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Health reporter Phil Galewitz explains that The Trump Administration plans to shut down the federal health insurance exchange for 12 hours during all but one Sunday in the upcoming Obamacare open enrollment season. The shutdown will occur from midnight until... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at CL&P Blog
The republican leadership is trying to rush the Graham-Cassidy bill through the Senate so quickly that the Congressional Budget Office will be unable to do its normal, full-scale analysis of the bill. So, by the time the Senate votes next... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at CL&P Blog
That's the topic of this article by law prof Nathan Cortez. Here's the abstract: The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) does not expressly prohibit companies from marketing or promoting drugs for unapproved, "off-label" uses. The FDA itself acknowledges... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at CL&P Blog
Posted 2 days ago at CL&P Blog
Here or click the embedded video below. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at CL&P Blog
As explained in this detailed press release, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey today filed the nation’s first enforcement action against Equifax alleging that the company failed to protect the personal information of almost three million Massachusetts residents. Healey claims that... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at CL&P Blog
This Wall Street Journal report gives more details on how the Equifax hack happened -- more for me, at least. The report also includes this statement suggesting that Equifax's security is not so great: Alex Holden, chief information security officer... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at CL&P Blog
Just two days before Equifax made public the massive hack of sensitive information of 143 million Americans -- which Equifax kept secret for many weeks -- U.S PIRG's Ed Mierzwinski posted this piece criticizing the three credit reporting agencies for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2017 at CL&P Blog
That's the first topic of this Consumerist article by Kate Cox. The article explains that Equifax had been given a fix for the computer vulnerability that the led to the hack, and Equifax had it well in advance of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Over at Credit Slips, law prof Adam Levitin has written Equifax: A Call for Public Utility Regulation of Consumer Reporting Agencies. It's a comprehensive and interesting post, and it's worth reading the whole thing. He starts by explaining the hacking... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Can a company designing a driverless car simulate "the little nods and go-ahead half-waves that keep people from getting into crashes"? That's a topic of this article by Michael Laris. Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2017 at CL&P Blog
This article by Gabrielle Hernandez explains that Chatbot company DoNotPay released a set of chatbots that can help consumers sue Equifax for negligence. Users provide their name and address to the bot, and it feeds the information into a state-designated... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Read about it in this article by Kevin McCoy. An excerpt: Filed in 14 states and the District of Columbia, the federal lawsuits target either Equifax or the company's Equifax Information Services subsidiary. The legal complaints cite a range of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Read this article by Pete Schroeder. An excerpt: Thirty-six U.S. senators on Tuesday called on federal authorities to probe the sale of nearly $2 million in shares of credit bureau Equifax Inc by company executives after a massive data breach... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau head Richard Cordray was the subject of a story that aired yesterday on CBS's "Sunday Morning" news program. To view it, click here or on the embedded video below. The story depicts Cordray as indefatigable --... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at CL&P Blog
That's the topic of this article by David Goldman. The article is accompanied by a video that I found useful. Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at CL&P Blog
That's the issue addressed in The Price of Ignorance: The Constitutional Cost of Fees for Access to Electronic Public Court Records by Stephen Schultze. Here's the abstract: The United States federal judiciary maintains a system called PACER, “Public Access to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at CL&P Blog
We've posted several times (for instance, here and here) about the Obama Administration's rule significantly raising the pay threshold that triggers exceptions to the general rule that workers must be paid 1.5 times their ordinary pay for every hour they... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Reporter Sarah Kliff is reporting at Vox that The Trump administration plans to deeply cut Obamacare outreach and advertising, officials announced Thursday. They will reduce Obamacare advertising spending 90 percent, from the $100 million that the Obama administration spent last... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Will he stay or will he go? (Okay, it's poor analogy, but I like the song.) This article by C. Ryan Barber (possibly behind a paywall) explains that Rep. Jeb Hensarling keeps asking Consumer Financial Protection Bureau head Richard Cordray... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Georgetown law prof Adam Levitin has penned this article in American Banker (and a similar piece for Credit Slips). (The American Banker version may be behind a paywall.) State usury laws generally are preempted by the National Bank Act when... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at CL&P Blog
That is a big question -- maybe the question -- about aggregated litigation. (We would also want to know, among other things, whether aggregated litigation adequately compensates injured people.) Law prof Brian Fitzpatrick attempts to answer that question in his... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at CL&P Blog
A week ago, I posted this about the largest jury verdict to date against talcum powder makers -- $417 million -- awarded to a woman who alleged that Johnson & Johnson's talc-containing baby powder caused her ovarian cancer. You may... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at CL&P Blog
As CFPB director Richard Cordray described it: Consumer financial protections are not confined within the 50 states. American Express discriminated against consumers in Puerto Rico and the U.S. territories by providing them with less-favorable financial products and services. They have... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The unanimous decision, by Chief Judge Wood, is Laurens v. Volvo Cars of N. America. Here's the beginning of the opinion, which sums things up quite nicely: The idea of a theme and variations is a common one in music.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2017 at CL&P Blog