Archive | 2020

Blah, Blah… Confirmation Hearings… Blah, Blah

Pundits across the political spectrum have debated whether the Senate should have proceeded with the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett.  Liberals point to the refusal of Republicans to even consider President Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, months before an election and the fact that no nominee has been considered so close to an election.  Republicans […]

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Turning a Page on Higher Education?

Before COVID-19, I occasionally would go to the library, check out a book, sit under the vaulted ceiling of its spacious reading room and get lost in the printed page. Even then, there was a “going-on-a-field-trip” quality to this experience; a respite from my daily routine during the school year. It may seem odd to […]

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With the Coronavirus, Where Government Stumbles, Litigation Will Step In

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has issued a demand: Any further coronavirus aid legislation must protect businesses from coronavirus-related lawsuits. Democrats have balked, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying they “have no interest in diminishing protections for employees and customers.” Superficially, this standoff seems like another example of Washington’s toxic politics, where hope for any […]

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Why Asbestos Litigation Won’t Go Away: Because Asbestos Won’t Go Away

It is tempting to dismiss asbestos as a problem of the past. The height of its consumption was in the 1970s, and asbestos litigation began over a half century ago. Many of its leading manufacturers and mining companies are long gone. Yet asbestos litigation is back in the news. A trial court ordered Johnson & Johnson in July, 2018, […]

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