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Walter  Olson

Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

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Mississippi: drawing digital lines on satellite map requires surveyor's license
The state of Mississippi insists that a company called Vizaline, by selling a program that uses satellite imagery to translate "metes and bounds" language into polygonal lines on a map, is practicing land surveying without a license, and should be ma...
Friday, July 20, 2018

PayPal says U.K. customer breached her contract by dying
"You are in breach of condition 15.4(c) of your agreement with PayPal Credit," the letter said, "as we have received notice that you are deceased." Not only that, it continued, "[t]his breach is not capable of remedy." Despite the recipient's status ...
Thursday, July 19, 2018

Be a guestblogger for Overlawyered
Summer is here and with it two opportunities to join us as a guestblogger for a week of posting, beginning as early as next week. Authors of newly published books and scholarly work in our fields of interest are particularly welcome. If you're intere...
Thursday, July 19, 2018

Citing 2002 federal law, MGM Resorts names Las Vegas shooting victims in suit
MGM Resorts, which operates the Mandalay Bay hotel casino in Las Vegas, has invoked a law passed by Congress in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks to ask for a ruling that it is not liable to more than 1,000 victims of the Oct. 1, 2017, massacre during...
Thursday, July 19, 2018

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 ...
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...
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 ...
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...
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 ...
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...
Monday, July 16, 2018

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