lake without a ripple
I pocket the smooth
empty baseball field
a dandelion floats through
the strike zone
sidewalk ants the boy
(Brooks Books, 2000)
still closed tight
[April 22, 2005]
Give ‘Em More Choices: The Federal Trade Commission and Department of
Justice urged the Texas Real Estate Commission to reject a proposal that would turn
back the clock by prohibiting the unbundling of real estate brokerage services.
FTC & DOJ said the move would restrict consumer choice and raise the price of real
estate services, forcing them to take a mandatory package of services — including
negotiation of the purchase price and multiple listing. (FTC press release, April 21, 2005)
Yesterday, the Illinois Supreme Court concluded that a mortage company
does not engage in the unauthorized practice of law when it prepares a document
for its own use and charges a separate document-preparation fee for the service.
King v. First Capital Financial Services (Docket Nos. 97263. April 21, 2005). It
said that it is the character of the conduct — here, the pro se preparation of the loan
documents — not the charging of the fee that determines whether the conduct is UPL.
It’s a good decision, but HALT makes a little too much of it here.
A few days ago, we mentioned that this website seems to be coming up as the
fourth result in a lot of searches. Yesterday, there was another goody: We were #4
of 5,310,000 in the Google query the word ‘blog’ is short for> (see our post “the
word blog — our Language Legacy“). On a more serious note, it was quite gratifying
to be the #1 result for “lawyer’s” “Fiduciary responsibility”> (see this post).
The newest edition of Roadrunner Haiku Journal is now online. In addition
to our Guest paul m., you’ll find haiku from 10 other fine haijin in Roadrunner V:2.