Look closely at the paper coffee cup you picked up on the way to work this morning. “Careful, the beverage you're about to enjoy is extremely hot.” Some variation of this wording is standard on most disposable cups these days. Do you really need to be warned? Of course not. But someone, somewhere sued a company and won after being scalded by hot coffee, and it made sellers include words to protect themselves from litigation. Such fear has become as standard as the warning, not only in businesses but also in schools, health care institutions, and government, says Philip K. Howard, a lawyer and public policy activist. Howard claims this has led not only to nonsensical laws but to more alarming restrictions of our basic freedoms, the very rights the law is supposed to generally uphold. He proposes... More >>>