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Remembering Mike McIntosh: The Earth Loses a Great Champion

BY Arthur BryantChairman The Earth lost one of its most dedicated, generous and creative advocates on May 7: Michael McIntosh passed away. Mike’s significance and accomplishments are difficult to overstate. Public Justice, its Environmental Enforcement Project, and many of the leading environmental organizations in the…

Read Paul Bland’s Huffington Post Column on States’ Rights Hypocrisy

Photo via Gerladbrazell on Flickr Talk about cognitive dissonance. On the home page of the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA)’s home page is a video talking about the importance of “states’ rights.” The Attorney General of Georgia even opines in the same piece that expansion…

Morris Dees: With Justice for All in a Changing America

By Arthur BryantChairman The 2015 Dean A. Robb Public Interest Lecture at Wayne State University Law School by Morris Dees, held April 13, was our most successful yet. Adding to the evening’s excitement were the introductory remarks by a Public Justice Founder and past president,…

CFPB’s Proposed Payday Lending Rules: A Big Step in the Right Direction

Photo via Scurzuzu on Flickr By Sarah BeltonCartwright-Baron Attorney  Reckoning day for payday lenders has finally arrived. To quote President Obama’s prepared remarks for his speech in Birmingham, Ala., “if you’re making a profit by trapping hard-working Americans in a vicious cycle of debt, then you…

CFPB Hearing: Data on One Side, Empty Rhetoric on the Other

photo credit: cfpb 36794 via photopin (license) By Gabriel HopkinsThornton-Robb Attorney In today’s era of Big Data, analytics, and sabermetrics, the cheeky motto “in God we trust, all others must bring data” has never seemed more relevant. Well, in the arena of mandatory arbitration provisions…

Payday Lending: Boon or Boondoggle for Tribes?

By Leslie BaileyStaff Attorney Earlier this week, the Washington Post published a fascinating piece profiling the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, a small Native American tribe that ostensibly went into the payday loan business in a quest for much-needed funding for…