From: E. Meyer on
On 2/14/10 3:12 PM, in article
VpWdneT398PN-uXWnZ2dnUVZ_tednZ2d(a), "hls" <hls(a)nospam.nix> wrote:

> "fred" <fred(a)bedrock.rock> wrote in message
> news:Xns9D1F8A0F57921fred(a)
>> Not much point in have a law if no one enforces it.
> The courts enforce it vigorously IF you bring a complaint. So there IS a
> point in
> having the law.
> Think how impossibly complex it would be to have policemen out trying to
> find and enforce crooked business deals. They would do nothing but set up
> sting operations. They waste too much time and money on that now, with
> their
> prostitution activism.

There was recently a big flap in Dallas because the computers in the police
cars are programmed to list all violations that can be cited when they make
a traffic stop. The problem was they were misprogrammed & popping up with a
possible "non-english speaking driver" violation for all traffic stops with
drivers who didn't speak English.

It is actually a law but only applies to commercial vehicles. Big
embarrassment, but does illustrate what can happen when a concerted attempt
is made to enforce ALL the laws.

Then, of course, there has always been the fun of selectively enforcing
mutually contradictory laws...

From: Tim Wescott on
On Sun, 14 Feb 2010 02:43:31 +0000, fred wrote:

> "ED" <xxagon(a)> wrote in
> news:hl77qh$6bm$1(a)
>> The consumer gets a break! Or is that a brake ?
>> e_law_how_the_gladmidas_lawsuit_will_change_how_you_sell_brakes.aspx
> Another case of where the US is behind other countries in regulation.
> Misleading advertising has been illegal for at least 30 years in Canada
> for one.

Misleading advertising is illegal here, too. But someone has to do the
investigation and make it stick. Read the article, and think about how
many investigators had to go to how many places, and how expensive all
the work was on the cars to dummy them up.