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March 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Coal Industry Lawsuit

By Jim HeckerDirector, Environmental Enforcement Project Today the Supreme Court denied the coal mining industry’s request to hear a case against the Environmental Protection Agency for vetoing a permit for the Spruce No. 1 mine. This is the latest victory in Public Justice’s 16-year battle to…

Bullet Dodged: Statutory Damages Are Safe, for Now

By Leah Nicholls, Kazan-Budd Attorney Consumers can breathe a sigh of relief—the Supreme Court has denied review of a case that could have destroyed the ability of consumers to obtain statutory damages from companies that break the law. Statutory damages are an important tool for…

Cheating With Impunity: Access to Justice Part One

By Arthur Bryant, Executive Director The National Center for Access to Justice at Cardozo Law School just issued a new Justice Index – an online tool intended to provide “a visual and data-based picture of the quality of access to justice in state justice systems.” Highlighted…

Fighting Back Against Illegal Swine Waste

By Jessica Culpepper, Food Safety and Health Attorney Aerial View of Stantonsburg Swine Facility with Contentnea Creek in background. There’s big money to be made operating an industrial swine feeding operation, especially if you don’t much care whether the excrement from 4,800 pigs – about…

Bullying and the Law: More on What Families Need to Know

By Adele Kimmel, Public Justice Managing Attorney On March 11, I had a great conversation about bullying and the law with hundreds of people who participated in The BULLY Project’s “Speak with an Expert” Conference Call Series. Thanks again to The BULLY Project for inviting…

Court Secrecy Can Be Deadly And Needs to End

By Leslie Bailey, Staff Attorney If you were about to make a big investment—say, a new car, or tires for your current car—wouldn’t you want to know before you shell out money that the product isn’t dangerous? Johnny Bradley did. In 2004, Mr. Bradley and…

Bullying and the Law: What Families Need to Know

By Adele Kimmel, Managing Attorney What legal options do bullying victims have when their schools fail to take appropriate steps to protect them? This is exactly what I’ll be talking about tonight at 7 p.m. Eastern Time as part of The BULLY Project’s conference call…