We don’t know how to mind our own business.
‘Cause the whole world’s got to be just like us.
Now we are fighting a war over there
No matter who wins, you know we can’t pay the cost.

Steppenwolf, “Monster.”

Some might say that John Kay’s musical biopic of American history is as true today

This, that, and the other thing.


Odds and sods.

Whatever. This post is about stuff that we learned about recently that relate to our prior posts. Other than that, they have nothing in common with each other.

Together, they add up to enough material for a decent post.

Rebel Flag Still Flies In Georgia

Last week the New Jersey Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision (6-0) ordered a nationwide third-party payer class action decertified. See International Union of Operating Engineers Local No. 68 Welfare Fund v. Merck & Co., 2007 WL 2493917 (N.J. Sep. 6, 2007). There have already been a number of blog posts discussing this case,

It’s often hard to know how seriously to take the issue of sovereign state power any more, with various attempts at nationwide class actions and arguments that one state can pass a law – like a consumer protection statute – and expect it to be applied to transactions that take place on the other side