Late Summer Tort News Round-Up

I have not done a decent roundup in a while! Here we go:tort

  • Walter Olson at Overlawyered provides a Maryland law roundup. Yes, this is a roundup within a round-up but most of these are most germane to our issues here. The one that is least relevant, and the most interesting, is the latest on Tavon White. I demand someone write a biography on this guy. Accumulating the power that he was able to enjoy in that environment against all odds is just fascinating as is getting four different prison guards pregnant and apparently all of them being cool with it. If you don’t live near Baltimore, you may not have heard of him. But I can’t be the only one who thought it was an amazing story. The Baltimore Sun spent three weeks gunning for a Pulitzer Prize on this story. (They won’t get one because their budget these days is about $354. But there was some good reporting done anyway.)
  • Eric Turkewitz writes about everyone’s new favorite discovery issue: Facebook. I do find it interesting to see courts attacking this new issue but it has really only been a significant issue in one case what we have had. So while the topic is fascinating, I think the actual impact on our practice has been fairly limited.
  • This is a good post from Georgia Personal Injury Lawyers Blog on dealing with subrogation liens. I have written some long posts on subrogation that, if you look at the traffic on this site, few people actually read it. So I thought this post at least deserves a link because the author is passing on real information that can help you in your practice.
  • Here is a post by an Arizona lawyer complaining about the EEOC. I know little about the EEOC or employment law but I don’t think this one case tells us much about how the EEOC sausage is made and how it tastes. Does Michael Nifong tell us anything about how prosecutors in America are doing? Okay, so this post is outside my legal wheelhouse and I disagree with the conclusions. Why am I linking to it? The author is my brother-in-law. For that, you should get a link.
  • It continues to amaze me how Maryland stays in the dark ages on just about every major tort issue in spite of the fact that far more conservative states have evolved. Are Marylanders just afraid of change? Is the fact that we all have not just picked up and moved to San Diego irrefutable proof. It is not just Maryland actually: Virginia, North Carolina, and D.C. are all with us in this legal doctrine of “let’s keep the laws that made great sense 50 years ago.” But even in that group, we lag behind. Look at this summary of dram shop laws by state. We sit in last place with Nevada and South Dakota. Mississippi has us beat. It is unreal. Let me tell you: If you are lobbying for businesses interests or doctors in Maryland you are woefully underpaid.
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