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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…

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…