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Around the Web, April 30

  • Good Wall Street Journal opinion section today. Business columnist Holman Jenkins updates us on the pursuit of corporate backdating cases, which he says deserve skepticism: "Two hundred civil lawsuits remain, and the trial bar is stuck on the wicket of showing any harm to shareholders. Sayeth the National Law Journal: 'Of those made public, few settlements have reached proportions that lawyers anticipated at the start of the backdating scandal.' What about criminal cases? All eyes now are turned to Henry Nicholas III, former CEO and cofounder of the chip company Broadcom."
  • Also in the WSJ, Floyd Abrams writes on the increasing ability of British libel law to chill speech in the United States. He cites the case of Rachel Ehrenfeld, sued in England by Saudi banker Khalid Bin Mahfouz for her 2003 book, "Funding Evil: How Terrorism is Funded and How to Stop It." New York legislators have passed a bill to give U.S. citizens sued for libel abroad the right to obtain a declaration here that their works are protected under American law. Gov. Paterson has until today to sign the bill.
  • NAM lobbying lawsuit update, from the Blog of Legal Times: "The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit yesterday granted an expedited schedule to an appeal of lobbying disclosure laws filed by the National Association of Manufacturers...The ruling set a briefing schedule with the last brief due July 2, which leaves open the possibility that the court could rule on the appeal by July 21, the next deadline for a quarterly disclosure filing." The NAM's materials on the case are available at the NAM Legal Beagle website, here.
  • NPR's Morning Edition carries a story on U.S. Border Patrol checkpoints affecting purely domestic ferry runs among the San Juan Islands, Wash. It's easy enough to kayak over from a Canadian island and just board a ferry, hence the checkpoints. Checkpoints are common in the southwest, but new for Washington State, so outrage ensues. The NPR story copies an April 22 piece in the Seattle Times. "[In] this comparatively affluent county, where there isn't a single stoplight, angry islanders are unsatisfied. They've complained to their congressional delegates and recently asked the American Civil Liberties Union to monitor the situation and provide legal advice." Did we mention the outrage?
  • The Grand Junction (Co.) Daily Sentinel reports: "Local doctors rejoiced Tuesday after state lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee struck down a bill aimed at increasing the amount of money medical malpractice victims could seek in court...[snip] Senate Bill 164 would have redefined damages in medical malpractice cases and allowed malpractice victims to seek up to $468,010 in damages."



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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