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Friday, February 08, 2019

SCOTUS Watch -- "Ruth Bader Ginsburg was seen in public Monday. Conspiracy theorists still insist she's dead," by WaPo's Eli Rosenberg and Abby Ohlheiser: "Robert Barnes has been a reporter and editor at The Washington Post for more than 30 years. For the past 12, he has covered the Supreme Court. This week he experienced something he says was a first in his career: a storm of commentators, many anonymous, swarming his social media accounts and email inbox to tell him that something he saw with his own eyes and reported in The Post did not actually happen: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, alive and well, attending a performance about her life at a museum in Washington --- her first public appearance since she underwent cancer surgery in December. A falsehood has been spreading in dark corners of the Internet that Ginsburg is dead --- and in the hours after Barnes published his report, conspiracy theorists pelted him with their doubt-mongering." WaPo
California Class Actions and PAGA ("Pretty much All is Going to the Attorneys") Claims Continue to Overwhelm the State Much has been written about the huge jury verdicts that get handed out in California with alarming regularity and California's sustained number one ranking as the Top Judicial Hellhole in the nation. A corollary problem continues unabated: the prevalence of class actions and lawsuits under the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). Though California accounts for 12 percent of the population of the United States, currently more than 50 percent of all class actions in the country are filed here. Further, PAGA claims, which operate essentially like sloppy class actions with far fewer procedural hurdles for the plaintiff and far less oversight by judges, have flooded the courts since PAGA was enacted in 2004. Since then, more than 35,000 PAGA lawsuits have been filed and thousands more are filed each year against employers great and small. More