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This article by Eric Wolff explains that "[a] supervisor at the Energy Department's international climate office told staff this week not to use the phrases 'climate change,' 'emissions reduction' or 'Paris Agreement' in written memos, briefings or other written communication."... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at CL&P Blog
The Supreme Court today issued its decision in Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman. The cert petition posed the question in the case this way: Ten states have enacted laws that allow merchants to charge higher prices to consumers who pay... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at CL&P Blog
Read this piece by James Hohmann, which argues that the importance of Trump's loss on health care is being overblown and that, in fact, Trump is largely succeeding so far. It includes this passage: Despite the chaos and the growing... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at CL&P Blog
This article by Alan Rappeport provides details on the Trump Administration's plans to move on to tax legislation and climate policy, after Trump's spectacular failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Rappeport says that this week "the administration... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at CL&P Blog
About I week ago, I posted an opinion piece by consumer reporter Michelle Singletary explaining why Trump's plan to cut medicaid was "disastrous." She's now written an article about readers' vicious reactions to that piece. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at CL&P Blog
Remember when then-New York mayor Michael Bloomberg banned sales of sugary drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces? The idea was that the ban would cause people to drink fewer ounces of sugary drinks overall. (For Richard Posner's take on... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at CL&P Blog
From time to time, we discuss evidence about what types of consumer education and regulation (for instance, prohibitions on industry conduct vs. disclosure obligations) best protect consumers. So, I was intrigued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's research study entitled... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at CL&P Blog
According to this story by Matt Fuller, the original sponsors of the bill to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act have now been cut out of the legislative process and won't know what they are voting on. And it... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at CL&P Blog
Law prof Lawrence Gostin says preliminary evidence suggests that they will in 2016: The Year of the Soda Tax. Here's the abstract: The year 2016 was pivotal in the history of the “soda wars” – the politically divisive conflict between... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Go here to view the witnesses' written testimony. (The witnesses were Ted Olson, Saikrishna Prakash, Adam White, and Brianne Gorod.) To watch the hearing, click here or on the embedded video below. Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Law prof George Yin has written a brief and timely paper called Congressional Authority to Obtain and Release Tax Returns. Yin is the former chief of staff of Congress's Joint Committee on Taxation. In his paper, Yin explains that particular... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2017 at CL&P Blog
That's the topic of Moral Commitments in Cost-Benefit Analysis by law profs Eric Posner and Cass Sunstein. Here is the abstract: The regulatory state has become a cost-benefit state, in the sense that under prevailing executive orders, agencies must catalogue... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2017 at CL&P Blog
That's the name of this article by Danielle Douglas-Gabriel. Some background: In mid-2015, the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that student-loan guaranty agencies may not assess collection costs against borrowers who enter the federal government’s loan rehabilitation... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at CL&P Blog
That's the name of this opinion piece by Steven Schooner & Alan Morrison, two of the lawyers for the Cork Wine Bar in its unfair competition suit against Trump and his new hotel in D.C. (Subscription possibly required.) For more... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at CL&P Blog
This article by Deirdre Fernandez explains why, according to the insurance industry, car insurance rates are on the rise: "Drivers distracted by their smartphones are crashing their cars more often, and those cars are now more expensive to repair because... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at CL&P Blog
That is the name of this essay by consumer columnist Michelle Singletary. Here is an excerpt: When my siblings and I went to live with my grandmother, we were a sickly bunch. There were five of us. ... I was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at CL&P Blog
This article by Liz Goodwin includes both republican and democratic reactions to the Congressional Budget Office's analysis of the Republican bill to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act -- that's the analysis that says millions upon millions of Americans... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Read Trump’s Backing a Healthcare Plan That Breaks His Promises by Benjy Sarlin, which explains point by point how the bill, now backed by Trump, is at odds with Trump's campaign pledges. (No matter, that was before Trump discovered that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at CL&P Blog
This Congressional Budget Office cost estimate of the republicans' proposed repeal-and-replace of the Affordable Care Act -- the health care "reform" law championed by Speaker Paul Ryan -- finds that 14 million people will lose their health insurance in the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at CL&P Blog
This article by Kimberly Kindy discusses the basics of two bills that recently passed the House of Representatives concerning the state-law tort system and a class-action bill that would go beyond the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 and move... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The complaint is here. The plaintiff is a D.C. wine bar (Cork) that competes with Trump's new businesses. Here is an excerpt that gives you the gist: Plaintiff's claims are based on the unfair advantage that the Trump International Hotel... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at CL&P Blog
That's the gist of this article by John Harwood. Here's an excerpt: Exit polls showed that just 10 percent of Trump's votes came from Americans earning $200,000 or more. Yet those voters would derive all benefits from the repeal of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at CL&P Blog