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Around the web, June 5

  • California appeals court: juries can attribute fault to US Navy in asbestos cases. [Legal Newsline; Collins v. Plant Insulation Co. (MS Word)]
  • Absolutely no scientific evidence that Pampers Dry Max diapers causes, rather than prevents, rashes (some small percentage of babies will always have rashes, and millions of diapers have been sold), but post hoc reasoning and Facebook panic have led to government investigation and class actions. [Wajert; Reuters; P&G]
  • "Patton is one of those opinions that leads you to ask the fundamental question 'Why do we need a class action in this instance?'... What can be achieved by injecting a class action into the situation, other than creating a large claim for counsel fees?" [Jackson]
  • "More attorneys exploring third-party litigation funding." [NYLJ via WSJ Law Blog; see also Beisner/Miller/Rubin @ ILR]
  • Heritage Foundation event on the myth of conservative judicial activism, June 16. [Heritage]
  • Three states now make it illegal to record police officers. One would think simply uttering "Rodney King" would be sufficient to get legislatures to strike down these laws, but apparently not. [McElroy]
  • And the smoking gun in Kagan's Clinton White House papers is revealed. [Clinton Library PDF from Box 073 Folder 5]



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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