• It’s an emotional-support alpaca, so let us in

    Author Patricia Marx decided to brazen her way through New York restaurants, museums, high-end fashion shops, and other institutions with five “un-cuddly, non-nurturing animals” such as a turtle, snake, and turkey, and some therapist paperwork that was easy enough to procure. [New Yorker] Aside from writing hilariously, she’s well informed about the Americans with Disabilities ...

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  • Deed transfer theft in New York City

    Horror story in Queens points up flaws of the city’s deed-transfer system, and also of its pro-tenant housing court regime: “After Darrell Beatty failed to appear in August, a judge approved an eviction, but it was staye ...

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  • Politics roundup

    Texas trial lawyer lobby has attacked Greg Abbott on theme of his accident for years without success, Wendy Davis would have been smarter to tell ‘em no [Politico] Wondering about ObamaCare rate hikes? You’ll get to find out right after the election [Washington Times] “Four more years of ‘pay-to-play’ if DeWine returns as Ohio AG, says Dem challenger” [LNL] Blades concealed? Environme.

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  • Cop fired after falling asleep on job wins nearly $1M

    Kansas: “A federal jury Tuesday awarded a former McPherson police officer who was found sleeping on duty almost $1 million in wages and damages. Matthew B. Michaels alleged the city violated his civil rights, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act and the Kansas Wage Payment A ...

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  • Pa. jury: inadequate curve signage partly at fault

    Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania: “A jury in a Luzerne County civil case ruled that PennDOT was partially responsible for a deadly crash in 2011 that killed a 15-year-old girl, even though the driver of the SUV was driving at roughly twice the speed limit and did not have a driver’s license.” While the driver admitted he was going nearly 90 miles an hour w ...

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  • Pennsylvania bill would enable victims to sue offender for reopening anguish

    Both houses of the Pennsylvania legislature have passed and sent to Gov. Tom Corbett a bill “allowing judges to issue injunctions, or grant any other ‘appropriate relief’ if there is ‘conduct’ by a criminal ‘offender’ that ‘perpetuates the continuing effect of the crime on the victim.” Such an effect is specified to include, though it is not limited to, a “temporary or permanent ...

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  • Louis Menand on copyright

    Get your copy today! My new book tackles the question of why so many bad ideas come from the law schools. "Cutting-edge co ...

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  • In Fairfax police shooting, still no word

    It’s been more than a year since police shot John Geer, and the Fairfax department still won’t release the name of the officer who killed him. This has all been happening in the national media’s own backyard, the suburbs of Washington, D.C. [Robert McCartney, WaPo] In Ferguson, Mo., a delay of several days in releasing the name of the officer who shot Michael Brown was among the ...

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  • Open link thread

    Get your copy today! My new book tackles the question of why so many bad ideas come from the law schools. "Cutting-edge co ...

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  • In Britain, shotgun control at your doorstep

    From the United Kingdom [Camilla Swift, The Spectator]: Police this week were granted the authority to carry out random, unannounced checks at the home of anyone who has a gun license. Why? They claim that shooters may be ‘vulnerable to criminal or terrorist groups’ and this is the way to tackle the ‘problem’. The new Home Office guidance assures us this won’t occur ‘at an un ...

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  • EEOC to court: never mind whether we use background checks too

    Sean Higgins, Washington Examiner: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission told a district court that it should not have to reveal its own policies regarding criminal background checks because that information is not relevant to the discrimination cases it files against private companies. Background from Jon Hyman, Ohio Employer’s Law Blog: This argument [advanced by automak ...

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  • Sued by church-related group, Houston subpoenas pastors’ sermons

    Massively overbroad discovery demands are among the most common abuses in civil litigation, and it’s hard to get judges or policymakers to take seriously the harm they do. But the City of Houston, represented by litigators at Susman Godfrey, may have tested the limits when it responded to a lawsuit against the city by a church-allied group by subpoenaing the pastors’ sermons alo ...

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