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The text is available here. Public Citizen explains how bad it is for access to lifesaving medicines. Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at CL&P Blog
Represented by Public Citizen, CSPI filed suit yesterday in federal court in DC to compel action by FDA on CSPI's citizen petition to reduce the alarming amount of salt to which U.S. consumers are exposed. The petition has been pending... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at CL&P Blog
The FDA had gotten 125 complaints prior to the recall, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Still, in an era when companies stubbornly resist potentially safe-saving recalls (think Takata air bags), it's good news that this recall was relatively expeditious. Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at CL&P Blog
If you think so, Chrysler has a deal for you: a discount in exchange for agreeing to binding arbitration. Of course, if there's a problem with the car, then you may end up out way more than $200, and the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports: The District would become the most generous place in the country for a worker to take time off after giving birth or to care for a dying parent under a measure supported by a majority of... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at CL&P Blog
Yesterday, the U.S. and 11 other nations from North and South America, Asia, and the South Pacific reached agreement on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a huge trade deal years in the making. What does the text say? That's still... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at CL&P Blog the first part of a four-part investigative report by WAMU (Washington D.C.'s NPR affiliate) about exploitative lending practices in the Commonwealth, including how a lender transforms a loan with a capped interest rate into one without. Part I, which... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at CL&P Blog
The 2010 Dodd-Frank law prescribed 390 rule-making requirements and 249 now have finalized rules, while another 58 have rule proposals, according to a study by the law firm Davis Polk. That means about one fifth of the required rules haven't... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports on a new study in the American Journal of Epidemiology supporting the conclusion that "The most disadvantaged are more likely — and have grown even more likely over time — to die in car crashes than... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at CL&P Blog
... reports the Times: [T]he soda industry is winning the policy battles over the future of its product. But the bigger picture is that soda companies are losing the war. Even as anti-obesity campaigners like [Philadelphia Mayor Michael A.] Nutter... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at CL&P Blog
What does a Better Business Bureau rating mean? Not much, according to a expose from CNNMoney posted yesterday. The article gives the following examples of businesses that sported an A+ rating on BBB: A mortgage broker charged by federal regulators... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Tomorrow, former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship will stand trial in federal court in West Virginia for allegedly lethal violations of federal mine safety rules. From a Slate preview of the case: Known for his in-your-face policies and politics, Blankenship... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2015 at CL&P Blog
As documented earlier this week, in spite of Obamacare’s extensions of health care coverage to millions of previously uninsured Americans, 33 million still don’t have coverage. Who are those people and why aren’t they covered? Some are noncitizen immigrants;... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The FTC announced yesterday that it sued weight-loss company Roca Labs in federal court in Florida for making unsubstantiated claims about its products then trying to silence critics using a non-disparagement clause followed up by threats (a subject we've covered... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2015 at CL&P Blog
You might assume, based on our prior discussions of lawsuits over modern day debtors' prison practices in Georgia and Missouri (see here and here) that the practice of jailing people who can't pay court fines and fees is confined to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2015 at CL&P Blog
A timely counterweight to the troubling political movement to roll back regulations that protect public safety, the American Museum of Tort Law opened in Winsted, Connecticut this past weekend. As the NYT describes, The museum aims to describe the evolution... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The BBC reported Wednesday that "An opinion issued by the European Court of Justice says that current data-sharing rules between the 28-nation bloc and the US are 'invalid.' The decision could affect other tech firms' abilities to send Europeans' information... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2015 at CL&P Blog
From a CFPB press release today: Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a joint action against Hudson City Savings Bank for discriminatory redlining practices that denied residents in majority-Black-and-Hispanic neighborhoods fair access... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Post reports: In ads, Volkswagen touted its popular Jetta and Beetle diesels as paragons of clean-fuel technology: Buyers were promised a car that was “clean, fuel efficient, and powerful,” according to one 2013 testimonial. In reality, the claims were... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2015 at CL&P Blog
by guest blogger Rachel Clattenburg of Public Citizen Litigation Group Last week, NPR’s Morning Edition described Chapter 11 bankruptcy as one of our economy's “secret weapons.” The story focused on an appliance business in Charlotte, N.C., which was saved after... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Both enforcement and public education are on the agenda for the Commonwealth's Attorney General Mark Herring. Listen to the NPR story here. Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2015 at CL&P Blog the title of an NPR report this morning discussing what happens what experimenters taped off a portion of consumers' grocery carts and labeled it "fruits and vegetables." The results tell us as much about marketing and the power of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2015 at CL&P Blog
In Rodriguez v. Sony Computer, a consumer sued Sony for keeping his personal information that he entered on his PlayStation past the one-year limit provided in the federal Video Privacy Protection Act, and sharing that information between Sony entities. (The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Sept. 7 New Yorker has a thoughtful piece about what college is really worth today from an economic perspective. The piece explores and criticizes various takes from recent literature on the subject. No one's got a wholly satisfactory answer,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2015 at CL&P Blog
...are considered in a story that ran today on NPR's Morning Edition. Colleges that give applying students the option not to submit standardized test scores say they are trying to broaden the pool of applicants and achieve a more diverse... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2015 at CL&P Blog