Wednesday Writs: Silkwood Showers and Plutonium Flowers Edition


Em Carpenter

Em was one of those argumentative children who was sarcastically encouraged to become a lawyer, so she did. She is a proud life-long West Virginian, and, paradoxically, a liberal. In addition to writing about society, politics and culture, she enjoys cooking, podcasts, reading, and pretending to be a runner. She will correct your grammar. You can find her on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    An interesting thing about the Silkwood case is that it the majority was a strange bedfellows coalition of: White, Rehinquist, Brennan, O’Connor, and Stevens. The dissenting opinions were by Blackmun, Marshall, Powell, and Burger.Report

  2. Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

    L3: This is an area where federal law needs a revisit. I don’t think that at the time, anyone ever thought people would abuse the “no-questions” rule as vigorously as they have.Report

  3. Avatar Aaron David says:

    So, slightly off topic (but still law centric!), an opinion about Californias AB5:

    So, you’ve successfully 1) forced ICs to move out of state for work, and 2) allowed CA companies to hire out-of-state workers. Brilliant! You just took an entire demographic of mostly Democratic voters and MOVED them out of California! Tell me, who exactly are your political advisors? Because I want to make sure I do NOT hire them.
    And, lastly, as a CPA, you’ve tied my hands. I can’t even assist my clients in attempting to make a proper determination, because I am “jointly and severally” liable for any penalties ($5,000-$15,000 fine PER individual misclassification). Only a member of the bar can advise a business owner about classifying workers as employees or ICs. Guess what? Attorneys are booked up three months out. I guess that benefits you the most, as it’s difficult to find an available attorney to write up a class-action lawsuit against you.
    In summary, let me say that I hate… HATE… giving the GOP any talking points. But, California Democrats, you have brought this on yourselves. Now, fix it!

    It is a good rant, chock-full o’ tax and accounting info (writer is an accountant)Report

    • Avatar Oscar Gordon in reply to Aaron David says:

      …entire demographic of mostly Democratic voters and MOVED them out of California!

      CA has too many people and too big a share of the economy anyway, be good for them to redistribute that economic activity around to other states.Report

  4. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    As much as I dislike the Smith decision, I don’t think this is a great case for overturning it.Report

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