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Alexander Ash has written It’s Your Money and We Want It Now: Regulation of the Structured Settlement Factoring Industry in the Era of Dodd-Frank and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Here is the abstract: Calls for reform in the structured... Continue reading
Posted 43 minutes ago at CL&P Blog
In 2006, in the federal government's RICO litigation against major players in the tobacco industry, U.S. District Judge Glady Kessler issued an opinion containing over 4,000 findings of facts. She found that the government had shown by overwhelming evidence that... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at CL&P Blog
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Read this essay by acting FDA commissioner Stephen Ostroff on what the FDA is doing to get safe and effective generic drugs on the market promptly. The agency's efforts are important because the cost of generic drugs generally is far... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at CL&P Blog
Factcheck.org has put together a video to separate truth from fiction in the climate-change debate. To view it, click here or on the embedded video below. Go here to read the organization's full review. You will hear that some of... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at CL&P Blog
That's what it took less than two pages for the Supreme Court to say today to the Idaho Supreme Court in James v. City of Boise. Under 42 U.S.C. 1988 and many other similar civil-rights-type fee-shifting statutes, a court "may"... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at CL&P Blog
As one mega-brokerage firm puts it, "[f]aced with mounting pension costs and greater volatility, companies are increasingly offering their current and former employees a critical choice: Take a lump sum payment now or hold on to their pension," which would... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at CL&P Blog
That's the name of this column by consumer reporter David Lazarus. Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Looking in particular at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's complaint process, that's the issue addressed by law prof Angela Littwin in Why Process Complaints? Then and Now. Here's the abstract: The creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) established... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at CL&P Blog
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This essay by David Ropeik (pictured to the right) explains that people often miscalculate health risks. Risk from flu (influenza) is far greater than from measles (particularly for certain age groups). Flu causes a lot of deaths and staggering economic... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Ready for this year's holiday gift-buying binge? Before you give gifts for kids, read U.S. PIRG's 30th annual edition of Trouble in Toyland. Go here to read PIRG's press release, which serves as an executive summary. The report surveys the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The decision in Quesada v. Herb Thyme Farms is here. Here's a brief excerpt from the beginning of the opinion that sets the scene and summarizes the holding: To buyers and sellers alike "labels matter." (Kwikset Corp. v. Superior Court... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2015 at CL&P Blog
That's the name of this article by veteran LA Times columnist Michael Hiltzik. Here's how it starts: With the traditional attack points on the Affordable Care Act having faded away--most enrollees were already insured (wrong), millions of people lost their... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Posted Dec 4, 2015 at CL&P Blog
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As our readers will recall, under the Supreme Court's decision in NFIB v. Sebelius, the Affordable Care Act's very significant expansion of the Medicaid program will not operate in any state unless the state opts in. If a state does... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2015 at CL&P Blog
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As a new Gallup survey puts it: Americans' satisfaction with the way the healthcare system works for them varies by the type of insurance they have. Satisfaction is highest among those with veterans or military health insurance, Medicare and Medicaid,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2015 at CL&P Blog
This report just issued by the Centers for Disease Control explains that the percentage of people in the U.S. without health insurance has hit an all-time low: 9 percent. That's down from 11.5 percent in 2014 and 14.4 percent in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Posted Nov 4, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Law prof Nicole Negowetti has written Food Labeling Litigation: Exposing Gaps in the FDA's Resources and Regulatory Authority. Here is the abstract: Since 2011, consumer advocacy groups and plaintiffs have filed more than 150 food labeling class action lawsuits against... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2015 at CL&P Blog
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Posted Oct 26, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Read this op-ed on that topic by Marisa Bellack. Here's a short excerpt that gets at her theme: There was a 19th-century echo in the American Cancer Society’s announcement this past week of revised guidelines for breast cancer screening. Whereas... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2015 at CL&P Blog
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That's the name of this article by Kevin Drum. Here's an excerpt: In 2010, just after Obamacare passed, CBO estimated that the uninsured rate would hit 8 percent by 2016. This was based on the original law, but in 2012... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Yes, very good, with the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives, says reporter Joe Nocera in this NY Times op-ed. Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2015 at CL&P Blog
On Tuesday, Scott posted a N.Y. Times op-ed describing a worsening U.S. student-loan debt problem. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is also concerned. Yesterday, it posted a piece entitled New signs of trouble for student loan borrowers, focusing not only... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Read The Decline of Big Soda by Margot Sanger-Katz in the New York Times. Sanger-Katz explains: Over the last 20 years, sales of full-calorie soda in the United States have plummeted by more than 25 percent. Soda consumption, which rocketed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2015 at CL&P Blog