The Competitive Enterprise Institute Daily Update

The Competitive Enterprise Institute Daily Update

September 30, 2005

Issues in the News

 

1. ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

The U.S. House of Representatives approved the first major reform in 30 years to the Endangered Species Act yesterday. 

CEI Experts Available to Comment: Senior Environmental Scholar R.J. Smith says this much needed reform would reduce the regulatory burden on property owners. 

 

2. INTERNATIONAL LAW

Canada’s largest cigarette manufacturer says it doesn’t have the money to pay for massive claims brought on by a Canadian Supreme Court ruling allowing government lawsuits against tobacco companies.

CEI Expert Available to Comment: Special Projects Counsel Hans Bader on why the court’s decision is a radical departure from the norms of Anglo-American justice.

 

3. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

The top U.S. official in charge of copyrights cautioned Congress to wait and see how lower courts apply a recent Supreme Court decision on file-sharing networks before introducing new intellectual property legislation.

CEI Expert Available to Comment: Adjunct analyst James Plummer explains how file-sharing lawsuits socialize the cost of copyright enforcement