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Proposition 10: Rent Control in California

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE Proposition 10 on the California ballot would empower local governments around the Golden State to institute more and stricter rent control....

Partisan Gerrymandering: Another Supreme Court Showdown?

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE It would have been natural to assume that partisan gerrymandering would not return as an issue to the Supreme Court until...

The Warren Plan and the History of Corporate Chartering

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s proposal for drastic changes to corporate governance, which I wrote about in this space last week, continues to draw thoughtful...

Class Action Tolling: A Good Day To Reverse the Ninth Circuit

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE Class action tolling means suspending time limits on future lawsuits while a class action suit is pending. This is distinct from class action trolling which...

The Age of Discretion, As the Post Sees It

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE The Washington Post editorialized last month in favor of dropping the voting age to 16. I dashed off a letter to the editor,...

When Battling the Government In Court, What Are You Free To Say in the...

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE Readers who follow the battles over forfeiture law may recall the recent case in which a North Carolina convenience store owner...

Young v. UPS : Bias Plaintiffs Win at the Supreme Court

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE As I’ve had occasion to note in this space, pundits regularly complain that the current Supreme Court is somehow throttling job-bias...

Judges Say No To Obama Labor Regulators’ Hot Blueberry Crush

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE What does federal labor law have in common with civil forfeiture law? As I write at Reason: Under a provision of the 1938...

Voters Take Aim at Low Wages, Kill Bookstore

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE Don’t believe minimum wage hikes hurt real people? After March 31, a famed sci-fi bookstore on Valencia St. in San Francisco’s...

Sheldon Silver and the Price of Doing Science

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE Rumors of ethics problems have long swirled around long-time New York assembly speaker Sheldon Silver, many of them connected with his...

Suing Gun Businesses Over Sandy Hook

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE There’s a new legal attack under way against firearms, as the press reports: Ten families touched by the Newtown massacre filed a...

The Washington Post On Dodd-Frank’s Conflict Minerals Fiasco

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE Economic sanctions, when they have an effect at all, tend to inflict misery on a targeted region’s civilian populace and often...

Bloomberg: “I Don’t Think There’s Roads” Where Voters Backed Gun Rights

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE Michael Bloomberg has now fully completed his transition from un-libertarian but arguably competent New York City mayor to abrasive, polarizing figure-of-fun...

Wal-Mart Swings Back against NYT Columnist

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE Don’t you wish more companies would do this when attacked? After New York Times columnist Tim Egan took a swipe at Wal-Mart...

Connecticut’s Sweet Job-Protection Deal for Elected Officials

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE It is a truism that laws tend to be arranged for the benefit of the political class. Still, I was surprised...

“Minnesota ‘Unsession’ Dumps 1,175 Obsolete, Silly Laws”

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE Wow, more of this please : It’s no longer a crime in Minnesota to carry fruit in an illegally sized container. The...

Are Unpaid Internships A Social Evil? Ask Our Political Leaders

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE Next time you notice some politician demanding a higher minimum wage and denouncing private employers for underpaying labor, chances are good...

Fifty Years Ago Yesterday …

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE …the U.S. Supreme Court handed down what was to become one of its most celebrated tort reform decisions. A profitable national manufacturer...