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One scarcely can pick up a newspaper these days without hearing yet another outrageous legal claim being made in court. The following are actual recent legal filings . . . .  Continue reading...

February 07, 2008


Site down later this afternoon


We're upgrading to a newer version of Movable Type and expect the site to be down for part of this afternoon. Back before long, absent some problem.

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February 05, 2008


Hillary's "disastrous" mortgage scheme


What was she thinking?

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January 24, 2008


Stuart Taylor, Jr. on telecom immunity


He's for the bill (nonsubscriber link works only temporarily):...

doubts about the legality of Bush's actions are no justification for holding hostage telecoms that relied on the administration's assurances of legality and were in no position to second-guess its assertions that the surveillance program was essential to national security.

Not, that is, unless we want to risk that the telecoms, credit card companies, banks, airlines, hospitals, and other private companies -- whose cooperation is essential to finding terrorists before they strike -- will balk or delay when the next president seeks their help in an emergency.

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January 13, 2008


Statue of Adam Smith


Guess where?

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January 11, 2008


Around the web, January 11


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January 10, 2008


Three Quadrillion for Pain and Suffering


The Washington Times has an interesting summary of the claims filed against the federal government for the Army Corps of Engineer's alleged negligence in the design and construction of the New Orleans Levees. One claimant is asking for Three Quadrillion dollars, which would give his attorney (assuming a 33% contingent fee...) a mere one quadrillion (about 80 times the gross national product).

"I understand the anger," said Baton Rouge economist Loren Scott. "I also understand it's a negotiating tactic: Aim high and negotiate down." Umm, I dunno. There's such a thing as aiming a tad too high...

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January 09, 2008


Don't Talk About My Frivolous Suit!


David J. Pfahler, who sued an 8 year-old boy for injuring him in a ski accident, has now asked a judge to bar the boy's parents from talking about the lawsuit, the Denver Post reports. Pfahler's lawyer hopes that the gag order, if issued, can halt a barrage of derision in the media so extensive and hilarious that "the plaintiffs will be unable to have a fair trial." I doubt it, but I suppose it is worth a shot.

Pfahler also complains of receiving death threats from enraged members of the general public. Moderate your enthusiasm, tort reformers.

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January 08, 2008


Unconstitutional to tax emotional-distress damages?


The Supreme Court is being urged to resolve that question, which flared up when a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit found such taxation unconstitutional, and then subsided when the full circuit sitting en banc reversed that decision. The case, which arose under whistleblower statutes, is called Murphy v. IRS. [TaxProf/ABA Journal]

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January 07, 2008


Around the web, January 7


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January 04, 2008


Around the web, January 4


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