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Medicines Patent Pool Reaches Licensing Deal for GSK Patents to Expand Access to Medicines for Children With HIV
2/28/2013

Pharmacy Choice: Medicines Patent Pool Reaches Licensing Deal for GSK Patents to Expand Access to Medicines for Children With HIV - "We congratulate the MPP and encourage all of Big Pharma to jump in the patent pool," said Peter Maybarduk, director of Public Citizen's Global Access to Medicines Program. "Where companies fail to negotiate, we will pursue compulsory measures. With civil society partners worldwide, we will challenge any patent barrier that impedes the goal of an AIDS-free generation."

Occupy group sues Government to speed up rule reining in Wall Street
2/28/2013

Think Progress: Occupy group sues Government to speed up rule reining in Wall Street - This is the first lawsuit challenging regulators to implement, rather than delay, the Volcker Rule. As Public Citizen’s Bart Naylor wrote, the suit is “making the straightforward case that banks shouldn’t gamble with savings because real people may be harmed.”

The Digital Trust Foundation: Facebook’s Unwanted Child
2/27/2013

Nonprofit Quarterly: The Digital Trust Foundation: Facebook’s Unwanted Child - The nonprofit public interest group Public Citizen lambasted the settlement, saying it leaves Facebook users “worse off than if this case had never been brought.”

Time for Legislature to push back against Citizens United decision
2/27/2013

Concord Monitor: Time for Legislature to push back against Citizens United decision - The people of New Hampshire have seen how the U.S. Supreme Court’s horrendous Citizens United v. FEC decision – the case that declared corporations have a First Amendment right to spend unlimited sums to influence elections – is incompatible with the principles of our democracy.

Elizabeth Warren clocks big Ben
2/27/2013

Bloomberg Businessweek: Elizabeth Warren clocks big Ben - Lisa Gilbert, director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch division, said Warren "came out, guns blazing, and did what people expect her to do, which is she showed the problem of big banks still receiving a taxpayer subsidy."

Did a contribution to Obama's inaugural win a crucial nuclear loan guarantee?
2/26/2013

The Nation: Did a contribution to Obama's inaugural win a crucial nuclear loan guarantee - The development was first flagged by Tyson Slocum at Public Citizen, who has been tracking the Southern Company donation. He raises the obvious and very pertinent question here: is this sudden “movement” and “newly optimistic” attitude a direct result of a major contribution to Obama’s struggling inaugural committee? It’s certainly a reasonable conclusion to draw, and it requires some degree of naiveté about Washington to believe these are just entirely unrelated coincidences. At the very least, this creates a terrible perception problem.

U.S.- EU trade deal is the foundation for a new global economic order
2/26/2013

Indybay Newswire: U.S.- EU trade deal is the foundation for a new global economic order - Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch Director, Lori Wallach cautioned how U.S.-EU talks, "are aimed at eliminating a list of what multinational corporations call 'trade irritants' but the rest of us know as strong food safety, environmental and health safeguards." She went on to say, "European firms are targeting aspects of the U.S. financial reregulation regime, our stronger drug and medical device safety and testing standards and more." Wallach further added, "U.S. firms want Europe to gut their superior chemical regulation regime, their tougher food safety rules and labeling of genetically modified foods." In a press release, Earth Open Source warned that, "An EU-U.S. free trade deal would obliterate EU safeguards for health and the environment with regard to genetically modified (GM) crops and foods." Research Director Claire Robinson pointed out, "If the new trade agreement goes through, it will be illegal under World Trade Organisation rules for the EU to have a stronger regulatory system for GMOs than the U.S. system." This is disturbing considering that in many cases, GM foods in the U.S. do not require any special regulatory oversight or safety tests.

Schwab may apply class- action victory to pending cases
2/26/2013

Townhall Magazine: Schwab may apply class- action victory to pending cases - "If the broker-dealer has harmed a large group of people, they cannot combine their resources to go against the larger corporate entity," said Christine Hines, consumer and civil justice counsel at Public Citizen, a Washington-based consumer advocacy group. "It's just another way for the corporate entity to escape accountability for any wrongdoing or harm that they cause."

Do Facebook and class-action lawsuits mix?
2/25/2013

FindLaw: Do Facebook and class-action lawsuits mix? - Even if Moughni wins, and we suspect he will, this situation raises important issues regarding whether lawyers (and clients) should address pending cases on social media. Paul Levy, a Public Citizen Litigation Group attorney who is representing Moughni, writes that Moughni's situation "struck me as an outrage, and quite typical of what sometimes gets done to class action objectors - and which consequently deters people of good faith from objecting."

Lawmaker wants to limit challenges to Harold Simmons’ radioactive waste dump
2/25/2013

Texas Observer: Lawmaker wants to limit challenges to Harold Simmons’ radioactive waste dump - Darby’s House Bill 1653 is a grab-bag of measures that would put up roadblocks for groups or individuals challenging the company even as it allows Waste Control to bring in “hotter” waste. “It guts the protections of that assure citizens get a fair hearing on any changes in the radioactive waste dump,” said Tom “Smitty” Smith of Public Citizen.

Farming Silicon Valley
2/23/2013

Hyphen: Farming Silicon Valley - Then in 1995, the North American Free Trade Agreement liberalized trade between Canada, the United States and Mexico in order to stimulate economic growth for all three countries. What it ended up doing was sparking a race to the bottom in agricultural products, sending much of the income of small US farmers into a free fall, according to a report by the nonprofit Public Citizen.

Groups back attorney's free speech against McDonald's
2/23/2013

Detroit Free Press: Groups back attorney's free speech against McDonald's - In addition to the ACLU brief, the Public Citizen Litigation Group, a consumer advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., that is part of a larger group founded by Ralph Nader, filed a brief on Friday against Macdonald's order. "The judge's actions represent a jaw-dropping attack on the First Amendment," said Paul Levy, an attorney for Public Citizen.

Why is Jaafar & Mahdi Law Group trying to squelch criticism of a bad class action settlement?
2/23/2013

Center for Class Action Fairness: Why is Jaafar & Mahdi Law Group trying to squelch criticism of a bad class action settlement? - This is a scary First Amendment violation, and that the court signed off on it makes one wonder whether the court can fairly adjudicate objections to the settlement. Public Citizen is on the right side in this one, and, along with the ACLU, is litigating in favor of the objector's rights.

Mike Conaway becomes House's watchdog
2/23/2013

Standard-Times: Mike Conaway becomes House's watchdog - Watchdog groups have questioned the effectiveness of the committee. The guarded committee’s transparency also has come under fire. “It’s been critiqued over the years as in many ways being a black hole,” said Lisa Gilbert, director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch Division.

Merced doctor's license might be revoked
2/23/2013

Merced Sun-Star: Merced doctor's license might be revoked - Dr. Sidney Wolfe of Public Citizen, a watchdog group that ranks medical boards annually, said doctors with sex-related offenses are not adequately disciplined. In the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit's 2012 ranking of medical boards, California was No. 28 for its rate of serious disciplinary actions from 2009-2011.


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Street Smart: Gas tax won't change gas prices significantly
2/23/2013

Daily Press: Street Smart: Gas tax won't change gas prices significantly - the tax changes are unlikely to reduce the cost of gas significantly, according to Public Citizen, a non-profit consumer watchdog group. Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen's energy program, said taxes are not the cause of the higher cost of gas prices. "These gas taxes are mostly static," Slocum said.

Group wants Michigan judge's Facebook ruling overturned
2/23/2013

AP: Group wants Michigan judge's Facebook ruling overturned - Public Citizen said Friday that Wayne County Circuit Judge Kathleen Macdonald's ruling violates the First Amendment. The group filed a motion to have the injunction removed. The McDonald's restaurant chain and one of its franchise owners agreed last month to pay $700,000 to members of Detroit's Muslim community and organizations following allegations that meat on its menu was falsely advertised as being prepared according to Islamic dietary law.

Facebook user challenges order to take down criticism of McDonald's class action
2/23/2013

Forbes: Facebook user challenges order to take down criticism of McDonald's class action - Public Citizen yesterday filed a motion urging the judge to reverse her injunction, saying Moughni spoke “only as a member of the affected community, and the Court’s order holding him to standards that would be inappropriate for a lawyer in the case violated black-letter law against prior restraints of speech.”

Melvin conviction may reignite talk of reform in Pennsylvania
2/23/2013

TribLive: Melvin conviction may reignite talk of reform in Pennsylvania - Complete “transparency” on state records and audits can be a deterrent, said Craig Holman, lobbyist for Public Citizen in Washington. The number of convictions of state officials in a short time span in Pennsylvania is “extraordinarily high,” said Holman. That points to tolerance among too many government officials, he said.

Public, or premature, disclosure case?
2/23/2013

Times Union: Public, or premature, disclosure case? - Consumer advocates say that the decision in the Company Doe case threatens the integrity of the consumer product database and the public's right to access judicial proceedings. If the ruling stands, "companies who find themselves on the verge of having reports included in the database about their products are going to sue and are going to seek judicial secrecy," said Scott Michelman, an attorney with Public Citizen.

Can students be sued for blog posts?
2/22/2013

The Open Academic: Can students be sued for blog posts? - Public Citizen provides a useful list of websites with information on the rights to free speech on the Internet. One of these is Legal Perils and Legal Rights of Internet Speakers by Paul Alan Levy of the Public Citizen Litigation Group. It clearly states that “First Amendment rights apply with full force to the Internet.”

Rumored Energy pick stirs fears on left
2/22/2013

The Hill: Rumored Energy pick stirs fears on left - That's not sitting well with green advocates, who say Moniz’s support for natural gas is at odds with the risks of “fracking,” the controversial drilling process, and the need for tough steps to address climate change. “Moniz is a status quo pick at a time when we can’t afford the status quo,” said Tyson Slocum, who heads the energy program at Public Citizen.

GOP raising stakes for Obama’s treasury pick
2/22/2013

McClatchyDC: GOP raising stakes for Obama’s treasury pick - “We’re concerned that a person who will be overseeing Wall Street chose to go to Wall Street for apparently the same reason that Wall Street is such a danger to the economy,” said Bart Naylor, financial policy advocate for the watchdog group Public Citizen. “It’s a place where one can make a lot of money in a short amount of time.”


 

U.S. inquiries over automobile safety dragging on
2/22/2013

New York Times: U.S. inquiries over automobile safety dragging on - Millions were left in recall limbo because some of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s investigations into possible safety problems have been taking years longer than the agency’s self-imposed goal. Consequently, some owners may be unknowingly driving vehicles with problems, said Joan Claybrook, the onetime agency administrator and former head of Public Citizen, a consumer protection group.

Facebook user says Halal ruling isn't kosher
2/22/2013

MediaPost: Facebook user says Halal ruling isn't kosher - Today, the advocacy group Public Citizen filed a motion to vacate Macdonald's order. As Public Citizen points out, prior restraints on speech -- that is, injunctions issued before there's been a finding that the speech was defamatory -- are unconstitutional.

Republicans join Democrats to back ending donor anonymity
2/22/2013

Bloomberg Businessweek: Republicans join Democrats to back ending donor anonymity - While Republican-leaning organizations spent more than 80 percent of the money outside groups funneled into the 2012 campaign, Democrats are trying to catch up, offering another reason for working out a bipartisan bill, said Craig Holman, who lobbies on campaign-finance issues for Public Citizen. Obama recently converted his campaign committee to a nonprofit group that can raise unlimited donations from anonymous donors, though the president has promised to identify its contributors.

Public Citizen acts to correct CFS Advisory Committee violations of FACA
2/21/2013

ProHealth: Public Citizen acts to correct CFS Advisory Committee violations of FACA - When I discovered that the CSFAC had violated its own Charter and FACA, I reached out to Public Citizen, a watchdog non-profit that has litigated cases under FACA in the past. They moved quickly to send a letter of protest on my behalf to the Acting General Counsel of HHS on February 14, 2013. The letter points out that the FACA violations deprived “Ms. Spotila and the public generally of important rights to observe and participate in the advisory committee process.”

Gas tax changes unlikely to provide relief at the pump in Virginia
2/21/2013

Individual.com: Gas tax changes unlikely to provide relief at the pump in Virginia - "Taxes are not responsible for the price increases that we've seen," said Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen's energy program. "These gas taxes are static. Most states have a flat amount.... The primary driver of gasoline price and availability is the price of crude oil."

'Secret' informal car defect probes more common
2/21/2013

USA Today: 'Secret' informal car defect probes more common - Advocacy group Public Citizen as well as Quality Control Systems separately sued the Transportation Department to get it to release the death and injury data it gets from automakers, and NHTSA agreed to release this information starting in 2008.

Intra- aortic balloon pumps should undergo clinical testing
2/20/2013

AboutLawsuits.com: Intra- aortic balloon pumps should undergo clinical testing - The prominent consumer watchdog group Public Citizen is calling on federal regulators to require that all intra-aortic balloon pumps (IABP) be put through rigorous clinical trials before being placed on the market, to ensure that they are safe and effective.

Prisoners collecting millions in unemployment while behind bars
2/20/2013

KHOU: Prisoners collecting millions in unemployment while behind bars - We showed the figures to Tom “Smitty” Smith with the watchdog group Public Citizen. “Astounded,” said Smith. “This is an outrage.”

Three more states consider rebelling against Citizens United ruling
2/20/2013

Raw Story: Three more states consider rebelling against Citizens United ruling - “It is inspiring to see local leaders drive a call to get Big Money out of politics in West Virginia,” Jonah Minkoff-Zern, a senior organizer with Public Citizen, said in a statement. “Passing a constitutional amendment is a momentous task, but one that can be done if we organize block by block, city by city, state by state.”

Obama golfed with oil men as climate protestors descended on White House
2/20/2013

Huffington Post: Obama golfed with oil men as climate protestors descended on White House - But Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen’s Energy Program, said the president's new rhetoric around climate change doesn't square with his choice of golf partners, or with what he called Obama's "all-of-the-above" energy strategy.

Unions hope US- EU trade talks can be lever to change labor laws
2/20/2013

The Hill: Unions hope US- EU trade talks can be lever to change labor laws - Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, argues that corporate interests in both the U.S. and EU that are pushing for a deal will also push for a weak labor chapter.

Trump threatens $25M lawsuit over Macy's protest
2/20/2013

Barrie Examiner: Trump threatens $25M lawsuit over Macy's protest - Carusone's attorney, Paul Levy of Public Citizen, responded to Garten's letter with his own correspondence in January."Your letter repeatedly asserts, without any factual basis, that Carusone has exaggerated the extent to which members of the public have endorsed his boycott effort; you also contend, again without being specific, that Carusone casts Trump in a false light," Levy's letter reads. "Your letter repeatedly asserts, without any factual basis, that Carusone has exaggerated the extent to which members of the public have endorsed his boycott effort; you also contend, again without being specific, that Carusone casts Trump in a false light," the letter reads. "There is a well-established First Amendment right to advocate a boycott over policy-related objections ... I have no reason to believe that there is a tort of exaggerating the public support for a political campaign," Levy continues. "If there were such a tort, I imagine that most candidates for public office, no doubt including your client, would be liable at one point or another."

Climate Rally In Washington Brought Out 40,000 People, Organizers Estimate
2/19/2013

Huffington Post: Climate Rally In Washington Brought Out 40,000 People, Organizers Estimate -  "I think we've got a president who, because he has kids, perhaps, or because he's not facing reelection, is willing to get some things done," said Robert Weismann, president of Public Citizen. And while the rhetoric is so far just rhetoric, Weismann noted, "It's a pretty big shift from October."

Report holds up Energy Future Holdings as cautionary tale for capacity market
2/19/2013

SNL Securities: Report holds up Energy Future Holdings as cautionary tale for capacity market - Public Citizen is holding up financially stressed Energy Future Holdings Corp. as a warning that a Texas forward capacity market is not likely to encourage investment in new generation to ensure reliable power supplies in the state.

Rally at W.Va. Capitol targets campaign spending
2/19/2013

AP: Rally at W.Va. Capitol targets campaign spending - Public Citizen wants the Legislature to pass a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment that would overturn a 2010 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. The ruling, known as Citizens United, gave a green light for corporations and labor unions to spend unlimited cash on campaign ads. Public Citizen says the proposed resolution also would call for a constitutional amendment that would allow the federal and state governments to regulate all types of campaign spending.

Obama faces brewing fundraising scandal
2/19/2013

Cutting Edge News: Obama faces brewing fundraising scandal - “It looks like he’s embracing Citizens United and the role of corporate money in politics,” said Craig Holman, the government affairs lobbyist at Public Citizen.

Did CFSAC's 'high priority list' illegally bypass public input?
2/19/2013

Phoenix Rising: Did CFSAC's 'high priority list' illegally bypass public input? - A letter for Spotila was sent to Acting General Counsel William Schulz of the Department of Health and Human Services by Public Citizen. Michael A. Carome, M.D., of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, wrote to Schulz asking that CFSAC be compelled to act in accordance with its own charter and with the FACA. Carome asked that the document from January 2012 be sent back to the full committee, open to public scrutiny, to be reviewed appropriately.

After pills recalled, babies — and lawsuits — arrive
2/19/2013

The Kansas City Star: After pills recalled, babies - and lawsuits - arrive
“The FDA really doesn’t have legal authority to mandate (drug) recalls, believe it or not,” said Michael Carome, a physician and deputy director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group. “All FDA can do is twist their arm.”

A data gap on Mass. doctors’ troubles
2/19/2013

Boston Global: A data gap on Mass. doctors’ troubles - If access to a complete doctor’s history is important to those entities, “why is it not important to patients?” said Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of the Health Research Group at Public Citizen, a national consumer advocate. “The answer is, it is important to patients.” Wolfe said boards should make disciplinary records available to the public - and keep them available.

This isn't Office Depot's first time at the acquisition altar
2/19/2013

Fortune: This isn't Office Depot's first time at the acquisition altar - Consumer advocates immediately pounced, arguing that fewer office superstores would lead to increased prices for everything from pencils to desk chairs. For example, Ralph Nader's Public Citizen group found that a box of fax paper cost $7 less in markets where Staples and Office Depot competed with each other, compared to markets with just a single office superstore.

First step in Austin Energy's independent governance approved by council
2/18/2013

Community Impact Newspaper: First step in Austin Energy's independent governance approved by council - Tom Smith, the Texas director of Public Citizen—a consumer and environmental group involved in issues including energy, ethics, campaign finance reforms and urban sprawl—was one of many community members to speak to the council and said he feels the city should not create an independent board for AE and keep the governance of the utility with the council and residents.

Texas grid braces for possible power company restructuring
2/18/2013

Power Engineering: Texas grid braces for possible power company restructuring - Consumer Group Public Citizen has said additional revenue from a capacity market would not help the financial picture at EFH and would not lead to new investment in viable energy projects. Fraser is optimistic that EFH units can keep power flowing to Texans without disruption through any debt restructuring. But some are worried that whoever ends up with the company's assets after a restructuring may have too much market power to raise electricity prices.

Trade pact means job destruction
2/18/2013

Reading Eagle: Trade pact means job destruction - President Barack Obama claimed that the Trans-Pacific Partnership will boost American exports, support Americans jobs and level the playing field. However according to Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, the legacy of trade pacts on which the partnership is modeled has been job destruction.

Reforming FERC
2/17/2013

EnergyBiz: Reforming FERC - WHILE MEDIA COVERAGE of recent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission actions against banks for market manipulation and false statements portrays a new, get-tough look for the agency, one can just as easily conclude the opposite: The enforcements expose a commission scrambling to keep up with increasingly intricate manipulation strategies in overly complex markets, with the agency seemingly several steps behind. Indeed, the investigations - against Barclays, J.P. Morgan, Deutsche Bank and Constellation - demonstrate that FERC's experiment with voluntary RTO markets is in need of reform. The ease with which financial entities are able to game the market illustrates that broader market reforms - and not just discreet enforcement actions - are needed. More than a decade after Enron, the organized markets are unnecessarily complex, plagued with uncompetitive practices, and their operations too opaque. Their only saving grace is that low natural gas prices are keeping marginal costs down, thereby shielding the public from the huge price increases these markets produced only a few years ago. Absent reforms, the trickle of manipulation cases will turn into a flood. Public Citizen recommends two actions: Establish an Office of Consumer Advocate at the commission, and improve RTO governance by reforming stakeholder voting rights.

White House hits embarrassing milestone
2/15/2013

Hyperculture: White House hits embarrassing milestone - “I think it’s disturbing,” Keith Wrightson, a workplace safety expert at Public Citizen, a non-profit consumer advocacy group, said of the delay. “It’s hard to tell who’s holding this thing up.”

Preventing dirty laundry: Conaway explains his role as ethics panel chairman
2/15/2013

Abilene Reporter- News: Preventing dirty laundry: Conaway explains his role as ethics panel chairman - “It’s been critiqued over the years as in many ways being a black hole,” said Lisa Gilbert, director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch Division.

Obama Administration's silence on silica is deafening, 2 years and counting for OSHA proposal
2/14/2013

Uncertain Principles: Obama Administration's silence on silica is deafening, 2 years and counting for OSHA proposal - Although the Obama Administration’s silence about the status of OSHA’s proposed silica rule is deafening, a number of groups are expressing their displeasure about the two year delay. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka writing on HuffPost says “White House inaction on silica deadly for workers”; the Center for Effective Government says “it’s time for OIRA to stop blocking the silica rule”; and Public Citizen notes how the “obscure but powerful OIRA works against protecting the public.”

Public Citizen opposes FDA proposals for compounding labs
2/14/2013

Bob Kraft's P.I.S.S.D.: Public Citizen opposes FDA proposals for compounding labs - The Tennessean says Public Citizen sent HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius a letter expressing “strong opposition” to and “great concern” with FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg’s proposals for improved oversight of compounding labs in the wake of the fungal meningitis outbreak. In the letter, the consumer advocate said, “Dr. Hamburg’s performance in the wake of the preventable fungal meningitis tragedy demonstrates a remarkable failure of leadership.” In regards to Hamburg’s proposed legislation to recognize compounding labs as large-scale manufacturers, Public Citizen “asked Sebelius to reject the proposal, compel the FDA to use its existing authority to the fullest extent, direct Hamburg to be more forthcoming about the agency’s failures leading up to the outbreak and probe into preparations before her testimony to Congress.”

Sen. Boxer hopes to bring climate legislation to floor by summer
2/14/2013

The Hill: Sen. Boxer hopes to bring climate legislation to floor by summer - Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen’s energy program, said he thinks businesses could come around to support the bill. He said the legislation could offer more predictable policy compared with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions rules. EPA has begun moving ahead with climate regulations, and advocates want a more aggressive effort on that front during Obama's second term.

Judicial secrecy turns consumer protection case into a mystery
2/14/2013

Business Ethics: Judicial secrecy turns consumer protection case into a mystery - But consumer groups are crying foul, branding the ruling a serious violation of the public’s right to know. The groups—Consumers Union, Public Citizen and the Consumer Federation of America—have asked an appeals court to lift the veil of secrecy by unsealing records in the case.

Why Canada hates the Volcker rule
2/13/2013

Macleans.ca: Why Canada hates the Volcker rule - Bart Naylor, a financial policy expert for the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, feels much the same way. “If these markets are real, a fall in volume [of bonds sold] should shortly be reflected in price,” he said in a phone interview from Washington, D.C. “Any mismatch between buyers and sellers [caused by the Volcker Rule] can be addressed by market makers. And any number of firms can replace banks that exit a market, such as hedge funds. In fact, a few of them have spoken up — but many presumably remain quiet as they depend on banks for credit and prime brokerage services.”

Impact, ethics of surgery slammed
2/13/2013

Sacramento Bee: Impact, ethics of surgery slammed - "To do something that has not been tested at all – for which you've been told you need to do rigorous animal studies first … – is extraordinarily serious and unethical," said Carome, now deputy director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, a nonprofit consumer organization with offices in Washington, D.C., and Austin, Texas.

Food issues could complicate Obama's proposed European trade deal
2/13/2013

Individual.com: Food issues could complicate Obama's proposed European trade deal - Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, predicted that U.S. firms would try to get Europe to gut tougher regulations on food safety and chemicals, among other things, while European firms would object to stronger drug and medical devices safety and testing standards in the U.S.

Ex- TARP watchdog 'extremely disappointed' SOTU ignored Wall Street; bankers delighted
2/13/2013

Huffington Post: Ex- TARP watchdog 'extremely disappointed' SOTU ignored Wall Street; bankers delighted - “I don’t think it’s the right thing to completely omit reform from the State of the Union,” said Lisa Gilbert, a director at pubic interest group Public Citizen. “[It] shows the topic has dropped in priorities, and that’s something we’re not happy about.”

Family awarded $63 million in Motrin case
2/13/2013

Boston Globe: Family awarded $63 million in Motrin case - “All drugs have risks and people need to be aware of them,” said Dr. Sidney Wolfe of Public Citizen, a consumer group based in Washington, D.C.

New legal analysis shows how Obama Administration can avoid trade sanctions by strengthening popular consumer country- of- origin meat labels ruled against by WTO
2/12/2013

Eyes on Trade: New legal analysis shows how Obama Administration can avoid trade sanctions by strengthening popular consumer country- of- origin meat labels ruled against by WTO - “Ensuring American consumers’ right to know where their meat comes from must be the Obama administration’s priority,” said Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. “The American public’s antipathy toward our current trade policies would be greatly intensified if a WTO ruling empowered big agribusiness corporations to sell mystery meat here, despite U.S. consumers and Congress demanding these labels on which we all rely in grocery stores nationwide.”

Women should not use silicone breast implants: Public Citizen
2/12/2013

AboutLawsuits.com: Women should not use silicone breast implants: Public Citizen - Public Citizen, a consumer watchdog group, indicates that the FDA did not go far enough in warning women about the risks associated with silicone breast implants last week, suggesting that women should be advised against having the implants.

Texas group backs less peak use of electricity
2/12/2013

Star- Telegram: Texas group backs less peak use of electricity - The Austin office of Public Citizen said Tuesday that its new study shows that paying electricity generators to add capacity is not the solution to meeting the state's growing demand for power.

State of the Union: Obama calls for controversial trade deals
2/12/2013

Huffington Post: State of the Union: Obama calls for controversial trade deals - "The whole agenda is this deregulatory agenda -- there's not much left in terms of traditional trade policy between the U.S. and the EU," said Lori Wallach, a trade lawyer at Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group. "It's food safety standards, financial regulation, chemical safety, pharmaceutical access rules, Internet freedom and antitrust rules."

NY Fracking Scandal: Seven Groups Demand Conflict of Interest Investigation of Cuomo Administration
2/12/2013

Huffington Post: NY Fracking Scandal: Seven Groups Demand Conflict of Interest Investigation of Cuomo Administration - "New Yorkers must be assured that policy decisions are made on merit - and not because of the possibility of personal financial gain," Tyson Slocum, Director of the Public Citizen Energy Program told DeSmogBlog. "Given these financial holdings by key Cuomo decisionmakers, New York ought to review all aspects of the fracking review."

How much will surgery cost? Good luck finding out
2/11/2013

NBC: How much will surgery cost? Good luck finding out - Another consumer advocacy group, Public Citizen, noted that health care costs in the United States are higher than in any other industrialized nation. “Some people argue that the free market is the way to go,” said Dr. Michael Carome, who is deputy director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group. “But in a free market you can compare (prices).”

FDA May Change Warning Regs For Generic Labels
2/11/2013

Pharalot: FDA May Change Warning Regs For Generic Labels - The petition urging the FDA to make such a change was filed by Public Citizen. “Drug safety would benefit if generic manufacturers – who already have access to real-world information about adverse events – could use FDA procedures currently in place for brand-name manufacturers to revise labeling to warn of risks,” Sid Wolfe, who heads the Public Citizen Health Research Group, said in a statement. “Filling this regulatory gap would help to protect patients”

'Democracy in Motion' Stops in Morgantown
2/11/2013

WBOY-TV: 'Democracy in Motion' Stops in Morgantown - The Public Citizen's "Democracy in Motion" tour made its second stop in Morgantown on Monday.Organizer Angela Barden was traveling around the state to get people to support the overturn of "Citizens United," which allows for unlimited corporate spending in elections."It's important because no matter your background, no matter your beliefs, we have a system where it's one person, one vote. You should at least be able to have your opinion be just as valuable no matter your background and no matter your beliefs," Barden said. 

Climate: Which Obama will show up Tuesday night?
2/9/2013

The Post Standard: Climate: Which Obama will show up Tuesday night? - "Climate change clearly is a policy priority for the president," Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen's energy program, said recently. "But it seems like the frame has always been, 'What is the realistic legislative and political context?' This has generated a lot of frustration with some environmental groups, but the president in some respects is a creature of what Congress can give him."

Pain groups give FDA opioid panel alternatives to label changes
2/8/2013

MedPage Today: Pain groups give FDA opioid panel alternatives to label changes - Within a few weeks of the filing of an FDA citizen petition by Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP) and Public Citizen calling for opioid labeling changes, Fudin founded a group called Professionals for Rational Opioid Monitoring and Pharmaco-Therapy (PROMPT), which voiced its support for a response to the PROP petition filed by the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM).

Canada Denies Patent For Drug, So US Pharma Company Demands $100 Million As Compensation For 'Expropriation'
2/8/2013

techdirt: Canada Denies Patent For Drug, So US Pharma Company Demands $100 Million As Compensation For 'Expropriation': Here's a good example of how this provision is being invoked to contest a refusal by Canadian courts to grant a patent on a drug, as explained on the Public Citizen site: "Eli Lilly and Company has initiated formal proceedings under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to attack Canada's standards for granting drug patents, claiming that the denial of a medicine patent is an expropriation of its property rights granted by the agreement..."

Will an amendment to overturn Citizens United become a reality?
2/7/2013

Legal Speaks: Will an amendment to overturn Citizens United become a reality? - “The outrageous, misguided and illogical Citizens United decision has empowered corporations and endangered our democracy,” said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen. “As our report shows, secretive corporate and billionaire donors exerted an outsized influence over Election 2010. Their spending now casts a pall over all lawmaking, because any members of Congress who challenge corporate interests know they now risk facing a barrage of attack ads in the next election.

Non- political nonprofit's spending spikes in election years
2/7/2013

Center for Public Integrity: Non- political nonprofit's spending spikes in election years - Such activity is evidence Americans for Job Security continues operating as a trade association with impunity, unafraid of the IRS, said Craig Holman, the government affairs lobbyist for reform advocacy group Public Citizen, which has filed several complaints against the outfit in recent years.

Bus billboards are a boon
2/7/2013

Record & Herald News: Bus billboards are a boon - According to a February 2012 report titled "School Commercialism: High Costs, Low Revenues," by the non-profit consumer rights advocacy group Public Citizen, in schools around the country, advertising can be found on lockers, blackboards, cafeteria lunch trays, cafeteria menus, banners and wall spaces, and on television screens placed in common areas.

Consumer- friendly RTOs are needed
2/7/2013

EnergyBiz: Consumer- friendly RTOs are needed - More than a decade after Enron, the organized markets are unnecessarily complex, plagued with uncompetitive practices, and their operations too opaque. Their only saving grace is that low natural gas prices are keeping marginal costs down, thereby shielding the public from the huge price increases these markets produced only a few years ago. Absent reforms, the trickle of manipulation cases will turn into a flood. Public Citizen recommends two actions: Establish an Office of Consumer Advocate at the commission, and improve RTO governance by reforming stakeholder voting rights.


FDA: Opioid labeling debated at hearing
2/7/2013

MedPage Today: FDA: Opioid labeling debated at hearing - The petition, filed last summer by Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP) and Public Citizen, was signed by nearly 40 doctors, researchers, and public health officials aiming to make it more difficult for drug companies to market opioids for chronic, noncancer pain.

Austin City Council members call for independent Austin Energy board
2/6/2013

Poten & Partners: Austin City Council members call for independent Austin Energy board - Tom "Smitty" Smith, the head of the Texas chapter of watchdog group Public Citizen, said political accountability is critical for oversight of a public utility. He said the best approach would be to appoint four council members to the board, with a fifth board member appointed from among the 50,000 or so Austin Energy customers living outside the city.

Pleasure by association: Lobbyists gifts keep on giving
2/6/2013

KENS-TV: Pleasure by association: Lobbyists gifts keep on giving - “There’s a basic psychological principle, that if you associate somebody with pleasure, whether it be a gift or a fancy trip, that you will go out of your way to try and please them, to return the favor,” said Tom “Smitty” Smith, Texas director for Public Citizen, a consumer watchdog group.

BP's U.S. defense contacts doubled since year of Gulf oil spill
2/6/2013

Bloomberg Businessweek: BP's U.S. defense contacts doubled since year of Gulf oil spill - BP should have been suspended directly after the spill, said Tyson Slocum, director of the energy program for Public Citizen, a non-profit consumer watchdog group in Washington.

'Sunshine Act' gets guarded reaction
2/6/2013

Health Leaders Media: 'Sunshine Act' gets guarded reaction - Reaction to the final rule was mixed at Public Citizen. Michael A. Carome, MD, deputy director of the Health Research Group at the public advocacy group said it "strongly support[s] this new rule and [is] disappointed that it took CMS so long to issue it in final form, now more than a year after the statutory deadline for issuing the final rule has passed."

CMD and allies applaud re- launch of 'declaration of democracy' campaign to overturn Citizens United
2/6/2013

PR Watch: CMD and allies applaud re- launch of 'declaration of democracy' campaign to overturn Citizens United - "We can't both maintain Citizens United as the law of the land and maintain a functioning democracy," said Robert Weissman, President of Public Citizen. "A mounting public movement is demanding a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and restore our democracy. The legislators leading the way to winning a constitutional amendment are carrying out the grandest American traditions to defend and expand our democracy."

Head of lobbying firm hired by AshBritt will host Christie fundraiser
2/6/2013

Nj.com: Head of lobbying firm hired by AshBritt will host Christie fundraiser - "The fundraising event by Haley Barbour’s (firm) not only violates the spirit of the pay-to-play law, it’s outrageous to think that a government contractor can hire a lobbying firm to represent itself and then do fundraising for the same candidate who awards the contract," said Craig Holman, a campaign finance lobbyist with the Washington, D.C.-based Public Citizen. "I think this could cross the threshold of actually violating the law itself."

Public Citizen calls for new Vicodin restrictions
2/5/2013

AboutLawsuits.com: Public Citizen calls for new Vicodin restrictions - The director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, Dr. Sidney Wolfe, testified at the advisory committee hearing, urging restrictions on the drug’s use.

Daily diet: New warnings on weight- loss drugs Alli and Xenical
2/5/2013

How to Lose Pounds fast: Daily diet: New warnings on weight- loss drugs Alli and Xenical - The consumer group Public Citizen is demanding that the FDA remove these drugs from the marketplace due to repeated reports and studies of adverse side effects to liver, kidneys and the pancreas. While these side effects are serious, they only affect a very small portion of the 40 million people who have taken a version of orlistat. Dr. Richard Besser, Senior Health and Medical Editor for ABC News said “that although 40 million people have tried the drug, only 13 cases of liver failure, 47 cases of acute pancreatitis and 73 cases of kidney stones have been reported, and there are no studies to show that these conditions were actually caused by taking the weight loss drugs.” But buyer beware.

Crystal River nuclear reactor restart now delayed indefinitely
2/5/2013

Tampa Tribune: Crystal River nuclear reactor restart now delayed indefinitely - An indefinite shutdown makes sense said Tyler Slocum, director of the energy program at the advocacy group Public Citizen.

Rules of the game: Democrats' super PAC promotion signals shift
2/5/2013

Roll Call: Rules of the game: Democrats' super PAC promotion signals shift - “I would have expected them to come to Capitol Hill rallying the cry of campaign finance reform and saying these largely undisclosed or unlimited sources of money have to be reined in,” said Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen. “Instead, what we got are these same freshman Democrats saying that they want to participate in this unlimited money slush fund system; these super PACs are a good deal. I find that very troubling.”

Campaign calls for limits on doctors' hours
2/4/2013

MedicineNet.com: Campaign calls for limits on doctors' hours - "There are dangerously lax regulations of medical residents' work hours," said Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of the Health Research Group at Public Citizen, a watchdog organization. "Today we are sending a letter signed by more than 40 organizations to the ACGME urging them to adopt rules to reduce sleep deprivation among tens of thousands of residents in whose hands the safety of millions of American patients are placed."

Stricter penalties needed for HSBC
2/4/2013

The Hill: Stricter penalties needed for HSBC: The U.S. Department of the Treasury, the DOJ and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency should grant Public Citizen’s FOIA requests seeking all records that pertain to the DOJ’s decision not to criminally prosecute HSBC. Public Citizen is not alone in calling for stricter penalties for HSBC’s wrongdoing and a more complete examination of the government’s inadequate response.

Construction fatalities cost California residents $2.9 billion
2/4/2013

AMAXX: Construction fatalities cost California residents $2.9 billion - Occupational injuries and fatalities in the construction industry cost California residents $2.9 billion between 2008 and 2010, a new Public Citizen report shows. Public Citizen is a national, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization.

Obama embraces 'dark money'
2/4/2013

Washington Free Beacon: Obama embraces 'dark money' - “Organizing for Action marks a complete retreat for President Obama from his pledge to try to change the way we finance elections,” said Craig Holman, a government-affairs lobbyist at Public Citizen, a nonprofit organization opposed to corporate money in politics. “It makes a total mockery of any effort to try to limit corporate money.”

Hypertensive patients face higher risk of death
2/4/2013

How to Lose Pounds Fast: Hypertensive patients face higher risk of death - “The evidence is quite strong that home blood pressure monitoring leads to better control of blood pressure, and the evidence is quite strong that blood pressure control lowers the risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and sudden death,” said Dr. Sidney Wolfe of the consumer group Public Citizen, adding that a 2-point drop in the reading results in a 4% drop in heart disease deaths.

Feds to disclose what drug companies pay to doctors and hospitals
2/3/2013

Digital Journal: Feds to disclose what drug companies pay to doctors and hospitals:  "The question is whether there's some residual fondness for the company because they did pay you," said Sidney Wolfe, director of the health policy research group at Public Citizen. "More disclosure is better."

May Granny D's spirit enter all ready to work for our democracy
2/3/2013

Laconia Daily Sun: May Granny D's spirit enter all ready to work for our democracy
: Granny D told us what we must do. It cannot stand, that corporations are people. I know that Public Citizen has taken initial steps to achieve a Constitutional amendment about that. Public Citizen, here I come. Time to work with you on this.

 

Hollywood cardiologist's ties with St. Jude sales rep raises red flags
2/3/2013

Miami Herald: Hollywood cardiologist's ties with St. Jude sales rep raises red flags:  Michael Carome, a physician with the Washington watchdog group Public Citizen, said the underlying problem is the cost of healthcare. "Companies spend hundreds of millions of dollars on sales and marketing, and they wouldn't be doing that unless they had an effect on their bottom line," Carome said. Those marketing costs are ultimately paid by the government, through Medicare and Medicaid, or by employers and consumers, through private insurers.

 

Christie urged to separate himself from Sandy relief fund
2/3/2013

NorthJersey.com: Christie urged to separate himself from Sandy relief fund: Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the watchdog group Public Citizen, said he doesn't question Christie's motivation, but said the Republican should distance himself from the charity.

Group urges FDA to take contraceptive off marketplace
2/3/2013

Our Health Life: Group urges FDA to take contraceptive off marketplace - “Ortho-Evra is a poor decision for girls,” Dr. Sidney Wolfe of the group, Public Citizen, wrote the Meals and Drug Administration.

Consumer groups call on President and Congress to pursue strong consumer agenda
2/1/2013

PR Newswire: Consumer groups call on President and Congress to pursue strong consumer agenda: The letter was signed by presidents and executive directors of Consumer Action, Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union, National Association of Consumer Advocates, National Consumers League, National Consumer Law Center, Public Citizen, and U.S. Public Interest Research Group.

Tip of the iceberg
2/1/2013

Nightingale at large: Tip of the iceberg: Public Citizen found a total of 74 additional settlements, totaling $10.2 billion in financial penalties reached between the federal and state governments and pharmaceutical manufacturers between November 2, 2010 and July 18, 2012. As in the previous study, overcharging government health insurance programs–mainly drug pricing fraud against state Medicaid programs–was the most common violation while the unlawful promotion of drugs gathered the largest penalties.

Senators request USDA & Trade Representative protect COOL rules
2/1/2013

American AG Network: Senators request USDA & Trade Representative protect COOL rules - The Senators’ letter is also supported by the Consumer Federation of America, Public Citizen, R-CALF, Food and Water Watch, and the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association.


March, 2013 media hits RSS Feed
The wealth of business connections for Obama’s energy pick
4/9/2013

Ecopolitology: The wealth of business connections for Obama’s energy pick - Moniz's work for energy companies since he served in President Clinton's Energy Department has irked some environmentalists."His connections to the fossil fuel and nuclear power industries threaten to undermine the focus we need to see on renewables and energy efficiency," said Tyson Slocum, director of the energy program at the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen.

Corporate kangaroo courts supplant our seventh amendment rights
3/31/2013

truthout: Corporate kangaroo courts supplant our seventh amendment rights -  Public Citizen found that one giant firm, the National Arbitration Forum, heard over 34,000 consumer-versus-bank cases in California. It sided with financial giants 95 percent of the time. Even more astonishing, the city of San Francisco found that of the 18,045 cases brought by banks and other powers against overmatched California consumers, NAF's private judges sided with the corporations 100 percent of the time.

After fungal meningitis outbreak, agencies do battle with pharmacies
3/30/2013

NBC News: After fungal meningitis outbreak, agencies do battle with pharmacies -  Other FDA reports this year have pointed out patches of rust at one compounding pharmacy in St. Petersburg, Fla. and sloppy sterility practices at one in Swedesboro, N.J. It’s about time, say some. “That’s the type of activity we were calling for,” says Dr. Michael Carome of the consumer group Public Citizen, which is agitating for the FDA to do more to regulate compounding pharmacies. Public Citizen has argued that the FDA has all the authority it ever needed to stop rogue compounding pharmacies, but has failed to act.

The beginning of the end of too-big-to-fail
3/30/2013

CommonDreams.org: The beginning of the end of too-big-to-fail - Amidst an endless series of votes on amendments to a federal budget bill, the United States Senate voted 99-0 in favor of an amendment to end subsidies to too-big-to-fail financial institutions.

Compounder sold drugs illegally in seven states
3/30/2013

Boston Globe: Compounder sold drugs illegally in seven states - “It’s easy to see how, given the regulatory structure, these companies can go undetected,” particularly if they are shipping drugs directly to patients’ homes, said Dr. Michael Carome, deputy director of the Health Research Group at Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group.

Obama's push for free trade pact looks like corporate giveaway, consumer groups fear
3/29/2013

Hyperculture: Obama's push for free trade pact looks like corporate giveaway, consumer groups fear - Peter Maybarduk, Director of Public Citizen’s Access to Medicines campaign, presented a letter from 47 nonprofit groups calling for the U.S. Trade Representative to leave intellectual property standards out of the new EU trade deal altogether. Maybarduk noted that the same coalition had helped shut down implementation of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement in Europe.

Too big to jail bank: I'm sorry. Now can I go back out and play?
3/29/2013

Huffington Post: Too big to jail bank: I'm sorry. Now can I go back out and play? - Standard Chartered Bank violated money-laundering laws. The fifth-largest British bank, and 41st largest in the world, laundered an awful lot of money (at least $250 billion, to be precise).

Obama urged to act on China's alleged cyber theft
3/28/2013

Bloomberg News: Obama urged to act on China's alleged cyber theft - Intellectual-property provisions shouldn’t be in a proposed U.S.-EU trade deal because they could raise health-care costs, limit free speech and restrict access to education materials, Washington-based consumer group Public Citizen said in a March 18 statement joined by other organizations.

Opinion: Pushing pills - A prescription for conflict
3/27/2013

Record & Herald News: Opinion: Pushing pills - A prescription for conflict - THE PILL you are taking, prescribed by your doctor, may well be swallowed primarily for the benefit of the pharmaceutical industry – and the financial interest of the doctors whom the drug companies employ.

"I made some stupid posts": Anti- troll site gagged after threats against poet
3/27/2013

Ars Technica: "I made some stupid posts": Anti- troll site gagged after threats against poet - Paul Alan Levy, a First Amendment lawyer at the public interest organization Public Citizen, doesn't buy Chan's claims that the posts were harmless. "He's threatening to reveal embarrassing private information unless Ellis ceases litigation of which Chan disapproves," Levy told us in a Tuesday interview. "That sounds extortionate to me." He also said the language about people "looking to put you into the ground" could be interpreted as a threat.

Ernest Moniz should have an easy time before Senate
3/27/2013

Politico: Ernest Moniz should have an easy time before Senate - “If Moniz was nominated by George Bush, you would see outrage by the environmental community and by Democrats [of] this pick as someone who is in the pocket of Big Oil,” said Tyson Slocum, director of the energy program at Public Citizen, which has criticized Moniz’s connections to companies like BP, USEC and NGP Energy Technology Partners.

Senate bill calls for more radioactive waste into the Andrews facility
3/26/2013

Odessa American: Senate bill calls for more radioactive waste into the Andrews facility - Tom “Smitty” Smith, Director of Public Citizen, spoke out against the bill. “Twenty-seven percent of the waste coming in is expected to be very hot, or very radioactive, beyond the 500 year lifespan of the site — up to 50,000 years — and what this bill does is allow us to bring in the hotter stuff, and more of it early on,” Smith said. “If water gets into this radioactive waste, it can make this stuff go critical. And there’s water at this site. There is no geologic barrier between this site and the Ogallala Aquifer.”

FDA under more pressure to regulate painkillers
3/26/2013

The Hill: FDA under more pressure to regulate painkillers - “It is clear that people who are knowledgeable about the overuse of opioids — including the experts at the DEA — agree that labeling restrictions such as those proposed in our petition are an important way of reducing the misprescribing of these drugs," said Dr. Sidney Wolfe, the director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, who was part of the 2012 petition to FDA.

Ed Markey, Stephen Lynch lean on office
3/26/2013

Boston Herald: Ed Markey, Stephen Lynch lean on office - “It’s an egregious breaking of ethics rules, but it is commonplace. It doesn’t matter what party you are from,” said Craig Holman, spokesman for the government watchdog group Public Citizen. “There really shouldn’t be any taxpayer funding for these kinds of events unless they are entirely content neutral and don’t look like campaign fliers.”

U.S.-EU trade deal is the foundation for a new global economic order
3/25/2013

Economy and Society: U.S.-EU trade deal is the foundation for a new global economic order -  Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch director, Lori Wallach, cautioned how U.S.-EU talks, “are aimed at eliminating a list of what multinational corporations call ‘trade irritants’ but the rest of us know as strong food safety, environmental and health safeguards.”

Public Citizen acts to end national student loan crisis
3/25/2013

Examiner: Public Citizen acts to end national student loan crisis - Today Public Citizen sent Education Examiner notice that an online action has just been launched to stop corporate predators from trapping students in cycles of debt. As the $150 billion market in private student loans grows, so does the number of students ensnared in contracts that are “crawling with onerous terms,” says Rick Claypool of Public Citizen’s Online Action Team.

Aquene Freechild speaks on overturning Citizens United, in Kirkland, Wala Wala, and Spokane
3/24/2013

Washington Liberals: Aquene Freechild speaks on overturning Citizens United, in Kirkland, Wala Wala, and Spokane -  Public Citizen is sending Aquene Freechild to Washington to conduct three workshops on “How to connect across party lines.” They will focus on the issues of money in politics, campaign reform, and reversing the Citizens United decision. Some Republicans are anti-war. And some Republicans oppose the corrupting influence of money in politics.  But I’m skeptical about connecting across party lines on the issue of money in politics.   I don’t expect that most Republicans would vote against their own-self interest on this issue. So I’m curious what Aquene Freechild has to say.

Disaster Capitalism Is Creating Tremors in the Global Financial World
3/22/2013

Firedoglake: Disaster Capitalism Is Creating Tremors in the Global Financial World -  David Dayen said he asked Bartlett Naylor of Public Citizen what the worst case scenario would be if these bills are passed.  “The worst would be an inter-affiliate swap, hidden, moves trades from the U.S. to the U.K., escapes oversight, blows up, and the trades are located inside the bank, which now needs a bailout,” Bartlett replied.

Rest period rule sparks controversy
3/22/2013

The Packer: Rest period rule sparks controversy -  Another challenge is a push from Public Citizen, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit consumer advocacy organization, calling for cutting back truckers’ workdays from 11 hours to 10 hours.

Senate Republicans Push to Slow Financial Rule-Writing
3/22/2013

Dealb%k: Senate Republicans Push to Slow Financial Rule-Writing - “The costs of the financial crisis and benefits of avoiding the next one are crystal clear,” said Amit Narang, a regulatory policy advocate at Public Citizen, a nonprofit government watchdog group. “Having financial regulators jump through more hoops will only further delay the process of making Wall Street accountable to the American public.”

GOP plans to litter budget with anti-environment amendments
3/22/2013

People's World: GOP plans to litter budget with anti-environment amendments -  Activists are fighting back. "Giant corporations are hoping to sneak provisions into the rushed Senate budget bill to undermine the core regulatory protections on which Americans rely to make our country stronger, safer, cleaner, healthier, and more fair and just," said Robert Weissman, president of nonprofit consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen. But "the American people aren't so easily tricked, and they demand Senators vote down these corporate-gift amendments."

Revolving door bonuses could see legal challenge from public interest group
3/22/2013

Huffington Post: Revolving door bonuses could see legal challenge from public interest group - Public Citizen, the organization founded by consumer advocate Ralph Nader, told The Huffington Post that it was so incensed by news of these bonus policies -- as detailed in a report from watchdog group Project on Government Oversight -- that it is now readying a legal challenge. "Contracts promising bonuses only if [financial executives] take a government position are the revolving door at its worst," said Craig Holman, a lobbyist for Public Citizen. "If a company is paying you a multimillion-dollar bonus for your government service, they’re going to expect something in return. There’s no way around that. This is literally a corporation buying the allegiance of a public official."

Lawmakers Push for HOS Delay
3/22/2013

Transport Topics: Lawmakers Push for HOS Delay -  The letter was sent five days after American Trucking Associations and Public Citizen told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that FMCSA erred in writing the rule. ATA asked that the rest break and restart provisions be overturned, but Public Citizen asked that the 11-hour driving day be reduced to 10 hours and that the 34-hour restart be eliminated altogether.

Diabetes Drugs May Cause Damage to Pancreas, Study Finds
3/22/2013

Bloomberg: Diabetes Drugs May Cause Damage to Pancreas, Study Finds -  “These findings are in accord with the rapidly increasing number of reports to the U.S Food and Drug Administration of pancreatic cancer in patients using these drugs compared with diabetics using other drugs,” Public Citizen said.

'Tsunami' of GOP budget amendments draws swift rebuke
3/21/2013

The Hill: 'Tsunami' of GOP budget amendments draws swift rebuke - “Giant corporations are hoping to sneak provisions into the rushed Senate budget bill to undermine the core regulatory protections on which Americans rely to make our country stronger, better, safer, cleaner, healthier and more fair and just,” said Robert Weissman, who serves as co-chair of the coalition and president of Public Citizen.

Compounding pharmacy recalls drugs over safety concerns
3/21/2013

USA Today: Compounding pharmacy recalls drugs over safety concerns - Critics of the compounding industry say they aren't surprised by the continued recalls. Michael Carome, a physician and deputy director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, says compounding pharmacies have grown over the past decade. These pharmacies have expanded beyond their traditional role of mixing prescriptions for individual patients to become, in many cases, large-scale manufacturers. In some cases, compounders can sell products more cheaply than larger manufacturers that are regulated more closely, Carome says.

Delay in Sending Warning Letter to Fat Loss Device Company Hurt Patients, Group Claims
3/20/2013

Regulatory Focus: Delay in Sending Warning Letter to Fat Loss Device Company Hurt Patients, Group Claims - But to some industry critics, including public advocacy group Public Citizen, FDA's Warning Letter comes far too late for its tastes, even if it is on point. "FDA is doing the right thing by warning RevecoMED International, the maker of the LipoTron 'fat-burning' device, to stop marketing the device, which has not been FDA-approved for “fat-burning," it said in a statement.

Is JPMorgan a farmer?
3/20/2013

Salon: Is JPMorgan a farmer? -  I asked Bartlett Naylor of Public Citizen what would be the worst possible outcome if these Wall Street-backed Ag Committee bills passed into law. “The worst would be an inter-affiliate swap, hidden, moves trades from the U.S. to the U.K., escapes oversight, blows up, and the trades are located inside the bank, which now needs a bailout.” This describes almost exactly the London Whale trade, proving why this activity must be tightly regulated in the public interest.

Supreme Court Insurance Ruling a Setback for Class Action Claimants
3/20/2013

Insurance Journal: Supreme Court Insurance Ruling a Setback for Class Action Claimants- Scott Nelson, a Public Citizen lawyer, said the ruling would “make it harder for some people with potentially legitimate claims to pursue them in the appropriate court system”. But, he added, the ruling will not affect major class cases that, due to the size of the claims and number of class members, are heard in federal court.

Ernest Moniz's Business Connections Draw Mixed Response From Environmentalists
3/20/2013

Huffington Post: Ernest Moniz's Business Connections Draw Mixed Response From Environmentalists- “His connections to the fossil fuel and nuclear power industries threaten to undermine the focus we need to see on renewables and energy efficiency,” said Tyson Slocum, director of the energy program at the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen. Slocum pointed out that Moniz, if confirmed, will set research and investment priorities, including at the department’s network of national laboratories.

Audi headlights seeing around corners banned by U.S.
3/20/2013

Houston Chronicle: Audi headlights seeing around corners banned by U.S. - Companies come to NHTSA "all the time" with requests to change safety standards, said Joan Claybrook, the first NHTSA administrator and president emeritus of Public Citizen, a Washington-based advocacy group. "The idea they have is a good one, and I realize they'd make a lot of money from it," she said of the lighting request.

Work of fiction - ATRA's so-called "Judicial Hellhole" report has no basis in fact
3/18/2013

Digital Journal: Work of Fiction - ATRA's So-Called "Judicial Hellhole" Report Has No Basis in Fact - While ATRA calls its members "the average citizen looking for an end to the threat of being sued," an investigation by Public Citizen Congress Watch found that "ATRA's members are largely Fortune 500 companies with a direct finance stake in restricting lawsuits. Members have included representatives of the tobacco, insurance, chemical, auto and pharmaceutical industries . . . Legal Times also reporters that, 'most of [ATRA's] funding comes from large corporate donors. Insurance firms . . . are each good for $50,000 or $75,000."

This Is How Senator Bernie Sanders Wants To Tear Down Citizens United
3/18/2013

Center For American Progress: This Is How Senator Bernie Sanders Wants To Tear Down Citizens United- “Money should not be viewed as free speech,” said Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist for campaign finance reform group Public Citizen. “To view money as free speech is to transform our elections into unlimited spigots of cash. That is not what our elections are about, and that is not what free speech is about.”

With taxpayer-funded trips out, private donors step in to bankroll CODELs
3/18/2013

US News & World Report: With Taxpayer-Funded Trips Out, Private Donors Step in to Bankroll CODELs - "Ending CODELs is going to make the travel-for-favors problem much worse," says Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist at Public Citizen's Congress Watch, who notes that free travel was a tool disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff once used to get what he wanted from members. "Lawmakers will now mainly be able to 'see the world' at the expense and generosity of those who want something in return."

More N.J. schools turning to advertising to make ends meet
3/17/2013

nj.com: More N.J. schools turning to advertising to make ends meet - Across the country, strapped school districts are also turning to advertising, according to the consumer group Public Citizen, which said the risk of commercializing schools outweighs the benefits. In a 2012 report, the Washington, D.C.-based group said that school ads provide less than half of 1 percent of school revenues and that “middleman” firms take a big chunk of profits. “It teaches students that everything is for sale,” said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen. “Kids are, of course, exposed to advertising all the time, but schools should not endorse and add to the constant marketing.”

York County docs, entities received hundreds of thousands of dollars from drug companies
3/16/2013

TMC News: York County docs, entities received hundreds of thousands of dollars from drug companies - But critics of the practice, like Dr. Sidney Wolfe, a physician and director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, a consumer advocacy organization, say it taints the doctor-patient relationship. "It's fairly pervasive," said Wolfe. "...Patients should be educated to know that the decisions that their doctors make to prescribe drugs to them might be heavily influenced." In Unwin's case, he considers the money he receives a relatively small amount, given the travel and time commitment involved. And he said there are other products that he wouldn't speak about while being paid by drug companies.

Limits on truckers hours being fought in court
3/15/2013

ISHN: Limits on truckers hours being fought in court - A new battle in the long legal war over truckers’ hours of service (HOS) is taking place in a federal appellate court in Washington, D.C. today. Nonprofit consumer advocacy group Public Citizen is attempting to force the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to require what it calls “meaningful limits” on the hours truckers may drive – limits that Congress called for nearly 20 years ago, in an effort to improve transportation safety.

Former Congressional Ethics Chair: My $16,000 African Safari Was to Research Al Qaeda
3/15/2013

Mother Jones: Former Congressional Ethics Chair: My $16,000 African Safari Was to Research Al Qaeda - His other points, however, are mostly true. And that's precisely the difficulty, according to Public Citizen lobbyist Craig Holman. "Sadly to say, [the trip] does comply with the loophole-ridden ethics rules that [Bonner's] committee has developed," he said. "The problem is, it does not comply with what was originally intended" with the post-Jack Abramoff scandal lobbying reforms, Holman added. "It was clearly intended that any lobbying entity that has business pending before Congress does not sponsor travel junkets," explained Holman, who helped craft the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007.

Happy birthday, South Korean trade deal! Let’s argue about whether you were a good idea.
3/15/2013

Washington Post: Happy birthday, South Korean trade deal! Let’s argue about whether you were a good idea. - “The actual outcomes…are exactly the opposite of what the Obama administration promised,” says a news release from Public Citizen. They note that the U.S. trade deficit with South Korea is larger than the year before, with goods exports to South Korea dropping from $43.4 billion in 2011 to $42.3 billion in 2012, and imports from South Korea climbing from $56.6 billion to $58.8 billion.

Appeals Court hears challenges, defense of HOS Rule
3/15/2013

Transport Topics: Appeals Court Hears Challenges, Defense of HOS Rule - The court also heard arguments from Public Citizen, which, with other public interest groups is pushing for a return to the 10-hour driving day with no 34-hour restart allowed, like it was before FMCSA added the 11-hour day and restart in 2003. Scott Nelson, Public Citizen’s attorney, accused the agency of “failing to fulfill its statutory obligation to improve safety” when it chose not to eliminate the 11th driving hour and the restart.

This is Starbucks' moment to lead on campaign spending reform
3/15/2013

Yahoo Finance: This is Starbucks' moment to lead on campaign spending reform - “There are moments in our lives when we have an opportunity to ignite tremendous positive change—not just in the lives of the customers and communities we serve every day, but in our country.” Those words, written by Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, have never resonated more than they do right now. Shareholders at Starbucks (SBUX) have filed a resolution asking the company to refrain from election-related spending. That means no giving to super PACs, no checks to party committees and no money for trade associations and nonprofits that spend in politics. Schultz would be wise to consider adopting the policy because it represents a real chance to spark some much-needed positive change in the way Washington, D.C., does business.

Eminent domain comes to the Texas Legislature
3/14/2013

NPR StateImpact: Eminent domain comes to the Texas Legislature - Tom “Smitty” Smith is the head of Texas Public Citizen, an environmental group that has opposed pipeline companies. He told StateImpact Texas that Lewis’ bill has all the trappings of a “shell bill,” a bill filed with few details so that lawmakers, stakeholders, agency officials, and lobbyists, can figure out the details during the legislative process.

Progressive 'back to work' budget wins praise for anti- austerity approach
3/14/2013

Common Dreams: Progressive 'back to work' budget wins praise for anti- austerity approach - "Financial speculation taxes can raise substantial revenue to counteract devastating spending cuts," said Micah Hauptman of Public Citizen. "The automatic, across-the-board “sequestration” cuts began to take effect two weeks ago. And while most people have not experienced the disastrous consequences of these cuts, it is likely that they will shortly, as funding to emergency response and disaster relief programs are slashed, food inspections are reduced and public safety is compromised."

Congressman Ted Deutch, Senator Bernie Sanders unveil Democracy is for People amendment
3/12/2013

Congressional Documents and Publications: Congressman Ted Deutch, Senator Bernie Sanders unveil Democracy is for People amendment - “The Democracy is for People Amendment introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders and Rep. Ted Deutch to overturn Citizens United will eliminate unaccountable corporate spending in our elections and restore governmental authority over campaign spending to the people,” said Robert Weissman, President of Public Citizen. “Democracy is rule by the people, after all, not rule by Goldman Sachs, Walmart and the US Chamber of Commerce.”

Groups want to see state medical board undergo overhaul
3/12/2013

Merced Sun- Star: Groups want to see state medical board undergo overhaul - Dr. Sidney Wolfe of Public Citizen, a watchdog group that ranks medical boards annually, said some doctors in California are not adequately disciplined by the board.

Media blackout: Obama censors more documents, citing national security
3/11/2013

Washington Times: Media blackout: Obama censors more documents, citing national security - The Obama administration “has been responsible for a growing trend in which agencies issue baseless denials of public-interest fee waiver requests,” said Julie Murray, an attorney at the watchdog group Public Citizen.

Remembering CREEP, and the high price of easy money
3/11/2013

Open Secrets: Remembering CREEP, and the High Price of Easy Money - Chevron’s super PAC contribution is the subject of a formal FEC complaint by watchdog groups, led by Public Citizen, claiming that the gift violates the “pay-to-play” prohibitions for government contractors. This all comes five years after Chevron paid a $30 million fine to settle charges of bribery brought under the FCPA involving the United Nations' Oil for Food Program in 2001 and 2002.

Drug firms paid $2B to doctors to pitch products and conduct research, study says
3/11/2013

Record & Herald News: Drug firms paid $2B to doctors to pitch products and conduct research, study says - “This is a very serious conflict of interest for physicians,” said Craig Holman, the government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, a national consumer advocacy group. “Clearly what’s happening is the pharmaceutical companies are rewarding or endearing physicians in order to promote and prescribe their drugs.”

After $10 million campaign, Rep. Dan Maffei says it's time to take money out of politics
3/10/2013

Post- Standard: After $10 million campaign, Rep. Dan Maffei says it's time to take money out of politics - But momentum appears to be on the side of reformers this year, said Craig Holman, a campaign finance reform expert with Public Citizen, a government watchdog group in Washington, D.C. He said members of Congress are talking about reforms after the record $7 billion spent on the 2012 federal elections, including at least $1 billion from super PACs that can raise unlimited amounts of money from anonymous donors. “Americans are fed up with that,” said Holman, whose group is backing and helping to draft some of the reforms.

McDonalds: Let lawyer critical of settlement talk
3/8/2013

AP: McDonalds: Let lawyer critical of settlement talk - Consumer advocacy group Public Citizen filed its own motion to have the injunction removed, claiming it violated Moughni's constitutional rights.

Open gov't groups: FDA redactions rules skirt law
3/8/2013

AP: Open gov't groups: FDA redactions skirt law - McDermott asks FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to take action on a formal petition from Public Citizen that would do away with the deletion policy. The consumer advocacy group, founded by Ralph Nader in the 1970s, submitted the petition in September, but has not heard from the FDA. Public Citizen is a member of the OpenTheGovernment.org coalition.

Keystone fails Texas common- carrier test, landowners say
3/7/2013

Bloomberg News: Keystone fails Texas common- carrier test, landowners says - “What’s at stake here is whether the state should allow a public agency to allow condemnation for private gain,” Tom Smith of Public Citizen, a consumers’ rights advocacy group, said in an e-mail. “TransCanada has yet to prove to the court that they are transporting the product for the public good or for the public for hire as required by law.”

Supreme Court could further curtail class actions
3/7/2013

Forbes: Supreme Court could further curtail class actions - The ruling had an immediate impact. More than 75 class actions were stopped or significantly hampered within its first year, according to Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy organization. Plus, companies like Microsoft updated their agreements with consumers in response to the decision. Concepcion will likely weigh heavily on the Court’s thinking in the American Express case.

Foreign workers' visas familiar territory for former Microsoft exec in Congress
3/5/2013

Seattle Times: Foreign workers' visas familiar territory for former Microsoft exec in Congress - Craig Holman, a government-affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, a consumer-advocacy group, said the visa issue’s far-reaching nature mutes ethical qualms about DelBene. Still, Holman said, she “should not be the lead in crafting or championing the legislation.”

Chevron super PAC donation spurs complaint
3/5/2013

San Francisco Chronicle: Chevron super PAC donation spurs complaint - "There is a long, long, sordid history of government contractors' essentially trying to bribe people with authority over contracts," said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for the Public Citizen watchdog group.

Comply- SEC arbitration stance may leave investors in the lurch
3/5/2013

Reuters: Comply- SEC arbitration stance may leave investors in the lurch - Calls are growing louder for the SEC - one of the few entities with power to tackle the issue - to step in. A string of U.S. Supreme Court decisions, since 2010, allows more arbitration pact restrictions, including through class action waivers, said Christine Hines, consumer and civil justice counsel at watchdog group Public Citizen. Other types of financial advisers are now also requiring arbitration, say state securities regulators.

'Pay to play' corruption: Chevron, campaign contributions and government contracts
3/5/2013

Huffington Post: 'Pay to play' corruption: Chevron, campaign contributions and government contracts - Public Citizen has asked the FEC to investigate the Chevron campaign contribution and enforce the law to prevent further pay-to-play abuses. If the FEC is not willing to act, lawmakers will be on their own come the next election. The potential for scandal is just another large campaign contribution away.

K Street files: FEC complaint targets Chevron, GOP group
3/5/2013

Roll Call: K Street files: FEC complaint targets Chevron, GOP group - “By taking a strong stand against Chevron’s actions, the FEC would clearly signal to federal contractors and political organizations that trading cash for favors will not be tolerated,” Public Citizen President Robert Weissman said in a statement. Public Citizen also released an updated report dubbed “Super Connected” that documents close links between supposedly independent super PACs and the candidates and parties they back.

No Hot Flash Relief Here: Medications for Depression, Seizures and Neuropathic Pain Should Not Get Nod From the FDA
3/4/2013

eNews Park Forest: No Hot Flash Relief Here: Medications for Depression, Seizures and Neuropathic Pain Should Not Get Nod From the FDA - Testifying before the FDA’s Advisory Committee on Reproductive Health Drugs, Dr. Michael Carome, deputy director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, urged the FDA not to approve the anti-depressant paroxetine and the anti-seizure/neuropathic pain medication gabapentin to treat vasomotor symptoms – hot flashes and flushing caused by menopause.

Horror Care: How Private Health Care Is Shortening Our Lives
3/4/2013

Common Dreams: Horror Care: How Private Health Care Is Shortening Our Lives - A study by researchers at Harvard Medical School and Public Citizen found that health care bureaucracy last year cost the United States $399.4 billion.

If Switzerland Can Crack Down on CEOs, Why Not the US?
3/4/2013

The Nation: If Switzerland Can Crack Down on CEOs, Why Not the US? - In 2011, Congressman Michael Capuano (D-MA) introduced an American Shareholder Protection Act to empower shareholders to vote on whether to allow CEOs and corporate boards to spend company money on political campaigns. “Shareholders—not the CEO and not the board of directors—are the real owners of any publicly traded corporation, and the decision should be theirs,” argued Public Citizen in campaigning for the measure, which attracted forty-nine co-sponsors. Public Citizen has also led the campaign to get the Obama administration to crackdown on federal contractors that use corporate money—from accounts padded with taxpayer dollars—to fund campaigns. 

Fund-raising from employees reveals divide, raises ethical questions
3/4/2013

BostonGlobe.com: Fund-raising from employees reveals divide, raises ethical questions - “It clearly raises red flags,” said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, a Washington, D.C., ¬advocacy group. “People can certainly feel compelled to donate, and people who don’t participate can easily feel shunned. It essentially creates a hostile work environment.”

Economy Sick, Politics Deadlocked? How About a Trade Deal!?
3/4/2013

HuffPost: Economy Sick, Politics Deadlocked? How About a Trade Deal!? - More free trade deals don't compensate for other economic imbalances. As Public Citizen's irreplaceable Lori Wallach recently reported, in 2012 the (non-oil) trade deficit rose to a five-year high.

Obama Legacy On Keystone XL Pipeline Is New Environmentalist Appeal
3/4/2013

HuffPost: Obama Legacy On Keystone XL Pipeline Is New Environmentalist Appeal - Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen’s Energy Program, said that while there's still a long comment period to follow the pipeline environmental statement, the State Department document looks like a green light from the Obama administration, directly at odds with the president's soaring rhetoric on climate change.

Texas Landowner Julia Trigg Crawford Files Appeal Against TransCanada In Texarkana’s 6th Circuit Court
3/3/2013

Paramus Post: Texas Landowner Julia Trigg Crawford Files Appeal Against TransCanada In Texarkana’s 6th Circuit Court - "What’s at stake here is whether the state should allow a public agency to allow condemnation for private gain. The Crawford case is emblematic of the failure of the Texas Railroad Commission to effectively ensure that companies doing business in Texas are indeed a common carrier,” commented Tom Smitty Smith of Public Citizen. “The State has laid this burden of proving up common carrier upon landowners such as the Crawfords, while the proof should be incumbent upon those who want to business here in Texas. The entire process needs to be overhauled.”

Federal judge to hear ex-Sen. Craig’s suit on use of campaign funds for solicitation-case legal fees
3/3/2013

Washington Times: Federal judge to hear ex-Sen. Craig’s suit on use of campaign funds for solicitation-case legal fees - Judge Jackson’s ruling could affect the widespread use of campaign funds by members of Congress to pay legal fees. “Legal defense funds are another way for special interests to throw money to their friends to influence laws,” said Craig Holman, legislative representative for the Washington-based watchdog group Public Citizen. “This money means a lot to members. This is something that lawmakers take very seriously.”

Austin approves electric rate settlement
3/2/2013

Energy Central: Austin approves electric rate settlement -  Environmental activists weren't happy with the terms, but Tom "Smitty" Smith, head of the Texas branch of Public Citizen, said it was best for the council to settle rather than allow the appeal to drag on toward an uncertain resolution by the Public Utility Commission as lawyers fees accumulated."This preserves the most innovative things Austin Energy is doing: energy efficiency, renewables, its customer assistance program," Smith said

Michigan Court Tests Limits on Free Speech on Facebook
3/1/2013
Independent Voter Network: Michigan Court Tests Limits on Free Speech on Facebook - In this premature “jaw-dropping attack on the First Amendment,” Paul Alan Levy, the attorney for Public Citizen, argues that the court has made no attempt to prove Mr. Moughni’s claims as false, nor have they proven that he was speaking out of malice. 
Life and Health: Is Alli Truly an Ally for Obesity?
3/1/2013

Women Health Advice: Life and Health: Is Alli Truly an Ally for Obesity? - Not everyone is so positive about orlistat, including the consumer group known as Public Citizen. In April of 2006 they petitioned the FDA, citing studies that indicate a link between Xenical and the development of precancerous colon lesions in rats. Despite this, the makers claim it is the most extensively studied weight-loss drug on the market and is safe when used as directed.

Occupy the SEC Sues Federal Reserve, SEC, CFTC, OCC, FDIC and U.S. Treasury Over Volcker Rule Delays
3/1/2013

Here We Protest: Occupy the SEC Sues Federal Reserve, SEC, CFTC, OCC, FDIC and U.S. Treasury Over Volcker Rule Delays - This is the first lawsuit challenging regulators to implement, rather than delay, the Volcker Rule. As Public Citizen’s Bart Naylor wrote, the suit is “making the straightforward case that banks shouldn’t gamble with savings because real people may be harmed.”

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