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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Los Angeles - Nanny Town - $1000 Football Fine

Joe:  California is just crazy. I suspect the law isn’t about safety it’s about control and litigation. -Bob

LA County OKs $1,000 Fine For Throwing Football, Frisbee On Beaches

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — When you head down to the beach for a little fun this summer, county officials want you to leave the pigskin at home.

The Board of Supervisors this week agreed to raise fines to up to $1,000 for anyone who throws a football or a Frisbee on any beach in Los Angeles County.

In passing the 37-page ordinance on Tuesday, officials sought to outline responsibilities for law enforcement and other public agencies while also providing clarification on beach-goer activities that could potentially disrupt or even injure the public.

The updated rules now prohibit “any person to cast, toss, throw, kick or roll” any object other than a beach ball or volleyball “upon or over any beach” between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Life Without Lawyers: Liberating Americans from Too Much Law

Philip K. Howard

Life Without Lawyers: Liberating Americans from Too Much Law

http://www.amazon.com/Life-Without-Lawyers-Liberating-Americans/dp/0393065669

A provocative new book argues that an epidemic of litigation is hurting the country. But do people need protection against abuse by individuals and powerful corporations? Join the debate: Read an excerpt of Philip K. Howard’s Life Without Lawyers—and a review by two prominent attorneys who take issue with his “extremist” thesis.


Everyone remembers the hot-coffee case that got McDonald's socked with $2.7 million in punitive damages (later reduced in a secret settlement). But did you hear the one about the citizen who was charged with assault for bringing down a runaway mugger? Or the judge in D.C. who sued his dry cleaner for $54 million for losing his pants? Or the Teach for America teacher who held the arm of a rebellious teenager and faced a lawsuit seeking $20 million?

Did you hear the one about the citizen who was charged with assault for bringing down a runaway mugger?

Philip K. Howard has heard about all these cases. In fact, it is Philip K. Howard who brings most of the “how absurd!” stories to the public's attention and he wants to hear more if you have one. He’s a lawyer himself, on a crusade to stop the law, and lawyers, from engaging in outlandish litigation. He first hit a nerve in 1996 with his trenchant bestseller The Death of Common Sense. Now, he's  renewed his assault with Life Without Lawyers: Liberating Americans From Too Much Law.

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