Tag: Legal

How To Roast the Planet with Good Intentions: The Climate Equity Act

Yves here. This post illustrates that both good policy and good legislation are hard, particularly on complex and high-staked issues like climate change. Unfortunately, it appears that progressives’ propensity to punt on doing the work will play into the hands of the opposition. By Eric Kramer. Originally published at Angry Bear I have suggested (here […]

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Plastic Watch: Congress Considers Bill to Impose Extended Producer Responsibility, AKA ‘You Break It, You Buy It’

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Senator Tom Udall and Representative Alan Lowenthal introduced on 11 February the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act, legislation that imposes responsibility for disposing of plastic waste onto producers, and which encouragingly,  has attracted […]

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What the Heck Happened to Surprise Billing Legislation? (Or, It’s Never Too Late for the Lobbyists to Win)

Yves here. Way too much happening, and the nuking of surprise billing bills haven’t gotten the attention they warrant. We did comment on how proposed California legislation was dispatched by what amounted to a handwave.…indicating that way too many people were already clued in to the notion that backing the bill was tantamount to crossing […]

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The Public’s Right to Know: HA! How Courts and Federal Agencies Stonewall on Citizen Access to Government Information

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. How can we get our government to work for us if we don’t know what they’re up to?  Last  week, a federal court addressed one aspect of the  problem of  ‘public’s right […]

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Ponzi Schemer Bernie Madoff Asks to Be Released From Prison Under “Compassionate Release,” Igniting Debate Over Fairness

81 year old Bernie Madoff has asked to be released from Federal prison under the “First Step” law that came into effect in 2018, after having served 11 years of a 150 year sentence for the biggest Ponzi scheme in history, which cost investors billions in losses. The aim of the program was to increase […]

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Brexit: Warmed Over Chicken

On the one hand, we Americans are hardly ones to talk about empty posturing, usually accompanied with moral indignation and finger-wagging. On the other hand, it isn’t just that the Government’s approach to Brexit has been heavy on theatrics and thin on substance. It’s also that we seem to be back to Groundhog Day mode, […]

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Cybernetic Opioid Pushers: EHR Vendor Practice Fusion to Pay $145 Million to Resolve Criminal and Civil Investigations

Yves here. Even though we linked to this story earlier in the week about the way a software company Practice Fusion actively enabled opioid abuse, we’re highlighting it again because the details matter, and not just the sorry fact that no one is going to jail. Many commentors defend the use of electronic health records […]

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#MeToo Shamefully Nowhere To Be Found as SEIU Not Only Refuses to Fire Staffers Charged With Multiple Instances of Sexual Misconduct, but Retaliates Against Press and Whistleblowers

One of my big beefs about #MeToo is that is the movement has been almost entirely about defending upper class/professionally accomplished women. No one has ridden in to demand the ouster of employees of SEIU who’ve been accused of sexual misconduct, nor has any prominent woman objected to the way SEIU has promoted some of […]

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The Truth & the Irony: Consortium News and The Continuing Tale of Chrystia Freeland’s Grandfather and His and Her Nazi Scheme for Ukraine Today

Yves here. Hopefully readers who understand Canada’s libel and defamation laws can pipe up. Presumably most of you already know about Consortium News’ libel suit. From its site : Consortium News has sent libel notices to the Communications Security Establishment (CSE), Canada’s version of the U.S. National Security Agency, and to a major Canadian television […]

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WSJ Reports: State AGs to Cooperate with Feds to Take on Google?

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 WSJ ran an exclusive today, suggesting that state attorneys general may begin to cooperate more closely with the feds to take on Google, according to State Attorneys General to Meet With […]

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Another Great Depression or Tax Justice and Transparency? The Tax Justice Network January 2020 Podcast

Yver here. Lots of meaty topics this time at the TaxCast….like whether Brexit will usher in a buccaneer tax/finance regime, is depression just around the corner, and the looting of Angola. By Naomi Fowler. Originally published at Tax Justice Network The Taxcast kicks off the new decade with: the French strikes – tax justice and […]

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Gamer Files Lawsuit Claiming Muting Violated His Human Rights, Loses Badly

A federal court in Pennsylvania told a streamer he can’t sue Runescape’s developer, Jagex, for muting him on Wednesday, as first reported by PennLive. It’s the final stop for a lawsuit Runescape streamer Amro Elansari filed against Jagex on July 10, 2019 after Jagex muted him, rendering him unable to communicate with other players. “To […]

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SEC With Investment Managers: “Like the FBI Sitting Down With the Mafia”

It is probably hard to believe that the SEC was once a respected and feared agency. Today’s example shows severity of its capture by the firms it nominally oversees and how it shirks duties mandated by Congress. The agency is operating in such a cozy manner with private equity firms that as one investor described […]

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