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Bartik and Nelson have written Credit Reports as Résumés: The Incidence of Pre-Employment Credit Screening. Here is the abstract: We study recent bans on employers' use of credit reports to screen job applicants – a practice that has been popular... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The gap between rich and poor, life expectancy, and social security benefits are discussed in this article by Josh Zumbrun, which in turn discusses recent studies by a Stanford University economist and the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Here is an... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at CL&P Blog
In this article, Zoe Tillman describes an oral argument today in the D.C. Circuit involving a challenge to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureaus's structure. Specifically, the challengers say that Congress gave the CFPB's director too much power and independence. Tillman... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Keyless car ignitions -- where the driver just pushes a button to start the car -- is very convenient. But can it be dangerous. This article says that "at least 60 U.S. drivers ... have parked cars with keyless ignitions... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2016 at CL&P Blog
This Reuters story explains that Seven New England Patriots fans sued the National Football League on Tuesday, asking a judge to reverse a decision by the league to strip the team of a first-round pick in this month's draft over... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Credit-card (and other) companies would love it if consumers received their monthly statements electronically only. It's cheaper. But, according to a a new report from the National Consumer Law Center -- entitled Paper Statements: An Important Consumer Protection-- policy makers... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Plastic utensils are very cheap to make, and so lots and lots of them are produced day after day, year after year. But plastic utensils take up room in landfills and degrade slowly. So, what about edible utensils? They are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2016 at CL&P Blog
We told you a little while back about a suit by a former law student alleging that her school (Thomas Jefferson School of Law) had taken her money (and caused her student loans to run up) while unlawfully exaggerating her... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Law professor Edward McCaffery has written Taxing Wealth Seriously, which argues that U.S. wealth inequality can be and should be reduced via tax policy. Here's the abstract: The social and political problems of wealth inequality in America are severe and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The downturn in the legal market brought a raft of suits against law schools by former students asserting that the schools took the students' money (or caused the the students to run up educational debts) while exaggerating their graduates' job... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Justice Scalia's death has made it likely that some cases accepted for review by the Supreme Court will result in a tie vote. For instance, some observers think that Spokeo Inc. v. Robins, an important consumer-protection case currently before the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2016 at CL&P Blog
This article by Amanda Bronstad discusses the Supreme Court's recent denial of review of a class-action decision from the Seventh Circuit concerning whether Rule 23 contains a heightened "ascertainability" requirement. Bronstad's article asks whether the Court's refusal to hear the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2016 at CL&P Blog
According to this article by Zach Carter, "Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) ... is co-sponsoring a new bill that would gut the [Consumer Financial Protection Bureaus's] forthcoming payday loan regulations. She's also attempting to gin up... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Opioids include morphine, heroin, codeine, oxycodone, and hydrocodone. Many opioids are available by prescription to treat pain. Addiction to these drugs is on the rise. (Addiction to the illegal opioid heroin also is on the rise.) Earlier this month, the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2016 at CL&P Blog
It's tragic, but not news, that rich people live longer than poor people. What is news is this new Brookings Institution study that finds that the life-expectancy gap between rich and poor has grown a good bit in recent years.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2016 at CL&P Blog
A new Gallup report links the tax burden in U.S. states with the desire of residents of those states to move to other states. Check out the following two charts. (In the second chart, "quintile 1" refers to the 10... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2016 at CL&P Blog
We have posted often on self-driving (or autonomous or driverless) cars. Go, for instance, here, here, and here. We've also posted on liability questions -- that is, who pays for the costs of crashes involving driverless cars? Now, Brian Fung... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Last year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) oversaw nearly 900 vehicle safety recalls affecting 51 million U.S. cars. Many recalled cars must be fixed to eliminate or mitigate the safety concern. So, for the recall system work, the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Law prof Elizabeth Chamblee Burch and Federal Judicial Center senior researcher Margaret Williams have written Repeat Players in Multidistrict Litigation: The Social Network. Their research found based on limited data "reason to be concerned" that plaintiffs are being shortchanged at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Prof. Ryan Rebe has written Analyzing the Link between Dollars and Decisions: A Multi-State Study of Campaign Contributions and Judicial Decision Making. Here is the abstract: This article examines the causal connection between attorney contributions and judicial decisions in elective... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2016 at CL&P Blog
That's the headline of this article by Danielle Douglas-Gabrielle. Here's an excerpt: Researchers [at Washington Center for Equitable Growth] found that a correlation between the share of minorities in a Zip code and loan delinquency rates is highest for people... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2016 at CL&P Blog
President Obama's recently proposed fiscal-year 2017 budget includes two new healthcare proposals: (1) requiring drug companies to disclose various production costs for specific drugs, including research and development costs; and (2) and allowing the HHS Secretary to negotiate with drug... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2016 at CL&P Blog