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August 01, 2006

Congress Holds Hearings On ACLU Collecting Lawyer's Fees In Establishment-Clause Cases

Stop the ACLU has more on this.

As a purely pragmatic matter, I kind of would like the ACLU to have to fund itself through donations, rather than simply collecting up its own salaries from the various counties and municipalities they sue. On the other hand, collecting lawyer's fees when victorious in a lawsuit is not exactly a novel legal innovation that ACLU has been granted a special license to take advantage of.

There's a balance, I guess, between awarding a victorious litigant his actual costs and damages (including the costs of having to go to court to vindicate his claims) and incentivizing a lawsuit-factory to sue everybody, including the people you work with and handle.* Maybe the balance has to be adjusted.

Ah, well. Read the post and decide for yourself.

* Yeah, I keep dropping that same Saul Rosenberg reference. Can't help it. It's an evergreen.

Meanwhile... A woman is suing Baccardi because rum, it turns out, is flammable.

Who knew?

H/t Scribal Terror, who has a kid who's just pleased as punch that his plane crashed.

That's the great thing about kids-- they're so optimistic, so full of life, and so friggin' stupid it makes your teeth bleed.

Thanks to Craig.

Unrelated Snark About Gibson: An unexpectedly judicious resolution to Gibson's DUI arrest.

Crosblog is also preseason football blogging, which is almost as gay as soccer-blogging, or baseball-blogging.


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