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Tennessee Earthquake, Strongest in Decades, Jolts Homes in the Region and Atlanta

NY Times - 22 min 39 sec fa
The 4.4-magnitude earthquake hit around 4:14 a.m. near the rural city of Decatur, Tenn., sending ripples throughout the state. There were no immediate reports of damage.

Police in France Hunt for Strasbourg Shooting Suspect, and a Motive

NY Times - 1 ora 34 min fa
The suspect had been flagged by intelligence services for possible jihadist radicalization, but officials cautioned that they were not sure the attack was terrorism.

New York Today: N.Y. Today: Amazon Takes On Ocasio-Cortez and Her Supporters

NY Times - 1 ora 37 min fa
Tensions may flare at a hearing on the city’s development deal with Amazon. Also: One reason you’re seeing Ariana Grande everywhere.

Theresa May, Strasbourg, Nancy Pelosi:Your Wednesday Briefing

NY Times - 1 ora 57 min fa
Here's what you need to know.

The Return of Paganism

NY Times - 2 ore 7 min fa
Maybe there actually is a genuinely post-Christian future for America.

You Should Have the Right to Sue Apple for Antitrust Violations

NY Times - 2 ore 7 min fa
In Apple v. Pepper, the Supreme Court will decide whether iPhone App Store customers are entitled to make their case against the tech giant.

Would Indicting Trump Be Constitutional?

NY Times - 2 ore 7 min fa
Yes, it would be. But that question is a distraction from the principal objective of the Russia investigation.

Best of Late Night: Kimmel Says Trump’s Meeting With Democratic Leaders Felt Like ‘Real Housewives’

NY Times - 3 ore 5 min fa
Jimmy Kimmel compared President Trump’s demanding a border wall to “a toddler threatening to keep screaming on the floor of Toys ‘R’ Us until Congress buys him a Hatchimal.”

When Days Aren’t So Sunny: Sesame Street Takes on Homelessness

NY Times - 3 ore 7 min fa
Lily, a character introduced seven years ago to address child hunger, returns. This time her family does not have a place to live.

Battling for the Denver Broncos, With Some Siblings in the Way

NY Times - 3 ore 7 min fa
Beth Bowlen Wallace, Pat Bowlen’s daughter, says she is ready to take control of his N.F.L. franchise. The ailing owner’s trustees, who control the team, disagree.

On Washington: Playing by His Own Rules, Trump Flips the Shutdown Script

NY Times - 3 ore 7 min fa
The two parties typically try to avoid getting blamed for a government shutdown. President Trump says he’s happy to own one over a border wall

The Shift: Is Tech Too Easy to Use?

NY Times - 3 ore 7 min fa
The tech industry’s obsession with “frictionless” design has been the source of innumerable problems.

Dress Well and Speak Softly: How Black Professionals Counter Bias at Work

NY Times - 3 ore 7 min fa
Doctors, lawyers and others described the steps that people of color must take to avoid unwarranted suspicion and bolster their credibility.

United Nations Dispatch: Runners Extend U.N.’s Reach, One Sweaty Huff After Another

NY Times - 3 ore 7 min fa
United Nations representatives dispense with hierarchical diplomacy during runs in Central Park. It’s “a bit like going to the sauna — everyone is equal,” said one from Finland.

Trump to Steer More Money to ‘Opportunity Zones’

NY Times - 3 ore 7 min fa
A planned executive order is the administration’s latest attempt to turn a provision from the sweeping 2017 tax law into a major effort to combat poverty.

Michael Cohen, Trump’s Ex-Lawyer Who Implicated Him in Hush-Money Scandal, Faces Sentencing

NY Times - 3 ore 7 min fa
The sentencing, at 11 a.m. in Manhattan, will cap a startling fall for Mr. Cohen, who is a central figure in the payments to a porn star and a former Playboy model.

On Comedy: Ellen DeGeneres Is Not as Nice as You Think

NY Times - 4 ore 7 min fa
Feeling boxed in by her reputation for kindness, the comic is weighing whether to leave daytime TV, as her wife wants, or to stay, as her brother urges.

Britain’s Theresa May Faces Leadership Vote in Her Conservative Party

NY Times - 4 ore 18 min fa
A sufficient number of lawmakers from her party have submitted letters to force a vote on her leadership, and therefore her position as prime minister.

China Says Detained Canadian Worked for Group That Was Not Legally Registered

NY Times - 5 ore 1 min fa
The assertion was China’s first official comment on the detention of Michael Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat now working for a nongovernmental organization.

California retakes position as number one judicial hellhole in America

Daily News - 6 ore 8 min fa

California regained its position as the No. 1 judicial hellhole in the country, as ranked by the American Tort Reform Foundation.

California has long appeared near the top of the annual “Judicial Hellholes” report, coming in second in the last two years.

“California judges and legislators alike have a propensity to expand liability at almost every given opportunity,” the report notes. “The predatory litigation, driven by the powerful plaintiffs’ bar, is an assault on the California consumer.”

In support of this, the report cites a recent study from the Perryman Group which estimates that excessive tort costs the California economy $11.6 billion in direct costs and nearly 200,000 jobs.

The report also notes that at the end of 2017, the California Supreme Court became the second state supreme court to adopt the theory of “innovator liability,” which exposes companies that invest into developing medications to liability “when a person who took a generic version made by a competitor alleges an injury from the drug.”

ATRF notes that this could prove stifling for many companies and “could impose billions of dollars of unwarranted liability on companies that invest significant time and expense to develop new products that are later copied and sold by others.”

The report also notes California’s reputation as ground zero for “no-injury” lawsuits targeting food and beverage companies. Nearly a third of good class action litigation filed in federal courts are filed in the Northern District of California, nicknamed the “Food Court.”

Among the lawsuits settled this year in the Food Court is a lawsuit filed against Ferrara Candy Co., which was sued over the size of the boxes it sold candy in. Though the company accurately labeled its boxes with the ounces of candy in the boxes, a lawsuit complained the size of the boxes misled consumers about the amount of candy inside them. The lawsuit was settled for $2.5 million.

Another troubling trend is the persistence of lawsuits filed under the Americans with Disabilities Act, with website accessibility proving to become a lucrative target.

“Through the first six months of 2018, 2,155 lawsuits alleging that online shopping and other websites did not sufficiently accommodate individuals with visual impairments were filed in California alone,” the report notes.

The state with the next highest amount of such lawsuits, New York, was the host of less than half the number of California, with 1,026 such lawsuits filed in the same time period.

Notably, the report didn’t even have to mention other perennial problems in California, including the misuse of the California Environmental Quality Act.

Research from Holland & Knight has revealed that housing projects are the top target of such lawsuits, with it often appearing that CEQA is being used merely to hold up housing developments that plaintiffs just don’t like.

Ultimately, this state of affairs isn’t good for the California economy, California businesses or California consumers.

It’s also not good for the rule of law. The misuse of the court system only undermines the integrity of the system itself and imposes real costs on the rest of us.