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Philadelphia becomes the first major city to pass a tax on sugary drinks. Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Read about it here. UPDATES: First, as currently drafted, the tax would be imposed not only on sugary drinks but on diet sodas as well. Second, for more information, see this NPR story. Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at CL&P Blog
We have discussed the Obama Administration's new overtime rule. It will significantly raise the pay threshold that triggers exceptions to the general rule that entitles workers to time-and-a-half for every hour they work over 40 per week. We also posted... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at CL&P Blog
We discussed here the Department of Labor's new rule that will significantly expand the number of U.S. workers eligible for overtime pay. But, still, a much smaller percentage of U.S. workers are eligible for overtime today than were eligible in... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The U.S. Labor Department today issued a final rule that will significantly raise 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 work over 40... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund has released this report on the judicial work of Judge Merrick Garland, some of which relates to the interests of consumers. Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at CL&P Blog
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