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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…

Bullying and the Law: More on What Families Need to Know

By Adele Kimmel, Public Justice Managing Attorney On March 11, I had a great conversation about bullying and the law with hundreds of people who participated in The BULLY Project’s “Speak with an Expert” Conference Call Series. Thanks again to The BULLY Project for inviting…

Court Secrecy Can Be Deadly And Needs to End

By Leslie Bailey, Staff Attorney If you were about to make a big investment—say, a new car, or tires for your current car—wouldn’t you want to know before you shell out money that the product isn’t dangerous? Johnny Bradley did. In 2004, Mr. Bradley and…

Bullying and the Law: What Families Need to Know

By Adele Kimmel, Managing Attorney What legal options do bullying victims have when their schools fail to take appropriate steps to protect them? This is exactly what I’ll be talking about tonight at 7 p.m. Eastern Time as part of The BULLY Project’s conference call…

Dropbox’s Forced Arbitration Clause And the Phony Opt-Out Term

By Paul Bland, Senior Attorney So a couple of weeks ago, Dropbox (a company that provides an on-line service for storing and sharing files) adopted a forced arbitration policy as one of its Terms of Service. This means that if you’re a Dropbox customer, and…

Is Cheating Moot if You’re Offered Chump Change?

By Claire Prestel, Staff Attorney It would be a pretty funny argument if companies weren’t using it to avoid being held accountable. Basically companies are saying, we’ll offer you $1 to stop complaining that we made $1 million by breaking the law. And just offering…

Nemphos v. Nestle Waters North America, Inc., et al.

When Michelle Nemphos’ daughter’s adult teeth started erupting, she was dismayed to see very bright white spots on her teeth. And Nemphos was surprised because she had been careful to ensure her daughter had almost exclusively fluoridated water from the time she was an infant…

Settlement Provides Clean Water, New Data in Factory Dairy Cases

First successful use of RCRA offers hope for widespread reforms at factory dairies A Washington State industrialized dairy has agreed to settle a federal environmental lawsuit against it, saying it would go bankrupt if the suit went forward. The settlement is significant in that it…

Court Says Scammed Customers Cannot Be Forced into Arbitration

By Aidan O’SheaCommunications Specialist In a case regarding a car dealership that misrepresented and marked up a fee in its contracts with customers, the Florida First District Court of Appeal has now written a thorough opinion outlining the reasons why those customers taking part in a class…