Tearing down consumer protections ‘brick by brick’ in 2017.

Source: 2017 marked a year of tearing down consumer protections ‘brick by brick’ If you think the government has no business telling business its business, this has been a pretty great year. If, on the other hand, you think government has a role to play in ensuring fair play by companies that have shown themselves … More Tearing down consumer protections ‘brick by brick’ in 2017.

JPMorgan Chase’s get of jail for a fee debit cards backfire in class action

JPMorgan pays inmates for fees on get-out-of-jail debit card JP Morgan’s contract to provide debit cards to inmates released from federal prison may have backfired after a former convict raised a ruckus. The bank agreed to pay a total of $446,822 to thousands of ex-prisoners to settle a class-action suit claiming JPMorgan ripped them off … More JPMorgan Chase’s get of jail for a fee debit cards backfire in class action

Dems Say Securus Decision Reads Public Interest Out of Review

Securus to Pay a Civil Penalty of $1.7 Million “The Communications Act instructs the Commission to consider the public interest when it reviews a transaction,” they wrote. “A deeply-rooted preference to protect and promote competition in relevant markets, accelerate deployment of advanced services, ensure a diversity of license holdings, and manage spectrum in the public … More Dems Say Securus Decision Reads Public Interest Out of Review

‘WIN AT ALL COSTS’ U.S. Attorney’s Office Under Investigation After 700 Lawyers Were Spied On in Prison

A U.S. Attorney’s Office is found to have stashed hundreds of calls between inmates and lawyers. A veteran prosecutor says his old colleagues have gone rogue. At least 700 attorneys are believed to have been recorded without their knowledge, the investigator’s report submitted to a federal court said. Last week Special Master David Cohen asked … More ‘WIN AT ALL COSTS’ U.S. Attorney’s Office Under Investigation After 700 Lawyers Were Spied On in Prison

Slavery Is Alive And Well In America, Fueled By The Need For Cheap Labor

The H-2 program and the federal government’s silent go-ahead on exploitation One form of this forced labor, for example, exists under the federal H-2 program, which provides entry visas for guest workers engaged in temporary farm labor and various non-agricultural industrial work. Analysis by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) found that the protections offered to guest … More Slavery Is Alive And Well In America, Fueled By The Need For Cheap Labor

Private Immigration Prison Accused of Forced Labor

A privately run immigration prison in San Diego forces its inmates to clean their own jail for a dollar a day or less, two prisoners say in a federal class action.  The plaintiffs are represented by Robert L. Teel in Langley, Washington. “The total number of civil immigration detainees who were subjected to defendant’s forced … More Private Immigration Prison Accused of Forced Labor

VICTIMS OF COMPLACENCY: THE ONGOING TRAFFICKING AND ABUSE OF THIRD COUNTRY NATIONALS BY U.S. GOVERNMENT CONTRACTORS

Trafficking and labor abuses in the U.S. contracting industry A report released by the ACLU and Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Law Clinic at Yale Law School in June 2012 examines the ongoing trafficking and abuse of Third Country Nationals (“TCNs”), tens of thousands of whom are hired yearly through U.S. Government contracts to … More VICTIMS OF COMPLACENCY: THE ONGOING TRAFFICKING AND ABUSE OF THIRD COUNTRY NATIONALS BY U.S. GOVERNMENT CONTRACTORS

When Unpaid Student Loan Bills Mean You Can No Longer Work

Twenty states suspend people’s professional or driver’s licenses if they fall behind on loan payments Fall behind on your student loan payments, lose your job.  Few people realize that the loans they take out to pay for their education could eventually derail their careers. But in 19 states, government agencies can seize state-issued professional licenses … More When Unpaid Student Loan Bills Mean You Can No Longer Work