Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey applied for “borrower defense” on behalf of 7,200 former Corinithian College students as a group application. Borrower defense is the provision that helps defrauded students by giving the Secretary of Education the authority to discharge debt when schools lie and cheat their students.  DeVos refused to forgive the debt and … More

Agrochemical giant Monsanto has agreed to pay Washington state $95 million to settle a lawsuit

Numerous cities, including Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane and Portland, Oregon, have sued Monsanto over PCB cleanup costs, and in 2016 Ferguson made Washington the first state to sue Monsanto over PCB contamination in rivers, lakes and bays. Others including Oregon and Ohio have since sued. The cases allege that Monsanto knew for decades about the dangers … More Agrochemical giant Monsanto has agreed to pay Washington state $95 million to settle a lawsuit

Trump Administration Price-Transparency Rule Covering Hospitals Upheld – WSJ

The American Hospital Association lost its legal bid to stop the Trump administration from requiring hospitals to disclose secret rates they negotiate with insurance companies, a victory for one of President Trump’s central health-policy initiatives. The ruling Tuesday from Judge Carl Nichols with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia was a summary … More Trump Administration Price-Transparency Rule Covering Hospitals Upheld – WSJ

Big Oil loses appeal, climate suits go to California courts

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments by energy companies and ruled state courts are the proper forum for lawsuits alleging producers promoted petroleum as environmentally responsible when they knew it was contributing to drought, wildfires, and sea level rise associated with global warming. The lawsuits claim Chevron, Exxon Mobil, ConocoPhillips, BP, Royal … More Big Oil loses appeal, climate suits go to California courts

California sues Betsy DeVos Over Student Loan Forgiveness

“College graduates who put in a decade of hard work and made timely payments on their student loans earned their TEPSLF loan forgiveness,” Becerra said. “But Education Secretary Betsy DeVos chose to ignore all of that. Today’s lawsuit reminds Secretary DeVos that she is not above the law. She is accountable to these college graduates … More California sues Betsy DeVos Over Student Loan Forgiveness

A.C.L.U. Accuses Clearview AI of Privacy ‘Nightmare Scenario’

In a suit filed in Illinois, the A.C.L.U. said that Clearview violated a state law that forbids companies from using a resident’s fingerprints or face scans without consent. Under the law, residents have the right to sue companies for up to $5,000 per privacy violation. “The bottom line is that, if left unchecked, Clearview’s product … More A.C.L.U. Accuses Clearview AI of Privacy ‘Nightmare Scenario’

Over Veterans’ Protests, Trump Vetoes Measure to Block Student Loan Rules

The veto will allow stringent rules for students seeking loan forgiveness to take effect on July 1. The rules toughen standards established under the Obama administration for student borrowers seeking to prove their colleges defrauded them and to have their federal loans erased. Even if some borrowers can show they were victims of unscrupulous universities, they could … More Over Veterans’ Protests, Trump Vetoes Measure to Block Student Loan Rules

Trump executive order would challenge Section 230 protections for Facebook, Twitter and Google – The Washington Post

President Trump on Thursday signed an executive order that could open the door for federal regulators to punish Facebook, Google and Twitter for the way they police content online, issuing a major broadside against Silicon Valley that quickly triggered wide-ranging political opposition and threats of a legal challenge. Trump has portrayed the order, the early … More Trump executive order would challenge Section 230 protections for Facebook, Twitter and Google – The Washington Post

Congress sends rebuke of DeVos ‘borrower defense’ rule to Trump’s desk

The bipartisan rebuke of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ “borrower defense” rule that cleared Congress earlier this year is now heading to President Donald Trump’s desk. House and Senate leaders on Tuesday enrolled the Congressional Review Act resolution to overturn DeVos’ new rule. That final procedural step now means that legislation will be presented to the … More Congress sends rebuke of DeVos ‘borrower defense’ rule to Trump’s desk

Student loan borrowers face ‘increased stress, anxiety, and depression’ amid coronavirus shock, survey finds

Student loan borrowers face ‘increased stress, anxiety, and depression’ amid coronavirus shock, survey finds “This data shows that many people with federal student loans are facing a financial disaster when relief ends,” Natalia Abrams, executive director at Student Debt Crisis said in a statement. “It reminds us there are glaring outcome disparities for borrowers who … More Student loan borrowers face ‘increased stress, anxiety, and depression’ amid coronavirus shock, survey finds