1. Dani Rodrik reading list. 2. “Want to be Edmonton’s goat boss? Now is your chance.” Who needs those manufacturing jobs anyway? 3. Malcolm Gladwell to teach on-line class on writing. 4. Eugene Volokh and William Baude amicus brief in support of the union fees. Show More Summary
Eugene Volokh (UCLA), Richard J. Peltz-Steele (UMass) & Robert E. Steinbuch (Arkansas-Little Rock), Brief of Amicus Curiae National Association of Scholars in Support of Appellants, Richard Sander and The First Amednment Coalition v. State Bar of California, No. A150625 (CA Ct. App. Ja. 26, 2018): Introduction The public good often...
Eugene Volokh: Illinois “stalking” and “cyber-stalking” statutes criminalize (among other things), “knowingly engag[ing] in [2 more or acts] directed at a specific person,” including “communicat[ing] to or about” a person, when the communicator...Show More Summary
A Florida appeals court has rejected a car-crash victim’s lawsuit against a retailer for allegedly lobbying county lawmakers for bad roadway design [Eugene Volokh] Tags: lobbyists, roads and streets Court rejects claim of liability for lobbying is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system
BY THE NUMBERS: Eugene Volokh dug deep into that “Nearly 40 Percent of Sex Offenders in Oregon Prisons Are Illegal Aliens” and writes: Steve: Sorry to trouble you about this [No trouble at all! -S], but I’m not sure the statistic adds up. Show More Summary
California is prosecuting a man under state electronic-harassment law for posting five insults on an Islamic Center’s Facebook page [Eugene Volokh] A court filing by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra denies that the insults are protected speech or that the law is unconstitutional as applied. Show More Summary
Eugene Volokh has an incredible -- and incredibly disturbing -- story about how Jia Yueting, a Chinese billionaire, appears to have convinced a Washington state court to issue an unconstitutional gag order against a critic who lives in Washington state. Show More Summary
Here in the United States of America, the California Attorney General is actually prosecuting a man for Internet insults. Eugene Volokh: In September 2016, Mark Feigin posted five insulting comments on the Islamic Center of Southern California’s Facebook page (before he was finally blocked by the ICSC from commenting): “THE TERROR HIKE … SOUNDS LIKE […]
AFTER CHARGES OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT, Alex Kozinski is retiring, effective immediately. Lefties will probably cheer, but it’s another 9th Circuit appointment for President Trump. I think Eugene Volokh would be an excellent choice.
(December 13, 2017 02:10 PM, by David Henderson) Nick Gillespie has a good interview with Eugene Volokh of the famed law blog The Volokh Conspiracy. Among the most interesting highlights are his discussion of the cake baker and anti-discrimination laws. Volokh makes the important distinction between whether a... (0 COMMENTS)
Eugene Volokh (UCLA), Now That State Income Taxes Aren’t Going to be Deductible, Will States Switch to Payroll Taxes?: [S]ay California replaces the state income tax (at least for employment income) with a state payroll tax that’s paid by the employer, and that it comes in at the same amount...
Eugene Volokh and the Cato Institute amicus program hardly ever take opposite sides of a First Amendment case, but it’s happening in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. At issue is whether the concept of expression extends to cake decoration, and if so how far. Show More Summary
"... and to the extent that cakes are used in ceremonies, their significance is inextricably tied to their being eaten, not to any message they visually convey," argue Dale Carpenter and Eugene Volokh in an amicus brief in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case (PDF):To be sure, cakes often do convey messages in the writing or graphics on the cake itself. Show More Summary
EUGENE VOLOKH ON WOODY ALLEN’S MANHATTAN: Is sex with a 17-year-old statutory rape? “I’ll save for another post the question whether there’s something immoral about 42-year-olds having sex with 17-year-olds, and focus here on the law — and the law in New York, both then and now, is that this isn’t statutory rape at all. […]
More libel-related bullshittery happening on the internet. And, again, Eugene Volokh is on top of it. Between him, Paul Levy of Public Citizen, and Pissed Consumer, we've seen a huge amount of shady-to-completely-fraudulent behavior by lawyers and rep management firms exposed. Show More Summary
EUGENE VOLOKH ON TWITTER’S BAN OF MARSHA BLACKBURN’S AD: Twitter advertising policies indeed forbid “Inflammatory or provocative content which is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction,” though it’s hard to see what political ads these days wouldn’t “evoke a strong negative reaction” or be seen as “inflammatory or provocative” by some.... […]
Alexander Pope’s translation of a poem by Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux, via Eugene Volokh: Once (says an author; where, I need not say) Two Trav’lers found an Oyster in their way; Both fierce, both hungry; the dispute grew strong, While Scale in hand Dame Justice passed along. Show More Summary
I’m on the second panel, “Religious Liberty In the Post-Obama Era,” with Prof. Robin Fretwell Wilson and author John M. Barry, beginning 10:45 a.m. Eastern. Other highlights: luncheon address by Eugene Volokh and panels including Martin Redish, Conor Friedersdorf, Flemming Rose, and Matthew Feeney. Show More Summary
Via Eugene Volokh. Like Secretary Clinton, the supporters of the bills put before Congress to repeal PLCAA argue that no other industry enjoys the legal shield that the gun industry does — giving as counter-examples firms such as auto companies, pharmaceutical drug companies and even tobacco companies. They are right to some extent …. [But] […]
Via Eugene Volokh, the Eighth Circuit has ruled [Hiltner v. Owners Insurance Co.] that a North Dakota trial court improperly assigned a heightened duty of care to a driver following an accident on the grounds that she had been a designated driver at a social outing. Show More Summary