Lazy Days of Summer

August 8, 2008

It seems like only yesterday that I took a weeks vacation.  Of course, it wasn’t, although you would think so given my lack of postings.  Unfortunately, I am behind and summer seems to have zapped whatever motivation I have had to write about the law.  Or, maybe, I am just really, really, busy.  Running your own law practice is a heck of lot harder then being an employee of another.  I have been given, when asked; “What do you do?”, to saying; “I am a lawyer, I practice law in my free time.” This is exactly how I feel.  When I am not running my practice, I am practicing the law.  That has left my little “hobby” far down on my list of things to do.

In either event, I hope to get back on track.  Look for postings on the Court of Appeals Minutes and interesting tort and insurance cases.  I’ll start with this weeks minutes and work my way backwards.  While some would argue that doesn’t make sense, I found it’s easier to get a grasp on what’s happening and then when I have time, blog about what has happened.  Besides, if my readers are anything like me, I imagine the lazy days of summer have an equally firm grasp on them too and reading my blog isn’t necessarily on the top of their lists, either.

Microsoft Money has an interesting article on the link between smaller cars and higher insurance bills.  Particularly useful given the statistics which show that Americans are turning to smaller cars to deal with higher gasoline costs.  An excerpt:

Americans are looking to smaller cars for savings on spiraling gas prices and for lower emissions, but auto insurance savings may not follow.

But does a smaller vehicle equate to smaller car insurance rates? The answer, surprisingly, is usually no.

According to Insure.com’s research on auto insurance rates, switching from a larger vehicle to a small car such as a Civic or a Prius is likely to raise your insurance premium:

Click here to read the entire article.

The Court of Appeals has posted its minutes for July 4th, here.  There weren’t any published cases dealing with torts or insurance.

Congratulations to Mike Stevens and his Kentucky Law Review for consistently being in the national top ten of the nation’s blogs.  This is quite an accomplishment.  You can read Mike’s well deserved summary of his blogs accomplishments, here.

At last check the Court of Appeals did not post any minutes for July 4th, due to the holiday.  The site is currently down, so I can’t determine if any posts have been made since.  I’ll continue to check and post the link along with any new minutes for July 11th.

The Courier Journal reports on the dismissal of Delta in the lawsuit against Comair for the crash that killed 49 people two years ago.  According to the article Judge Forester stated; “In short, there is no allegation that any Delta employee failed to exercise reasonable care in the performance of his/her duty in any manner in respect to Flight No. 5191”.  The dismissal apparently will have no affect on the remaining claims against Comair.

To read the entire article click here.

The Mass Tort Litigation Blog has been reporting on the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Exxon v. Baker, the decision which reconsidered the punitive damages in the case arising out of the Exxon Valdez disaster. I’d recommend you read Professor Lahav’s wonderful musings in What’s So Weird About the Exxon Decision and Professor Stier’s background article SCOTUS Reduces Exxon Oil Spill Punitive Damages to Match Compensatory Damages for the ruling and its implication for future punitive damages recovery.

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