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EPA Improperly Withholds Information Vital to Public Health

Despite the threat of a lawsuit brought by Public Justice against Yakima Valley (Washington) industrial dairies, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is continuing to improperly withhold information vital to the public health, acting in direct dereliction of its duties under the Freedom of Information…

Citizen Action Pushes Dairies To Declare Hazardous Substance Releases

Following years of violations, threat of lawsuits forces industrial dairies to publicly report data Community Association for Restoration of the Environment (CARE) and the Center for Food Safety (CFS) – represented by Public Justice, Law Offices of Charles M. Tebbutt, P.C., and the Center for…

Using litigation to change the culture of bullying

By Adrian Alvarez, Goldberg-Robb Attorney Like so many other gay people, I was bullied in school. Although I didn’t come out until college, people perceived my sexual orientation: I was routinely called “faggot,” punched in the locker room, and generally ostracized. I was even bullied…

SCOTUS denies payday lender’s request for review

By Amy Radon, Staff Attorney This week, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a payday lender’s petition for certiorari in the case of Cash Advance Network v. Felts. The lender, Cash Advance Network, Inc., had petitioned the Court to overturn a decision by the New Mexico…

Decision in Marx v. General Revenue Corp.

By Leah Nicholls, Kazan-Budd Attorney After Olivea Marx defaulted on student loans, her lender hired a debt collection company called General Revenue to collect on the loan. Marx alleges that she was lied to, harassed and threatened by the company. She sued, saying General Revenue’s…

Recap of yesterday’s argument in McBurney v. Young

By Leah Nicholls, Kazan-Budd Attorney Yesterday morning, I attended oral argument at the Supreme Court in McBurney v. Young. The case is about whether Virginia can permit only state citizens to access state records under Virginia’s freedom of information law. Under the law, out-of-staters are…

What does ‘consent’ even mean anymore?

By Paul Bland, Senior Attorney So HERE is an outrage. The case — Spring Lake v. Holloway — was decided early this month by a Florida District Court of Appeal. It involves a 92-year-old woman with a fourth grade education and memory problems. When she was admitted to…

Groups File Lawsuits to Stop Groundwater Pollution from Industrial Dairies

UPDATE: Listen to NPR’s story on the lawsuits. The non-profit groups Community Association for Restoration of the Environment and the Center for Food Safety — represented by Public Justice’s Jessica Culpepper, Law Offices of Charlie Tebbutt and CFS attorneys — yesterday jointly filed lawsuits in…

Groups File Notice Letter to Sue NRG Energy for Massive Pollution

In late January, three environmental groups represented by Public Justice and Columbia University School of Law Environmental Law Clinic announced the filing of a Clean Water Act notice of intent to sue NRG Energy for water pollution violations at three of its coal-fired power plants…