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Around the web, January 17

  • New Obama interview seems to hint interest in compromise on EFCA [Ambinder/Washington Post] Don't be reassured, says Peter Kirsanow, EFCA is freight train coming down the tracks [NRO "Corner"; Carter at ShopFloor and more]
  • One survey finds U.S. litigation up 9% in 2008; growth areas antitrust, employment, product safety [Law360 Almanac]
  • Difference between viable and nonviable auto industry: maybe not so much union vs. nonunion, but what kind of union? [Kaus; and earlier quoting Clive Crook]
  • Basic discontents with nature of auto accident litigation, especially in big cities, were well established by the 1960s (and in places like NYC, actually, by the 1920s) [Ron Miller recalling Jan. 10, 1964 Time Mag clip] Areas of litigation that have seen revolutionary growth since then are others: product liability (including after car crashes), employment, toxic torts, negligent security, among a great many that could be named, and in many localities med-mal;
  • Tyler Cowen on Obama as centrist: who's going to be happy, and who isn't? [MargRev] More: Althouse/Krauthammer, Joe Weisenthal;
  • Virginia is latest law school to launch (neutral, you think?) center on animal law with $$ from animal rightser/TV guy Bob Barker [ABA Journal, WSJ Law Blog]



Rafael Mangual
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Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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