. in which we try to keep our punditry as pithy as our poetry.
So, what happened in Smith v. Peterson? Was son Sheldon able
to save the elderly Marvin and Goldie Smith from the abusive early-
bather upstairs? As we reported on Feb. 28, the initial hearing before
Denver District Court Judge Ronald Mullins was set for March 22nd.
I’ve been checking Google News, the Denver Post, Suz at Large,
and Overlawyered, but haven’t learned a thing. Could sanity have
prevailed and the case settled? Do you know?
update (April 26, 2006) see our water-torture bathtub suit still afloat
He usually gives advice (whether asked or not), but this week
Prof. Steve Bainbridge has been seeking advice. Steve , who has
been trying out new mastheads had a poll seeking input on two new
designs, plus his original classic version. His favorite — a swatch
of a waving USA flag — was not well received, and the classic version
was edged out by a slightly by an image of stock certificates.(yawn)
Steve is going to experiment. I really like the color-scheme, tagline
[“Law, Business, Economics, and Culture” — what’s left?] and image
on his newest attempt — which looks like Bacchus, the god of wine.
Of course, it could be Steve tending his vineyards. Let Prof. B know
what you think?
You may recall that, two weeks ago, I was checking whether we
had AA or AAA lawyers trying to get to the top of the Yellow Pages
listings in my local phone books. At the time, I noticed that one
attorney was near the front of the cue, because he listed himself
as Abogado Warren Redlich — to let consumers know, I presumed,
that he speaks Spanish. Serendipitously, I discovered this week
that lawyer Redlich is in fact the weblogger behind Albany Lawyer Blog.
At his firm website, Warren uses the tagline “a lawyer who speaks your
language,” and reports that he speaks Spanish, Japanese and French,
along with his native English. Yes, I’m envious.
Warren’s got an engaging style at his weblog, sharing
thoughts on criminal, personal injury, and traffic law, and
other legal topics, as well as life as an almost-solo practi-
on a Saturday night — oh, to be young and healthy again.)
He has also started a Town Court Directory for counties in
our region (and hopes to go statewide and then spread to
NJ & MA). Warren is finding many ways to differentiate
himself from the crowd, as he builds his law practice.
The Wall Street Journal editorialized in favor of the Maytag –
Whirlpool merger on March 13, stating that antitrust merger enforce-
ment was irrelevant (and harmful) given globalization and the new
technology. My friends at the American Antitrust Institute offered
an op/ed piece in rebuttal, which was rejected by WSJ. Having their
own website, AAI Responds to WSJ Editorial on Whirlpool-Maytag
(March 23, 2006), even posting the WSJ’s “Antitrust Spin Cycle.”
Written by AAI Vice President, Diana Moss, the pro-antitrust piece
wins my vote. Among other insights, Moss points out two truths:
“One truth is that the consumer should matter. . .. If busi-
nesses successfully serve consumers, stockholders will
have opportunities to profit. . . . And any merger that unduly
reduces competition is the enemy of the economy, even if
it benefits a limited number of shareholders.
“Another truth is that not all mergers are good deals for the
shareholder. For the proof, we can look at Bruner’s Deals
from Hell or Scherer and Ravenscraft’s more academic–
but equally compelling–Life After Takeover. . . .
“If shareholder interests are paramount–as proponents of the
Whirlpool/Maytag dicta would attest—then the lessons of
history recommend caution in equal measure to the enthu-
siasm for eliminating antitrust oversight.
“. . . These truths also recognize the symbiotic relationship
between consumers and shareholders. Together, they drive
the need for antitrust policies that provide a flexible framework
for allowing pro-competitive deals to go through while stopping
the harmful ones. That is why one important component of
merger analysis is figuring out whether the cost savings a
merger’s proponents claim it will produce are genuine.”
Granted, this post got a little longer than I had hoped. Let me make
it up to you with a handful of haiku from Lee Gurga, the midwest
parked along the road . . .
spring horse auction –
a cluster of Amishmen whispering
through their beards
from a team of geldings;
farm dog calling
calling to her echo
deep in the forest
except: “fishermen’s cars” – The Haiku Anthology (3rd Ed);
The Measure of Emptiness (1991)
March 24, 2006
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