THE JUDICIARY: Closing the Portal

The law is a ass, a idiot.

Mr. Bumble in Oliver Twist

In Detroit last week, Federal Judge Frank A. Picard did his best to make the law look less like "a ass." He threw clear out of court the famed Mt. Clemens Pottery Co. case for portal-to-portal pay. If the Supreme Court—to which the case is quickly headed—should sustain him, there would be lifted from industry the threat of $5 billion in back-pay claims filed by scores of unions. If it should reverse him, the law would look more like "a ass" than ever.

It was a thankless task which the...

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