Officers should not be immune to property suits

By Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Supreme Court has in effect expanded the range of federal officers who are immune from lawsuits for mishandling, losing or even stealing personal property when it comes under their control in the course of their official duties. Although the court’s interpretation of the law in question was somewhat defensible, […]

$54 million pants lawsuit abuses judicial system

By Freedom Newspapers Washington, D.C., administrative law judge Roy Pearson last week lost his $54 million case against his drycleaners for losing a pair of his pants. Fifty-four million dollars. Over a pair of pants. Thankfully, he lost the case, but why was such an absurd lawsuit even allowed to get that far? Not surprisingly, […]

Telecom ruling likely to reduce frivolous suits

Freedom Newspapers T he U.S. Supreme Court in a 7-2 ruling Monday rejected an antitrust class-action lawsuit brought against Bell Atlantic (now Verizon) and four other phone companies. Basically, the high court decided that before an antitrust case can be brought, there must at least be some evidence beyond what antitrust scholars call “parallel behavior” […]

City faces string of wrongful death suits

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The city of Clovis is facing a rash of wrongful death lawsuits after years of having none, according to city officials and the state’s court Web site. Four wrongful death lawsuits filed against the city since 2003 are pending. Three of the wrongful death lawsuits have been filed since […]

Officers suing Taser outfit

Staff and wire reports PHOENIX — Police officers in New Mexico and four other states have filed lawsuits against Arizona-based Taser International Inc., claiming they were seriously injured after being shocked with the electronic stun gun during training classes. According to Curry County and Clovis City police officials, both departments use the Tasers but the […]

Gun rights bill should help end frivolous lawsuits

Freedom Newspapers A few years ago, the strategy of gun-control advocates was obvious: File frivolous liability lawsuits against gun makers and distributors, knowing that, whatever the ultimate merits of the cases, the manufacturers would be hard-pressed to keep fighting. Many would go out of business, profits would decline for others, and the high costs imposed […]

Vote defines line between frivolity, responsibility

Freedom Newspapers The U.S. Senate has taken a step that no body of elected officials should ever have to take. Senators voted 65 to 31 earlier this month to shield firearms manufacturers from lawsuits that attempt to hold them responsible for the unlawful actions of criminals who use guns to commit crimes. The move was […]

More litigation won’t help older folk get employed

Freedom Newspapers It would be ironic if it weren’t so sad. Just as market conditions are making older workers more attractive to an increasing number of employers, the U.S. Supreme Court hands down a decision that is likely to make older workers less attractive. That wasn’t the intention, of course, but sometimes the law of […]

Courts refreshing in gun law decisions

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist Judges are often accused of “activism” — a desire to extend their reach from interpreting the law and resolving cases to making policy on matters that are none of their darn business. So they deserve credit when they resist invitations to override democracy. That’s what the Illinois Supreme Court did […]

America must assume risk or pay more

Walter Williams For most of our history, we followed the British system of common law, including laws dealing with tort liability. This heritage has been attacked by courts and plaintiff attorneys so much that it is barely recognizable. One such doctrine of tort liability is the assumption-of-risk doctrine. Simply put, the assumption-of-risk doctrine holds that […]