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Walter  Olson

Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

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"Last-Minute Whistle-Blowing Before An Expected Termination to Create A ‘Retaliation' Claim"
Some lawyers actually train potential clients to find something to blow the whistle on when the prospect of termination is nigh. "But perhaps in the future this may change and ambush firings will become the norm to avoid this kind of thing." [Coyote]...
Thursday, December 14, 2017

December 13 roundup
Cakes and coercion: "Endorse the state's right to coerce speech or conscience and you have ceded a principle that can so easily come back to haunt you." [Andrew Sullivan, New York mag] "The legal course has some advantages. You can use state power, u...
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Study: Occupational licensing reduces interstate migration
Potentially an important observation [Janna E. Johnson and Morris M. Kleiner, NBER]: Occupational licensure, one of the most significant labor market regulations in the United States, may restrict the interstate movement of workers. We analyze the in...
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Medical roundup
In welcome reversal of Obama-era ban, FDA will once more permit direct-to-consumer genetic testing [Meghana Keshavan/STAT News, FDA press release] Will California law hold a pharmaceutical maker liable — in perpetuity — for a drug that it did not mak...
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

U.S. Department of Justice: We're ending regulation by guidance
The U.S. Department of Justice, November 17 [press release/memo]: Today, in an action to further uphold the rule of law in the executive branch, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo prohibiting the Department of Justice from issuing guidance ...
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Environment roundup
Getting deserved attention: blog post on hundred little regulatory obstacles that can block piecemeal redevelopment of commercial space [Johnny at Granola Shotgun via John Cochrane and Tyler Cowen] Suit that asserted legal personhood for Colorado Riv...
Monday, December 11, 2017

Charles Dickens in Tax Court, courtesy Judge Mark Holmes
Bob Kamman, Procedurally Taxing: "I searched other Tax Court orders and decisions available at the Court's website. Surprisingly, this is the only reference to Jarndyce. I searched for Dickens. There were petitioners named Dickens, and petitioners wi...
Monday, December 11, 2017

Now unsealed: official report on Wisconsin John Doe probes
After the state's high court ordered files of the politically charged Wisconsin John Doe II investigation destroyed, something else happened instead: "The Guardian published a leaked trove of documents from the John Doe II proceedings, including cour...
Sunday, December 10, 2017

Update: Oregon admits error in traffic engineer case
As reported in April, the state of Oregon fined Mats Järlström of Beaverton $500 for supposedly practicing engineering without a license after he sent a letter to state officials challenging traffic camera practices, including various calculations, a...
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Monument designations and White House proclamations
Some imagine President Obama can expand the bounds of national monuments by unilateral proclamation, but President Trump cannot shrink them back by the same mechanism. But that's not how it works, explained Jonathan Wood in a September piece on the B...
Saturday, December 9, 2017

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