Past Its Prime: Weedo V. Stone-E-Brick

Law360, New York (May 14, 2013, 12:10 PM EDT) -- Everything has a useful life. An old pair of slippers begins to come apart at the seams and needs to be replaced. The cost to repair a car begins to exceed the cost to buy a new one. Some things that once were beneficial can even become affirmatively harmful at the end of their useful lives. The antibiotic tetracycline, for example, can be toxic after its expiration date.

Certain judicial decisions have a useful life as well. When the legislature amends or repeals a statute, cases interpreting the older version of the law may no longer serve as suitable precedent....

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