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April 2014

Stolen Wages: Coming to a Workplace Near You

photo credit: WisconsinJobsNow via photopin cc By Vicky Ni Senior Attorney What do fast-food workers and high-tech workers have in common? Neither have any bargaining power in their workplaces or in their industry, as Pandodaily’s Mark Ames has recently observed. Both have wages stolen from…

  • Winning the Fight to Protect Citizens from Sewage Sludge

    By Jim Hecker Director, Environmental Enforcement Project A Pennsylvania appeals court has revived a nuisance lawsuit by 34 Pennsylvania residents who claim that the spread of 23 million pounds of sewage sludge on a neighboring farm created a repulsive, nauseating stench similar to that of a…

Lead-Paint Decision: Providing A Safer Place for Children

Judge Orders Lead Paint Companies to Pay $1.15 Billion into State Fund to Clean Affected Homes When Nathaniel Stone moved into an Oakland, Calif. apartment with his 2-month-old son Antonio, he said he was simply looking for a place where the two could “lay our…

Fighting for Access to Justice, Part 2

Michelle Nemphos wanted to protect her child. What she found herself in was a little-understood legal fight for her right to a day in court. The Nemphos case highlights why Public Justice takes on cases to fight for the people we represent, protect and advance…

Coal Ash Cleanup at Little Blue Run Requires Highest Bond Ever

By Richard Webster, Power-Cotchett Attorney, Environmental Enforcement Project  The cleanup of the 1,000-acre Little Blue Run wet coal ash impoundment, the largest in the United States, took another step forward yesterday with the announcement that Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has approved the closure permit…

With Free Coffee from McDonald’s, Will You Forget the Workers?

By Victoria W. Ni, Senior Attorney, and Sarah Belton, Cartwright-Baron Attorney Fast-food giant McDonald’s is making headlines this week as its stores offer free coffee during the first part of April. In what is viewed by some business analysts as a desperate grab for breakfast…

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GUEST BLOG          By Michael Swanson, Public Justice VolunteerPresident and CEO, Advocate Capital, Inc. I have the privilege of being a co-captain of one of the Public Justice Telethon teams this year. Dan Bryson, Tara Sutton and I are leading the “Rustlers” as…