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Settlement with Factory Farm to Ensure Clean Water for Washington Community

An image from the Ericksen Report, submitted by the plaintiffs in this case.  Public Justice and its allies today secured settlements with four industrial mega-dairies in rural Washington responsible for contaminating groundwater. The settlement will ensure clean drinking water for the surrounding community. Four Washington…

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…

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…