Walter Olson

The Pro Act: An Intended Revolution in Labor Law

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE The right direction for labor law reform is to move toward more respect for freedom of contract and a federal government retrenchment...

1918: When the Feds Controlled the Conversation On A Pandemic

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the model of a marketplace of ideas in which strong arguments drive out the weak...

In Church School Hiring A Solid Win for Religious Liberty

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE The First Amendment’s free exercise clause guarantees churches the autonomy needed to pursue their religious mission. That requires solid protections of...

Religious Liberty Is Alive and Well at the U.S. Supreme Court

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE Last week’s Supreme Court decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, interpreting employment discrimination on the basis of “sex” to include sexual orientation and gender...

The Supreme Court Should Continue to Support Arbitration

WALTER OLSON & DENNIS GARCIA, CATO INSTITUTE One of the most important practical applications of freedom of contract in present‐​day America is arbitration, which allows...

Unions Can Dispense Legal Advice. Why Can’t Trade Associations?

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE May a state prohibit a trade association from employing lawyers to dispense legal advice to member firms? Last spring the Fourth...

Nevada’s T-Mobile Deal and the State of Antitrust Law

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE T-Mobile and Sprint, the #3 and #4 wireless carriers, would like to combine so as to more effectively compete with Verizon...

HHS Moves To Lift LGBT‐​Bias Funding Strings

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE On Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services proposed to rescind some regulations issued in the final days of the Obama administration...

No, America Does Not “Need a Hate Speech Law”

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE When Establishment figures declare that they've changed their mind on free speech and now think there should be less of it,...

O’Rourke: Churches That Don’t Support Rights Should Lose Exemption

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE Last night, at a CNN candidate forum on gay rights, CNN's Don Lemon asked Democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke: "religious institutions like...

The Times I Met David Koch

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE People ask if I crossed paths with philanthropist David Koch, whose death is being mourned today, and the answer is yes. When I...

The Ruins of Old Tech Monopolies

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair! Mar 2000: Palm Pilot IPOs at $53 billion Sep 2006: “Everyone’s always asking me when...

House Passes Political-Omnibus Bill H.R. 1

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE H.R. 1, the political regulation omnibus bill, contains “provisions that unconstitutionally infringe the freedoms of speech and association,” and which “will...

Children and the Shadow of the Law

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE Let me start with the big picture issues, where I think Diane Redleaf and I agree, and then turn to the...

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...