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Preventing further stream pollution from coal

By Jim Hecker, Environmental Enforcement Project Director As you drive into Charleston, West Virginia, on Interstate 64, there used to be a billboard that read, “YES, COAL” and below that, “Clean, Carbon-Neutral Coal.” It was paid for by a company that supplies equipment to coal…

Unanswered questions remain after CAFA decision in Supreme Court

By Victoria Ni, Senior Attorney The U.S. Supreme Court has issued its first-ever decision interpreting the 2005 Class Action Fairness Act. Yesterday’s 9-0 ruling held that courts should disregard written promises by plaintiffs who are trying to represent a class in state court that the…

Making a difference one gob pile at a time

By Richard Webster, Power-Cotchett Attorney When visiting the La Belle coal ash dump in Pennsylvania for the first time last fall, I thought I had misheard. Why were people talking about a “huge pile of gob”? In the British vernacular, “gob” is slang for spit…

Top 5 reasons I love my job

By Leslie Brueckner, Senior Attorney Sitting in my office today, it just hit me: I’ve been working at Public Justice for almost 20 years. Madness. On the brink of entering my third decade here, it’s safe to say that I actually love my job (well…

Arbitration: not a silver bullet

By Leah Nicholls, Kazan-Budd Attorney Last week, I traveled to Rockville, Maryland, to speak with the employment law section of the Montgomery County Bar Association. The topic was arbitration agreements in employment contracts. We discussed the types of arbitration clauses that make an arbitration agreement…

In the battle over class action bans, the latest casualty may be logic

By Leslie Bailey, Staff Attorney As an undergraduate philosophy major, I lived for all things logical. I relished Alfred North Whitehead and wrote essays seeking to prove that propositions about the future are true at the time they are stated. There was something deeply reassuring…