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That's pretty much the topic of The Limits of Comprehensive Peace: The Example of the FLSA by Lonnie Hoffman and Christian Ward. Here is the abstract: Normally, cases can be settled on broad terms that release all related claims. Although... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Read this article by Russ Mitchell and Tracey Lien. Here's an excerpt: The robot cars aren’t coming. The robot cars are here. A fleet of Fords and Volvos, capable of driving themselves, is fully equipped and ready to hit the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Supreme Court's decisions in Bell Atlantic v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544 (2007), and Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662 (2009), heightened the standard for fact pleading in federal court. These cases were generally understood to mean that plaintiffs would... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Mitch Zeller, the head of the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Tobacco Products, has posted Protecting the Public and Especially Kids from the Dangers of Tobacco Products, Including E-Cigarettes, Cigars and Hookah Tobacco. Here's an excerpt: This month, for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at CL&P Blog
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The Federal Trade Commission has created this webpage with a bunch of information about how consumers can recover under its settlement with Volkswagen. (As you will recall, Volkswagen told its customers that many of its cars emitted low levels of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at CL&P Blog
As explained in this article by Stacy Cowley, Massachusetts has become the first state to bar employers from asking job applicants about what they earned at their prior jobs. This excerpt explains why: By barring companies from asking prospective employees... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at CL&P Blog
In Meyer v. Kalanick and Uber, the named plaintiff, Spencer Meyer, alleges that Travis Kalanick orchestrated an antitrust conspiracy arising from the algorithm that co-defendant Uber uses to set Uber ride prices. The plaintiffs sued in federal court in New... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2016 at CL&P Blog
This webpage explains what the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau believes it has accomplished over its first five years. Go here or click below for a CFPB video describing the purposes and (brief) history of the agency. (The video features Elizabeth... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Michele Singletary, the Washington Post's consumer reporter, is doing a series of articles assessing the first five years of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The first in the series is an interview with the agency's director Richard Cordray. Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Fourth Circuit has struck down the N. Carolina voter I.D. law, finding that that it was conceived with discriminatory intent. The opinion is here. The court said this: In response to claims that intentional racial discrimination animated [the N.C.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Law prof John Brooks has written Student Loans As Taxes. Here is the abstract: The growth of college tuition and the corresponding rise in student loan debt have become major issues of public importance. Total outstanding student debt is at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Law prof Margot Pollans has written Drinking Water Protection and Agricultural Exceptionalism, which you may want to read in light of the water crisis in Flint. Here's the abstract: Providing safe drinking water is a basic responsibility of government. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today proposed new debt-collection regulations described by the agency here. The agency's press release summarizes the proposal's key provisions this way: Collect the correct debt: Collectors would have to scrub their files and substantiate... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at CL&P Blog
In this short essay (subscription possibly required), public-interest lawyer Arthur Bryant explains why he thinks the Supreme Court's decision in Spokeo v. Robins is good news for consumers seeking to enforce their rights to statutory damages. Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2016 at CL&P Blog
This article by Steven Mufson explains that "the fuel efficiency standards championed by President Obama in 2012 will fall short of the 54.5-miles-per-gallon 2025 target the administration set because consumers are buying more pickup trucks, vans and sports utility vehicles... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at CL&P Blog
This short article by Gayatri Rao, the Food and Drug Administration's director of Orphan Products Development, explains that, in recent years, drug companies have been filing many more "orphan drug" applications than they used to. Orphan drugs are drugs aimed... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at CL&P Blog
This National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) just said that some Hondas and Acuras equipped with defective Takata airbags are so dangerous that they shouldn't be driven until they are fixed. As this article explains: Federal regulators on Thursday issued an... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at CL&P Blog
There's been a lot of publicity about the recalled defective Takata air bags, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been encouraging consumers to get their air bags fixed. (Under the law, recall repairs are free.) According to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Why? Because the Nobel laureates believe that GMOs can advance human health and nutrition, and, they say, there's no evidence that GMOs hurt people. Read this article on the development by Joel Achenbach. Here are excerpts: More than 100 Nobel... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at CL&P Blog
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
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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