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Overlawyered

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Walter  Olson

Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

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July 18 roundup
Protected class designation as departure from viewpoint neutrality: D.C. council proposal would make support for (but not opposition to) abortion a discrimination-law protected category in health care employment [Abortion Provider Non-Discrimination ...
Overlawyered
Wednesday, July 18, 2018


U.S. House moves to side with religious agencies in adoption debate
Three years ago I took a critical view of the trend in many states and cities toward excluding from publicly funded adoptive placement of kids in public care relatively conservative religious agencies that decline to handle placements to families out...
Overlawyered
Wednesday, July 18, 2018


Janus aftermath roundup
"Why It Was Proper (and Necessary) to Overturn Old Precedent" [Ilya Shapiro and Aaron Barnes, Cato, earlier on Janus v. AFSCME case] Mackinac Center has launched national exit-encouraging campaign [My Pay My Say] Class action suits in several states ...
Overlawyered
Tuesday, July 17, 2018


I join Dr. Saurabh Jha to discuss law, medicine, and American tort history
A noteworthy podcast: I join Dr. Saurabh Jha [@RogueRad on Twitter] for an lengthy discussion of how American tort and medical malpractice law has changed over the past century, similarities and differences with Britain, how ethics in the legal field...
Overlawyered
Tuesday, July 17, 2018


Land use and real estate roundup
Political fight brewing in California over ballot initiative that would pave way for bringing back rent control [Michael Hendrix, City Journal] "Metes and bounds" method of describing legal property boundaries has been much derided, but new archival ...
Overlawyered
Monday, July 16, 2018


New York's very broad cyberbullying bill 2.0
An earlier cyberbullying bill in New York was struck down by the state's highest court as in violation of the First Amendment, and now a new version… well, let's just say that it has free speech problems too, which don't get conjured away just becaus...
Overlawyered
Monday, July 16, 2018


"Guardians from Hell"
More, this time from Michigan, on how guardianship in the wrong hands can turn into a "completely legal, utterly grotesque system for undermining the rights of the elderly," cutting out kids and legitimate heirs. Last fall the New Yorker ran a chilli...
Overlawyered
Sunday, July 15, 2018


NYC no place for mom-and-pop car rental
"Why does an economy car rent for an astonishing $161 per day in Manhattan? Because New York strangled the mom-and-pop rental car companies that helped keep prices down." [Jim Epstein, Reason] We covered New York's one-of-a-kind (and now defunct) vic...
Overlawyered
Saturday, July 14, 2018


TSA agents mostly can't be sued
The Third Circuit has ruled that TSA (Transportation Security Administration) screeners are largely immune from being sued for overly intrusive handling of travelers' persons, false imprisonment, and similar offenses. "The majority said it was ‘sympa...
Overlawyered
Saturday, July 14, 2018


Free speech roundup
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) proposes to regulate social media bots, or to put it differently, to regulate a form of speech carried on through automated mechanisms [John Samples, Cato] "The State of New Jersey Wants to Subsidize News. Uh-oh." [Ja...
Overlawyered
Friday, July 13, 2018



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