It’s Time to Panic About Who’s Watching Us

The next decade will be marked by the rise of technologies that are deeply dependent on the most intimate information about our lives. I’m talking about things like artificial intelligence, wearable sensors, genetic sequencing, drones and tiny cameras everywhere. Then there’s the emerging dynamic of the tech industry, in which a small number of all-powerful … More It’s Time to Panic About Who’s Watching Us

Felicity Huffman: Prosecutors want prison time for actress who pleaded guilty in college admissions scam – CNN

Prosecutors will be asking for jail time for all defendants, according to a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation. The defendants are facing anywhere between six to 21 months in prison if convicted or if they plead guilty, the official added, though the exact sentence would depend on a number of factors. USC, … More Felicity Huffman: Prosecutors want prison time for actress who pleaded guilty in college admissions scam – CNN

As Baby Powder concerns mounted, J & J focused marketing on minority, overweight women

Many of the ovarian cancer lawsuits have blamed the disease on perineal use of J&J cosmetic talcs – a claim supported by some studies showing an association between such use and increased cancer risk. The most recent cases have alleged that J&J’s talc products contained asbestos, long a known carcinogen. In an investigation published Dec. … More As Baby Powder concerns mounted, J & J focused marketing on minority, overweight women

Exclusive: Pain-care specialist agrees to testify against Purdue, other drug makers – court documents

Portenoy began talking to plaintiffs’ lawyers as early as January 2018 and later struck a deal with the plaintiffs to serve as a cooperating witness, the records show. In exchange for his dismissal from the suits, Portenoy provided the plaintiffs with documentation of opioid makers’ payments to him over the years, as well as a … More Exclusive: Pain-care specialist agrees to testify against Purdue, other drug makers – court documents

Senators To Consumer Watchdog: Prove You’re Protecting Student Borrowers

Amidst all of this confusion, there have also been allegations of wrongdoing — that some servicers intentionally misled borrowers, and not just those seeking PSLF. In 2017, the CFPB sued one of the largest servicers, arguing that it “created obstacles to repayment by providing bad information, processing payments incorrectly, and failing to act when borrowers … More Senators To Consumer Watchdog: Prove You’re Protecting Student Borrowers

Judge blocks Trump’s small-business health insurance plan

U.S. District Judge John D. Bates wrote in his opinion late Thursday that so–called “association health plans” were “clearly an end–run” around consumer protections required by the Obama–era Affordable Care Act. On Wednesday, another federal judge blocked the Trump administration’s Medicaid work requirements for low–income people. The legal setbacks came as Trump unexpectedly pivoted back to health care this week, promising … More Judge blocks Trump’s small-business health insurance plan

2 similar death row cases, 2 different Supreme Court rulings

Halt my execution if the state won’t let a spiritual adviser of my faith accompany me into the execution chamber. Both cases wound up at the Supreme Court. And while the justices overrode a lower court and allowed Ray’s execution to go forward in Alabama in February, they gave Murphy, a Texas inmate, a temporary reprieve Thursday night. What … More 2 similar death row cases, 2 different Supreme Court rulings

Oxycontin maker Purdue Pharma reportedly reaches deal to settle Oklahoma opioid case – The San Diego Union-Tribune

In its suit, Oklahoma sought $25 billion in damages and penalties over Purdue’s push to lure doctors into prescribing Oxycontin for unauthorized uses to generate billions in profits for the company. While doctors have wide discretion to prescribe medicines beyond what they’ve been approved to treat, drugmakers are limited to marketing their products for just … More Oxycontin maker Purdue Pharma reportedly reaches deal to settle Oklahoma opioid case – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Kansas death penalty case has implications for mentally ill

No one — not even Kahler’s attorneys — disputes that he killed the four relatives. Instead, his lawyers argue that he was suffering from depression so severe that he experienced extreme emotional disturbance, dissociating him from reality. What had been an open–and–shut death penalty case — Kahler was convicted and sentenced in 2011 — was … More Kansas death penalty case has implications for mentally ill

Betsy DeVos strikes out — in court

The latest legal blow came earlier this month, when a federal judge ruled DeVos illegally postponed a regulation requiring states to identify school districts where there are significant racial disparities among the students placed in special education programs. And last week, Education Department officials began implementing a sweeping package of Obama-era student loan policies after … More Betsy DeVos strikes out — in court