Book Report: The Death of Common Sense by Philip K. Howard (1994)

This book is a look at how several factors systematically removed discretion from government and how that made government worse. It’s broken into a couple sections, and basically it boils down to these themes: The increase in regulations makes it difficult to get anything done and hampers citizens. The reliance on overdetailed processes takes discretion […]

Book Report: Whiplash: America’s Most Frivolous Lawsuits by James Percelay (2000)

This is a short book that collects some outrageous lawsuits and notes their results. They’re grouped by topic, and each features a clever picture of an actor portraying a shady lawyer. Each explanation of the lawsuit is a couple paragraphs. It’s like someone made a book of distilled “That’s Outrageous!” columns from Reader’s Digest and […]

Obvious Restraint

So the family of the Cardinals pitcher who died while driving while intoxicated have announced its lawsuit pantheon: The suit seeks unspecified damages “over $25,000” from Mike Shannon’s Steaks and Seafood, the owner and driver of a parked tow truck that Hancock hit, and the driver of a car the wrecker had stopped to help. […]

For Other Doubters

For those of you whom have doubted LASIK surgery, wherein someone peels your eye open like a grape and sucks out some portion of the inside for your betterment, we offer this heartening story of a plucky survivor: He wins $7.25M in botched eye surgery suit: A former Wall Street broker won a $7.25 million […]

Judicial Pr0n

02-P-381 Appeals Court: JOHN DOE[1] vs. MARY MOE.[2]: Early in the morning of September 24, 1994, they were engaged in consensual sexual intercourse. The plaintiff was lying on his back while the defendant was on top of him. The defendant’s body was secured in this position by the interlocking of her legs and the plaintiff’s […]

So-Called Watch

An attorney has sued over use of so-called as an adjective modifying his profession and his practice thereof: Elderly Schenectady (NY) lawyer Romolo Versaci has filed a $100,000 defamation suit against Diane C. Richie, an unemployed social worker and widow with two children. Versaci claims — and Richie admits — that she called him a […]

Litigation Pool

Walter Olson at Overlawyered speculates on upcoming litigation after Hurricane Charley. This sounds like the perfect opportunity for a pool! Lawsuit 1 month 2-3 months 4-6 months 7-12 months 13-24 months Over 2 years Sue Vietnam over continued attacks from Charley.             Sue Alabama, Georgia for not allowing Florida penninsula […]

Yea, Verily, Open Another Seal

For Brian J. Noggle agrees with Eugene Kane of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, who saith: That’s my concern as well. With dozens – or hundreds – of young black people driving at the same time, it’s hard to pick and choose who’s breaking the law and who isn’t. I don’t have any solutions to stop cruising, […]

Help Fight Spurious Lawsuits

Overlawyered.com and Radley Balko report on the next target of Big Litigation: the alcohol industry. Friends, Romans, countrymen, this cannot stand. I urge you to each contribute heavily to fill the coffers of the defense funds for the brewers, vintners, and distillers. I myself like to contribute and show my support by stopping by the […]

All Aboard Wal-Mart

Overlawyered.com rounds up a summary of groups suing Wal-Mart. Why? Because it’s there. Now shut up and give me some free money, and my lawyers more free money. Everyone wants to beat on Wal-Mart and Microsoft because they’re successful. Looks like we’ve about bred capitalism out of the country. Good work, social engineers.