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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…

CFPB Report Finds Forced Arbitration is Bad for Consumers

photo credit: plastic please via photopin (license) By Aidan O’SheaCommunications Specialist A report released today by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has found that forced arbitration clauses – language in consumer contracts that pushes any customer dispute out of court and into a private, secret,…

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…

Trinity Guardrails Court Files Must Be Open, Court Rules

An image from the Harman v. Trinity complaint. By Leah NichollsStaff Attorney  Good news! Yesterday, in a high-profile case involving the safety of highway guardrails, Harman v. Trinity, the court ordered that all the court records in the case be made open to the public….

Rules Apply to Everyone: Even Zombies

Image via The Debt Settlement Agency.  By Karla GilbrideStaff Attorney Imagine that you try to buy something using your debit card and the transaction is declined. You call your bank to find out what’s going on and are told that your account has been frozen…

Judge Rules Dairy Manure Causes Imminent and Substantial Health Risk

An image from the Ericksen report, submitted by the plaintiffs in this case. By Jessica CulpepperFood Safety & Health Attorney The people of Yakima Valley, Wash., scored a major victory last Wednesday after more than two decades of fighting for their community and being ignored…

Dairies Can Be Liable for Manure Under Federal Law, Judge Rules

An image from the Ericksen report, submitted by the plaintiffs in this case.  A federal judge in Washington State has backed arguments by environmental groups that animal waste that is incorrectly disposed of by livestock facilities can violate solid waste disposal rules and pose an…