Monthly Archives: June 2011

The Diminishing Class Action

In 2000, Betty Dukes began a sex discrimination claim against Wal-Mart that grew to encompass 1.5 million current and former female employees of the store.  The claim alleges that Wal-Mart systematically pays females less than males and provides fewer opportunities … Continue reading

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It’s the ‘Employment’ Rate, Silly

There has been a lot of talk lately about the unemployment rate. What it is nationwide, what it is regionally, and what is acceptable. Less often do we hear about what the unemployment rate means, who it includes. From a … Continue reading

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Nothing Is Free

In 2001, Napster was forced to shutdown after losing a lawsuit to the Recording Industry Association of America for infringing copyright laws.  Napster was a peer-to-peer file sharing system that allowed users to download music online for free.  Essentially, a … Continue reading

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Raising Costs

There is one thing legislators love, and that is writing bills that seem like good ideas without actually doing homework to see if it is a good idea. The latest instance comes from Representative LaRoque, in House Bill 911. This … Continue reading

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Conventional Wisdom Misses Again

Conventional wisdom, along with many sociologists, criminologists, and armchair psychologists know that crime is caused by circumstance- socioeconomic factors are the root of all evil, so to speak.  On the surface, one can see how living in poverty or being … Continue reading

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Embracing Duty

When most of us reach retirement age, we plan to retire. Play some golf, visit friends and family, maybe do some part time work or volunteering. Not too many people think of retirement as the time to suit up and … Continue reading

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Less Recovery for More Pain

Doctors make mistakes.  A surgery goes awry or the wrong medicine is prescribed.  The patient subsequently suffers the consequences, whether if it is increased pain and suffering or death.  Then comes the medical malpractice lawsuit, and it is universally understood … Continue reading

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