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April 17 roundup

Estonia introduces artificial intelligence algorithms to adjudicate small claims disputes [Eric Niiler, Wired] “The Connecticut Ruling: Another Attempt to Blame the Gun for Gun Crime” [Joyce Lee Malcolm, Law and Liberty on 4-3 Connecticut Supreme Court ruling finding state consumer law not preempted by federal PLCAA (Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act)] “But will the Supreme Court allow Connecticut to circumvent federal law?” [Scott Greenfield] Remington will seek certiorari review at U...
Tags: Uncategorized, Connecticut, Guns, Judges, Maryland, Opioids, Pennsylvania, Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, State High Courts

Fascinating map and data highlighting prevalence and intensity of marijuana's criminal enforcement footprint

Over at the Washington Post, Christopher Ingraham has fully titled "Where the war on weed still rages: In some U.S. counties, more than 40 percent of all arrests are for marijuana possession." The title highlights the piece's themes, but the text and a map therein reinforce the point in various ways: Marijuana possession led to nearly 6 percent of all arrests in the United States in 2017, FBI data shows, underscoring the level of policing dedicated to containing behavior that’s legal in 10 st...
Tags: Florida, New York, Texas, Maryland, Law, Colorado, California, Washington Post, Washington, Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, Fbi, Pennsylvania, United States, North Dakota

Environment roundup

The high cost of feel-good laws: why bans on disposable plastic grocery bags are bad for the environment [Greg Rosalsky, NPR “Planet Money”] Not a good move for public health either [Hans Bader on New York’s second-in-the-nation statewide ban, following California] Enjoy your tepid pad thai: Maryland lawmakers move to ban polystyrene (Styrofoam) cups and containers for ready-to-go food [Michelle Santiago Cortés, Refinery 21] A future President who declared a national emergency over climate cha...
Tags: New York, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Climate Change, California, Washington Post, Environment, Uncategorized, Recycling, Public Nuisance, Cato, Eminent Domain, Joshua Payne, Ilya Shapiro, Hans Bader

Robocaller firm Stratics Networks exposed millions of call recordings

If you’ve ever had a voicemail appear out of nowhere, there’s a good chance Stratics Networks was involved. The Toronto-based company is the self-proclaimed inventor of “ringless voicemails,” providing its customers a way of auto-dialing a list of phone numbers and dropping voicemails without leaving a missed call. The system uses a backdoor voicemail number typically reserved by the carrier to leave a voicemail directly in a person’s mailbox. The company once claimed it can process up to 10,000...
Tags: Security, Florida, Maryland, Law, California, Toronto, Telemarketing, Tech, Telecommunications, Telephony, Web Services, Michigan, Collins, Amazon Web Services, Spamming, Broward County

After veto-proof vote, New Hampshire appears poised to be first state to repeal death penalty legislatively since 2013

For a number of years not too long ago, a number of state legislatures got in the habit of repealing the (usually dormant) death penalty in their states.  Specifically, legislatures in five states over a span of six years led death penalty repeal efforts that become the law in New Jersey (2007), New Mexico (2009), Illinois (2011), Connecticut (2012), and Maryland (2013).  But thanks in part to a voter referendum rejecting a legislative repeal in Nebraska in 2016, it has been a full six years sin...
Tags: Maryland, Law, Senate, New Hampshire, House, New Jersey, Manchester, Nebraska, New Mexico, Addison, Michael Briggs, Chris Sununu, NH Senate, Douglas A Berman, Michael Addison

Can a Passenger Get Ticket for Unattended Vehicle

My question involves a parking ticket from the state of: Maryland Hello, We were dropping off family member at the airport. She had many heavy luggages and a baby so needed help getting inside. We all carried things inside as it was cold and I returned to find a police officer standing next to the car. I tried to explain the situation but he coldly stopped me asking for my license then he stepped away calling it in. My husband who was the driver and owner of the car came too and the officer h...
Tags: Maryland, Law, Moving Violations, Parking And Traffic Tickets

Job Benefits Cfo Cashing Out Employees' Pto

My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: Maryland, but company has offices in California as well I have a question about the legality of a company cashing out employees’ accrued time off without their consent while they are still with the company. First, some context. I work for a soft-money company. Scientists (Principal Investigators, or PIs) write applications for research grants and contracts and ‘park’ them at the company if and when they win; the company takes a cu...
Tags: Maryland, Law, California, Employment and Labor, PTO, FTE, PTO PTO

With Regulators Increasing Focus on Spam Robocalls, Arkansas Follows Others States in Passing Anti-Spoofing Privacy Law

Laura E. Goldsmith Unwanted robocalls reportedly totaled 26.3 billion calls in 2018, sparking more and more consumer complaints to the FCC and FTC and increased legislative and regulatory activity to combat the practice. Some automated calls are beneficial, such as school closing announcements, bank fraud warnings, and medical notifications, and some caller ID spoofing is justified, such as certain law enforcement or investigatory purposes and domestic violence shelter use.  However, consumers h...
Tags: Fcc, Maryland, Law, Congress, Arkansas, Ohio, Louisiana, South Carolina, Ftc, Senate Commerce Committee, Illinois Massachusetts, Laura E Goldsmith, Spam Robocalls Arkansas Follows Others States

Online Marketplace Defeats Trademark Suit Because It’s Not the “Seller”–OSU v. Redbubble

Some Redbubble listings for “urban meyer” Redbubble is an online marketplace for artists. It outsources many of its functions. Its artist-vendors “are automatically connected with a third-party manufacturer to make the goods.” Redbubble also uses third-party services to package/ship goods and process payments. It appears much of this outsourcing is invisible to buyers; allegedly “When an item from is shipped, ‘the Redbubble name and logo does appear on the packaging that products ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, New York, Maryland, Law, California, Ebay, E-commerce, Rock, Fox, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, New Jersey, Ohio, Lg, Meyer

Thursday round-up

At , Tony Mauro reports that “[t]he book-writing bug has bitten U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, as it has with several of his colleagues”: A “book by Gorsuch titled ‘A Republic, If You Can Keep It,’ will be published in September” and “will include eight original essays as well as a collection of Gorsuch speeches and writings.” Additional coverage comes from Patrick Gregory and others at Bloomberg Law. At Reason’s Volokh Conspiracy blog, John Stinneford writes of Monday’s decision in...
Tags: Mississippi, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Court, Atlantic, United States, Missouri, Flowers, Round-up, Thomas, U S Supreme Court, Montgomery County, Adam Feldman, John Stinneford, Garrett Epps

Symposium: Unfinished business — SCOTUS and the citizenship question

Erin Hustings is legislative counsel for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund. When the Supreme Court reviews the Census Bureau’s proposed citizenship question, it will face the issue after extraordinary gaps in procedure. Because of deadlines for printing the census forms and other preparations, litigants have had to forgo appeals-court review and approach the justices without the benefit of the views of the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 2nd and 9...
Tags: Asia, New York, Featured, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, California, Court, Hawaii, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, Ross, Vra, Trump, U S District Court

Vetting police arguments against limiting Class-C misdemeanor arrests

In preparation for tomorrow's hearing on HB 482 (Thompson) limiting Class C misdemeanor arrests Texas House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee, I just watched last session's hearing on Chairwoman Senfronia Thompson's similar bill, which passed out of that committee on a 7-1 vote.A few thoughts:First, on defining the problem: the ship has sailed on the idea that Class C misdemeanor arrests are rare or only used in extraordinary circumstances. They happen tens of thousands of times arou...
Tags: Maryland, Law, House, Oklahoma, Thompson, Brady, Peter Parker, McVeigh, Spidey Sense, Timothy McVeigh, Gritsforbreakfast, Senfronia Thompson

Another Maryland redistricting panel wraps up its work — and a word from Arnie

This is only tangentially related to Overlawyered (unless you are a big fan of the posts on redistricting reform and the Supreme Court’s pending Lamone v. Benisek) but one of the projects I’m involved in as a civically active Marylander, the Emergency Commission on Sixth Congressional District Gerrymandering, sent a proposed new Sixth and Eighth District map to Governor Larry Hogan last week, which he promptly introduced as a bill in the legislative term that ends soon. And yesterday, again by a...
Tags: Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, California, Uncategorized, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Larry Hogan, Schwarzenegger, Nina Totenberg, Arnie, Eighth District, on TV and radio, Redistricting Reform, Benisek, Lamone, Maryland Call

In the Washington Post on the Maryland minimum wage

New from me and Cato colleague Ryan Bourne in the Washington Post: One thing we’ve learned in this year’s debate over a statewide $15 minimum wage, now set to become law after the legislature overrode Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) veto today, is that affluent central Maryland doesn’t want to listen to hard-hit rural Maryland…. In the debate over the $15 minimum wage, lawmakers from [already high-wage] Montgomery County, Baltimore City and Howard County were nearly unanimously in favor, with most delega...
Tags: Maryland, Law, Whole Foods, Washington Post, Washington, Restaurants, Uncategorized, Minimum Wage, Seattle, Larry Hogan, Cato, Howard County, WO writings, David Henderson EconLib, Ryan Bourne, Montgomery County Baltimore City

Lamone v. Benisek, brought to life on video

The Maryland gerrymander case, back for its third trip to the Supreme Court, was argued March 26. This Federalist Society animated video about the case has me as narrator. Jon Levitan at SCOTUSBlog rounds up commentary on the oral argument. The Brennan Center offers an annotated guide to the amicus briefs. Tags: Federalist Society, Maryland, on TV and radio, redistricting reform
Tags: Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Uncategorized, Federalist Society, on TV and radio, Redistricting Reform, Benisek, Lamone, Jon Levitan

Wednesday round-up

Today the justices wrap up their March argument sitting with one oral argument, in Kisor v. Wilkie, in which they will reconsider precedents that require courts to defer to a federal agency’s reasonable interpretation of its own regulations. Amy Howe previewed the case for this blog. Benjamin Rodd and Julia Hollreiser have a preview for Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute, and Subscript Law offers a graphic explainer for the case. Yesterday the court heard oral arguments in two pa...
Tags: Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Court, Los Angeles, Cnn, Atlantic, Gop, Alaska, Federal Communications Commission, Louisiana, North Carolina, Frost, Sturgeon, National Park Service, Round-up

Afternoon round-up: Today’s oral argument in partisan gerrymandering cases

Today the Supreme Court heard oral argument in two cases, Lamone v. Benisek and Rucho v. Common Cause, which challenge the constitutionality of election maps in Maryland and North Carolina, respectively. The justices are being asked whether the states went too far in favoring one political party over the other when drawing their election maps. Amy Howe has this blog’s analysis, which was first published at Howe on the Court. She writes that after two hours of argument, “there were clear divides ...
Tags: Post, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Bloomberg, New York Times, Fox News, Associated Press, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Usa Today, North Carolina, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Round-up, Reuters, Mark Sherman

Argument analysis: Justices divided and hard to read on partisan gerrymandering

Today the Supreme Court heard oral argument in a pair of cases that could prove to be among the most consequential of the term. The cases involve allegations that state officials engaged in unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering – that is, they went too far in taking politics into account – when they drew election maps in North Carolina and Maryland. After over two hours of debate this morning, there were clear divides among some of the justices, but it was much less clear how the court is lik...
Tags: Featured, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Court, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Republican, North Carolina, Paul Clement, Steven, John Roberts, Roberts, Howe, Sullivan

Tuesday round-up

This morning the court will hear oral arguments in two partisan-gerrymandering cases. First up is Rucho v. Common Cause, a challenge to North Carolina’s federal congressional map, adopted by the state’s Republican-controlled legislature in 2016. Connor O’Neill previews the case for Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute. This morning’s second argument is in Lamone v. Benisek, in which Republican voters are challenging a single Maryland congressional district. Matt Farnum and Trevor O’B...
Tags: Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Court, New York Times, Federal Communications Commission, Npr, Nielsen, North Carolina, Kevin Johnson, Cornell, Economist, Round-up, Lyle Denniston, Howe, Adam Liptak

Baltimore moves to seize Preakness Stakes race

Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh has filed suit seeking to seize the famed Preakness Stakes race — trademarks, business deals, and all — through eminent domain. I’ve got a few things to say about that in Monday’s Wall Street Journal (paywall, sorry). For those just catching up with the underlying story, Pamela Wood covers it at the Baltimore Sun/Capital Gazette. See also my 2014 Cato take on an earlier episode in Maryland’s history of “smash and grab” eminent domain methods. Tags: Baltimore...
Tags: Maryland, Law, Uncategorized, Sports, Baltimore, Wall Street Journal, Catherine Pugh, Pamela Wood, Eminent Domain, WO writings, Baltimore Sun Capital Gazette

Monday round-up

This morning the court begins the second week of the March sitting with two oral arguments. First up is PDR Network, LLC v. Carlton & Harris Chiropractic Inc., which asks whether the Hobbs Act, a jurisdictional-channeling statute, requires courts to accept the Federal Communications Commission’s interpretation of a statute allowing recipients of “junk faxes” to sue the senders for damages. Christopher Walker previewed the case for this blog. Luís Lozada and Isaac Syed have a preview at Cornell L...
Tags: Mississippi, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, Bloomberg, Ford, Federal Communications Commission, Nielsen, North Carolina, Flowers, Patterson, Cornell, South, Walgreen, Round-up

Eviction Process: How to Access Lanlord-Tenant Court Records Montgomery County Md

My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: Maryland I am a long distance landlord of a small property in Gaithersburg, Montgomery County, MD. I hired a property management company to manage the property in my absence. At one point, 2+ month ago a tenant did not pay his rent.There was some delay on my part with instructing the management company to file for non-payment, but it was filed Jan 2X. The court date was set to Feb2X, and according to the property management company the h...
Tags: Maryland, Law, Landlord-Tenant Law, Maryland Judiciary, Montgomery County Md, Gaithersburg Montgomery County, MD Court Records, Rockville District

Interesting new TRAC data on intra-courthouse judge-to-judge differences in sentences

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University maintains lots of data on the work of federal courts and federal agencies. Seemingly inspired by the recent sentencing(s) of Paul Manafort, TRAC completed a "study of judge sentencing differences at 155 federal courthouses across the country" in which "the judge with the lowest average prison sentence was compared with the judge with the highest average sentence at each courthouse."  At this page, TRAC summarizes its fi...
Tags: Maryland, Law, Orlando, Greenbelt, Syracuse University, TRAC, Douglas A Berman, Paul Manafort, Middle District of Florida, Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse TRAC

LEED Credit is Designed to Eliminate Illegal Wood in Buildings

The U.S. Green Building Council is being applauded for the release last week of the new pilot credit intended “to reduce the risk that illegally sourced, harvested or traded wood products are used in building.” The LEED BD+C: New Construction v4 MRpc127 – Timber Traceability pilot credit “is designed to up efforts to eliminate the use of illegal wood in buildings.” There may be no single subject matter more discussed with over the more than 20 year history of LEED than forest product certificati...
Tags: Maryland, Law, Russia, European Union, Canada, Green Building, Forest Stewardship Council, FSC, Federal Trade Commission, Annex, Environmental Investigation Agency, ASTM, SFI, LEED, India Russia, USGBC

Argument preview: Justices to tackle partisan gerrymandering … again

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this post ran on February 4, 2019, as an introduction to this blog’s symposium on Rucho v. Common Cause and Lamone v. Benisek, as well as at Howe on the Court, where it was originally published. Every 10 years, the federal government conducts a census. The states then use the data from the census to draw new maps for their state legislatures and federal congressional districts. The maps often take politics into account – for example, to protect incumbents. Bu...
Tags: Featured, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Court, Pennsylvania, United States, Wisconsin, Party, North Carolina, John Delaney, Charlotte, Raleigh, John Roberts, Roberts

"In Clinton v Jones, the United States Supreme Court held that separation of powers concerns did not preclude a federal lawsuit against a sitting President of the United States..."

"... based on unofficial acts allegedly committed by him before he assumed office. The Court expressly cautioned in that decision that different concerns, including the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution, might influence the result if such a case were brought against the President in state court. However, the Court did not rule that such a suit could or could not proceed. This matter gives us an opportunity to squarely address the question.... [S]ubjecting the President to a stat...
Tags: New York, Maryland, Law, Court, United States, Bill Clinton, Ny, Separation of Powers, Jones, Clinton, Donald J Trump, McCulloch, Executive Power, Ann Althouse, Federalism, Trump troubles

North Carolina House Bill 86

I appreciate the folks on reddit/firearms keeping me up to date on the latest attempts at communist gun control in the North Carolina House of Representatives.  H.B. 86 is summarized as follows. AN ACT TO REQUIRE A PERMIT FOR THE PURCHASE OF AN ASSAULT WEAPON OR LONG GUN; TO REQUIRE A 72-HOUR WAITING PERIOD BEFORE A PURCHASED  FIREARM MAY BE DELIVERED OR OTHERWISE POSSESSED; TO PROHIBIT THE SALE OF AN ASSAULT WEAPON OR LONG GUN TO PERSONS UNDER A CERTAIN AGE; TO PROHIBIT THE SALE OR POSSESSIO...
Tags: Maryland, Israel, Military, House, Gun Control, North Carolina, Michael Lewis, Samuel, Babylon, Jonathan, Saul, Philistines, Babylonians, North Carolina Senate, Wicomico County, North Carolina Gun Laws

Tuesday round-up

Briefly: At Bloomberg, Greg Stohr reports that in a letter yesterday, “[t]he Trump administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court to expand its scheduled April showdown over the 2020 census[, Department of Commerce v. New York,] to decide whether the Constitution lets the government ask whether people are American citizens.” Pamela Wood reports for The Baltimore Sun that Maryland “Gov. Larry Hoganhas filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court [in Lamone v. Benisek,] seeking to back up the claims of...
Tags: New York, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Colorado, California, Alabama, Bloomberg, United States, Arizona, Christian, Baltimore, Trump, Round-up, National Review, U S Supreme Court

Morning Docket: 03.11.19

* According to House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), special counsel Robert Mueller is making “a mistake” by not putting President Trump under oath for in-person testimony, since “he's made plain in the past [that] he feels it's perfectly fine to lie to the public.” [NBC News] * Per his lawyer, Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann will be suing CNN for at least $250M because the news network was “probably more vicious in its direct attacks” than the Washington Post. [The Hill]...
Tags: Reality TV, Texas, Maryland, Law, Washington Post, Government, Cnn, Serial, Deaths, Women's Issues, Donald Trump, Adnan Syed, Law Schools, Sxsw, Trump, Reuters

On the 25th Anniversary of Lead Based Paint Disclosures

Use of lead is not new. Lead was one of the first metals discovered by man and was in use before 3000 BC. Beginning in 753 BC, the ancient Romans used lead for making water pipes and kitchen cookware. Today many believe lead poisoning was the culprit for the infertility of Julius Caesar (.. who did manage to father one child despite that he enjoyed women as much as he enjoyed wine) and his successor, Caesar Augustus (.. who was sterile), and was a contributing factor in the fall of the Roman emp...
Tags: Maryland, Law, Environmental, Epa, Federal, Julius Caesar, Stuart Kaplow, Caesar Augustus, Lead paint, Kaplow, Disclosure of Lead, Lead Based Paint, Sample Landlord

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