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Folks interested in my post earlier today about United's decision effectively to charge for using the overhead bin may also be interested in this: Until the late 1970's, the federal Civil Aeronautics Board pretty much set the routes and rates... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at CL&P Blog
United Airlines is charging consumers for putting a bag in the overhead bin. Oh, wait, United is not really charging extra, it's just creating a level of service called "Basic Economy," in which the consumer pays the lowest fare but... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at CL&P Blog
We've posted several times about the head-injury settlement between NFL players and the NFL. Go here for instance. That settlement was approved over class members' objections by a federal district court in Philadelphia and by a unanimous panel of the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at CL&P Blog
Law prof David Noll has written The CFPB's Arbitration Rule: The Road Ahead. Here is the abstract: In May 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced that it intended to exercise its authority under the Dodd-Frank Act to bar consumer... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at CL&P Blog
We have blogged several times (for instance, here and here) about the new U.S. Labor Department rule that significantly raises the pay threshold that triggers exceptions to the general rule that workers must be paid 1.5 times their ordinary pay... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at CL&P Blog
That's the topic of These Professors Make More Than a Thousand Bucks an Hour Peddling Mega-Mergers, a ProPublica piece by Jesse Eisinger and Justin Elliott. The sub-title of the piece summarizes its thesis: "The economists are leveraging their academic prestige... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Department of Justice plays a role in consumer protection. So for that reason (and there are plenty of others), our readers may want to meet our next attorney general (assuming Mr. Trump's nominee is confirmed). See this article by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Read Americans Blame Obesity on Willpower, Despite Evidence It’s Genetic by Gina Kolata. Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Right after the election, Jeff Sovern wrote for this blog on the future (if any) of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under a new President (and a Congress controlled by the President's party). There's been a lot written on the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Do race and gender play a role in how long a customer waits for an uber or lyft? What about cancellation rates? What about cost? A new study, published as a National Bureau of Economic Research working paper, shows a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Minneapolis Star Tribune has published this investigative report on the FDA's adverse-event reporting system for medical devices. The Star Tribune used the Freedom of Information Act to get information from the FDA about patient injuries associated with medical devices.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Read Kaveh Waddell's article entitled Incessant Consumer Surveillance Is Leaking Into Physical Stores. Here's an excerpt: You just wanted to shop for a birthday gift in peace—instead, you got ads that follow you around the internet, and coupons in your... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at CL&P Blog
This article by Laura Northrup is about self-driving delivery trucks. Yes, apparently, at least one of them has hit the rough and rowdy road. Here's an excerpt that may pique your interest: AB InBev and Uber teamed up last week... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2016 at CL&P Blog
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If you want information on the difficult cyber security problems raised by the massive October 21 cyber attack, you may want to read this interview with cyber security expert Herb Lin. Note the particular security problems posed by the Internet... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2016 at CL&P Blog
This article by Hugo Martin explains that "[a]irlines could dramatically reduce the number of bags that are mishandled if they add tiny radio frequency devices to their luggage tags." Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2016 at CL&P Blog
To quote law prof Orly Lobel, "gig workers" are "people who provide contracted, freelance work on a short-term basis via digital platform technologies." Uber drivers are well-known examples. Lobel goes on: "Gig workers are drivers, delivery-people, personal assistants, handymen, cleaners,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2016 at CL&P Blog
There's been a lot of interest in the constitutional ruling in PHH Corporation v. CFPB (D.C. Cir.) -- that it's not constitutionally okay for an independent agency to be directed by just one person who may only be removed for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2016 at CL&P Blog
In a case in federal district court in North Dakota, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has filed this brief about the D.C. Circuit's decision in PHH Corporation v. CFPB and said this: In considering a separation-of-powers challenge to the Bureau’s... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2016 at CL&P Blog
On Tuesday, we posted here and here about the D.C. Circuit's decision in PHH Corporation v. CFPB, which held that the CFPB's governing structure is unconstitutional because its director is too independent of the President -- the CFPB is an... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Read the court's very long opinion. The basic problem identified by the D.C. Circuit is that the CFPB is an independent agency run not by a multi-member commission (the members of which serve as checks on one another), but by... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at CL&P Blog
That's the topic of this article by Jeff Lingwall. Here is the abstract: This Article examines the emerging use of “food forensics” to discover injury in class action litigation. Based on increased public interest in what goes inside food, plaintiffs... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2016 at CL&P Blog
We posted recently about Uber's plans to put driverless cars on the road in Pittsburgh very soon. Auto safety advocates say it's too soon and the public's safety is at risk. Today's Washington Post has this article on the topic... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Interesting article from Brad Plumer here. Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at CL&P Blog
That's the topic of Taxing Sugar Sweetened Beverages to Lower Childhood Obesity by Sarah Wetter and James Hodge. Here is the abstract: Consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) contributes to multiple health problems including obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay, especially among... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at CL&P Blog
As the unemployment rate has dropped considerably to below 5% from double that during the Great Recession, another, seemingly paradoxical, trend has continued: a drop in adult male workforce participation, which was nearly 100% in the 1960s and is below... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at CL&P Blog