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If you own a car, remember to check if it's is affected by this hard-fought and important safety recall, which involves airbags that could explode and project metal at the passenger. (My car was on the list, and the dealership... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at CL&P Blog
States are preparing for the worst if the Supreme Court rules this month in King v. Burwell that some health care subsidiaries are unlawful under the Affordable Care Act. The Hill reports that two states' backup plans have been approved.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at CL&P Blog
This fascinating Washington Post profile tells the story of Fred Kummerow, "The 100-year-old scientist who pushed the FDA to ban artificial trans fat." Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Thanks to alert reader Jasmine Henriques for sending us this informative graphic about identity theft, which reflects data about whom it befalls, how much it costs, and how it is most frequently carried out, among other things. Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The NYT story is here. Note that the House actually voted on several measures; the NYT explains the difference. Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at CL&P Blog
A collection of coverage ahead of the likely vote: The Post on how the President is trying to fight for his legacy. Mother Jones on the stakes and potential future trade agreements. L.A. Times on Democratic intra-party struggles. (Great picture... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Hill reports on a concrete example this week of international trade rules interfering with U.S. regulatory policy: The House passed legislation late Wednesday that would repeal country-of-origin labeling requirements for beef, pork and chicken products. Why the change? The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at CL&P Blog
In the wake of reports that low-wage workers are being subject to non-compete clauses (i.e., terms in their employment agreement that limit the ability to work for other companies in the same field after leaving their current employment), Senators Franken... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at CL&P Blog
A recent Washington Post article focuses on something many of you probably know: lotteries are terrible for poor people, because lottery participants are disproportionately poor and (of course) the odds against winning are astronomically high. The Post story also makes... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at CL&P Blog
A new Public Citizen report, “The Healthcare Industry’s Castoffs,” documents the nature and repercussions of injuries suffered by nurses. This report is the first in a five-part series spotlighting injuries to health care workers, potential methods to reduce these injuries,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Proving yet again that proposed "free trade" deals are about a lot more than trade, Wikileaks has released a set of documents showing how the proposed "Trade in Services Agreement," or TISA, "would take a major step towards deregulating financial... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at CL&P Blog
A joint report by the Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency concludes that "[d]espite vigorous new regulatory controls adopted in the wake of the recent financial crisis, financial lending has... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at CL&P Blog
After years of laws permitting more and more government surveillance of cell phone and email users' private communications, this week Congress finally passed a law setting limits, the USA Freedom Act. President Obama signed it yesterday. Among other provisions, the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at CL&P Blog
NPR reports today on a Michigan State student who protested a tar sands pipeline by using a bike lock to secure himself to a truck involved in the construction. At the end of the 90-minute protest, the student (ironically named... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at CL&P Blog
As an eye-opening op-ed in the Baltimore Sun pointed out last week, there are places in the U.S., even densely populated places, where access to essential medications is quite difficult. Acutely, pharmacies remained closed in Baltimore in the aftermath of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at CL&P Blog
...but is having trouble finding allies even on her own side of the aisle, reports Politico. The reason? Although loans from car dealers "are often the largest kind of unregulated debt consumers have" (part of the reason Sen. Warren is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Under a consent order between the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and Bank of America, BoA will pay a $30 million fine and increase oversight of servicemembers' accounts to prevent further violations of the Servicemembers Civil Relief... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Hill reports on a proposal in the Senate to create a committee to go after "regulatory overreach." (Read the story here.) But as Public Citizen explains, in the wake of the Amtrak crash, oil train derailments, and massive auto... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Yesterday, DOL proposed guidance and regulations that would protect workers in two important ways. First, corporations would be prevented from receiving federal contracts if they have bad worker safety records or histories of wage theft. Second, federal contractors would not... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The State of New York prohibits charging more than 25% interest. You'd think that would be plenty of profit for any lender, but Saliha Madden's creditors (Midland Funding and a sister entity) wanted more. When they sought to collect a... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Read this Paul Krugman column in the New York Times from this past weekend. He exposes how the defenses of the TPP offered by its supporters don't answer the charges made against it by its opponents: The administration’s main analytical... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Today, Professor Rebecca Tushnet of Georgetown Law (and of 43(B)log fame), represented by Public Citizen, filed motions to intervene and unseal court documents in a trademark dispute in which two companies claim that Amazon infringed their trademark by advertising the... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Last week, a Missouri jury awarded about a quarter-million dollars in compensatory and $82 million in punitive damages to a woman who was hounded for over a year by debt collector Portfolio Recovery Associates for a $1100 debt that wasn’t... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2015 at CL&P Blog
"The magnitude of falsity, conservatively measured, is enormous," wrote U.S. District Judge Denise Cote of the Southern District of New York near the start of her a 361-page ruling in Federal Housing Finance Agency v. Nomura Holding America, decided last... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at CL&P Blog