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Overlawyered

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Walter  Olson

Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

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Higher education roundup
Harvard lawprof Ronald Sullivan Jr. driven from post as faculty dean of a residential house at the university after student protests of his representation of Harvey Weinstein [Jeannie Suk Gersen, New Yorker; Dianna Bell, WBUR; and for a different per...
Overlawyered
Friday, May 24, 2019


Unexpected moments in jury duty
"It must be extremely rare… for a judge to be summoned for jury duty in a case over which he or she will be presiding. But that happened in the UK not long ago— and the judge then had trouble getting out of it." [Kevin Underhill, Lowering the Bar] Ta...
Overlawyered
Thursday, May 23, 2019


Five myths about prisons
5 widely circulated myths about prisons: * U.S. prisons are full of nonviolent drug offenders; * private prisons drive mass incarceration; * long sentences are causing our prison population to age; * recidivists and career criminals are pretty much t...
Overlawyered
Thursday, May 23, 2019


May 22 roundup
My comment on the House-passed H.R. 5: "Proposed Equality Act would 1) massively expand federal liability in areas unrelated to sex, gender, or orientation; 2) turn 1000s of routine customer gripes into federal public-accommodations cases; 3) squeeze...
Overlawyered
Wednesday, May 22, 2019


D.C. considers deputizing citizen parking enforcers
"A proposal before the D.C. Council would allow up to 80 regular citizens, 10 in each ward, to issue tickets to vehicles parked where they aren't allowed — blocking crosswalks, in bike lanes, in front of bus stops." What could go wrong? [Luz Lazo, Wa...
Overlawyered
Tuesday, May 21, 2019


Social media clues to an AFL-CIO shift
First the labor organization's official account tweeted out a joke about dealing with an adverse employer, Delta, by way of a guillotine, though it later deleted the tweet as not consistent with its values. But then days later it ran in all apparent ...
Overlawyered
Tuesday, May 21, 2019


Supreme Court roundup
Will the liberal wing's success at piecing together 5-4 majorities survive Justice Kennedy's departure? [Bloomberg] Fundamental restructuring of Supreme Court becomes a popular campaign issue with Democrats, and the dangers in that [Ilya Shapiro, Was...
Overlawyered
Monday, May 20, 2019


A shoplifters' holiday in Dallas?
"Most controversially, [Dallas County District Attorney John] Creuzot also plans to decline prosecuting anyone caught stealing $750 or less worth of necessary personal items, like baby formula, diapers or food." [Stephen Young, Dallas Observer] Tags:...
Overlawyered
Sunday, May 19, 2019


"Conan O'Brien: Why I Decided to Settle a Lawsuit Over Alleged Joke Stealing"
People come up with the same joke independently from each other all the time. What to do when someone insists he has been stolen from? Late-night host Conan O'Brien: "This saga ended with the gentleman in San Diego and I deciding to resolve our dispu...
Overlawyered
Saturday, May 18, 2019


Liability roundup
Oakland jury tells Monsanto to pay $2 billion over claim that Roundup caused non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, though the consensus among scientists is that it doesn't [Tina Bellon, Reuters, earlier] Both sides in glyphosate trial bombarded Bay Area residents ...
Overlawyered
Friday, May 17, 2019



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