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Around the web, May 27

  • Our practice of making judgeships an elected office strikes the rest of the world as bizarre if not preposterous [Liptak, Tabarrok recalling his work on bias against out-of-state litigants on which more, Josh Patashnik @ Plank]
  • Bush Administration loses often in defending its environmental decisions in court; some reasons why [Adler @ Volokh]
  • More on California high court's adoption of sophisticated-user defense in product liability cases [Marilyn Moberg & James Neudecker for WLF, PDF; earlier]
  • Business defendants have little choice but to cop plea with federal prosecutors even when they think their defense is strong. What to do? [Joan McPhee, Legal Times]
  • Debate in Japan about whether to increase the number of new lawyers from its low annual level [Tillers on Evidence]
  • Punitive damages and jury second-guessing of expert agencies: why "regulation by lightning bolt" is no way to run a safety regime [Mark Herrmann @ KevinMD]
  • Law firms doing booming business in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act these days [Pearlstein, WaPo via Elefant]



Rafael Mangual
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Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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