NYC soda ban taxes New Yorkers' patience

March 11, 2013 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

Start spreading the news, soda isn’t leaving today. Tomorrow was supposed to mark the effective date of New York City’s large sugary beverage ban, which have would prohibited (some) vendors from selling soda in portions greater than 16 ounces.  Restaurants, delis, and other places that prepare food were subject to the ban, while other ...


California displaces Pennsylvania as worst state for civil justice

March 29, 2013 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

After a reign of two years, Pennsylvania has given up its crown.  California now claims the woeful title of worst place for civil justice in the nation.  This critique may be due in part to the fact that, according to the American Tort Reform Association, California is the “undisputed heavyweight champion of the consumer class action.̶ ...


A watered down victory for equality under the law in Tennessee

April 12, 2013 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

This week the Tennessee House of Representatives passed a bill that bans the state government from granting race and sex preferences.  What should have been a victory for proponents of equality under the law became a nonissue when the bill was amended at last minute to prohibit preferences granted “solely” on the basis of race or  ...


PLF amicus brief urges WA Supreme Court to respect freedom of contract

April 19, 2013 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

This week PLF filed an amicus brief in the Washington Supreme Court in Hill v. Garda CL, arguing that class arbitration cannot be imposed on parties merely because they agreed to individual arbitration.  As the U.S. Supreme Court recognized in Stolt-Nielsen v. AnimalsFeeds, the differences between individual and class arbitration are so great ...


Another one bites the dust

April 22, 2013 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

The Tennessee bill to ban race or sex preferences in government hiring, which we previously reported on here, is dead.  Readers will recall that the bill was amended at last minute to prohibit race preferences granted solely on race or sex.  Perhaps the bill’s defeat was a blessing in disguise, as the amendment robbed the … ...


Are Justin Bieber tickets property?

April 26, 2013 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

The Wall Street Journal recently published an interesting article that considers whether concert tickets are property.  The philosophical question has practical implications, as California lawmakers are considering whether to ban paperless tickets, which can only be redeemed with proof of identification.  Paperless tickets are meant to curb scal ...


I left my speech rights when I entered San Francisco

May 10, 2013 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

San Francisco city attorney Dennis Herrera has decided that Monster energy drinks are bad for you.  He’s also decided that Monster has to broadcast that message to its consumers. Mere months after ending its battle with cell phone purveyors, the City of San Francisco is embroiled in another commercial speech fight.  This week, the Office & ...


Thank the plaintiff$' lawyers : United States has the world's costliest litigation system

May 24, 2013 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

Surprise, Surprise.  According to the Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform, the United States has the world’s most costly litigation system.  As the report notes, litigation costs affect international competitiveness and productivity—not only by influencing the direct costs of doing business, but by inspiring or upsettin ...


PLF urges Pennsylvania Supreme Court to restore the proper level of products liability

June 07, 2013 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

Today PLF filed an amicus brief in Tincher v. Omega arguing that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court should determine whether manufacturers are liable for injuries caused by defectively designed products under a negligence standard.  Pennsylvania is notorious for litigation abuse—although thanks to a strong push for tort reform in that state, this y ...