in this case over a bill that would motorists to choose less expensive insurance coverage. From AP: "Michigan is the only state to require unlimited personal injury protection benefits, which policyholders pay for through a $123 annual fee per vehicle. Legislation introduced last week in the state Senate would let motorists choose medical coverage worth between $50,000 and $400,000, or continue paying for unlimited coverage through the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association." The Detroit Free Press has more about this effort by a new group, "Drivers for Savings."
  • Today's Diane Rehm show (WAMU in Washington and nationally broadcast on NPR stations) examines the issues of bisphenol A (BPA) in plastics. The guests are stacked on the public health, big threat, regulate/ban now! side, but at least Steven Hentges of American Chemistry Council is there to respond. (Program details.) We wrote about the issue and biased news coverage in this post.
  • In Rex Morgan, M.D., news, TV-adverting attorney Max the Ax has now had a news conference to attack the local doctors and hospital for failing to stop an outbreak of drug-resistant staph infections.



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute


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