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When Consumer Protection and Tribal Sovereignty Collide

By Amy Radon, Staff Attorney Western Sky Financial, a payday loan company affiliated with the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, announced yesterday that it is exiting the payday lending business effective next week. I don’t think anyone would dispute that Western Sky’s decision is in the…

DirecTV gets get-out-of-jail-free card, but not Best Buy

By Spencer Wilson and Paul Bland Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a great decision for consumers in Murphy v. DirecTV. On the plus side, the court allowed cheated consumers to pursue their legal claims against Best Buy, which was…

The facts of life

By Victoria Ni, Senior Attorney Sometime during early childhood, I’m sure you picked up these facts of life: Only women can bear children, and only women can produce breastmilk. It’s human biology. There are no exceptions. But for courts, nothing — not even human biology…

Solitary confinement: What the Shawshank Redemption doesn’t teach us

By Adrian Alvarez, Goldberg-Robb Attorney “He is a man buried alive; to be dug out in the slow round of years,” Charles Dickens wrote in 1842 after visiting prisoners living for years in solitary confinement at a penitentiary outside Philadelphia. Back then, solitary confinement was…