SLABBED Daily: May 2 (weekend edition)

Unlike retiring Justice Stouter, who uses neither a typewritter or a computer, but otherwise copes with  modernity; I use both but have spend most of the morning trying to figure out how to link music to the blog.

It is not that Souter can’t cope with modernity. When the Supreme Court considered a copyright case involving the latest file-sharing methods in 2005, Souter’s opinion for a unanimous court showed a deep understanding of peer-to-peer Internet applications. It has won praise from both the legal and the high-tech communities.

No one, however, will be praising my understanding of the directions for adding music to the blog, particularly Sop.  Chalk up the addition of the “weekend edition” to the title, however, to CYA  – a combination of not much in the way of news and the time I lost fooling around with the sound connection.

Meanwhile, the SLABBED Daily quietly continues with Floodwall builders can’t be sued for Katrina failure on 17th Street Canal.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to revive a lawsuit seeking $400 billion from contractors who built a 17th Street Canal floodwall that failed during Hurricane Katrina.

The court ruled Thursday that state law protects the six construction and engineering companies from suits because more than five years passed between the time that the Army Corps of Engineers accepted their work as complete and the wall’s failure during Katrina. The floodwall that failed was completed in 1992, 13 years before the storm.

All of the coastal states would be well served to look at state laws that leave consumers without the recourse they would have under federal law.  Here’s the 5th Circuit’s ruling, compliments of the TP.

The risk in looking at state law, however, is that the result will make things worse.  Texas provides a current example.   Some, as you will see, are pushing for $300 million to $500 Continue reading “SLABBED Daily: May 2 (weekend edition)”