Today I read that under Governor Rick Perry, Texas has adopted a loser-pays system!

In America, if someone sues you, you pay for a lawyer.  Even if you ultimately win the lawsuit and aren’t held liable for any damages at all, you’ve still lost thousands of dollars in attorneys’ fees (not to mention the time taken out of your life, which you can never get back).  A lot of the theory behind tort law revolves around making people “whole” for the wrongs they’ve suffered.  Who will make you whole?  Read the rest of this entry »

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Reuters reports that the FDA is considering regulating the salt content of our food.  Three things strike me:

1—First of all, what is this, England?*  Shouldn’t a major restriction on both our and food companies’ liberty at least require a vote by Congress or some other politically accountable actor or body?

2—This is supposed to be a free country.  Read the rest of this entry »