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Legal Lasso: The Great Sandwich Debate Edition

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IS A BURRITO A SANDWICH? Judge Richard Posner of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says yes, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says no — the difference between them? Textual originalism. And Posner picks apart  Scalia’s arguments for textualism in a book review that touches on the meaning of “sandwich” and the role of cognitive delusion in judicial decision-making.

GESSLER IN THE NEWS (AGAIN): Colorado’s secretary of state lacked the authority to change a campaign contribution law that applies to groups that advocate for or against ballot issues, an appeals court ruled on Thursday. The Colorado Court of Appeals upheld a trial court decision in favor of Colorado Common Cause and Colorado Ethics Watch, which had challenged the action by Scott Gessler.

WORKING ON NEW REGULATIONS: New statewide regulations about setback distances and the plugging of abandoned wells near horizontal hydraulic fracturing operations are two issues high on the state oil and gas commission’s priority list, the organization’s head said at a natural-gas and oil regulatory meeting in Durango on Thursday.

JOINING THE PARTNERS: One associate from Brownstein who moved to Bryan Cave HRO.

THAT’S SOME FEE! In an en banc decision Monday, the Delaware Supreme Court upheld a record $300 million attorney fee award in a shareholder derivative suit.

GIRL SCOUT COOKIES LEADING TO ANIMOSITY? That’s what one Texas attorney says led to bad blood with a judge.

BRACING FOR A BIG CHANGE: The Washington state legal community.

GOOD NEWS FOR BUILDERS.

GOOD NEWS FOR SKIERS.

GROUP OF REBELS: The ABA’s group of attorneys who are changing the legal profession in big and small ways.

IN THE WORLD OF THE OBSCURE: A bank sends a foreclosure notice to a woman who made $70K in payments on a house she didn’t own.

ALSO WEIRD: This South Carolina attorney who was disbarred for posing as a former colleague.

ON A NATIONAL STAGE: A number of Colorado Democrats, who will be addressing their national convention next week.

DON’T GO OVERBOARD ON CONFIDENTIALITY, says National Labor Relations Board.

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