With the Blogger-in-Chief off visting in the Truck Garden State, we take this opportunity to sneak in more Dakota news.
Yep, still chilly in Bismarck.
And in Pierre, South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson used his State of the Judiciary address to thank the voters for their wisdom in voting down Amendment E last November.
Remember Amendment E, the initiated measure that sought to make judges and other elected officials subject to personal lawsuits for decisions made in their official capacity? South Dakota voters rejected the proposal by an 89-11 percent margin. (But…but….but…a Zogby poll showed that 67 percent of the South Dakotans supported the measure. How could it have failed? Voter fraud! Yeah, that’s it.)
Here at Shopfloor.org and the NAM, we saw passage of Amendment E as an invitation to a flood of frivolous lawsuits, as judges shied away from dismissals or punitive action for fear of retaliation against them as individuals. Turning South Dakota into a statewide “judicial hellhole” would cripple investment and invite similar initiatives around the country.
Speaking to a joint session of the Legislature, Gilbertson said the measure would have brought “catastrophic results” for the judicial system, severely damaging ability of state courts to function fairly and effectively. A useful reminder, we think.
Elsewhere, in landmark trademark news, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office commemorated the one millionth Web-based trademark application, bringing Sioux Falls entreprenuer Donald Junck out to Washington for the festivities. Junck had filed the millionth electronic trademark application last November to protect his trademark, Bait Craft, a tackle box. As the Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog noted:
A lifelong fisherman, Junck says he’s built a better mousetrap with his tackle box — it stores 14 fishing leaders without any tangle or knotting. “It’s a huge industry — a $41.2 billion industry,” he says. “And we’re hoping to obtain at least $27 million of that.”
Congratulations, all. Good luck, good fishing, and stay warm!
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