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U.S. to require new cars to have rearview cameras by 2018
3/31/2014

·         Reuters: U.S. to require new cars to have rearview cameras by 2018 by Eric Beech - "While the administration delayed the rule, more children died in backover accidents. The cost of regulatory delay, in human lives, could hardly be more clear than it is today," Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, said in a statement. Also on:  Yahoo! News, Chicago Tribune, MSN News, Insurance Journal, H and B Communications, Daily Press, Virginia Gazette , Bangor Daily News, KDWZ.com, Metro, Darien Telephone Company, Orlando Sentinel, WGHP-TV Online, TheDrive.com, Home Town Ohio

U.S. requires new cars to have backup cameras
3/31/2014

·         CNN Money: U.S. requires new cars to have backup cameras by Gregory Wallace - Several safety advocacy groups sued the government and asked a federal judge to require backup rules be adopted. Those groups said Monday's announcement was long overdue. "While the administration delayed the rule, more children died in backover accidents," said Robert Weissman of Public Citizen, one of the groups. "The cost of regulatory delay, in human lives, could hardly be more clear than it is today." Also on: WHNT Online, WCTI 12, KDVR.com, WREG-TV Online, WTVR-TV Online, KVIA-TV Online, ArkLaTex.com,  WTKR-TV Online, FOX6Now, WDAF-TV Online

U.S. orders rear cameras for new cars
3/31/2014

·         LA Times: U.S. orders rear cameras for new cars by David Undercoffler - "We applaud the DOT for issuing the rule," Michelman said. "But it's a bittersweet moment; by DOT's own estimates, 200 people are killed and 15,000 are injured a year by backup crashes. You can do that math. Three years late means a lot of folks were harmed by this delay." Michelman was set to be lead counsel for Public Citizen's suit against the DOT. His organization filed the suit on behalf of Cameron Gulbransen's father, Greg; the mother of a girl injured in a backup accident; and three safety organizations: Consumers Union of the United States, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, and Kids and Cars Inc. Also on: Baltimore Sun, The Register Guard, The Morning Call, The Courant

Rearview Cameras by 2018 for Cars and Light Trucks
3/31/2014

·         New York Times: Rearview Cameras by 2018 for Cars and Light Trucks by Cheryl Jensen - Dr. Gulbransen was one of the plaintiffs in the suit, along with Susan Auriemma, who injured her 3-year-old daughter in 2005 when backing up in Manhasset, N.Y. They were joined in the suit by three consumer groups — Kids and Cars Inc., Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety and Consumers Union. Public Citizen represented the plaintiffs. Also on: Gulf Live

Obama’s regs chief: We’re not setting policy
3/31/2014

·         The Hill: Obama’s regs chief: We’re not setting policy by Benjamin Goad - Speaking Monday at the Washington headquarters of the left-leaning Public Citizen, OIRA administrator Howard Shelanski defended Obama administration regulations, saying they generated net economic benefits approaching $160 billion over the president’s first term.

Obama’s Regulatory Chief: Businesses Will Always Criticize Us
3/31/2014

·         Government Executive: Obama’s Regulatory Chief: Businesses Will Always Criticize Us by Charles S Clark - OIRA, said Public Citizen President Robert Weissman, “is often seen as only weakening proposed regulations, not strengthening them.” Shelanski countered that “our job is to review -- not to tell an agency -- the policy, and agencies decide which areas to regulate.” But, “once the agency goes down a path and it has major economic impact,”

Ennis & Ennis reports that on February 7, 2014 United States District Court Judge Rodney Sippel approved a $100 million settlement in the NuvaRing Multidistrict Litigation and the date to opt in the settlement has been extended to April 9, 2014.
3/31/2014

·         Online PR news: Ennis & Ennis reports that on February 7, 2014 United States District Court Judge Rodney Sippel approved a $100 million settlement in the NuvaRing Multidistrict Litigation and the date to opt in the settlement has been extended to April 9, 2014. – In 2007, a consumer advocacy group, Public Citizen petitioned the FDA to remove all third generation contraceptive, including NuvaRing and Yaz from the market. In October 2011, The FDA released the findings of government research indicating women who used the NuvaRing were at a 56 percent higher risk of suffering blood clotting that led to deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism than women on birth control pills.

Lori Wallach to speak at a briefing April 7th
3/31/2014

·         Lori Wallach, Director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, will speak at a briefing in congress April 7th to discuss the failings of NAFTA.

Media companies support Larry Flynt in fight over Missouri execution records
3/31/2014

·         Saint Louis Post Dispatch: Media companies support Larry Flynt in fight over Missouri execution records by Jeremy Kohler - “In sum, third-party intervenors like Mr. Flynt, Public Citizen, and the hundreds of daily and weekly newspapers in the Missouri Press Association play a crucial role in safeguarding the public’s ability to oversee the work of the courts,” the lawyers for Missouri Press Association and Public Citizen wrote.

Stark Choice for NH House: Efforts to Plug “Dark Money” Flow
3/31/2014

·         Public News Service: Stark Choice for NH House: Efforts to Plug “Dark Money” Flow by Mike Clifford - Jonah Minkoff-Zern, senior organizer, Public Citizen "Democracy is for People Campaign," has been active on the issue in New England. He said voters in New Hampshire, especially Republicans, sent a clear message to state lawmakers that they wanted to put a plug in dark money. "In 48 town meetings - almost a forth of the state - people called for a constitutional amendment, and in a two-to-one ratio those were in Republican districts. So the Republicans are not following the will of the people; they aren't following their constituents. There has to be some other force that's pulling them in the other direction."

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"Connect the Dots" Podcast
3/30/2014

Robert Weissman appeared on Connect the Dots, a podcast that airs in LA, Santa Barbara and San Diego,as one of “three leaders in the fight to save our democracy” and was interviewed by Lila Garett.

Anti-Fracking Activist Can Now Go to the Hospital
3/30/2014

Daily Kos: Anti-Fracking Activist Can Now Go to the Hospital by Walter Brasch - The injunction, says Scott Michelman of Public Citizen was “overbroad and violates her constitutional rights to freedom of speech and freedom of movement.” Public Citizen, the Pennsylvania ACLU, and local attorney Gerald Kinchy, represented her Monday when she sought to vacate the order. At that hearing, Cabot wanted the buffer zone extended to 500 feet, but couldn’t show any reason why 500 feet was necessary.

The Torkzadeh Law Firm is Investigating Heart Attack and Stroke Cases Caused By Testosterone Replacement Therapy
3/30/2014

Sys-con Media: The Torkzadeh Law Firm is Investigating Heart Attack and Stroke Cases Caused By Testosterone Replacement Therapy by PR Newswire - Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, has examined 27 testosterone trial studies, of which 13 were funded by the drug companies.  The drug company funded studies did not show an increase in cardiac events or heart problems.  All 14 remaining trial studies, which were not funded by the drug companies, showed double the increase of cardiac problems.

GM hearing will test automaker’s deep Washington ties
3/30/2014

Washington Post: GM hearing will test automaker’s deep Washington ties by Holly Yeager - Joan Claybrook, a former NHTSA chief and former president of Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, has been speaking with Democrats on the House panel and on the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee about the hearings. She said it may be too soon to learn much from GM as it conducts its internal reviews, but she expects tough questioning of NHTSA’s acting administrator, David J. Friedman, over the regulator’s failure to open its own investigation.

GM CEO Mary Barra can learn from automakers’ past disasters on Capitol Hill
3/30/2014

Detroit Free Press: GM CEO Mary Barra can learn from automakers’ past disasters on Capitol Hill by Nathan Bomey and Alisa Priddle“I think it shows what the spotlight of public scrutiny and potential criminal penalties can do to enlighten General Motors,” said Joan Claybrook, a former National Highway Traffic Safety Administration administrator and member of the board of directors of advocacy group Public Citizen, which has been critical of GM. “It will show they are trying to be responsive. ... It shows they are responding to public pressure.”

Serious Coverage of Trade Issues is essential but all too Rare
3/29/2014

Common Dreams: Serious Coverage of Trade Issues is essential but all too Rare by John NicholsOver the past six months, he’s provided a forum for thoughtful members of Congress, environmentalists, farm families, policy analysts and advocates for oversight — including Wisconsin Congressman Mark Pocan, Public Citizen Global Trade Watch Director Lori Wallach (a Wausau native) and this writer — to raise concerns about a free-trade agenda that too frequently serves Wall Street rather than Main Street.

Texas landowners fear the worst with Keystone XL Pipeline
3/29/2014

Star-Telegram: Texas landowners fear the worst with Keystone XL Pipeline by Anna M. Tinsley - A recent Public Citizen report raised questions about Keystone XL’s southern leg, citing concerns about the construction and inspection system, erosion, dents, sags, repairs and more. “We are very much concerned about the integrity of the pipeline,” said Rita Beving, a member of the executive committee for the Sierra Club and a North Texas organizer for Public Citizen.

House Raw Milk Bills Give Hope to Farmers, Consumers
3/29/2014

Reason.com: House Raw Milk Bills Give Hope to Farmers, Consumers by Baylen LinnekinAs I detailed in a 2012 column, the FDA's ban is a relatively new phenomenon. "[I]t wasn't until 1987 that FDA regulations mandated that unpasteurized milk could no longer be sold across state lines. The agency had successfully bucked pressure to implement such a ban but was forced to do so thanks to a federal judge’s 1986 ruling in a lawsuit launched by Public Citizen, the group founded by Ralph Nader. Without that lawsuit, it’s at least debatable whether a federal ban would be in place today."

Free trade fight yields strange alliances
3/29/2014

Bloomberg Businessweek: Free trade fight yields strange alliances - Lori Wallach, director of the global trade-watch program at the consumer group Public Citizen, counters that free trade agreements have not opened foreign markets for the U.S. but have instead increased trade deficits that cost American jobs. She said the split over free trade "is not a partisan divide so much as a ­corporatist-populist divide." Wallach says Public Citizens keeps a database of workers the government has certified as displaced by "trade adjustment" since 1994.

General Motors adds 1.7 million more vehicles to recall list
3/29/2014

Bloomberg Businessweek: General Motors adds 1.7 million more vehicles to recall list - Joan Claybrook, a former NHTSA administrator and a member of the board of directors of advocacy group Public Citizen, said there was no reason for GM not to have recalled the additional vehicles sooner. "I think it shows what the spotlight of public scrutiny and potential criminal penalties can do to enlighten General Motors," Claybrook said. "It will show they are trying to be responsive. ... It shows they are responding to public pressure."

Judge Eases Restrictions on Fracking Activist
3/28/2014

NBC Online: Judge Eases Restrictions on Fracking Activist by Michael Rubinkam - Scroggins' attorney still expressed concern about a buffer zone that requires her to stay 100 feet from Cabot's operations, saying it could hinder the activist's ability to see what the company is doing on the land. "But overall, the injunction is narrowed hugely and that's a big win for Vera," said Scott Michelman, an attorney with Public Citizen, who represented Scroggins.

Injunction eased so PA fracking foe can go to hospital, grocery
3/28/2014

Reuters: Injunction eased so PA fracking foe can go to hospital, grocery by David DeKok"This is a big victory for Vera Scroggins," said Scott Michelman, a lawyer with the Public Citizen Litigation Group in Washington, D.C., who represents the activist. "The court recognized it was inappropriate to severely restrict an advocate's daily activities."

Judge eases ruling on Pa. anti-fracking activist
3/28/2014

Townhall.com: Judge eases ruling on Pa. anti-fracking activist by AP News - Scroggins' attorney still expressed concern about a buffer zone that requires her to stay 100 feet from Cabot's operations, saying it could hinder the activist's ability to see what the company is doing on the land. "But overall, the injunction is narrowed hugely and that's a big win for Vera," said Scott Michelman, an attorney with Public Citizen, who represented Scroggins.

High-powered interests fund McCain Institute
3/28/2014

USA Today: High-powered interests fund McCain Institute by Fredreka Schouten - Donations to congressional pet causes "provide a means for wealthy special-interest groups to find another way to throw money at the feet of a lawmaker," said Craig Holman of Public Citizen, which favors more restrictions.

Court to weigh challenge over delayed auto saftey rule
3/28/2014

The Hill: Court to weigh challenge over delayed auto safety rule by Benjamin Goad - The agency pulled back last year, claiming it needed until 2015 to conduct further analysis.

 Safety advocates, represented by the group Public Citizen, responded with a lawsuit challenging the delay. They say as many as two children are killed per week by vehicles backing over them.

Aquene Fairchild interviewed by WPFW
3/28/2014

·         WPFW interviewed Public Citizen’s senior organizer Aquene Freechild about McCutcheon vs. FEC

Why does the U.S. Chamber oppose small businesses harmed by BP disaster?
3/27/2014

The Hill: Why does the U.S. Chamber oppose small businesses harmed by BP disaster? By Robert Weissman - A Public Citizen analysis found that more than half of the Chamber’s roughly $180 million funding in 2012 – the most recent year for which relevant tax filings are available – came from a mere 64 donors. Forty-three entities – presumably all large corporations – gave the Chamber at least $1 million.

Survey says most groups want IRS to stick with rulemaking process — Retailers host D.C. fly-in to lobby on sales tax, reform
3/27/2014

Politico: Survey says most groups want IRS to stick with rulemaking process — Retailers host D.C. fly-in to lobby on sales tax, reform by Lauren French - SURVEY SAYS MOST GROUPS WANT IRS TO STICK TO RULEMAKING PROCESS. The comments might look negative but nearly two-thirds of the organizations that would be most impacted by new Treasury nonprofit rules say they do want the IRS to move forward with the rulemaking process, a Public Citizen’s Bright Lines Project analysis found.

Don't Buy Chevron's Big Lie!
3/27/2014

Huffington Post: Don't Buy Chevron's Big Lie! By Paul Paz y Miño - Yet Chevron finally found two venues working for it – Kaplan's court and an International Investor Tribunal of the Hague (to learn more about how anti-democratic and biases that venue is, read this release from Public Citizen).

Court Order Censoring 'Innocence Of Muslims' Continues To Raise Questions
3/27/2014

Daily Online Examiner: Court Order Censoring 'Innocence Of Muslims' Continues To Raise Questions by Wendy Davis - A number of other companies and groups have said they intend to file friend-of-the-court briefs, or have already done so. Among them is the advocacy group Public Citizen, which points out in court papers that Garcia's request for an injunction doesn't center on the typical concerns of copyright owners, but from the belief that the director defrauded her and libeled her.

NuvaRing® MDL Lawsuit Update (MDL 1964): NuvaRing® Settlement Opt-In Deadline Extended Until April 9
3/27/2014

PR Web: NuvaRing® MDL Lawsuit Update (MDL 1964): NuvaRing® Settlement Opt-In Deadline Extended Until April 9 as a third generation progestin – carries a higher risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in comparison to other hormonal birth control products on the market containing second generation progestins. In 2007, the consumer watch organization, Public Citizen petitioned the FDA to remove all third generation contraceptives, which would include NuvaRing®, from the market. However, in January 2013, the FDA responded by denying Public Citizen’s request. Also on: Benzinga, Digital Journal, Street Insider, Tutorial Finder.

National Law Firm Announces Testim Testosterone Lawsuit Center Website and Offers Confidential Case Review for Men who Suffered Heart Attack or Stroke while Taking Testim
3/27/2014

PR Web: National Law Firm Announces Testim Testosterone Lawsuit Center Website and Offers Confidential Case Review for Men who Suffered Heart Attack or Stroke while Taking Testim – the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen has petitioned the FDA to require a Black Box warning regarding stroke and heart attack risks on Testim and other testosterone product labels. Also on: Benzinga, Digital Journal, Street Insider

Fracking activist must be subdued, says drilling company
3/27/2014

The Morning Call: Fracking activist must be subdued, says drilling company by Paul Carpenter - Ordinarily, that would seem reasonable, but it included property under which Cabot held underground mining rights, not surface rights. How much property? "They leased the mineral rights to over 300 square miles in Pennsylvania. That's a lot of land," said Scott Michelman, a lawyer with the Washington-based Public Citizen Litigation Group, who represents Scroggins. 

Judge boots lawsuit against Facebook over minors’ images in ads
3/27/2014

Silicon Valley Business Journal: Judge boots lawsuit against Facebook over minors’ images in ads by Sarah Drake - In February, nonprofit advocacy group Public Citizen said it would increase pressure on Facebook to require it to receive explicit parental permission before using personal information of teens in advertising.

Say Goodbye To The Taxpayer-Funded Political Convention
3/26/2014

·         NPR: Say Goodbye To The Taxpayer-Funded Political Convention by Peter Overby Craig Holman, of the liberal advocacy group Public Citizen, says the transfer wouldn't come close to making up congressional cuts in pediatric research and it would collide with NIH's congressionally imposed spending cap. Also on: Vermont Public Radio Online, Jefferson Public Radio Network Online, WLRN-FM Online, WESA-FM Online, krwgfm.org, KUFM.org and KTTZ

Why companies must be transparent about political spending
3/26/2014

·         Green Biz - Why companies must be transparent about political spending by Michael Kramer - The Public Citizen poll found that 77 percent of Americans support requiring companies to publicly disclose contributions to groups that use money to influence campaigns and regulators, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Bolstering the results, 60 lobbying transparency proposals were filed at corporate annual meetings last year. Half of the 18 shareholder proposals earning more than 40 percent support related to lobbying transparency, while 28 proposals were withdrawn after management agreed to disclose the information.

Sherrod Brown targets South Korean steel dumping
3/26/2014

·         The Chronicle: Sherrod Brown targets South Korean steel dumping by Evan Goodenow - However, Brown and free trade critics like Lori Wallach, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch director, say the numbers are being distorted. Brown, in a March 12 letter to Ambassador Michael Froman, U.S. trade representative, said South Korea exported 752,675 cars to the U.S. in 2013. The U.S. exported 27,353 to South Korea. “It is critical we address any unfair trade practices quickly,” Brown wrote.

Obama secretly negotiating away U.S. sovereignty
3/26/2014

·         WND: Obama secretly negotiating away U.S. sovereignty by Aaron Klein - The TPP is “more than just a trade deal,” wrote Lori Wallach and Ben Beachy of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch in a New York Times op-ed last June. “Only 5 of its 29 chapters cover traditional trade matters, like tariffs or quotas. The others impose parameters on nontrade policies. Existing and future American laws must be altered to conform with these terms, or trade sanctions can be imposed against American exports.”

Consumers Denied "Right-to-Sue" Under Forced Arbitration By Corporations And Employers
3/26/2014

·         Times Blaze: Consumers Denied "Right-to-Sue" Under Forced Arbitration By Corporations And Employers by Clarence Walker - Hines highlights the fact that arbitration specialists often favor corporations, employers and service providers, primarily because arbitrators expect to get repeat business from corporations. Therefore arbitrators have a financial incentive to rule in the business' favor. For example, a study conducted by Hines' Public Citizen group showed 95% of arbitration cases were settled in favor of a company either through employment or service providers.

For Harry Reid, Family Comes First…Even When It Comes To Questionable Campaign Expenses
3/26/2014

·         The RNC: For Harry Reid, Family Comes First…Even When It Comes To Questionable Campaign Expenses – Craig Holman, Lobbyist For Ralph Nader’s Public Citizen:  “Automatically It Raises Alarms …  It’s An Iffy Practice Once You Start Dipping Into Campaign Funds And Paying Family Members For Buying Gifts.”

Jonah Minkoff-Zern on WZBK am 1220
3/25/2014

·         Public Citizen's senior organizer Jonah Minkoff-Zern spoke about the McCutcheon case and grassroots efforts on WZBK am 1220 ESPN RADIO

Dodd-Frank army skips to K Street
3/25/2014

·         The Hill: Dodd-Frank army skips to K Street by Megan R Wilson -   “We’re seeing the revolving door much more frequently in the financial services sector, more so than any other industry I’ve seen,” said Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen.

GM Recall: Was The Auto Safety Agency Asleep At The Wheel?
3/25/2014

·         NBC News: GM Recall: Was The Auto Safety Agency Asleep At The Wheel? By Herb Weisbaum - She calls it a "don't ask, don't tell mentality." NHTSA doesn't ask the auto companies what they know about safety problems and when it does learn about them, it doesn't tell the public, said Claybrook, who is now president emeritus of Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group founded by Ralph Nader. Also on: CNBC

News March 25
3/25/2014

·         Senator Bernie Sanders: News March 25 – “The only way we can address climate change and get off of oil is to give families access to alternatives. We cannot produce our way to lower prices,” Public Citizen’s Tyson Slocum told the Qatar-bankrolled Al Jazeera America.

Reid to pay back campaign for gifts bought from granddaughter
3/25/2014

·         Las Vegas Review Journal: Reid to pay back campaign for gifts bought from granddaughter by Steve Tetreault - “However, automatically it raises alarms,” said Holman, who lobbies for the Ralph Nader-founded Public Citizen. “Is Reid using campaign funds to enrich his own family that could run afoul of personal use of campaign funds? It’s an iffy practice once you start dipping into campaign funds and paying family members for buying gifts.

Public Citizen Senior Organizer Interviewed by Uprising Radio
3/24/2014

Los Angeles-based Uprising Radio featured Jonah Minkoff-Zern, Senior Organizer of Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People Campaign, in an interview about the upcoming McCutcheon ruling and the efforts of activists around the country organizing demonstrations for when the ruling comes down.

Upton Shaped by Ford Tire Recall Faces GM 14 Years Later
3/24/2014

Bloomberg: Upton Shaped by Ford Tire Recall Faces GM 14 Years Later by Laura Litvan“Upton has to know that people are going to be looking at him and saying, ‘He’s just going to be an industry guy,’” said Joan Claybrook, a board member of consumer-advocacy group Public Citizen who ran the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from 1977 to 1981. “I hope he steps outside of that, because there are some real deficiencies here.”

Anti-fracking activist banned from Pennsylvania land heads back to court
3/24/2014

Reuters: Anti-fracking activist banned from Pennsylvania land heads to court by David DeKok - At Monday's hearing in Susquehanna County Court of Common Pleas in Montrose, Pennsylvania, Scroggins and her lawyers from the Pennsylvania ACLU and Public Citizen in Washington, D.C., will argue that the injunction was legally flawed, unconstitutional, and set a dangerous precedent by making much of the region where she lives off limits.

Anti-Fracking Activist Back in Court
3/24/2014

·         Time Warner Cable News: Anti-Fracking Activist Back in Court by Elyse Mickalonis -  "It sends a message to other activists, it tells them you will pay for exposing what is going on at these sites. You will pay for speaking out against the big oil and gas companies,” said Scott Michelman, Public Citizen Staff Attorney.

Campaign against speech: Making inroads in NH
3/22/2014

Union Leader: Campaign against speech: Making inroads in NH - These town articles were the work of Washington, D.C.-based activist group Public Citizen. The Democratic leadership in the New Hampshire House, which officially opposes bills based on templates from out-of-state organizations, did not oppose these warrant articles, which were placed on ballots "due to the work of Public Citizen activists and our allies," according to a statement from Public Citizen organizer Jonah Minkoff-Zern.

Anti-fracking activist due back in court
3/21/2014

Time Warner Cable News: Anti-fracking activist due back in court by Elyse Mickalonis - "The injunction does not make any kind of exception for places where Cabot doesn't have any active operation sites. It doesn't make an exception for businesses open to the public. It’s quite sweeping in its terms,” said Scott Michelman, Public Citizen staff attorney.

How the States Are Trying to Rein in Dark Money
3/21/2014

Moyers & Company: How the States Are Trying to Rein in Dark Money - Their efforts were born of frustration at the lack of movement in Washington. According to Public Citizen, 16 states have now passed resolutions calling for a US constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. But the arduous amendment process makes that effort unlikely to come to fruition.

Online complaints landing reviewers in legal issues
3/21/2014

WFLA: Online complaints landing reviewers in legal issues by Shannon Behnken - Paul Levy is a lawyer for Public Citizen in Washington D.C., which defends consumers in lawsuits with big companies. "They never file lawsuits over nice things that get said about them, whether true or false, but there has been some tendency to file lawsuits when something is said about a business which they don't like," Levy said. He says some people find out later that they've signed contracts with a company promising they won't write negative things.

U.S. and California Officials Enter Battle Over Facebook Privacy
3/21/2014

The New York Times: U.S. and California Officials Enter Battle Over Facebook Privacy Settlement by Vindu Goel - The challengers, which include Public Citizen and the Center for Digital Democracy, say that the settlement violates the laws of seven states, including California and New York, by failing to require Facebook to get explicit permission from parents before using the personal information of teenage users in advertising.

Facebook says states shouldn't regulate online teen privacy - the FTC disagrees
3/21/2014

The Washington Post: Facebook says states shouldn’t regulate online teen privacy - the FTC disagrees by Hayley TsukayamaPrivacy advocates from the Center for Digital Democracy and Public Citizen had publicly called on the agency to challenge Facebook's interpretation after the settlement, and celebrated the agency's brief. Scott Michelman, staff attorney for the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, said that the FTC's action -- even without offering its support to either side of the case -- undercuts a key part of the social network's argument.

Drug companies furiously fight new FDA safety labeling guidelines
3/21/2014

·         Natural News: Drug companies furiously fight new FDA safety labeling guidelines by J.D. Hayes - "If generic manufacturers are not actively monitoring and proposing safety updates, no manufacturer is doing so at all," said Allison Zieve, general counsel at consumer watchdog Public Citizen, in testimony to be delivered to the House panel. "As generic market share increases, the brand-name manufacturer loses incentive to devote resources to post-approval safety monitoring."

Defiance May Soon Pay Off for Couple Fined Over Negative Comments
3/21/2014

·         KU-TV: Defiance May Soon Pay Off for Couple Fined Over Negative Comments by Matt Gephardt -    Public Citizen lawyer Scott Michelman helped the couple sue kleargear.com in federal court. Kleargear.com didn't respond the lawsuit. Court records filed this week show that the complaint was sent to several physical addresses for kleargear.com including a Michigan address where it "apparently reached someone at KlearGear.com," because it was twice, "returned by the U.S. Postal Service as 'refused,'" according to court documents.

INSIGHT-Rough road ahead for GM as U.S. Congress plots safety probe
3/21/2014

·         Reuters: INSIGHT-Rough road ahead for GM as U.S. Congress plots safety probe by Richard Cowan - Joan Claybrook, a former National Highway Traffic Safety Administration head and president emeritus of the watchdog group Public Citizen, said that "from time to time," Congress had proven it can be tough on the U.S. auto industry. Also on: CNBC Online, New York Times, Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo! News, Chicago Tribune, Yahoo! Small Business, MSN Money, News Daily, News On Feeds, Legal Pro News, Digital Journal, Reuters India, TD Waterhouse Research, MSN Money Canada, Yahoo! Canada News, Yahoo! Finance Canada, WNWN-FM Online, WHTC-AM Online, wixx.com, wtaq.com, The Drive, 93rockon.com, KFGO News, My KDWZ, KTCO 98.9, wtbx.com, radiousa.com, wnmtradio.com, 100.7 MIX-FM, WSAU-AM Online

You ruined my wedding – and you’re suing me?
3/21/2014

·         Market Watch: You ruined my wedding – and you’re suing me? By Catey Hill - And Scott Michelman, an attorney with Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer advocacy firm, says he thinks these kinds of cases are new in the past few years — and that recently “we’ve been hearing about them more.” Also on: Morning Star

Wall Street Bonuses Back At Record Levels
3/20/2014

·         Mint Press News: Wall Street Bonuses Back At Record Levels by Carey L Biron - “Rising bonuses contradict any notion that sanity or contrition enjoy firm standing on Wall Street,” Bartlett Naylor, a financial policy advocate with Public Citizen, a watchdog group, told MintPress News. “Last year was one of Wall Street penalties, capped by JP Morgan’s record $13 billion fraud payment. Yet increasing average bonuses by 15 percent only reinforces a culture of abuse.”

An Injunction Against the First Amendment
3/20/2014

·         Daily Kos: An Injunction Against the First Amendment by Walter Brasch - This time, she will have lawyers and hundreds of thousands of supporters throughout the country. Representing Scroggins to vacate an injunction limiting her travel will be lawyers from the ACLU and Public Citizen, and a private attorney. Also on: Op-Ed News, The Moderate Voice, LA Progressive, Dissident Voice Online, eWallstreeter

Among Conservatives, Taxing Districts Create a Rift
3/20/2014

·         The Texas Tribune: Among Conservatives, Taxing Districts Create a Rift by Edgar Walters - “Often there are just a few voters who encumber people for generations to pay various fees,” said Tom “Smitty” Smith, director of the Texas office of Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group. “That’s part of the scam.”

BP wins new US oil contracts four years after Deepwater Horizon disaster
3/20/2014

·         The Verge: BP wins new US oil contracts four years after Deepwater Horizon disaster by Amar Toor - "BP has not addressed the cultural problems that led to the ban in the first place," Tyson Slocum, director of the watchdog organization Public Citizen, told the National Journal last week. "We treat corporate criminals far more leniently than we do human criminals, and that is a sad state of affairs."

Watch Out Consumers, Free Speech May Cost You
3/20/2014

·         The Motley Fool: Watch Out Consumers, Free Speech May Cost You by Alexander MacLennan - More recently, Businessweek reports that KlearGear finds itself on the opposite side of the situation, as consumer group Public Citizen is suing the online retailer over its practices in relation to the Fair Credit Reporting Act. But that doesn't mean non-disparagement clauses are gone; not by a long shot.

Silicon Valley Group Opposes Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Deal
3/20/2014

·         Value Walk: Silicon Valley Group Opposes Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Deal by Mark Melin - “The most alarming aspect of the Trans Pacific Partnership is that most of the pact has nothing to do with traditional trade,” said Ben Beachy, Research Director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.  “Only five of the 29 proposed chapters of TPP actually pertain to trade matters.  Many of the chapters, with binding rules, cover everything from monopoly patent protection, rules on financial regulations that directly contradict efforts designed to rein in Wall Street, environmental provisions, binding rules on copyright which threatens to revise some of the failed provisions of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and binding provisions that would restrict domestic rules regarding food safety and inspections.  These are rules one would not expect to be typically inserted into a so called ‘trade pact.’”

‘Vulcanizing’ generic labeling is fundamental policy change
3/20/2014

·         Bio World: ‘Vulcanizing’ generic labeling is fundamental policy change by Mari Serebrov -“In our view, as a federal public health agency, the FDA should focus on assuring patient safety, and not on state tort liability claims,” GPhA said. Public Citizen countered some of GPhA’s claims in testimony it submitted for the hearing. “With greater ability to make prompt safety updates, the proposed rule should help avoid liability. . . . This is because the rule will help prevent injuries from occurring in the first place,” the advocacy group said.

Testosterone Lawsuit Attorneys at Wright & Schulte LLC Concerned by FDA Approval of Aveed
3/20/2014

·         PRWeb: Testosterone Lawsuit Attorneys at Wright & Schulte LLC Concerned by FDA Approval of Aveed – The consumer group, Public Citizen, then filed a petition with the agency, asking it to mandate that these drugs carry strong warnings regarding their possible risk to cause heart attacks, strokes and other serious cardiovascular problems. The same petition also requested that the FDA delay approval of Aveed. Also on: Digital Journal, Benzinga, Pharmacy Choice

UPDATE 7-Toyota's $1.2 bln settlement may be model for U.S. probe into GM
3/20/2014

·         Reuters: UPDATE 7-Toyota's $1.2 bln settlement may be model for U.S. probe into GM by Nate Raymond - "It means at the highest levels of the auto company, they have to worry about going to jail if they don't report a defect," said Joan Claybrook, a former president of the nonprofit Public Citizen who favors stricter safety standards. Also on: New York Times, Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Small Business, MSN Money, MSN Money Canada, Reuters India, Reuters Canada, Rocket News, The Columbus Dispatch, Cumby Tel. , Home Town Ohio, H&B Communications, Legal Pro News, International Business Times Canada

2014 Is a Critical Year of Elections – Its Importance Cannot Be Overstated
3/19/2014

Huffington Post: 2014 Is a Critical Year of Elections – Its Importance Cannot Be Overstated by Pearl Korn - Public Citizen reports that our trade exports to Korea have dropped 11 percent, while our trade deficit with Korea has soared 47 percent under this deal.

TV pitchman Trudeau sentenced to 10 years
3/19/2014

USA Today: TV pitchman Trudeau sentenced to 10 years by Liz Szabo - "This is a scoundrel who somehow or other had escaped the sufficient justice that should occur when someone makes false statements and lures people into buying his books and making him rich," says Sidney Wolfe, senior adviser of Public Citizen Health Research Group, who has been tracking Trudeau for more than a decade. "He sells conspiracy theories to people who are worried about their health and don't trust the pharmaceutical industry or the food industry. People who bought his books should get some restitution."

Tax Wall Street to Save The Economy
3/19/2014

·         Ring of Fire Radio: Tax Wall Street to Save The Economy by Mike Papantonio - Here in the United States, the push for a financial transaction tax has been met with harsh opposition, but the benefits far outweigh the cost. Ring of Fire's Mike Papantonio speaks with Taylor Lincoln from Public Citizen about how this would work. Also on: Democratic Underground

Conflict in Ukraine Could Be a Boon for Big Gas
3/19/2014

·         In These Times: Conflict in Ukraine Could Be a Boon for Big Gas by Cole Stangler - The bills’ sponsors claim the legislation will help bolster Ukraine and the rest of the EU’s energy supplies against Russian influence. But Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen’s Energy Program, maintains the latest push for reforms has little to do with Crimea or Russia. Instead, he says, it’s about an industry seeking timely justification for its long-term interests. A change in permit policy today would likely pay major dividends in the future, when domestic producers are actually able to move gas abroad in large quantities. Also on: Moyers and Company

What Toyota’s $1.2 billion settlement means for the auto industry
3/19/2014

·         PBS Newshour: What Toyota’s $1.2 billion settlement means for the auto industry -Former president of Public Citizen Joan Claybrook interviewed about GM and the Toyota settlement.  Also on: Net Nebraska

Wall Street greed reported by the New York comptroller
3/18/2014

·         Public Citizen’s Financial Policy Advocate Bart Naylor appeared on Money Radio to speak on Wall Street greed reported by the New York comptroller.

Saturated With Oil Money, Texas Legislature Saved Industry From Pollution Rule
3/18/2014

Truthout: Saturated With Oil Money, Texas Legislature Saved Industry From Pollution Rule by David Hasemyer, Ben Wieder and Alan Suderman, The Center for Public Integrity - “When rules intended to bring fairness and accountability to our public agencies are discounted the message is clear: the industry is setting the agenda,” said Tom Smith, director of the Texas chapter of Public Citizen, a nonprofit public-interest advocacy organization.

Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal Would Deepen Income Divide
3/18/2014

Truthout: Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal Would Deepen Income Divide by Roger BybeeLori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, points out that only five of the TPP’s twenty-nine chapters are about trade at all. “The Trans-Pacific Partnership,” Wallach concludes, “is a Trojan horse for a host of awful measures that have nothing to do with trade and would never get through Congress in the light of day.”

Alternative Media Coverage of Trans-Pacific Partnership
3/18/2014

Examiner.com: Alternative Media Coverage of Trans-Pacific Partnership by Christine Kroll - Kroll credits Public Citizen as one of few the reliable sources covering the Trans-Pacific Pact, claiming “few of us would even know about the existence of the proposed pact and its presumed impacts” without it.

Default judgment for Utah couple in retail extortion case with Grandville ties
3/18/2014

MLive: Default judgment for Utah couple in retail extortion case with Grandville ties by Garret Ellison - Washington, D.C.-based Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer advocacy group, filed the complaint Dec. 18, 2013, on behalf of the couple. The couple sought to invalidate the fine and get damages for alleged defamation, intentional interference with economic relations and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

US-Korea Free Trade Treaty Kills US Jobs
3/17/2014

·         Columbia Patch: US-Korea Free Trade Treaty Kills US Jobs by William Wilkin - Mr. Davis and Mr. Wilkin thank Ben Beachy and Lori Wallach at Public Citizen for the research behind this article. Also on: All other local Patch news services

Trade Pact Used as TPP Template Leads to Decrease in U.S. Exports -- Seriously!
3/17/2014

·         Huffngton Post: Trade Pact Used as TPP Template Leads to Decrease in U.S. Exports -- Seriously! By Lori Wallach - Lori Wallach is the director of Public Citzen’s Trade Watch

U.S. considers Seoul `winner of Korea-U.S. FTA’
3/17/2014

·         Donga-A Ilbo: U.S. considers Seoul `winner of Korea-U.S. FTA’ – At a forum held at the U.S. Congress, civic groups including Public Citizen, expressed discontent, saying that since the effectuation of the treaty on March 5, 2012, the U.S. export to Korea plunged by 9.2 billion U.S. dollars, significantly adding to U.S. trade deficit.”

KlearGear Doesn't Appear In Court To Defend Its Bad-Review Fee
3/17/2014

·         Media Post: KlearGear Doesn't Appear In Court To Defend Its Bad-Review Fee by Wendy Davis - Late last year, Public Citizen got involved in the matter. The group sent a letter to KlearGear's representative, demanding that the company pay the couple $75,000 for allegedly filing a false report to credit agencies. When KlearGear didn't respond, Public Citizen filed suit on behalf of Palmer and Kulas.

The TPP Tries to Put a “No Exit” Sign on America’s Crapified Health Care System by Allowing Medical Procedures to be Patented World-wide
3/16/2014

·         Naked Capitalism: The TPP Tries to Put a “No Exit” Sign on America’s Crapified Health Care System by Allowing Medical Procedures to be Patented World-wide by Lambert Strether - First, the U.S. proposal would raise the cost of medical care — that’s the part that eliminates arbitrage for U.S. citizens.[2] Public Citizen: Medical procedure patents create significant transaction costs for patients . Physicians or healthcare providers could be charged additional royalties on top of the one-time cost of a medical device each time they practice a patented method. …

S. Korea pact becomes trade war fodder
3/16/2014

·         The Hill: S. Korea pact becomes trade war fodder by Vicki Needham - A recent report from Public Citizen said the Korea pact has not produced the expansion of jobs and exports promised by the Obama administration.  “Most Americans won’t be surprised that another NAFTA-style deal is causing damage, but it’s stunning that the administration thinks the public and Congress won’t notice if it recycles the promises used to sell the Korea pact, now proven empty, to push a Trans-Pacific deal that is literally based on the Korea FTA text,” Wallach said.

Close to the vest
3/15/2014

·         Denton Record-Chronicle: Close to the vest by Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe - Public Citizen regularly stands for better transparency in government, Haertner said. Currently, his group is advocating for a new state rule that would disclose the names of donors to Texas “super” political action committees, since being able to follow the money is a big part of improving transparency. “We’re trying to move the dark money into the light,” he said.

Radio interview concerning bonuses for Wall Street executives
3/15/2014

·         Public Citizen’s Financial Policy Advocate Bart Naylor appeared on KPOO for a radio interview concerning bonuses for Wall Street executives

Loving County wants to store spent nuclear fuel
3/15/2014

·         Washington Times via the Associated Press: Loving County wants to store spent nuclear fuel by Betsy Blaney - “I think it’s a pretty stupid idea,” said Tom “Smitty” Smith of Public Citizen. “Every other state that’s looked at this has rejected it because it’s just too dangerous.” Also on: Pendleton Times Post, Find Law, SF Gate, KTRK-TV Online, KHOU-TV Online, seattlePI.com, fort mill times, therepublic.com, My SA, statesman.com, News Daily, Legal Pro News, The Register Guard Projects, Associated Press State & Local, Houston Chronicle, Beaumont Enterprise

Teamsters: U.S.-Korea Trade Deal Marks Two Years Of Failure
3/14/2014

·         PR Newswire: Teamsters: U.S.-Korea Trade Deal Marks Two Years Of Failure - On the two-year anniversary of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS), the Teamsters Union denounces the pact as another failed trade deal that enriches global corporations while eliminating middle-class jobs in the United States. A new study by Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch shows KORUS has been a disaster for American workers. Also on: Bloomberg Businessweek, Yahoo! News, Digital Journal, Financial Content, Oil & Gas Commodities, Law360, Web 2.0 Journal, The Street, Ticker Technologies, Philadelphia Business Journal, Spoke, Renewable Energy World, Investor Point, Tutorial Finder, Money News

Facebook is anti-NSA spying despite its own privacy worries
3/14/2014

·         Global News: Facebook is anti-NSA spying despite its own privacy worries By Nicole Bogart - But in February, Non-profit group Public Citizen, along with six parents of teenagers, filed a legal brief in a federal appeals court in California saying the settlement in the Sponsored Stories lawsuit should be rejected.

Public Citizen Calls For FDA to Finalize New Generic Drug Labeling Rules
3/14/2014

·         About Lawsuits: Public Citizen Calls For FDA to Finalize New Generic Drug Labeling Rules by Irvin Jackson -  Public Citizen listed a number of reasons why the FDA should promptly implement the rule in its comments. The group states that the rule would improve the safety of generic drugs, eliminate an unfair legal advantage held by generic drug manufacturers over brand-name drug manufacturers, and would also keep alive post-market surveillance vigilance, which the group says will suffer if the current situation remains unchanged.

Obama’s Pacific Deal Would Deepen Income Divide
3/14/2014

·         Dollars and Sense: Obama’s Pacific Deal Would Deepen Income Divide Roger Bybee - Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, points out that only five of the TPP’s twenty-nine chapters are about trade at all. But the remaining provisions cover such immensely important measures as the creation of a kind of corporate supremacy over the democratically established regulations enacted by member nations.

Patient dumping: Multnomah County lawsuit points to nationwide concern about bad emergency care for uninsured patients
3/14/2014

·         The Oregonian: Patient dumping: Multnomah County lawsuit points to nationwide concern about bad emergency care for uninsured patients by Kelly House - For more information on what patient dumping is, and how it works, check out this report from the Public Citizen Health Research Group. Also on: Pharmacy Choice

Stocks end the week flat on disappointing economic news
3/14/2014

·         Yahoo! Finance: Stocks end the week flat on disappointing economic news by Dean Arrindell - Two advocacy groups, the Center for Auto Safety and Public Citizen wrote to GM CEO Mary Barra urging the company to create a $1 billion trust to compensate victims. Shares of General Motors ended the day up less than a percent.

BP regains ability to do work for government
3/14/2014

·         AP: BP regains ability to do work for government by Dina Cappiello - Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen's Energy Program, criticized the move for letting BP "off the hook." The company "has failed to prove that it is a responsible contractor deserving of lucrative taxpayer deals," he said. Also on: Earthlink Inc., Newser, Ventura County Star, New Jersey Herald, My Dallas Post, The Macon Telegraph, Springfield News-Sun, Dayton Daily News, tampabay.com, PeoplePC, MaximumEdge,  Atlantic Broadband, Abington Journal, Pendleton Times Post , HughesNet, Whistler Question, West Man Journal, Dawson Creek Daily News, innisfail province, Penticton Herald, KTTV-TV Online, WFLD-TV Online, KDFW-TV Online, WAGA-TV Online, KHOU-TV Online, KSAZ-TV Online, WOFL-TV Online, KGW-TV Online, WRAL-TV Online, WSOC-TV Online, KFMB-AM Online, WFSB-TV Online, KOKH-TV Online, WHTM-TV Online, 590klbj.com, Davidson County Dispatch, WAVE-TV Online, wokv.com, WWBT-TV Online, WBBH-TV Online, WZVN-TV Online, WHIO-TV Online, WNEM-TV Online, KHQ-TV Online, wpsdtv.com, KRGV, WSAV-TV Online, KFDA-TV Online, WVNS-TV Online, wrbl.com, KPLC-TV Online, WGEM-TV Online, WBOC-TV Online, WWTI-TV Online, Newstalk 1290 CJBK, WLS-TV Online, Houston Courier, Chron.com, Downstream Today, World Oil, KOMO-TV Online, Olympian Online, AZ Central, WTSP-TV Online, Sacramento Bee, KATU-TV Online, Freeman, WXIX-TV Online, MySA, WNCT-TV Online, Gulflive.com, State Journal, KHNL-TV Online, KLEW-TV Online, WAND-TV Online, WTOC-TV Online, WJTV-TV Online, WHNS-TV Online, KTRE-TV Online, WFMJ-TV Online, KBOI-TV Online, WSHM-TV Online, WSFA-TV Online, Anchorage Daily News Online, Bakers Field Now, Beaumont Enterprise, Sun Herald, KVAL, KPIC, KLFY-TV Online, KCBD-TV Online, Meridian Star, KXnet.com, KNOE-TV Online, News Herald, KTEN-TV Online, kimatv, keprtv, am1150.ca, Mint Press News, Nashville Ledger

GM’s Mounting Killer Car Problem
3/14/2014

·         The Fiscal Times: GM’s Mounting Killer Car Problem by Eric Pianin - GM’s stock price has fallen more than 7 percent this week as questions about the recall mounted. The Center for Auto Safety and another consumer group, Public Citizen, have called on the company to create a $1 billion trust to compensate victims.

Yaz, Yasmin Blood-Clot Allegation Lawyers Assistance: Resource4thePeople Announces Update of Consolidated Federal Lawsuits
3/14/2014

·         PRWeb: Yaz, Yasmin Blood-Clot Allegation Lawyers Assistance: Resource4thePeople Announces Update of Consolidated Federal Lawsuits – “The advocacy group Public Citizen, meanwhile, has placed drugs containing drospirenone — including Yaz, Yasmin, Gianvi and Zarah — on its ‘do not use’ list because they ‘can cause increased blood levels of potassium and (are) no more effective than other oral contraceptives in preventing pregnancy.’ On the Internet, people who call themselves ‘Yaz survivors’ post accounts of their experiences." Also on: Bazinga, Digital Journal

Apartment-complex owner sues former tenant over online jabs
3/14/2014

·         The Columbia Dispatch: Apartment-complex owner sues former tenant over online jabs by Dan Gearino -  The personal nature of the criticism probably contributed to the lawsuit, said Paul Levy, an attorney at Public Citizen. The national consumer-advocacy group has represented people in cases like this but is not involved in this one.

BP Can Again Bid for U.S. Leases, Contracts After Spill
3/14/2014

·         Bloomberg: BP Can Again Bid for U.S. Leases, Contracts After Spill by Mark Drajem, Jim Snyder and Jef Feeley - Tyson Slocum, director of the Public Citizen’s Energy Program in Washington, said the decision was premature. This “lets a corporate felon and repeat offender off the hook for its crimes against people and the environment,” Slocum said in a statement. BP “was on criminal probation at the time of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, and it has failed to prove that it is a responsible contractor.” Also on: News Index, Hydrocarbon Processing, First Enercast Financial

ACLU, advocacy group say Cabot injunction goes too far
3/14/2014

·         The Times Tribune: ACLU, advocacy group say Cabot injunction goes too far by Staci Wilson - Mrs. Scroggins is being represented by attorney Gerald Kinchy of Sayr; Witold Walczak, legal director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh; and Scott Michelman of Public Citizen, Washington, D.C

Obama’s ‘Power Africa’ Initiative Showing Results, Draws Criticism
3/14/2014

·         AFK Insider: Obama’s ‘Power Africa’ Initiative Showing Results, Draws Criticism by David Barber - “It sounds consistent with the Obama administration’s domestic ‘all of the above’ energy initiatives,” Tyson Slocum, Director of Washington, D.C.-based Public Citizen’s Energy Program told AFKInsider. “Since 2009, the Obama administration has had a very active [oil and gas] fracking program out of the State Department that works in Europe, South America and Asia.”

BP Reaches Agreement With U.S.
3/13/2014

·         Wall Street Journal: BP Reaches Agreement With U.S. by Tom Fowler -  A spokesman for consumer advocacy group Public Citizen said the EPA's requirement for an outside auditor doesn't go far enough given the company's past accidents. "Today's announcement lets a corporate felon and repeat offender off the hook for its crimes against people and the environment," the spokesman, Tyson Slocum, said.

BP deal opens door for new U.S. drilling
3/13/2014

·         Politico: BP deal opens door for new U.S. drilling by Darren Goode - But the watchdog group Public Citizen said BP hasn’t shown it deserves a second chance. “Today’s announcement lets a corporate felon and repeat offender off the hook for its crimes against people and the environment,” said Tyson Slocum, director of the group’s energy program. “This is a company that was on criminal probation at the time of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, and it has failed to prove that it is a responsible contractor deserving of lucrative taxpayer deals.”

BP Can Do Business With Uncle Sam Again
3/13/2014

·         National Journal: BP Can Do Business With Uncle Sam Again by Ben Geman - The agreement to lift the suspension drew quick criticism from the watchdog group Public Citizen. The group noted that the Gulf disaster followed a 2006 pipeline spill in Alaska, and the 2005 explosion at a BP refinery in Texas that killed 15 workers.

U.S. Agrees to Allow BP Back Into Gulf Waters to Seek Oil
3/13/2014

·         New York Times: U.S. Agrees to Allow BP Back Into Gulf Waters to Seek Oil by Clifford Krauss - Public Citizen, a consumer activist group, also expressed outrage, saying in a statement that the settlement “lets a corporate felon and repeat offender off the hook for its crimes against people and the environment.”

TransCanada Whistleblower’s Evidence Ignored, Keystone XL South Rushed Into Operation
3/13/2014

·         Eco Watch: TransCanada Whistleblower’s Evidence Ignored, Keystone XL South Rushed Into Operation by Julia Dermansky - Vokes released a statement through the advocacy group, Public Citizen stating: “The Canadian government’s audit criticizing TransCanada’s failings is a start, but leaves numerous safety concerns unaddressed. An audit based on paper and interviews only cannot catch non-compliance in the field….” Also on: Paper Blog

GM pressured to compensate victims in faulty ignition crashes
3/13/2014

·         Reuters: GM pressured to compensate victims in faulty ignition crashes by Jessica Dye and Nick Brown - The size of the $1 billion trust proposed by the Center for Auto Safety and Public Citizen would generally be in line with the $1 billion to $1.5 billion in legal judgments and settlements that Guggenheim Securities analyst Matthew Stover estimated GM would ultimately face from the recall. Also on: Yahoo News, dailypress.com, News On Feeds, Federal News Feed Digital Journal, GMANews.TV

EPA lifts ban on BP winning federal contracts
3/13/2014

·         LA Times: EPA lifts ban on BP winning federal contracts by Shan Li - Advocacy group Public Citizen said the agreement "lets a corporate felon and repeat offender off the hook for its crimes against the people and the environment." BP "has failed to prove that it is a responsible contractor deserving of lucrative taxpayer deals," the group said in a Thursday statement.

BP regains ability to bid on leases for U.S. land, water
3/13/2014

·         Washington Post: BP regains ability to bid on leases for U.S. land, water by Steven Mufson -Public Citizen, however, said the end of the EPA’s ban was “premature.” In a statement, Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen’s energy program, said the “announcement lets a corporate felon and repeat offender off the hook for its crimes against people and the environment.” Also on: The Oregonian

Solar Less Than 5¢/kWh In Austin, Texas! (Cheaper Than Natural Gas, Coal, & Nuclear)
3/13/2014

·         Clean Technica: Solar Less Than 5¢/kWh In Austin, Texas! (Cheaper Than Natural Gas, Coal, & Nuclear) by Zachary Shahan - “At this price, it’s a game changer, not just for Austin Energy but for the future of electric generation in Texas,” said Tom “Smitty” Smith, head of the Texas chapter of Public Citizen, an environmental watchdog group. “No state has more solar potential than Texas. Some states have places of more intense sunlight, but Texas has vast areas of dry, arid desert that are perfect for solar.”

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Japan, U.S. make 'bit of progress' in trade talks - Japanese official
3/13/2014

·         Reuters: Japan, U.S. make 'bit of progress' in trade talks - Japanese official by Krista Hughes - A fall in the total value of U.S. exports to South Korea in the last two years showed why TPP talks should stop, said trade groups including consumer group Public Citizen and the United Steelworkers Union.

GM faces multiple federal inquiries about a mechanical problem that contributed to 13 deaths
3/12/2014

·         Washington Post: GM faces multiple federal inquiries about a mechanical problem that contributed to 13 deaths by Michael Fletcher - “By concealing the ignition key defect for at least 10 years, GM created more victims and then robbed them of their legal rights through the passage of time,” Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, and Joan Claybrook, a former NHTSA administrator and president emeritus of the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, said in a letter to Mary T. Barra, who became GM’s chief executive in January.

Dangerous Drugs Lawyer Ken Rothweiler Lauds Warning Label Recommendation for Testosterone-Boosting Drugs
3/12/2014

·         Pharmacy Choice: Dangerous Drugs Lawyer Ken Rothweiler Lauds Warning Label Recommendation for Testosterone-Boosting Drugs - "Because of the lack of a warning, doctors aren't always aware of the risks when they prescribe these medications to patients," Rothweiler said. "I support the Public Citizen's call and applaud their push to warn consumers and physicians about the possible side effects of low testosterone therapies."

Newly released GM records show ignition problems surfaced as early as 2001
3/12/2014

·         Detroit Free Press: Newly released GM records show ignition problems surfaced as early as 2001 by Todd Spangler - “Only GM knows which of the death and injury claims on the Cobalt and other recalled vehicles are due to the ignition key defect. But it’s far more” than reported so far, said Ditlow and Claybrook, who is on the board of Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy organization.

Maker of OxyContin developing tamper-resistant hydrocodone drug
3/12/2014

·         Washington Post: Maker of OxyContin developing tamper-resistant hydrocodone drug by Brady Dennis - “A non-crushable, abuse-resistant opioid formulation of hydrocodone certainly would be preferable” to Zohydro, said Michael Carome, director of medical research at the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen. “We believe it would be in the best interests from a public health standpoint if Zogenix stopped marketing Zohydro until such a formulation is available.”

Pact shows false promise of 'free trade'
3/12/2014

·         The Detroit News: Pact shows false promise of 'free trade' by James Hoffa - Take, for instance, the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS). The contentious deal is coming up on its two-year anniversary later this week. Supporters promised it would create 70,000 American jobs from increased exports, but the reality is much different. In fact, the most recent administration numbers crunched by Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch shows Michigan has lost 2,800 jobs from the pact and seen a $518 million drop in net exports to Korea.

Discussing Trade Deficits With Jim Himes
3/11/2014

·         Monroe Patch: Discussing Trade Deficits With Jim Himes by Will Wilkin -  At that point I gave Mr. Himes a copy of NAFTA at 20, the report by Ben Beachy at Public Citizen, which showed that, contrary to the arguments made before FTAs are signed, the FTA treaties in the NAFTA style have actually resulted in huge net job losses for the USA. Also on: All Patch outlets


Device firms adjust to increased payment disclosure
3/11/2014

·         Sacramento Bee: Device firms adjust to increased payment disclosure by Jim Spencer - The impact of device and drug industry-sponsored research and marketing on patient treatment continues to be a concern, said Dr. Michael Carome, director of medical research at the consumer group Public Citizen. "Transfers of value are intended to affect prescribing behavior," he maintained. "Even small ones."

How A Mysterious Redacted Document Could Affect Money in Politics
3/11/2014

·         National Journal: How A Mysterious Redacted Document Could Affect Money in Politics by Shane Goldmacher - At the meeting, Herman asked to withdraw his office's report, and the commissioners agreed, according to the Republicans' statement and to people familiar with the process. Craig Holman, a campaign finance reformer with Public Citizen, who is among those who filed the original complaint against Crossroads, presumes the lawyers "pulled it back themselves and came up with a stronger argument."

What You May Not Know About Generic Drugs
3/11/2014

·         Public News Service: What You May Not Know About Generic Drugs - Most people are not aware that when they take generic drugs, they may have unwittingly surrendered some of their legal rights because of a 2011 Supreme Court ruling, according to attorney Allison Zieve, director of litigation for the watchdog group Public Citizen. "If the labeling on a generic drug has failed to advise you of a safety risk, the Supreme Court has held you cannot sue the manufacturer for failing to warn you - unlike a brand-name company, which you could sue," Zieve explained.

International Experts Tell Senators That Single-Payer Improves National Health at Less Cost
3/11/2014

The Laughable Logic Behind Marco Rubio's Plan to Limit Government Regulation
3/11/2014

“The essence of this proposal is a budget accounting mechanism—a one in requires one out. So one regulation in requires a similar regulation to be repealed,” said Amit Narang, a policy advocate at Public Citizen and an expert on the federal regulatory process. “The premise of the legislation is that we are currently at the perfect level of regulation. We don’t need anymore.”

U.S. is said to probe GM recall
3/11/2014

The Baltimore Sun: U.S. is said to probe GM recall by

Halliburton Case Would “Eviscerate” Shareholder Lawsuits
3/10/2014

·         Mint Press News: Halliburton Case Would “Eviscerate” Shareholder Lawsuits by Carey Biron - “From Wednesday’s testimony, it’s evident that a lot of the justices are thinking about this case in the context of broader concerns about class actions – especially Justice [Antonin] Scalia, whose questions reflected the view that once a class is certified, that imposes this coercive pressure on companies to settle meritless cases,” Scott Nelson, an attorney with Public Citizen’s Litigation Group, the litigation arm of the consumer advocacy organization, told MintPress.

Financial Advisor Background Checks Omit Crucial Information Under "Veil of Secrecy"
3/10/2014

·         Main Street: Financial Advisor Background Checks Omit Crucial Information Under "Veil of Secrecy" by Hal Bundrick - "The veil of secrecy that exists in the current BrokerCheck system should be lifted to allow consumers access to a comprehensive, reliable source so that they can make informed decisions about a profession that has extraordinary influence over their life savings," said Christine Hines, consumer and civil justice counsel with Public Citizen, a non-profit consumer rights advocacy group. "It is indefensible for FINRA to withhold critical information, already under its control, from the public."

The Testosterone Replacement Lawyers at Parilman & Associates Alert Public to Request to FDA by Public Citizen to Place Warnings on Labels of Testosterone Drugs
3/10/2014

·         PRWeb: The Testosterone Replacement Lawyers at Parilman & Associates Alert Public to Request to FDA by Public Citizen to Place Warnings on Labels of Testosterone Drugs - The firm represents clients around the United States who believe that they were injured by medications, and the attorneys at Parilman & Associates would like to alert the public of a request made by Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, to the FDA stating that warnings on labels of testosterone replacement therapy medications should be required.

Testosterone use growing amid new safety concerns
3/10/2014

·         Leader-Post: Testosterone use growing amid new safety concerns by Sharon Kirkey - Dr. Sidney Wolfe, founder of the U.S. consumer advocacy group, Public Citizen, says testosterone products are being “grossly overused” and their benefits oversold. “Something needs to be urgently done about it,” he said.

Court bars anti-fracking activist from more than 300 square miles of Pa.
3/10/2014

·         State Impact: Court bars anti-fracking activist from more than 300 square miles of Pa. by Marie Cusick - Scroggins says she was summoned to court so quickly last fall, she didn’t have time to find a lawyer. A local attorney, as well as the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and the Public Citizen Litigation Group in Washington, D.C have since stepped in to represent her.  “We do hope Cabot will come around and say [the injunction] should be narrower.” says attorney Scott Michelman of Public Citizen. “But it sounds disingenuous for them to say, ‘We didn’t mean it.’”

New Testosterone Drug OK'd by FDA Amid Controversy
3/10/2014

·         WebMD News from HealthDay: New Testosterone Drug OK'd by FDA Amid Controversy - The FDA should reverse its approval of Aveed, Public Citizen's Health Research Group founder Dr. Sidney Wolfe said in a letter to the agency. He pointed out that an FDA panel of outside experts last April voted 9-9 on whether the drug was safe for treating low testosterone.

Does Climate Change Stand a Chance against the Oil Boom in U.S. Elections?
3/10/2014

·         Scientific American: Does Climate Change Stand a Chance against the Oil Boom in U.S. Elections? By Greg Harman - "There's an old saying in Texas politics," said Tom "Smitty" Smith, director of Public Citizen's Texas office. "'The only thing that will beat money is organized people. These days, however, more and more of those people are putting food on their tables with oil money."

Activists statewide propose warrants to get corporate money out of politics
3/9/2014

·         Concord Monitor: Activists statewide propose warrants to get corporate money out of politics by Kathleen Ronayne - Jonah Minkoff-Zern, a senior organizer with Public Citizen’s Democracy is for the People Campaign, said his group set a goal of getting this warrant article on 20 town ballots. Instead, they’ve found interest in more than 50 communities. “The response has been just tremendous,” he said. “It blossomed way more than we would have expected.”

Whistleblower Evan Voke’s Evidence Against TransCanada Whitewashed By Regulators
3/7/2014

·         DeSmogBlog: Whistleblower Evan Voke’s Evidence Against TransCanada Whitewashed By Regulators by Julie Dermansky - In response, Vokes released a statement through the advocacy group, Public Citizen stating: “The Canadian government's audit criticizing TransCanada’s failings is a start, but leaves numerous safety concerns unaddressed. An audit based on paper and interviews only cannot catch non-compliance in the field.”

Testosterone Lawsuit News: Bernstein Liebhard LLP Notes FDA Approval of New Testosterone Therapy Medication
3/7/2014

·         PR Newswire: Testosterone Lawsuit News: Bernstein Liebhard LLP Notes FDA Approval of New Testosterone Therapy Medication - On February 24, 2014, the consumer group Public Citizen petitioned the FDA to add strong warnings to the labels of all prescription testosterone therapies to warn of their potential heart risks. Public Citizen also had urged the FDA to delay its approval of Aveed.

Experts Petition The FDA To Block Zogenix's Zohydro Painkiller
3/7/2014

·         Outsourced Pharma: Experts Petition The FDA To Block Zogenix's Zohydro Painkiller by Cyndi Root - A group of experts have petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to block distribution of Zohydro, a painkiller. Manufactured by Zogenix, Inc., Zohydro is scheduled for distribution shortly. The coalition of doctors and addiction experts includes 42 people and the Public Citizen group.

Trade deal between Canada, South Korea expected to meet auto sector resistance
3/6/2014

·         Canadian Press: Trade deal between Canada, South Korea expected to meet auto sector resistance by Julian Beltrame - The data is not clear cut, however. According to U.S. trade numbers analyzed by Washington-based Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, the U.S. has also seen the monthly average of exports to Korea fall 10 per cent from prior to the deal. The U.S. Department of Commerce, however, has noted that Ford has increased its export of vehicles into Korea since the deal.

K Street gears up for Hillary
3/6/2014

·         The Hill: K Street gears up for Hillary by Kevin Borardus - Ethics watchdog Craig Holman said he’s skeptical that Obama’s example will be followed. “To my knowledge, Hillary has never said anything pro or con, but I’m very dubious that she will continue these policies. … Throughout the Clinton administration, I didn’t see any interest in making special restrictions or defending ethics rules,” said Holman, a government affairs lobbyist with Public Citizen.

Endo's Testosterone Injection Finally Wins FDA Nod
3/6/2014

·         MedPageToday: Endo's Testosterone Injection Finally Wins FDA Nod by John Gever - Sidney Wolfe, MD, who recently retired from Public Citizen but still takes a hand in its health-related activities, sent a letter Wednesday to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, MD, in which he took the agency to task for its handling of testosterone products. He called the FDA "reckless" for refusing to immediately require a black-box warning about cardiovascular risk on all such products, and said the Aveed approval was "unsafe and unreasonable."

Endo gets US approval for long-acting testosterone
3/6/2014

·         Associated Press: Endo gets US approval for long-acting testosterone by Matthew Perrone - The approval was criticized by Public Citizen's Health Research Group founder Dr. Sidney Wolfe, who sent a letter to the FDA Thursday asking it to reverse its decision. "It is likely, if not certain, that the vote against safety would have been even greater had there been a presentation and discussion of the cardiovascular risks known at that time," Wolfe states.

Why FINRA's BrokerCheck is Under Fire
3/6/2014

·         Bank Investment Consultant: Why FINRA's BrokerCheck is Under Fire by Andrew Welsch - Christine Hines, consumer and civil justice counsel for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch, says that if the authority does not implement reforms, then the SEC and federal government should compel it do so. “It is indefensible for FINRA to withhold info from its BrokerCheck system. The veil of secrecy should be lifted,” Hines says.

Why Did Petri Ask to Be Investigated? | A Question of Ethics
3/5/2014

·         Roll Call Beltway Insiders Blog: Why Did Petri Ask to Be Investigated? | A Question of Ethics by C. Simon Davidson - The public advocacy groups have posited another possible explanation: minimizing publicity of the investigation. Craig Holman, for example, of Public Citizen, said that Petri has “sidestepped the public OCE process and asked the House ethics committee to directly take over any investigation … moving the scandal back into the shadows.” Indeed, while OCE investigation reports often become public, Ethics Committee investigations typically do not, except where the committee recommends discipline or concludes that other reasons warrant publishing an investigative report.

This Key Democrat Says Pharma 'Hijacked' Drug Policy
3/5/2014

·         Huffington Post: This Key Democrat Says Pharma 'Hijacked' Drug Policy by Zach Carter - "We have about 5 percent of the world's population; we consume 99 percent of the world's hydrocodone," Dr. Michael Carone, director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, told HuffPost. "That tells you that we have a problem managing the use of these drugs, that they're over-prescribed by physicians and other health care providers ... and part of this is driven by the pharmaceutical companies aggressively promoting their products through physicians."

Obama Administration Gets It Precisely Wrong on Trade Policy
3/5/2014

·         The Nation: Obama Administration Gets It Precisely Wrong on Trade Policy by John Nichols - In fact, as Public Citizen’s authoritative “Eyes on Trade” blog notes, “Much of the 2014 agenda is a copy and paste of the 2013 agenda, reiterating USTR’s stock set of talking points, such as the tired, counterfactual promise that a more-of-the-same trade policy will boost exports.”

DrugRisk Update: New Warnings Added For Testosterone Heart Attacks & Strokes
3/5/2014

·         PR Web: DrugRisk Update: New Warnings Added For Testosterone Heart Attacks & Strokes – Now, the resource center has learned the FDA was also petitioned by the consumer advocates at Public Citizen to add label warnings for cardiac risks in low-T drugs, citing the recent studies and as many as 13,000 prescriptions each day*. Also on: Digital Journal

Exclusive: Emails raise questions about White House knowledge of Kathleen Sebelius' fundraising
3/5/2014

·         Washington Examiner: Exclusive: Emails raise questions about White House knowledge of Kathleen Sebelius' fundraising by Susan Crabtree - Craig Holman, an ethics expert at Public Citizen, a government watchdog organization, said he believes Sebelius' fundraising is legal, but full of “ethical landmines.” “It has the appearance of the administration putting pressure on business that they want something from business — could be support for a change in the Obamacare law or another type of quid pro quo,” he said. “It is certainly worthy of investigating.”

FDA Watchdog Speaks Out on Dangerous Drugs and Docs
3/4/2014

·         BU Today: FDA Watchdog Speaks Out on Dangerous Drugs and Docs by Lisa Chedekel - Just last week, Public Citizen petitioned the FDA to immediately add a black box warning about the increased risks of heart attacks and other dangers to the labels of all testosterone-containing drugs sold in the United States after a recent study found a significantly increased risk of heart attack in men who took the drugs.

House ethics board drives transparency, controversy
3/4/2014

·         USAToday: House ethics board drives transparency, controversy by Paul Singer - But Craig Holman, lobbyist for the watchdog group Public Citizen, said OCE is playing a critical role in congressional ethics. "Not only has it spurred the House Ethics Committee into doing more than it ever had in the House's history . . . It has made the whole process more transparent." Also on: Leaf Chronicle, News-Press, Pal-Item, Daily Advertiser, The News Star

Analysis To Show Investors Not Getting Full Picture Of Brokers From FINRA's "BrokerCheck" System
3/4/2014

·         PR Newswire, reposted on Reuters: Analysis To Show Investors Not Getting Full Picture Of Brokers From FINRA's "BrokerCheck" System – Christine Hines, consumer and civil justice counsel, of Public Citizen's Congress Watch to speak at a telephone news press conference on March 6. Also on: Spoke, Investor Point

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Where Right-Wing Media's Anti-Class Action Talking Points Are Born
3/4/2014

·         Media Matters: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Where Right-Wing Media's Anti-Class Action Talking Points Are Born by Meagan Hatcher-Mays -  But these panelists ignore the fact that securities class actions actually play a significant role in administering civil justice to shareholder plaintiffs who have been the victims of fraud. According to a new report from Public Citizen, a nonpartisan consumer advocacy group, the Chamber's "criticisms of private securities lawsuits are overblown" and many of their claims about securities class actions are easily debunked. Moreover, many long-term investors actually support the fraud on the market theory.

Now Available: Obama Foreign Aid Order Obtained in Groundbreaking Case
3/3/2014

·         Center for Effective Government: Now Available: Obama Foreign Aid Order Obtained in Groundbreaking Case by Gavin Baker - The Center submitted FOIA requests for the directive, also known as PPD-6, with the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). After the agencies refused to disclose the order, we filed suit, represented by counsel from Public Citizen. Also on: Before it’s News

Generic makers to FDA: Labeling rule risky for patients, adds $4B in annual costs
3/3/2014

·         Fierce Pharma: Generic makers to FDA: Labeling rule risky for patients, adds $4B in annual costs by Arlene Weintraub - Public Citizen, which petitioned back in 2011 for the FDA to authorize generic drugmakers to make labeling changes, isn't buying the argument that such a rule would raise health costs. Instead, the group argues, it should lower costs because it "will help avoid liability by preventing injuries from occurring in the first place."

Daschle distorts NAFTA outcomes to sell TPP
3/3/2014

·         The Hill: Daschle distorts NAFTA outcomes to sell TPP by Lori Wallach and Ben Beachy - Wallach is director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch

Speech at House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Hearing
3/3/2014

·         Pharmacy Choice published director of Public Citizen Litigation Group’s speech at House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Hearing

Openness a must for new Pacific trade pact
3/2/2014

·         The Davis Enterprise: Openness a must for new Pacific trade pact by Tom Elias - The text of the agreement has not yet been released, but consumer advocate Ralph Nader’s Public Citizen group claims it would off offshore “millions of jobs,” roll back banking reforms, expose Americans to unsafe food and other products, further threats to Internet freedom and attack environmental safeguards.

Billy Long among top frequent fliers in Congress
3/2/2014

·         News-Leader: Billy Long among top frequent fliers in Congress by Deirdre Shesgreen - “This is turning once again into a major problem and a primary tool of influence peddling for lobbying entities,” said Craig Holman, a lobbyist for Public Citizen, an advocacy group that promotes campaign finance and lobbying reform. He said most outside groups don’t pay for these trips out of the goodness of their heart. They do it because they often get something in return — an accusation Long and others flatly reject.

GM execs brace for recall fallout
3/1/2014

·         Automotive News: GM execs brace for recall fallout by Gabe Nelson -  Joan Claybrook, a former NHTSA administrator and former president of the consumer group Public Citizen, said that the recall came too late and that GM's apology was insufficient. "That was a desperate move on their part to avoid heavy penalties," Claybrook said. "Saying 'we're sorry' is not enough." Also on: Automative News Europe

Plano’s Baylor hospital faces hard questions after claims against former neurosurgeon
3/1/2014

·         Dallas News: Plano’s Baylor hospital faces hard questions after claims against former neurosurgeon by Doug J Swanson - Dr. Sidney Wolfe, a senior adviser to the nonpartisan research group Public Citizen, said that hospitals in general have a legal and moral obligation to stop dangerous physicians. “A hospital that has evidence that a doctor is practicing bad medicine and does not take action has blood on its hands,” he said.

Lawsuits against Tylenol maker seek to highlight dangers
3/1/2014

·         Courier Press: Lawsuits against Tylenol maker seek to highlight dangers by Melissa Dribben - “It doesn’t make any sense,” said Sidney Wolfe, senior adviser of the Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, who served on an FDA drug safety group that urged for stronger warnings and lower doses. “Why bother having advisory committees who spend hundreds of hours researching these issues and then not do one of the most important things we recommend?”

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