August 8, 2017
“Richard Windsor,” the first Obama administration false-identity email account discovered (by CEI), was apparently not an aberration but a way of life for Obama officials. That is now undeniable, in the face of the revelation that former Attorney General...
August 3, 2017
There’s a theory that the Internal Revenue Service hit top U.S. digital currency firm Coinbase with a massive subpoena for user records last year because the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration had issued a report highlighting the agency’s lacking strategy for collecting...
July 26, 2017
Yesterday, pursuant to the Congressional Review Act (CRA), the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution to overturn the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s arbitration regulation. Passage by the House was the first step in the CRA process to defeat the regulation...
July 3, 2017
Last week, CEI’s Center for Class Action Fairness’ (CCAF) Anna St. John objected to an unfair class action settlement in Campbell v. Facebook. This case was centered around the theory that Facebook illegally analyzed URLs that users sent over private messages.
CCAF has taken on some egregious settlements, but this one is especially ridiculous. Here are seven reasons why.
June 14, 2017
Readers of this blog are aware that CEI has long objected to a judicial settlement reached by the Environmental...
June 12, 2017
If you thought every corporate merger was unique, you’d be wrong. Over 90% of merger deals over $100 million have at least one thing in common: They are challenged in a strike suit—or subject to what essentially amounts to legalized extortion.
On June 5, 2017, CEI argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to stop one example of such socially...
May 31, 2017
On May 30, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said it would not impose a ban on laptop computers in airline cabins. But that’s just for now. But on May 31, the Secretary of Homeland Security said the TSA “...
April 29, 2017
In a double dose of good news, the D.C. Circuit Court this week put on hold litigation surrounding two major Obama-era Environmental Protection Agency rules for existing power plants.
On Thursday, a three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit granted the EPA’s request to pause litigation over the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, also known as the Utility MACT. As I’ve reported before, this rule would cost $10 billion annually, yet its bizarre purpose is to protect a supposed population of pregnant subsistence fisherwomen who eat hundreds of pounds of self-caught fish during their pregnancies, despite all the signs along rivers and lakes advising...
April 25, 2017
In October 2016, the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency reached a settlement with Volkswagen partially addressing the Clean Air Act violations attendant to the car company’s “defeat...
April 19, 2017
In February when the Supreme Court declined to hear our appeal of the Urban Active Settlement that proposed to pay class members $1.6 million and their attorneys $2.4 million, the general consensus was that it was “...