Fortunately, we'll never know, because the government protects us from these things.
- A federal judge in Connecticut has signed an order which prohibits the state from enforcing aspects of a law regulating interior designers. Plaintiffs, who are "interior decorators," complained that the state's prohibition on calling themselves "interior designers" violates their free speech rights. Under a bill pending before the legislature, these plaintiffs will be prohibited from calling themselves "registered interior designers."
- Meanwhile, the rest of the world is laughing at Connecticut whenever it leaves the room.
- The Flying Diamond Ranch in Redmond Oregon has been informed by Deschutes County that weddings may not be held on farm-zoned land. Owners of the ranch, who had begun holding weddings in an effort to stay afloat in a bad economy, have threatened to sue the county, which does permit paint ball and shooting on farmland. County proponents of a zoning prohibition on farm-themed weddings contend that traffic froms weddings leads to dust, which is noticeably absent on most farms, and that paintball and shooting are inherently less irritating than weddings.
- Have you been in an accident? Coming into some money? Not so fast, at least if Medicare is involved. While the government has long claimed a lien on any recovery of medical funds paid by Medicare in a personal injury case, under new rules effective January 1, insurance companies will have to notify Medicare electronically of the settlement of each and every personal injury case in which Medicare is potentially involved. At which point, Medicare will … wait … and wait … and wait, and get back to you in its own sweet time as to whether it has a lien, or the amount of the lien. This can already take six months. With mandatory notification and the resultant increasing case load, expect it to take longer. (Via, I think, Point of Law but I can't find the link).
- But it's refreshing to see government doing something right. Parking ticket scofflaws take note!
Finally, to wrap all of this up, a joke: An interior designer, a cop, and a lawyer are caught in a terrible rainstorm, and run to the nearest farm. The farmer welcomes them and tells them they can sleep in the barn, or they can sleep with one of his beautiful daughters. But anyone who sleeps with one of the daughters will have to marry her in the morning.
The interior designer says …