The members of the Nashville City Council are apparently big fans of sidewalks to nowhere. In order for property owners to get a permit they have to commit to building a sidewalk along their lot line, even if there’s no sidewalk anywhere else on the street. Or, they can just hand over a chunk of cash. The Sixth Circuit said earlier this year that there’s a big constitutional problem with that. Minnesota attorney Ryan Wilson stops in to tell us about that story. But first we hear from another Minnesota attorney (sense a theme here?) David Asp about everyone’s favorite topic: ERISA preemption. No, seriously, it’s a big deal that has a big impact on our health care system. Dave walks us through a recent opinion from the Tenth Circuit that marks a split and could be on its way to the Supreme Court. Also, you’ll learn a bit about how law students clean up after themselves (not well it turns out).

Click here for transcript.

Pharmaceutical Care Management Assoc v. Mulready

Knight v. Nashville

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Apply to be a Senior Fellow at IJ!

Recent Episodes

Short Circuit 333 | Live at Hogan Lovells!

We join forces with the law firm of Hogan Lovells to bring you some “legal mumbo jumbo”—an episode recorded at their offices in Washington, D.C. […]

Listen Now

Short Circuit 331 | The British Are Coming

The Fourth of July holds a central place in American history. The day patriots threw off the shackles of King George. Which is why it’s […]

Listen Now

Short Circuit 330 | Pretext Takings

Everybody knows that the government can’t take property from you just because it doesn’t like you. But what if the government says it actually wants […]

Listen Now