Tag: Legal

Climate Change: Judge Allows New York’s Martin Act Lawsuit Against Exxon to Proceed

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. New York Supreme Court Judge Barry Ostrager yesterday blocked three of Exxon’s four possible affirmative defenses against New York state’s lawsuit for alleged climate fraud. Then-New York state attorney general Barbara Underwood […]

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Leaked Messages Confirm: Imprisonment of Brazil’s Lula da Silva was Politically Motivated

This week Glenn Greenwald and colleagues published in The Intercept articles based on initial analysis of a massive trove of internal communications between prosecutors and judges involved in Brazil’s corruption cases. An anonymous source had provided the material. To no one’s great surprise, these documents revealed that former president Lula da Silva’s prosecution and conviction […]

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Apple’s former top lawyer: $1 billion budget enabled high-risk strategies

Former Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell led the company’s legal department for eight years, seeing the company through major lawsuits such as the iBooks antitrust case and Samsung’s smartphone patent trial. Now he’s speaking openly about how Apple has strategically embraced high-risk legal strategies to gain competitive advantages — using a gigantic legal budget to […]

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Privacy Watch: US Visa Applicants Must Provide Social Media Details

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. The US just announced that all visa applicants must provide their social media details, as News Australia reports in New headache for Australians applying for US visa: The US State Department is […]

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Links 6/3/19

Luxury cinemas are fighting Netflix with steak tartare, expensive booze, and gourmet popcorn Fast Company This Tuesday, a US Federal Court May Decide the Fate of the Climate TruthOut Ralph Nader: American Society Is in Rapid Decay TruthDid What Can You, the Individual, Do to Fight Air Pollution? The Wire Marijuana advocates hit unexpected roadblocks […]

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Consumer Contracts Restatement Delayed: Consumers Win…For Now

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Over the last several decades, US corporations have succeeded in making the legal system more business-friendly. Earlier this month, on May 21, consumers scored a small win, when the American Law Institute (ALI) […]

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Glyphosate Use Surges in Midwest, Lawsuits Mount: What Will the Supremes Say?

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Farmers’ use of glyphosate is surging throughout the midwestern United States. Glyphosate is a key ingredient in Roundup, the controversial herbicide that is the subject of more than 13,000 pending lawsuits against […]

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AOC Calls for Ban on Revolving Door as Study Shows 2/3 of Recently Departed Lawmakers Now Lobbyists

Jerri-Lynn here. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez has called for a ban on former members of Congress becoming lobbyists. The revolving door between “public service” and personal profit is just one of many insidious ways in which money corrupts the US political system, so that public policies overwhelmingly mirror corporate priorities. AOC and Representative Ted Cruz have often […]

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Trump Admin’s Latest Rail Safety Rollback Sets up Industry to Make Its Own Rules

By Justin Mikulka, a freelance writer, audio and video producer living in Trumansburg, NY. Originally published at DeSmog Blog This week, the Trump administration’s Department of Transportation (DOT) withdrew another rail safety recommendation originally proposed during the Obama administration. In the process, the agency made quite clear that it has no plans to further regulate the rail […]

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