Category: Torts

Criminal incompetence: Part 3, the community network’s success

19 December, 2012 (10:00) | Bloomberg, Community networks, Disaster response, Disaster risk mitigation, High-rise, HUD, Incentives, Liability, Mold, New York City, NYCHA, Public housing, Rental, Torts, US News |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   After two days of posting demonstrating the utter failure of NYCHA’s command-and-control ass-and-elbows approach to crisis management, reported by the New York Times (December 10, 2012), there is a bright story about community networks, self-organized and almost spontaneously evolving, as […]

Criminal incompetence: Part 1, NYCHA’s failures

17 December, 2012 (18:15) | Bloomberg, Community networks, Disaster response, Disaster risk mitigation, High-rise, HUD, Incentives, Liability, Mold, New York City, NYCHA, Public housing, Rental, Torts, US News |

By:David A. Smith   Before the Federal government bestows untold billions on New York City for its recovery from Sandy, should it not ask if New York City is deserving of such bounty?    Volunteers deliver food and inquire about specific needs among residents of the Red Hook Houses on November 16, nearly three weeks […]

Vampire Sandy

28 November, 2012 (15:40) | Cities, Disaster recovery, Environmental, EPA, Housing, Law, Litigation, New York City, Sandy, Torts, US News, Vampires |

By:David A. Smith   When a crypt floods, the rising water floats its coffins, so that when it is reopened, they appear to have been flung about by vampires.   I sure hope it wasn’t toxic waste   Long ago, I learned that when it comes to environmental hazards, the best policy is laissez faire […]

Ask the voters who legalized Mary Jane

26 November, 2012 (17:06) | Apartments, Boston, Enforcement, Inclusionary zoning, Landlords, Law, Leases, Marijuana, Massachusetts, Regulation, Rental, Torts, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   By fits and starts, out of fiscal necessity (dressed up in compassion and tolerance) America is legalizing marijuana – and as the collapse of an order is often more chaotic than its establishment, the law we Massachusetts voters just passed is already giving landlords headaches, as revealed in this snickering article […]

Any landing you walk away from: Part 2, where’s LeBeouf?

23 October, 2012 (09:35) | Bankruptcy, Dewey LeBoeuf, Eurozone, Global news, Insolvency, Recapitalization, Torts |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   As we saw yesterday, using as source material a Wall Street Journal (October 9, 2012) article on an unexpectedly swift recovery from former partners of now-dissolving law firm Dewey & LeBeouf, for those facing trouble any landing is a good one if you can walk […]