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Climate Change: Judge Allows New York’s Martin Act Lawsuit Against Exxon to Proceed

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. New York Supreme Court Judge Barry Ostrager yesterday blocked three of Exxon’s four possible affirmative defenses against New York state’s lawsuit for alleged climate fraud. Then-New York state attorney general Barbara Underwood filed the suit under the state’s Martin Act last year (see complaint here), following a three-year investigation by her...

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Leaked Messages Confirm: Imprisonment of Brazil’s Lula da Silva was Politically Motivated

This week Glenn Greenwald and colleagues published in The Intercept articles based on initial analysis of a massive trove of internal communications between prosecutors and judges involved in Brazil’s corruption cases. An anonymous source had provided the material. To no one’s great surprise, these documents revealed that former president Lula da Silva’s prosecution and conviction were politically motivated (part one; part two; part three, with more to follow). Political and social leaders,...

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Privacy Watch: US Visa Applicants Must Provide Social Media Details

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. The US just announced that all visa applicants must provide their social media details, as News Australia reports in New headache for Australians applying for US visa: The US State Department is now requiring nearly all applicants for US visas to submit their handles for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube as well as previous email addresses and...

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Links 6/3/19

Luxury cinemas are fighting Netflix with steak tartare, expensive booze, and gourmet popcorn Fast Company This Tuesday, a US Federal Court May Decide the Fate of the Climate TruthOut Ralph Nader: American Society Is in Rapid Decay TruthDid What Can You, the Individual, Do to Fight Air Pollution? The Wire Marijuana advocates hit unexpected roadblocks The Hill ‘It’s a miracle’: Helsinki’s radical solution to homelessness Guardian Chess piece bought for £5 then left in drawer turns out to be...

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Consumer Contracts Restatement Delayed: Consumers Win…For Now

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Over the last several decades, US corporations have succeeded in making the legal system more business-friendly. Earlier this month, on May 21, consumers scored a small win, when the American Law Institute (ALI) failed to vote on its Restatement of the Law of Consumer Contracts – effectively shelving the project until at least this time next year. For...

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Glyphosate Use Surges in Midwest, Lawsuits Mount: What Will the Supremes Say?

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Farmers’ use of glyphosate is surging throughout the midwestern United States. Glyphosate is a key ingredient in Roundup, the controversial herbicide that is the subject of more than 13,000 pending lawsuits against Bayer. The first three of these to reach a verdict resulted in judgments against the company. (For further background and details, see my...

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AOC Calls for Ban on Revolving Door as Study Shows 2/3 of Recently Departed Lawmakers Now Lobbyists

Jerri-Lynn here. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has called for a ban on former members of Congress becoming lobbyists. The revolving door between “public service” and personal profit is just one of many insidious ways in which money corrupts the US political system, so that public policies overwhelmingly mirror corporate priorities. AOC and Representative Ted Cruz have often sparred on twitter. So it no one was shocked when her lobbyist tweet drew his quick response. Yet surprisingly, as...

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Trump Admin’s Latest Rail Safety Rollback Sets up Industry to Make Its Own Rules

By Justin Mikulka, a freelance writer, audio and video producer living in Trumansburg, NY. Originally published at DeSmog Blog This week, the Trump administration’s Department of Transportation (DOT) withdrew another rail safety recommendation originally proposed during the Obama administration. In the process, the agency made quite clear that it has no plans to further regulate the rail industry, especially the dangerous and continued transportation of oil and ethanol in unsafe tank cars....

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Daniel Ellsberg on Julian Assange’s Espionage Charges

Yves here. While Daniel Ellsberg in this Real News Network interview describes why the Assange prosecution is a threat to journalists generally, this is not the first time the government has gone full bore after a reporter. It’s curious that none of the accounts I have seen so far mention the successful prosecution of New York Times Pulitzer Prize winning reporter James Risen, who was prosecuted successfully for refusing to respond to a subpoena seeking him to reveal his sources. Risen got...

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Bankruptcy: An Option for Taxi Drivers Crushed by Medallion Loans?

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. The New York Times published a two-part series on Monday on predatory lending to taxi drivers to purchase taxi medallions. Part one, ‘They Were Conned’: How Reckless Loans Devastated a Generation of Taxi Drivers examined the impact on taxi drivers. Part two, As Thousands of Taxi Drivers Were Trapped in Loans, Top Officials Counted the Money, discussed...

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