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February 2013

Decision in Marx v. General Revenue Corp.

By Leah Nicholls, Kazan-Budd Attorney After Olivea Marx defaulted on student loans, her lender hired a debt collection company called General Revenue to collect on the loan. Marx alleges that she was lied to, harassed and threatened by the company. She sued, saying General Revenue’s…

Recap of yesterday’s argument in McBurney v. Young

By Leah Nicholls, Kazan-Budd Attorney Yesterday morning, I attended oral argument at the Supreme Court in McBurney v. Young. The case is about whether Virginia can permit only state citizens to access state records under Virginia’s freedom of information law. Under the law, out-of-staters are…

What does ‘consent’ even mean anymore?

By Paul Bland, Senior Attorney So HERE is an outrage. The case — Spring Lake v. Holloway — was decided early this month by a Florida District Court of Appeal. It involves a 92-year-old woman with a fourth grade education and memory problems. When she was admitted to…

Groups File Lawsuits to Stop Groundwater Pollution from Industrial Dairies

UPDATE: Listen to NPR’s story on the lawsuits. The non-profit groups Community Association for Restoration of the Environment and the Center for Food Safety — represented by Public Justice’s Jessica Culpepper, Law Offices of Charlie Tebbutt and CFS attorneys — yesterday jointly filed lawsuits in…

Groups File Notice Letter to Sue NRG Energy for Massive Pollution

In late January, three environmental groups represented by Public Justice and Columbia University School of Law Environmental Law Clinic announced the filing of a Clean Water Act notice of intent to sue NRG Energy for water pollution violations at three of its coal-fired power plants…