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The independence of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's director is under challenge in the D.C. Circuit. And the agency's arbitration rule is under siege from corporate America and in Congress. Meanwhile, the agency -- because of its independence -- keeps... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at CL&P Blog
Peter Lurie -- the current FDA associate commissioner for public health strategy and analysis and former deputy director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group -- will become the President of the Center for Science in the Public Interest in September.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at CL&P Blog
No doubt our readers have heard about the Congressional Budget Office's report on the repeal-only version of Trumpcare (sometimes pushed by Trump and often times pushed by ACA-hater purists). But if you want to actually read it, go here. The... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at CL&P Blog
Given the political and legal controversy over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's status as an independent agency, and the challenge to its structure pending en banc in the D.C. Circuit (go, for instance, here, here, and here), our readers may... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Two new lawsuits challenge conduct of Trump's "Election Integrity" Commission. ACLU v. Trump maintains that the Commission is meeting in secret and hiding its records in violation of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Read the complaint here. And then there... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at CL&P Blog
That's the name of this article by C. Ryan Barber (possibly behind a paywall). Here's an excerpt: When the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau expanded its public database to include narratives of negative customer experiences, banks such as Wells Fargo and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at CL&P Blog
CFPB director Richard Cordray's prepared remarks on the new arbitration rule: Thank you for joining us on this call. Today, we are announcing a final rule that prevents financial companies from using mandatory arbitration clauses to deny groups of consumers... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at CL&P Blog
We’ve issued a new rule on arbitration to help groups of people take companies to court July 10, 2017 If you have opened a bank or credit card account, it’s likely that your contract included an arbitration clause. Arbitration clauses... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at CL&P Blog
That's the name of this New England Journal of Medicine article by Benjamin D. Sommers, Atul A. Gawande, and Katherine Baicker. They looked carefully at the literature asking whether having health insurance improves health outcomes. The authors also looked at... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2017 at CL&P Blog
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Posted Jun 27, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Read health-care journalist Sarah Kliff's article titled Page 48 is the most important page in the CBO report. The whole thing is worth reading. Here's a key takeaway: The CBO report is a dense 49-page document that you can read... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The decision is Calpers v. ANZ Securities. The vote is 5 to 4, with Justice Kennedy writing the majority opinion, and Justice Ginsburg writing the dissent. Skipping all its nuances, the American Pipe rule provides generally that the statute of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at CL&P Blog
David Hilzenrath at the Project on Government Oversight reports here about what strikes me as a bunch of future disasters waiting to happen. An excerpt: When makers of medical devices learn that one of their products has malfunctioned in a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2017 at CL&P Blog
I'm guessing that a lot of our readers already know about this. But if you don't, read about it here in Amy Howe's post at scotusblog. Here's an excerpt from her post: It is rare for the Office of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at CL&P Blog
That's David Leonhardt's position in this column. Here's how it starts: The Republican health care bill now sneaking its way through the Senate has a good chance of becoming law, even though it would do miserable damage. And it has... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Go here to read the op-ed by law prof. Eric Segall, A couple questions for our readers: Would you have liked to watch the argument in the Fair Debt Collection Act just decided by the Supreme Court, Henson v. Santandar... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Announced by Department of Education head Betsy DeVos. Read the AP story and the New York Times story. Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at CL&P Blog
For our readers who are following the many suits against Trump and are civil procedure buffs: We've previously posted (here and here) about an unfair competition suit by a D.C. wine bar against Trump in his personal capacity and his... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at CL&P Blog
That's the name of this article by Nelson Schwartz. It describes the concierge doctors and high-frills medical care available, without significant wait times, to very wealthy people willing to pay steep prices. It contrasts that with what the non-rich get.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at CL&P Blog
That's the topic of Fighting Fines & Fees: Borrowing from Consumer Law to Combat Criminal Justice Debt Abuses by law prof Neil Sobol. Here is the abstract: Although media and academic sources often describe mass incarceration as the primary challenge... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at CL&P Blog
A company called Magellan Diagnostics touts itself as "the most trusted name in lead testing." But the Food and Drug Administration disagrees, saying that many of the company's products are inaccurate. The problem may go all the way back to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The non-partisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget has released this analysis of Trump's budget. Listed below are the Committee's five key findings. The first three seek simply to state what the Trump Administration says is coming, including the Administration's... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Many of our readers have no doubt heard news reports of Trump's recent interview with The Economist. If you read this blog, you are probably interested in consumer policy, and, in turn, may be interested in economic policy. If so,... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at CL&P Blog
That's the name of this article by law prof Daniel Hemel. Here's the abstract: Breaking from a decades-old norm of presidential tax transparency, Donald Trump has refused to make his federal income tax returns available for public inspection. Congressional leaders... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at CL&P Blog