Wednesday Writs: Silkwood Showers and Plutonium Flowers Edition

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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
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    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
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    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
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    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!

    https://www.ab5facts.com/blog/an-open-letter-to-ca-government-democrats-what-were-you-thinking

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

    • Avatar Oscar Gordon
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      …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

      • Avatar Brandon Berg
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        Yeah, but then they go to those other states and vote for politicians who promise to enact the same policies that ruined California. Better to keep them concentrated in one place.Report

  4. Avatar Saul Degraw
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    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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