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Around the web, May 28

  • Add the plaintiff-friendly Exxon Shipping v. Baker to the list of Supreme Court decisions some in Congress wish to make even more plaintiff-friendly. [NLJ]
  • Richard Epstein on the Rand Paul-Rachel Maddow hubbub. [Forbes]
  • Michigan appellate court holds 2-1 that running car in enclosed garage is not an open and obvious risk, and thus lack of wacky warning can result in liability. [Overlawyered, with many links]
  • "McConnell is unqualified to sit on the federal bench in R.I." [Rickard @ ProJo]
  • Serial whistle-blower and convicted criminal Joseph Piacentile has made millions under qui tam law under questionable circumstances. [American Lawyer]
  • DC Circuit denies appeal of dismissal of suit over Judge Roy Pearson's firing. [BLT via ABA Journal]
  • Walter Barclay had incurable bedsores, and had been in three car accidents and two wheelchair accidents, but criminal prosecutors sought to blame his death on a 1960s shooting that had previously resulted in a conviction. A jury acquitted 74-year-old defendant William Barnes—already in prison on a parole violation—on the murder charges. [Phil. Inquirer and Legal Intelligencer via ABA Journal]
  • On the other extreme, I'd like to know what happens to attorney George Freeman, who got charges dropped against client Rodney Newsome in 2007 by falsely representing to the court that his client was in a coma, and then dead. An eagle-eyed court clerk recognized Newsome three years later. [WaPo]
  • SEC class action against Bank of America punishes shareholders for being victims. [Schonbrun @ HuffPo]
  • Europe ahead of US in deregulating air travel, and gets lower prices because of it. [AEI]



Rafael Mangual
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Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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