Public Justice

It’s now a little harder to access public records

By Leah Nicholls, Kazan-Budd Attorney Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court held, unanimously, that states can limit access to their public records to citizens of that state. The case was McBurney v. Young, and it challenged a provision of Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act providing…

Supreme Court breaks the rules to cut classes

By Arthur Bryant, Executive Director In high school, I knew classmates who broke the rules to cut classes. Unfortunately, five members of the U.S Supreme Court just did the same thing. After briefing and argument were complete in Comcast v. Behrend and Genesis Healthcare Corp….

Is the Genesis decision a license to bribe?

By Paul Bland, Senior Attorney In a class action, one or more people who believe their legal rights have been violated bring a lawsuit on behalf of a group of people whom they believe have been harmed in the same way. The person or persons…

No more rubber stamps allowing mining companies to bury streams

By Jim Hecker, Environmental Enforcement Project Director The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ streamlined procedure for permitting coal mines to fill Appalachian streams with mining waste suffered another blow yesterday when an appeals court threw out the Corps’ 2007 version of Nationwide Permit 21, commonly…