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Brett Emison

The 7th Amendment Keeps You Safe When Big Government Fails

  “I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.” - Thomas Jefferson “In suits at common law… the trial by jury, as [...]
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GM Recall: Defective Ignition Switch Saved Company $1

  There’s just something a dollar.  A buck.  Greenback.  Ace.  Single.  One-Spot. It’s both a symbol of frugality and a symbol of power. On the one hand, you’ve got the Dollar Menu, Family Dollar, Dollar General, [...]
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GM Recall: Was the Fox Guarding the Hen House?

  Now that General Motors has admitted that “terrible things happened” leading up to its recall of more than 2 million vehicles for an ignition switch defect – with at least 12 confirmed deaths and as many as 300 more [...]
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GM Ignition Switch Recall: Is Problem More Widespread Than Thought?

  Is the GM ignition switch defect that has been linked to at least a dozen deaths (and potentially hundreds more) more widespread than originally thought? That’s exactly what one report suggests.  A federal lawsuit has alleged [...]
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Will Apple’s iOS 7 Update Kill?

  Tucked inside Apple’s iOS 7 update is a feature called CarPlay that more fully integrates your iPhone with your vehicle.  Apple’s web site (at least as of publication) specifically states the features are to be used by the [...]
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Parents Sing “Frozen” In the Car: What’s Wrong With This Picture?

  You might have seen this.  It’s an admittedly adorable video of two parents rocking out to their daughter’s Frozen soundtrack while their daughter basically ignores them from the backseat.  As of posting, more than 400,000 [...]
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NHTSA Drops the Ball

  NHTSA – the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – is the federal agency charged with regulating car makers and describes its mission as “Save lives, prevent injuries, reduce vehicle-related crashes.” [...]
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NY Times Documents GM’s Recalls, Inaction, and Trail of Fatal Crashes

  “It makes me very angry – they didn’t do their jobs.  I am surprised that it wasn’t investigated and also surprised that GM would allow faulty cars out on the road.  They knew there was a problem, and they didn’t [...]
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Slate’s Impoverished View of Jury Duty

“I consider [trial by jury] as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.” - Thomas Jefferson That is high praise for the American civil justice system and [...]
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Top 10 Posts of 2013

  It’s that time of year again.  As the year draws to a close, it’s time for a brief look over the shoulder.  These were the 10 posts you, the reader, enjoyed most this year (as least as measured by volume of readership). 10. [...]