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Bankruptcy’s Silver Lining for Energy Future’s Coal Power Plants
4/30/2014

·         Bloomberg: Bankruptcy’s Silver Lining for Energy Future’s Coal Power Plants by Mark Chediak and Harry Weber - Energy Future’s debt holders shouldn’t assume the oldest coal plants will generate enough money to pay off new debt, said Tom “Smitty” Smith, director of the Texas office of consumer advocate Public Citizen.

Senate Plans Vote on Constitutional Amendment to Counter ‘Plutocracy’ Politics
4/30/2014

·         The Nation: Senate Plans Vote on Constitutional Amendment to Counter ‘Plutocracy’ Politics by John Nichols - “With the vote, every senator will be required to take a stand: Do you side with the forces of dark money or the American people? Are you for plutocracy or democracy?” said Public Citizen president Robert Weissman, whose group has been active in organizing at the local and state levels on behalf of an amendment.

Citing Fracture Risk, Watchdog Group Sues FDA to Force GERD Drug Warning
4/30/2014

·         MedPage Today: Citing Fracture Risk, Watchdog Group Sues FDA to Force GERD Drug Warning by Elbert Chu - The FDA failed to respond to a 2011 petition demanding strong warnings about proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), according to a Public Citizen's lawsuit filed today. "Millions of people are taking these drugs without adequate warnings," said Sidney Wolfe, MD, founder and senior adviser to Public Citizen's Health Research Group, in a press release.

Look beyond Medicare data when shopping for healthcare
4/29/2014

·         Reuters:  Look beyond Medicare data when shopping for healthcare by Mitch Lipka - "There's a low likelihood that anyone will find it useful, given the context and the raw nature of the data," says Dr. Michael Carome, director of the consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen Health Research Group.

Consumers face $15K regulatory burden
4/29/2014

·         The Hill: Study: Consumers face $15K regulatory burden by Tim Devaney - Regulatory policy advocate Amit Narang for Public Citizen said, "it’s remarkable CEI is complaining about supposed overregulation. Some of their statistics are actually based on a years-old report that was completely debunked by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service."

FDA Wants High-Risk Label for Transvaginal Mesh
4/29/2014

·         MedPage Today: FDA Wants High-Risk Label for Transvaginal Mesh by Charles Bankhead - The FDA action represents a case of "too little, too late," according to Michael Carome, director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, a Washington-based public health advocacy group. Public Citizen has petitioned the FDA to recall all surgical mesh products from the market.

Hand in Hand With US Government, Big Pharma Pushes for More Profits
4/29/2014

·         Truthout: Hand in Hand With US Government, Big Pharma Pushes for More Profits by Mara Kardas-Nelson - Early proposals also limited countries' ability to negotiate drug prices. In exchange for ramped-up IP protection, countries were offered expanded access to US markets, particularly for agricultural goods. Peter Maybarduk, director of Public Citizen's Global Access to Medicine program, says it's notable that "the global rules (through TRIPS) were in part devised by and for Big Pharma, and today Big Pharma complains that these rules do not account sufficiently for its needs." As Sell notes, TRIPS has become a floor, not a ceiling.

US slow to OK irradiation
4/28/2014

Journal Gazette: US slow to OK irradiation by Washington Post - A steadfast team of consumer advocates has successfully campaigned against its use, first at the nonprofit group Public Citizen and then after founding the nonprofit organization Food and Water Watch.

Doctors Get Millions From Medicare After Losing Their Licenses
4/28/2014

Bloomberg: Doctors Get Millions From Medicare After Losing Their Licenses by David Armstrong and Caroline Chen - “That’s ridiculous,” says Sidney Wolfe, a physician who founded Public Citizen, a Washington consumer-advocacy group. “If a doctor is thrown out of one state, that should be enough to exclude them from Medicare.”

Groups urge constitutional amendment to push big money out of politics
4/28/2014

·         WNYT (NBC 13, Albany, NY): Groups urge constitutional amendment to push big money out of politics by Bill Lambdin - "And if they pick up the phone and call the Governor or call their senator, they get right through. You or I, we don't get right through, said Jonah Minkoff-Zern of Public Citizen's Democracy Is For People.

Brayton Point power plant owner denies market manipulation
4/28/2014

·         The Boston Globe: Brayton Point power plant owner denies market manipulation by Erin Ailworth - “We believe there was clear intent here of acquiring Brayton to manipulate the market,” said Tyson Slocum, director for Public Citizen’s energy program. ““They are telling us that five weeks after closing on a [multimillion-dollar] acquisition that included three power plants, of which Brayton Point was one, they say, ‘Geez, we found out it’s not economical to run?’ That story on its face is laughable.”

Public Citizen to Governor Cuomo: Hands Off New York's Scaffold Law
4/28/2014

·         Huffington Post Blog: Public Citizen to Governor Cuomo: Hands Off New York's Scaffold Law by Lisa Gilbert - As the nation celebrates our all-important workforce and mourns the loss of its workers today on on Workers Memorial Day, Governor Cuomo should permanently scrap his plan to repeal New York's Scaffold Law, which requires safety equipment and training for construction workers who work building scaffolds.

Obama’s Unlobbyists | K Street Files
4/28/2014

·         Roll Call: Obama’s Unlobbyists | K Street Files by Kate Ackley - Craig Holman, a registered lobbyist with Public Citizen, said he’d like a professional investigative agency that could audit unregistered Washington policy advisers such as Daschle, who works at DLA Piper. “The solution to the problem is not to get rid of all these ethics requirements,” Holman said. “The solution is to create an enforcement agency to enforce the law.”

Patient slapping at St. Joe's symptom of persistent problem at U.S. hospitals: bad behavior by docs
4/27/2014

Syracuse.com: Patient slapping at St. Joe's symptom of persistent problem at U.S. hospitals: bad behavior by docs by James Mulder - Although bad behavior by doctors can harm patients, hospitals often turn a blind eye to it, especially if the offending doctor is a big money maker, according to Dr. Michael A. Carome, director of health research at Public Citizen, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit consumer rights advocacy group founded in 1971 by Ralph Nader. He said many cases do not get reported to state medical boards that investigate doctor misconduct. When cases are reported, disciplinary action often amounts to little more than a slap on the wrist, Carome said.

(Un)Healthy Food Marketing to Kids in School
4/25/2014

Newswise: (Un)Healthy Food Marketing to Kids in School by Voices for Healthy Kids - Advertising revenue isn’t as much of a boost for schools as it might seem, according to a 2012 report by consumer group Public Citizen, which studied large school districts across the country. “Few districts manage to raise more than a fraction of 1 percent of their total operating budgets from advertising schemes,” the study concluded.

Can This Oppo Research Guru Survive the Mudslinging in Her GOP Primary?
4/25/2014

Mother Jones: Can This Oppo Research Guru Survive the Mudslinging in Her GOP Primary? By Tim Murphy - Comstock also lobbied for a collection of high-powered clients including the Recording Industry Association of America, Comcast, Koch Industries, Chiquita bananas, and the private-prison company GEO Group—which at the time was pushing her former employers in the Department of Justice for a new contract. "She has made extensive use of the revolving door both for self-enrichment and for the profits of her clients," says Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the government watchdog, Public Citizen.

Schwab End Fight to Require Customers Sign Class Action Waiver
4/25/2014

Insurance Journal: Schwab End Fight to Require Customers Sign Class Action Waiver by Jed Horowitz and Suzanne Barlyn - “It’s a huge victory for investors,” said Christine Hines, consumer and civil justice counsel at watchdog group Public Citizen, which organized a public campaign to oppose the Schwab waivers and mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer contracts. “I think other brokerage firms will be deterred from including class action waivers in their contracts,” Hines said.

5 sneaky ways banks may be robbing you
4/25/2014

Morningstar: 5 sneaky ways banks may be robbing you by Quentin FottrellElectronic transfers from a customer's bank account to a utility service take several days, says Bartlett Naylor, financial policy advocate at Public Citizen, a non-profit group. "Banks don't mind holding your money a little longer especially when there's interest to be made off it," Naylor says.

Look beyond Medicare data when shopping for healthcare
4/25/2014

Reuters: Look beyond Medicare data when shopping for healthcare by Mitch Lipka - "There's a low likelihood that anyone will find it useful, given the context and the raw nature of the data," says Dr. Michael Carome, director of the consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen Health Research Group.

Obama Advisers Rally on Trade as Pacific-Rim Talks Falter
4/25/2014

Bloomberg News: Obama Advisers Rally on Trade as Pacific-Rim Talks Falter by Brian Wingfield and Isabel Reynolds - Lori Wallach, director of the Global Trade Watch Program at Washington-based Public Citizen, an opponent of the Pacific talks, said in an e-mail that “the same old trade pact model” won’t be able to muster support in Congress. “Speechifying by high-level officials cannot overcome the reality of those past pacts’ records of increased U.S. trade deficits and job loss,” she said today in an e-mail.

Explainer: Deconstructing the Trans-Pacific Partnership
4/25/2014

Al Jazeera America: Explainer: Deconstructing the Trans-Pacific Partnership by Ben Piven - Along with the Global Trade Watch project by consumer rights group Public Citizen, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) has attacked the secrecy of negotiations and lack of public scrutiny. He introduced a 2012 bill to promote more transparency on the part of the U.S. trade representative, who has reportedly consulted corporations, but not Congress, on many details of the new trade proposals.

Obama’s Asia trip off to a bad start with failure to reach agreement on trade in Tokyo
4/25/2014

Washington Post: Obama’s Asia trip off to a bad start with failure to reach agreement on trade in Tokyo by Juliet Eilperin and David Nakamura - Lori Wallach, a trade expert for Public Citizen, which opposes the TPP, said the talks in Tokyo amounted to a “do-or-die moment” for the administration. “President Obama coming to your country would ostensibly be the moment that would happen, but it didn’t,” Wallach said. “And they needed to breathe life back into the broader process.”

Obama fails to reach trade deal
4/25/2014

The Hill: Obama fails to reach trade deal by Erik Wasson - “After months of nonstop U.S-Japan bilateral TPP negotiations and now President Obama and Prime Minister [Shinzo] Abe not announcing a breakthrough, TPP should be ready for burial. Instead, like some horror movie monster that will not die, TPP is being animated by a broad coalition of powerful corporate interests and we are told talks will continue but it remains unclear when and how,” said Public Citizen’s Lori Wallach.

FDA Calls for 1st E-Cigarette Regulations
4/24/2014

·         NBC Philadelphia: FDA Calls for 1st E-Cigarette Regulations by Michael Felberbaum - Public Citizen’s  Regulatory Policy Advocate Amit Narang spoke about E-Cigarette regulations with NBC Philadelphia.

Power plant closure once drew cheers -- now controversy
4/24/2014

·         E & E Publishing: Power plant closure once drew cheers -- now controversy by Hanna Northey - Tyson Slocum, the director of Public Citizen's energy program, said Capital Energy Partners knew that closing the coal plant would force ISO New England to pay other plants more money to commit power in the future -- including $100 million to the equity firm's other generators in the region. "It's not that we're saying they need to keep Brayton Point open, it's that we need serious reforms in the [regional transmission organization] capacity markets," he said. "We're looking at a billion-dollar rate increase, not because of EPA rules but because of an arcane and uncompetitive market structure. This isn't about coal."

Schwab drops ban on clients filing class-action lawsuits
4/24/2014

·         Reuters: Schwab drops ban on clients filing class-action lawsuits by Jed Horowitz and Suzanne Barlyn - "It's a huge victory for investors," said Christine Hines, consumer and civil justice counsel at watchdog group Public Citizen, which organized a public campaign to oppose the Schwab waivers and mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer contracts. "I think other brokerage firms will be deterred from including class action waivers in their contracts," Hines said. Also on; Wealth Management, News Index

Influence Analytics: Why it's hard to follow hard-money bundling
4/24/2014

·         Sunlight Foundation: Influence Analytics: Why it's hard to follow hard-money bundling by Nancy Watzman - Of the 137 lobbyist bundlers reported by campaigns in 2012, 52 appear in the Party Time database as hosting fundraising parties. At these same parties, they shared their hosting duties with 295 other registered lobbyists, none of whom show up in the official lobbying bundling reports, according to analysis by Craig Holman of Public Citizen in a recent article for the Election Law Journal (subscription required). This is likely an underestimate of the number of lobbyists involved in fundraising--the Party Time database is fueled by volunteers who send us invitations, and is far from a complete dataset. "What is clear is that the public is not getting a full picture of bundling activity, and that many lobbyists who are participating in bundling events are going undisclosed in the FECA bundling database," writes Holman.

E-cigarette regulations proposed
4/24/2014

·         Click On Detroit: E-cigarette regulations proposed by Tony Statz - Public health advocates worry the flavorings are being used to target children. "There is strong evidence to show that minors are using e-cigarettes extensively and in increasing fashion," said Amit Narang of the group Public Citizen.

United Against Citizens United
4/24/2014

·         Metroland: United Against Citizens United by Era Bushati - A gathering of speakers will be held on Monday (April 28) from noon to 1 PM on the Third Floor Terrace of the Legislative Office Building on State and Swan Streets. The speakers will include Assemblywomen Patricia Fahy, Robb Smith, executive director of Interfaith Impact, a representative from the American Sustainable Business Council, Victor Tiffany and Michael Messina-Yauchzy from Move to Amend/NY4Democracy, and Jonah Minkoff-Zern from Public Citizen/NY4Democracy.

Washington's Trans-Pacific Power Play
4/23/2014

·         Socialist Worker: Washington's Trans-Pacific Power Play by Ashley Smith - There's no question about who wins and who loses from the agreement. As Public Citizen's Lori Wallach writes, the TPP fulfills "the most florid dreams of the 1 Percent--grandiose new rights and privileges for corporations and permanent constraints on government regulation. They include new investor safeguard to ease job offshoring and assert control over natural resources and several limit regulation of financial services, land use, food safety, natural resources, energy, tobacco, health care and more."

Years Late and Many Dollars Short
4/23/2014

·         US and World Report News: Years Late and Many Dollars Short by Marcus Stanley and Rebecca Thiess - As Public Citizen noted in a 2011 report on the pay rule, companies that would be impacted by the new rules have spent hundreds of millions of dollars lobbying against its implementation, along with submitting comments in support of substantially weakening the rule. Another factor is the need for six different regulatory agencies to sign off on the rule, a process built for delay.

Obama's Asia Trip: TPP Make-or-Break Moment?
4/23/2014

·         Huffington Post: Obama's Asia Trip: TPP Make-or-Break Moment? By Lori Wallach - A report released last week by Public Citizen reveals that nearly identical foreign policy arguments have consistently proven baseless when used to sell trade deals over the past two decades. The report reviews foreign policy claims made to promote the TPP, ranging from the absurd to the counterfactual, to those that repeatedly have been disproved by the actual outcomes of similar claims made for past pacts.

Private Property And The Pipeline
4/23/2014

·         Esquire: Private Property And The Pipeline by Charles P Pierce - In January, the advocacy group Public Citizen wrote a letter to Abbott that should sound pretty familiar to the attorney general: As citizens and landowners along the pipeline route, we also are concerned that a foreign company has come to our state, taken private property for corporate profit, and is now planning to operate a pipeline that was found to have a substantial number of potential violations of federal safety regulations. We ask that you, as the attorney general of Texas, use the full arsenal of your constitutional, statutory, and common law powers to protect our property rights and the health and safety of our families. A similar story can be found on The Week.

Energy Department scraps millions in fees for nuclear loan guarantee
4/23/2014

·         Washington Examiner: Energy Department scraps millions in fees for nuclear loan guarantee by Zack Colman - Tyson Slocum, director of consumer watchdog group Public Citizen's energy program, said he expected much of the same regarding the Vogtle project. He said allegations of cronyism, which were a top-line GOP criticism with Solyndra, wouldn't play in this case because Democrats would gain little by offering political handouts to an electric utility in conservative Georgia. "The DOE waiver of the subsidy cost payment not only puts taxpayers at risk, but should also put to rest the Issa-led allegations that the Obama administration runs the loan guarantee program to play political favorites. Because I see no political gain for Democrats whatsoever in Georgia as a result," he told the Examiner. Also on: Energy Central

FCC Commissioner: Clarification Needed On TCPA
4/23/2014

·         Top Class Actions: FCC Commissioner: Clarification Needed On TCPA by Dominic Rivera - Scott Nelson, an attorney at Public Citizen, a Washington, D.C. consumer advocacy group, said that he was surprised by the commissioner’s blog post. He hopes that the position of O’Reilly is not shared by the entire Commission. “I think he is sending a signal that he is amenable to giving industry a break and limiting the protection that the law gives to consumers,” Nelson said. “I am not really sure why there is any reason to do that.”

What About Starting Stevens and O’Connor Institutes for Justice?
4/23/2014

·         Common Dreams: What About Starting Stevens and O’Connor Institutes for Justice? By Ralph Nader - I have not spoken to Justices Stevens and O’Connor about their willingness to give their names and backing to such Institutes. But Jason Adkins, Chair of Public Citizen, had a conversation with Justice Stevens on this subject in which the Justice responded favorably. Mr. Adkins gets things done, so look for some activity among Justice Stevens’ legions of admirers soon. Also on: Counter Punch, Eurasia Review

An About-face on Secrecy From Bush White House?
4/23/2014

·         Mint Press News: An About-face on Secrecy From Bush White House? By Frederick Reese - “In general, I would say that the Bush letter is more helpful and concrete than the Clinton one,” said Scott Nelson of Public Citizen, an attorney who has argued for improved access under the Presidential Records Act. “On its face, the Bush letter appears to do more to ‘ease’ the restrictions than the Clinton one did, and to empower the Archives to make its own decisions about releasing materials as to which the restrictions have been ‘eased.’”

Hearing ordered in wrongful death suit
4/22/2014

·         The Wilson Times: Hearing ordered in wrongful death suit by Corey Friedman - Consumer groups and trial attorneys say mandatory binding arbitration favors companies and deprives citizens of their constitutional right to a jury trial. The group Public Citizen says arbitrators rule for corporations over individuals about 95 percent of the time. Arbitration advocates say the process is an inexpensive and efficient alternative to court-clogging consumer litigation.

Over 2.7 million people now demanding leaders Stop The Secrecy before it's too late
4/22/2014

·         Rabble: Over 2.7 million people now demanding leaders Stop The Secrecy before it's too late by Josh Tabish - Stop The Secrecy is part of a broader 16-day campaign to stop fast tracking the TPP, that includes online and offline actions taking place all around the world, led by groups like Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, the Communications Workers of America, and others. You can see a full list here.

The Iran/Iraq War: Mutual Assured Destruction
4/22/2014

·         Veterans Today: The Iran/Iraq War: Mutual Assured Destruction by Dean Henderson - The Four Horsemen pocketed the difference, while stockpiling crude oil.  A memo uncovered by Edwin Rothschild, energy adviser for the group Public Citizen, sums up US policy towards Saudi/GCC overproduction and the misery it brings the poor countries of OPEC.  The memo, sent by Undersecretary of State Richard Murphy to the Saudi government, said simply, “Let the market rule”.

Rep. Perry Received Money From Hall-Affiliated PAC
4/22/2014

·         The Texas Tribune: Rep. Perry Received Money From Hall-Affiliated PAC by Reeve Hamilton - Tom "Smitty" Smith, the director of the Texas chapter of Public Citizen, a nonprofit public interest advocacy group, said the contribution and its timing were cause for concern. “There is a general belief in ethics circles and various parts of the law that people who are sitting in a judicial position, which functionally this transparency committee has become, should not take contributions from people whose cases are pending and in front of them," Smith said.

General Mills Contrite After Arbitration Clause Causes Ruckus
4/22/2014

·         Food Product Design: General Mills Contrite After Arbitration Clause Causes Ruckus by Josh Long -  “When you’re talking about food, you’re also talking about things that can kill people," Scott L. Nelson, a lawyer at Public Citizen, a nonprofit advocacy group, said in an interview with the paper. “There is a huge difference in the stakes, between the benefit you’re getting from this supposed contract you’re entering into by, say, using the company’s website to download a coupon, and the rights they’re saying you’re giving up. That makes this agreement a lot broader than others out there."

John Cornyn calls for broad probe into Obamacare spending, fundraising
4/22/2014

·         Washington Examiner: John Cornyn calls for broad probe into Obamacare spending, fundraising by Susan Crabtree - “If the White House as opposed to HHS got involved in the fundraising that crosses the line and appears to be a violation of executive branch ethics law,” said Craig Holman, an ethics expert at the watchdog group Public Citizen. “The only exemption in the Public Health Services Act would be for HHS.”

Ethical questions in trips revealed in corruption sting
4/22/2014

·         Philadelphia Inquirer: Ethical questions in trips revealed in corruption sting by Mark Fazlollah - In an interview, Craig Holman of the Washington watchdog group Public Citizen, said lobbyists should not discuss campaign donations during conferences run by nonprofits. When that happens, he said, taxpayers are "subsidizing in part the corporate electioneering agenda." This, he said, was "unfair to taxpayers and should be explicitly prohibited by law." Also On: Legal Pro News

Pomegranate juice and the Supreme Court could produce tougher truth-in-advertising rules
4/22/2014

·         The Week: Pomegranate juice and the Supreme Court could produce tougher truth-in-advertising rules by Catherine Garcia - Allison Zieve, a lawyer for consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, tells the Los Angeles Times that if Pom Wonderful wins this time (the Supreme Court is expected to make its decision by late June), it will benefit everyone. "The result will be better, less misleading labels on a range of food products," she argues.

Modern Medicine Making Us Sick? [Video]
4/21/2014

·         Guardian Liberty Voice: Modern Medicine Making Us Sick? [Video] by Fern Remedi-Brown - So, is it modern medicine that is making us sick, or is it inappropriate prescription and usage? The publishers of an indie film, “Certain Adverse Effects” contend that it is the former. The authors, Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, assert that customers must take charge of their own health to avoid potentially harmful side effects from even one dose of antibiotics. The video below gives further details of their interpretation.

Internet opens door to free speech that can get expensive
4/21/2014

·         Arizona Central: Internet opens door to free speech that can get expensive by Peter Corbett - Paul Levy, an attorney for Public Citizen, a non-profit group that does not accept corporate or government funding, questions the validity of the corporate responsibility programs offered by sites such as Ripoff Report and Pissed Consumer. They claim to analyze a company's business practices, but it appears they just bury the online criticism with an abundance of praise, Levy said." Many of these (consumer sites) are within their rights. Others are sleazy," he said. "I have to admit I'm skeptical."

General Mills' controversial social media policy ignites legal debate
4/21/2014

·         Examiner: General Mills' controversial social media policy ignites legal debate by Steven Neville - "A contract has to involve benefits running both ways," said Scott Nelson, an attorney with Public Citizen. "To make a promise to arbitrate enforceable, it has to be part of a contract in which both parties are getting something." Ultimately, though, the decision on the weight of a social media endorsement will be decided in court, someday.

Cheerios maker gets bowled over
4/21/2014

·         LA Times: Cheerios maker gets bowled over by David Lazarus - "You don't think of having a contract with a company just for downloading its coupons or getting its newsletter," said Christine Hines, consumer and civil justice counsel at the advocacy group Public Citizen. "But that's what they were saying." Also on: The Courant

Interest builds in West Texas storage of high-level radioactive waste
4/21/2014

·         Energy Central: Interest builds in West Texas storage of high-level radioactive waste by Corey Paul - "The No. 1 criteria for radioactive waste [storage] in this country is a willing host state, and if a Republican governor sticks up his hand and a Republican controlled House, the Congress is going to go along with any state that's willing to take it," said Tom "Smitty" Smith, director of Public Citizen's Texas office.

Critics: Many give up right to sue with ‘forced arbitration’
4/21/2014

·         Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Critics: Many give up right to sue with ‘forced arbitration’ by Christopher Seward - Public Citizen maintains a “Forced arbitration rogues gallery” with the names and logos of scores of major companies that it says have adopted such policies. The list includes telecommunication and cable TV providers, banks and credit card companies, health care providers, home builders, ecommerce, entertainment and software companies, investment advisers and brokers, retailers and employers.

Pacific Rim Trade Deal Proves Elusive
4/21/2014

·         Voice of America: Pacific Rim Trade Deal Proves Elusive by Ken Bredemeier - A critic of the possible trade deal, Lori Wallach of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, says the complexity is one reason the agreement is taking so long. "In every country these issues are controversial," she said.  "So it’s not surprising by over-reaching and having so many countries, they’re having a very hard time in doing any one of those issues.” Also on: Kansas City Post, Albuquerque express, Before it’s News, Hawaii Reporter

Supreme Court seems inclined to bolster truth-in-labeling laws
4/21/2014

·         LA Times: Supreme Court seems inclined to bolster truth-in-labeling laws by David Savage - Allison Zieve, a lawyer for consumer watchdog Public Citizen, said a high court ruling could have a broad effect on product labels. "If Pom wins, the result will be better, less misleading labels on a range of food products," she said.The decision would "make clear that food companies can police one another to ensure honesty in the marketplace," Zieve said. "That would create a strong incentive for food companies to review their labels to make sure that they are not misleading." Though Pom Wonderful may be headed for a win at the Supreme Court, it too is battling claims of product misrepresentation. Also on: The Sacramento Bee, The Morning Call, National Memo

Forbes Paints Rosy Picture Of Anti-Consumer Arbitration Provisions That Ban Class Actions
4/21/2014

·         Media Matters: Forbes Paints Rosy Picture Of Anti-Consumer Arbitration Provisions That Ban Class Actions by Meagan Hacher-Mays - According to Public Citizen, Fisher's claim that the costs of arbitration offer an "advantage" over class actions is suspect:  A claimant must pay steep filing fees just to initiate a case -- seldom less than $750. These fees do not cover the arbitrator's hourly charges, which are generally in the range of $200 to $300 per hour, split between the parties. All these fees must be deposited in advance, and almost always amount to thousands of dollars. Because the claimant has usually sustained a serious loss in the dispute with the business -- foreclosure on a home, firing from a job, termination of a franchise or dealership -- most individuals covered by an arbitration clause cannot afford these costs and are forced to drop their cases.

Single-Payer System Would Be a Boon to the Economy, Public Citizen Report Says
4/21/2014

·         Healthcare Now: Single-Payer System Would Be a Boon to the Economy, Public Citizen Report Says – A publicly funded, universal health care system would aid businesses by engendering a more dynamic economy, taming costs and freeing businesses that provide health insurance of the costs of administering benefits and subsidizing the nation’s health care, a Public Citizen report released last week concludes.

George W. Bush surprises on White House records
4/21/2014

·         Politico: George W. Bush surprises on White House records by Josh Gerstein - “In general, I would say that the Bush letter is more helpful and concrete than the Clinton one,” said Scott Nelson of Public Citizen, an attorney who has fought for broader public access under the Presidential Records Act. “On its face, the Bush letter appears to do more to ‘ease’ the restrictions than the Clinton one did, and to empower the Archives to make its own decisions about releasing materials as to which the restrictions have been ‘eased.’” Also on: Politico Playbook

Yet Another Reason to Hate SCOTUS: It's Made It Easier for Payday Lenders to Prey on the Poor
4/21/2014

·         AlterNet: Yet Another Reason to Hate SCOTUS: It's Made It Easier for Payday Lenders to Prey on the Poor by Kathleen Geier -  Back then, “arbitration was negotiated between merchants, not imposed by merchants on their customers and employees.” Nevertheless, at least 139 class-action lawsuits have been thrown out by courts, according to the nonprofit group Public Citizen.

EPA gives BP ‘Get Out of Jail Free Card’ on 4th Anniversary of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Disaster
4/20/2014

·         Eco Watch: EPA gives BP ‘Get Out of Jail Free Card’ on 4th Anniversary of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Disaster by Richard Schiffman - BP’s critics say this was not just a run of bad luck, but the result of an ingrained corporate culture which routinely put profits above safety. In an interview, Tyson Slocum of the public interest group Public Citizen said: “If ordinary people are found guilty in three felony cases, they will be imprisoned—suspension from contracts is a kind of corporate imprisonment.” Also on: Care2, Truthout, Before it’s News, People’s World

EPA gives BP ‘Get Out of Jail Free Card’ on 4th Anniversary of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Disaster
4/20/2014

·         Eco Watch: EPA gives BP ‘Get Out of Jail Free Card’ on 4th Anniversary of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Disaster by Richard Schiffman - BP’s critics say this was not just a run of bad luck, but the result of an ingrained corporate culture which routinely put profits above safety. In an interview, Tyson Slocum of the public interest group Public Citizen said: “If ordinary people are found guilty in three felony cases, they will be imprisoned—suspension from contracts is a kind of corporate imprisonment.” Also on: Care2, Truthout, Before it’s News, People’s World

ID in death to be revealed
4/19/2014

·         Associated Press: ID in death to be revealed by Jennifer C. Kerr -  "Today's decision is a big victory both for the public's right of access to court proceedings and for consumers who will benefit from the operation of the consumer product safety database," said Scott Michelman, the lawyer handling the case for Public Citizen.

The Economics Behind Crude by Rail
4/19/2014

·         Planetizen: The Economics Behind Crude by Rail by Irvin Dawid -  “These things are firebombs on rail,” said Tom Smith, who is known as “Smitty,” the Texas director of Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group. “They cross in the middle of urban areas and literally bisect small towns all over Texas, bringing the danger to our most populated areas.”

LawyersandSettlements.com Interviews Two Experts Regarding Testosterone and Heart Attack as the Debate Heats Up
4/18/2014

·         PRweb: LawyersandSettlements.com Interviews Two Experts Regarding Testosterone and Heart Attack as the Debate Heats Up – LawyersandSettlements.com’s Craig also spoke with Dr. Michael Carome, an advocate with Public Citizen and Director of their Health Research Group, who agreed “the JAMA study***** is probably the weakest of the studies on this issue,” he said. Carome, however, is among the camp who warns of cardiovascular risk from increased testosterone use. “In combination with all the other information and recent studies and evidence of increased risk of cardiovascular disease with these drugs, there is a clear need for a stronger warning on the labels.” Also on: Virtual Strategy Magazine, Street Insider, Digital Journal,

When ‘liking’ a brand online voids the right to sue
4/18/2014

·         The Record: When ‘liking’ a brand online voids the right to sue by Stephanie Strom - "When you're talking about food, you're also talking about things that can kill people," said Scott L. Nelson, a lawyer at Public Citizen, a nonprofit advocacy group. "There is a huge difference in the stakes, between the benefit you're getting from this supposed contract you're entering into by, say, using the company's website to download a coupon, and the rights they're saying you're giving up. That makes this agreement a lot broader than others out there."

Four Years After BP's Deepwater Horizon Dumped 200 Million Gallons of Oil Into Gulf, 50-plus Citizen Groups Call on EPA to Extend Oil Giant's Suspension From Government Contracts
4/18/2014

·         eNews Park Forest: Four Years After BP's Deepwater Horizon Dumped 200 Million Gallons of Oil Into Gulf, 50-plus Citizen Groups Call on EPA to Extend Oil Giant's Suspension From Government Contracts -“Four years after the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion, there is no evidence that the corporate culture that led to the worst oil spill in U.S. history has changed,” said Allison Fisher, outreach director for Public Citizen’s Energy Program. “To the contrary, BP’s most recent oil spill in Lake Michigan suggests that threats of debarment alone do nothing to deter the negligent practices of corporations like BP.

Environmental Groups Call on EPA to Extend BP’s Suspension From Government Contracts
4/18/2014

·         The Pulp: Environmental Groups Call on EPA to Extend BP’s Suspension From Government Contracts by Chris Joseph - "The EPA sent notice debarring BP from doing business with the government, which is pretty significant," Allison Fisher, outreach director for Public Citizen's Energy Program, tells New Times. "BP is the top contractor with department of defense, with $2 billion worth of contracts for fueling, and they want an opportunity to renew those contracts."

Christie’s $300m pension proposal broke state corruption laws
4/18/2014

·         Daily Kos: Christie’s $300m pension proposal broke state corruption laws says David Sirota - Sirota quotes, Craig Holman of Public Citizen, a watchdog group which advocated the "pay-to-play" statue saying that Christie's $300 million plan,“appears to be not an indirect violation, but a direct violation of the law.”

Secret, Outside Money Will Dominate N.H. Senate Contest Unless Candidates Adopt "People's Pledge”
4/18/2014

·         Common Cause: Secret, Outside Money Will Dominate N.H. Senate Contest Unless Candidates Adopt "People's Pledge” by Date Elsman - “In the 2012 New Hampshire gubernatorial race, unaccountable outside groups outspent candidates four-to-one. This is no way to run a democracy, said Public Citizen President Robert Weissman. “The people of New Hampshire deserve better in this year’s Senate race. They need Scott Brown to join Sen. Shaheen in pledging to reject outside spending.”

How Payday Lenders Prey Upon the Poor — and the Courts Don’t Help
4/18/2014

·         New York Times: How Payday Lenders Prey Upon the Poor — and the Courts Don’t Help by Emily Bazelon - Back then, “arbitration was negotiated between merchants, not imposed by merchants on their customers and employees.” Nevertheless, at least 139 class-action lawsuits have been thrown out by courts, according to the nonprofit group Public Citizen. Burke’s suit, which was against one of the lenders who had not settled, was dismissed in February.

LETTER: U.S. should reject Pacific trade pact
4/17/2014

·         Lehigh Valley Live: LETTER: U.S. should reject Pacific trade pact by Richard Sapelli - A new report from Public Citizen shows these same claims were made about past free-trade deals since the North American Free Trade Agreement, and often with nearly identical language.

Do Companies Void Your Right to Sue After You 'Like' Them on Facebook?
4/17/2014

·         ABC News: Do Companies Void Your Right to Sue After You 'Like' Them on Facebook? By Susanna Kim - Scott Nelson, an attorney with the nonprofit group Public Citizen, calls these types of provisions, "ubiquitous," and Public Citizen lists more on its website. There are “numerous” other companies not included in the list that impose arbitration clauses and class action bans on consumers and employees in their contract terms, said Christine Hines, consumer and civil justice counsel at Public Citizen. Also on: ABC News Radio, KMBZ, KBOI, WJR, KABC-AM Online, 93.3 KOB-FM, 770 KKOB AM News Radio, KFOR 1240AM,

General Mills says Facebook “like” equals legal agreement
4/17/2014

·         WSB-TV/Cox Media:  General Mills says Facebook “like” equals legal agreement by Justin Gray - “General Mills is essentially trying to eliminate their customer's ability to sue them for any misconduct or harm it causes,” said consumer advocate Christine Hines from Public Citizen. More and more businesses, from banks to cable companies and cellphone carriers, have made arbitration agreements part of the contracts you sign. But Hines said General Mills is the first company to take it this far. “Their terms are very broad and should be challenged in court,” Hines said. Also on: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Palm Beach Post, The Oxford Press, Pulse-Journal, Middletown Journal, Austin Statesman, Springfield News-Sun, Dayton Daily News, WSB-TV Online, wokv.com, Magic 94.9 Radio

Pulse of the Peninsula: Supreme Court puts votes up for sale
4/17/2014

·         The Island Now: Pulse of the Peninsula: Supreme Court puts votes up for sale by Karen Rubin - “No matter what five Supreme Court justices say, the First Amendment was never intended to provide a giant megaphone for the wealthiest to use to shout down the rest of us,” said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, a progressive watchdog group that supports campaign finance reforms. “Our only hope of overturning this McCutcheon travesty - along with Citizens United - is if millions of Americans band together in saying ‘Enough!’ to plutocracy.”

Can a Facebook 'Like' Protect a Company from Lawsuits?
4/17/2014

·         The Wire: Can a Facebook 'Like' Protect a Company from Lawsuits? By Eric Levenson - Indeed, you don't even need to have liked a General Mills company on Facebook or have downloaded a coupon for this to apply. "Your use of any of our sites or services, or participation in any other General Mills offering, means that you are agreeing to these Legal Terms," the updated policy notes. Just clicking through to that link might be considered "use" of a General Mills site, thus binding you to never being able to sue. Scott Nelson, a lawyer at the advocacy group Public Citizen, told the Times that he doubted just visiting a site would invalidate suing abilities. "[B]ut we really don’t know," he added.

The Pay's the Thing: How America's CEOs Are Getting Rich Off Taxpayers
4/17/2014

·         Truthout:  The Pay's the Thing: How America's CEOs Are Getting Rich Off Taxpayers by Susan Holmberg - All this and Americans get the bill. Beyond the innumerable costs we’ve borne from the recent economic crisis, the Economic Policy Institute calculated that taxpayers have subsidized $30 billion to corporations for the performance pay loophole between 2007 and 2010. According to a recent Public Citizen report, the top 20 highest-paid CEOs received salaries totaling $28 million, but had deductible performance-based compensation totaling over $738 million. Assuming a 35 percent tax rate, that’s a $235 million unpaid tax bill. The Institute for Policy Studies calculated that during the past two years, the CEOs of the top six publicly held fast food chains “pocketed more than $183 million in performance pay, lowering their companies’ IRS bills by an estimated $64 million.”

Sorry, General Mills Says You Can’t Sue If You Use Their Coupons
4/17/2014

·         Coupons in the News: Sorry, General Mills Says You Can’t Sue If You Use Their Coupons –  And how would General Mills even know if they had? “You can bet there will be some subpoenas for computer hard drives in the future,” lawyer Scott L. Nelson of the nonprofit advocacy group Public Citizen told the Times.

Can Being Facebook Friends Cancel Your Right to Sue?
4/17/2014

·         eWeek: Can Being Facebook Friends Cancel Your Right to Sue? By Michelle Maisto - I also hadn't realized quite how many businesses, from wireless carriers to major banks, home builders and nursing homes, had also taken the arbitrator approach. The Times linked to the site of Public Citizen, a public advocacy group that, among its causes, works to "blow the whistle" on companies "that are taking away your rights with this predatory practice."

When lawsuits protect hardhats
4/17/2014

·         New York Daily News: When lawsuits protect hardhats by Errol Louis - Lawsuits are a less-than-perfect way to force the industry to take safety seriously, but there aren’t many alternatives. Public Citizen estimates it would take the Occupational Safety and Health Administration more than 100 years to inspect every New York State construction site even once.

General Mills Opens New Frontier in Denying Consumers Right to Sue: Just Use Its Products
4/17/2014

·         Naked Capitalism: General Mills Opens New Frontier in Denying Consumers Right to Sue: Just Use Its Products by Yves Smith - “When you’re talking about food, you’re also talking about things that can kill people,” said Scott L. Nelson, a lawyer at Public Citizen, a nonprofit advocacy group. “There is a huge difference in the stakes, between the benefit you’re getting from this supposed contract you’re entering into by, say, using the company’s website to download a coupon, and the rights they’re saying you’re giving up. That makes this agreement a lot broader than others out there.”

When ‘Liking’ a Brand Online Voids the Right to Sue
4/16/2014

·         New York Times: When ‘Liking’ a Brand Online Voids the Right to Sue by Stephanie Strom - “When you’re talking about food, you’re also talking about things that can kill people,” said Scott L. Nelson, a lawyer at Public Citizen, a nonprofit advocacy group. “There is a huge difference in the stakes, between the benefit you’re getting from this supposed contract you’re entering into by, say, using the company’s website to download a coupon, and the rights they’re saying you’re giving up. That makes this agreement a lot broader than others out there.” Also On: CNBC, The Week, Twin Cities, Star Tribune, Gazetteer, New in Street,  Telegram.com, The Seattle Times, Kansas City.com, The Star, The Spec, Financial Post, Wise Law Blog

Consumer groups win appeal to reveal Company
4/16/2014

·         Associated Press: Consumer groups win appeal to reveal Company Doe by Jennifer C Kerr -  "Today's decision is a big victory both for the public's right of access to court proceedings and for consumers who will benefit from the operation of the consumer product safety database," said Scott Michelman, the attorney handling the case for Public Citizen. Also on: ABC News, Washington Post, AP Financial News, MSN News Canada, U.S. News & World Report, San Francisco Chronicle, Manufacturing Business Technology, Miami Herald, Chronicle-Journal, News Daily, Newser, World News Network, Manufacturing.Net,  Atlantic Broadband, Canadian Business, Earthlink Inc., NWCN/NorthWest Cable News Online, Charter.net, People, PCNewsOK.com, Westman Journal, New Jersey Herald, Times Herald, Philadelphia Inquirer, Olympian Online, Bellingham Herald, Aurora Advocate Online, KansasCity.com, omaha.com, Palm Beach Post, newsobserver.com, INO, Register Citizen, Gulflive.com, York Dispatch, Austin Statesman, Albany Times Union, Springfield News-Sun, Dayton Daily News, Kentucky.com, Kentucky State Journal, The Daily Record, Bradford Era, Crescent-News, Colorado Springs Gazette, Idaho Statesman, wokv.com, KXnet.com, KDFW-TV Online, News 12 Connecticut, WHDH-TV Online, WSB-TV Online, KPHO-TV Online, WTVT-TV Online, modbee.com, KGW-TV Online, WRAL-TV Online,  WSOC-TV Online, WFSB-TV Online, WHTM-TV Online, KRMG.com, WKRG.com, WHIO-TV Online, WNEM-TV Online, abc12.com, KREM-TV Online, WTVG-TV Online, KWWL-TV Online, WCBD-TV Online, WHNS-TV Online, KTVB-TV Online, KALB-TV Online, WTOP-AM Online, KVVU-TV Online, WJTV-TV Online, WBTW-TV Online, KCBD-TV Online

Appeals court: Consumer case improperly sealed
4/16/2014

·         Associated Press: Appeals court: Consumer case improperly sealed by Larry O’Dell -  "The ruling is a complete victory for consumers and a strong vindication of the First Amendment imperative to conduct litigation in the open," Public Citizen attorney Scott Michelman said in a statement. "This decision will stand as a bulwark against the conduct of secret litigation such as occurred in this case." Also on: Virginia Lawyers Weekly Blog, The Columbus Republic, The Miami Herald, Ventura County Star, Bradenton, Pendleton Times Post

U.S. court: Companies can't litigate secretly to protect image
4/16/2014

·         Reuters: U.S. court: Companies can't litigate secretly to protect image by Jonathon Stempel - "It's the right result," said Scott Michelman, a lawyer for Public Citizen, in an interview. "It's a big victory both for open access to judicial records and for consumers, in terms of the viability of the CPSC database." Also on: News Daily, Business Insurance, darientel, LifeScript, mcall.com, KDAL 610AM

What you may not know about generic drugs
4/16/2014

·         Hola Arkansas: What you may not know about generic drugs by Dan Heyman - According to Allison Zieve, director of litigation for the watchdog group Public Citizen, that's because of old FDA rules and a 2011 Supreme Court ruling. "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 unlike a brand name company."

West plant explosion: New rules considered as anniversary approaches
4/16/2014

·         El Paso Times: West plant explosion: New rules considered as anniversary approaches by Marty Schladen - In a document submitted to the committee, Tom "Smitty" Smith of the watchdog group Public Citizen noted that most Texas counties don't have the power to implement fire codes. "State law allows counties to adopt fire codes only if they have a population greater than 250,000, or are adjacent to such a county," it said. "That means 173 of Texas' 254 counties are excluded and that's dangerous and deadly."

Safety advocates to Barra: Why did GM choose weak ignition switch design?
4/16/2014

·         Detroit Free Press: Safety advocates to Barra: Why did GM choose weak ignition switch design? By Alisa Priddle -A letter to GM CEO Mary Barra from Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, and from Joan Claybrook, president emeritus of Public Citizen, says evidence has surfaced that GM had safer alternatives as it developed the 2003 Saturn Ion. Also on: Bloomberg Businessweek, ArcaMax, News OK

CEO pay at top companies now 331 times that of average worker, 774 times that of minimum-wage worker
4/16/2014

·         Daily Kos: CEO pay at top companies now 331 times that of average worker, 774 times that of minimum-wage worker by Timothy Lange - According to a recent Public Citizen report, the top 20 highest-paid CEOs received salaries totaling $28 million, but had deductible performance-based compensation totaling over $738 million. Assuming a 35 percent tax rate, that’s a $235 million unpaid tax bill. The Institute for Policy Studies calculated that during the past two years, the CEOs of the top six publicly held fast food chains “pocketed more than $183 million in performance pay, lowering their companies’ IRS bills by an estimated $64 million.”

Professor tries for double play in toxic tort case before Supreme Court
4/16/2014

·         E & E reporter: Professor tries for double play in toxic tort case before Supreme Court by Jeremy Jacob -  Allison Zieve of Public Citizen, who's working with Korzen on the case, said the technical question at issue in the case could "put a person to sleep before you finish the sentence." But, she added, that shouldn't detract from the importance of the precedent it could set. "What it's about is whether people who have suffered toxic harm from hazardous waste have any remedy," Zieve said.

The Toughest Cop on Wall Street You've Never Heard Of How Benjamin Lawsky's making big banks pay
4/16/2014

·         New Republic: The Toughest Cop on Wall Street You've Never Heard Of How Benjamin Lawsky's making big banks pay by David Dayen - “Lawsky brings what’s so glaringly missing from other bank law enforcers: zeal,” said Bartlett Naylor, former chief of investigations for the Senate Banking Committee, now a financial policy advocate at Public Citizen. “Where federal enforcers appear to want a volunteered confession of fraud before bringing a case, Lawsky confronts the problem with innovation.” For example, in 2012, Lawsky broke with federal colleagues on an investigation into Standard Chartered Bank, which was accused of laundering money for countries banned from the financial system, such as Iran. Lawsky threatened Standard Chartered’s New York banking license, without which it wouldn’t be able to work in one of the world financial centers. “That sent a tremor through the financial industry,” Naylor said. “It’s something that would never have been done or even contemplated before.”

West plant explosion: New rules considered as anniversary approaches
4/15/2014

·         El Paso Times: West plant explosion: New rules considered as anniversary approaches by Marty Schladen - In a document submitted to the committee, Tom "Smitty" Smith of the watchdog group Public Citizen noted that most Texas counties don't have the power to implement fire codes. "State law allows counties to adopt fire codes only if they have a population greater than 250,000, or are adjacent to such a county," it said. "That means 173 of Texas' 254 counties are excluded and that's dangerous and deadly."

CEOs at Big U.S. Companies Paid 331 Times Average Worker
4/15/2014

·         The IPS News Agency: CEOs at Big U.S. Companies Paid 331 Times Average Worker by Jim Lobe - “I don’t think that anyone, except maybe Larry Ellison, would claim that today’s managers are somehow an evolved form of homo sapiens compared to their predecessors 30 or 60 years ago,” said Bart Naylor, Financial Policy Advocate at Public Citizen, a civic accountability group. “Those who built the pharmaceutical industry and the hi-tech industry …were fine senior executives, and they didn’t drain the economy the way today’s senior executives insist on doing,” he told IPS. “The machinery of awarding senior executive pay is clearly broken.”

HHS nominee Sylvia Burwell entangled in MetLife lawsuit
4/15/2014

·         Washington Times: HHS nominee Sylvia Burwell entangled in MetLife lawsuit by John McElhatton -  Craig Holman, legislative representative for the watchdog group Public Citizen, said Ms. Burwell is prohibited from taking any official actions that could affect the case. “She is restricted from taking official actions that singularly and substantially benefit her former employer on all other matters for two years,” he said.

GOP marks Tax Day with challenge to IRS
4/15/2014

·         The Hill: GOP marks Tax Day with challenge to IRS by Bernie Becker - GOP lawmakers and grassroots conservative groups have slammed that rule, but even some more liberal outfits failed to embrace it. On Tuesday, Public Citizen said the news of another proposal was welcome, and would give the IRS “a great opportunity to provide an objective and easy-to-follow definition of political activity for nonprofits.”

Letter: Court decision lets GOP buy elections
4/15/2014

·         Press Connects: Letter: Court decision lets GOP buy elections George Farr Elmira - Public Citizen President Robert Weissman said in a statement: “This is truly a decision establishing plutocrat rights. The Supreme Court today holds that the purported right of a few hundred super rich individuals to spend outrageously large sums on campaign contributions outweighs the national interest in political equality and a government free of corruption.” Also on:  Ithica Journal, Stare-Gazette

Statement of Make It Safe Coalition on 25th Anniversary of Whistleblower Protection Act
4/14/2014

·         Truthout: Statement of Make It Safe Coalition on 25th Anniversary of Whistleblower Protection Act – Keith Wrightson, Worker Safety and Health Advocate for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, commented: "The WPA created a vehicle for workers to safely call out potential hazards in the workplace without retaliation from their employers. By giving federal workers more opportunity and resources to identify hazardous workplace situations, the government will become more efficient."

One Year After West Explosion, State Still Has Dozens Of "At-Risk" Plants Operating
4/14/2014

·         Texas Public Radio: One Year After West Explosion, State Still Has Dozens Of "At-Risk" Plants Operating by Ryan Poppe - Tom "Smitty" Smith with Public Citizen, a watchdog group, said very little progress is being made in order to safeguard residents living near these types of fertilizer plants. “The underlying question of what kind of notice people get that there are toxic or explosive communities in their neighborhoods and what they should do if there is an accident is not really being discussed here,”  Smith said.

EMA also Investigates Link between Testosterone Drugs and Heart Problems
4/14/2014

·         News Inferno: EMA also Investigates Link between Testosterone Drugs and Heart Problems – Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, petitioned for the FDA to add a “black box” warning to the drugs’ label in February. The black box warning is the agency’s most serious warning. Public Citizen said that its petition was based on mounting evidence linking testosterone to cardiac risks since 2010, in addition to a recent analysis of 27 studies over the course of at least two decades, according to Reuters.

Transcript of Rob Weissman's appearance on NBC's Meet the Press
4/14/2014

·         NBC: MEET THE PRESS TRANSCRIPT: April 6, 2014 – Public Citizen’ s President Rob Weissman appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press to discuss the McCutcheon vs. FEC ruling with David Gregory and Shaun McCutcheon. Read the transcript of the interview by clicking the headline.

Plant owner’s motives questioned
4/14/2014

·         Boston Globe: Plant owner’s motives questioned by Erin Ailworth - In documents filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday, Public Citizen alleged Energy Capital Partners knew that closing Brayton Point would push up the price generators of electricity are paid by ISO New England, the power grid operator. Also on: Boston.com

Are the Administration’s Claims of Progress on TransPacific Partnership Negotiations in Japan Credible?
4/14/2014

·         EconoMonitor: Are the Administration’s Claims of Progress on TransPacific Partnership Negotiations in Japan Credible? By Yves Smith - So the new pitch for these deals is to sell them as important to foreign policy. But the problem, as Public Citizen points out, is that these hoary old arguments have been shown to be canards. Some of them are actually funny when you think about them, for instance, that trade deals are proof of America’s manhood.

Shaheen, Brown matchup expected to be a pricey race
4/14/2014

·         New Hampshire Union Leader: Shaheen, Brown matchup expected to be a pricey race by David Solomon - Shaheen has pressed Brown to sign the People's Pledge, a pact he agreed to in his unsuccessful effort to keep the Massachusetts Senate seat he won in a special election after the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy. Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren won that race, but the pact between the two minimized the influence of Political Action Committees and third-party donors. Common Cause and Public Citizen, two groups that advocate for transparency and accountability in government, have asked Brown and Shaheen to meet and develop a People's Pledge designed for the New Hampshire campaign, and they hope for a reply by April 15.

Did USDA mislead the public, Congress about injury risks for poultry workers?
4/14/2014

·         Washington Post: Did USDA mislead the public, Congress about injury risks for poultry workers? By Kimberly Kindy - Howard’s letter was also posted last week on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site. On Friday, and over the weekend, worker rights groups, animal welfare organizations and unions that oppose the proposed poultry inspection program e-mailed the letter to its members and to the media. “Inter-agency Throw Down!” wrote Public Citizen spokesman Ben Somberg in an e-mail that linked to the letter.

Watchdog: Don't believe the TPP hype
4/14/2014

·         Politico: Watchdog: Don't believe the TPP hype by Jenny Hopkinson - Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch released a report challenging the notion that the deal, which would link the United States, Japan and 10 other Pacific-Rim economies, but not China, would deliver any geopolitical benefits to the U.S. Public Citizen’s report seeks to counter comments such as those it cited from Vice President Joe Biden, who said in February that the TPP is “a symbol of American staying power” and a test of America’s willingness to play a leadership role in setting global trade rules.

U.S. lawmakers join Lilly's attacks on Canada's patent attitude
4/14/2014

·         Fierce Pharma: U.S. lawmakers join Lilly's attacks on Canada's patent attitude by Eric Palmer - The consumer advocacy group Public Citizen in Canada has come to the country's defense, saying Canada has a right to set its own definition of how a drug's usefulness must be demonstrated to gain patent protection and to protect its consumers.

Right-Wing Media Push "Frivolous Lawsuit" Myth Into Coverage Of The Next Big Class Action Case
4/14/2014

·         Media Matters: Right-Wing Media Push "Frivolous Lawsuit" Myth Into Coverage Of The Next Big Class Action Case by Meagan Hatcher-Mays - But as explained by a recent report from consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, right-wing media's class action myths "do not withstand scrutiny." Once again debunking these tired attacks, the report notes that the "description of securities class actions as abusive, lawyer-driven cases ignores that securities lawsuits are increasingly brought by large, professionally managed institutional investors." Public Citizen pointed out that criticisms of these suits are "overblown" and "exaggerated," highlighting the fact that institutional investors have no incentive to bring frivolous lawsuits

Critics say full, immediate disclosure a must for PC leadership candidates
4/13/2014

Edmonton Journal: Critics say full, immediate disclosure a must for PC leadership candidates by Karen KleissCraig Holman, campaign finance lobbyist for the U.S.-based organization Public Citizen, said the gold standard of financial disclosure means the records of all contributions are posted online before the election, in a way that allows stakeholders to analyze them fully.

Railroads Filling Void as Oil Pipeline Falls Short
4/13/2014

The Texas Tribune: Railroads Filling Void as Oil Pipeline Falls Short by Aman Batheja - “These things are firebombs on rail,” said Tom "Smitty" Smith, the Texas director of Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group. “They cross in the middle of urban areas and literally bisect small towns all over Texas, bringing the danger to our most populated areas.”

Stings targeting elected officials raise ethical issues
4/12/2014

The Trib Live: Stings targeting elected officials raise ethical issues by Adam Smeltz and Brad Bumsted - The FBI relies more heavily on state-level stings since Congress reworked anti-corruption rules several years ago, said Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist for the Public Citizen group. He said the revisions make it tougher for prosecutors to pursue corruption cases without concrete evidence, such as recordings that undercover agents can secure through hidden cameras and microphones.

Ted Cruz and Rand Paul are the big draws at the Freedom Summit
4/12/2014

The Washington Post: Ted Cruz and Rand Paul are the big draws at the Freedom Summit Public Citizen, a nonpartisan consumer advocacy nonprofit, has been organizing around this issue in the state, pushing towns across New Hampshire to pass similar resolutions. Forty-eight towns have voted in favor of a campaign finance constitutional amendment, 32 towns in Republican state senate districts, according to Jonah Minkoff-Zern, who's been working on the campaign.

Congress top obstacle to TPP deal
4/12/2014

Bloomberg Businessweek: Congress top obstacle to TPP deal - In a separate telephone interview with The Japan Times, Lori Wallach, director of the Washington-based Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, said Japan's participation in the TPP is of less concern in Washington compared to what the deal means for U.S.-China relations."The only reason for the U.S. to include Japan in TPP is to sell beef, pork and rice, and to try to change Japan's health care system to allow more pharmaceuticals. Brunei was treated by the U.S. with more respect. But I'm more surprised that Abe accepted (the U.S.) treatment," Wallach said.

Shaun McCutcheon’s victory lap
4/12/2014

Politico: Shaun McCutcheon’s victory lap by Bryon Tau and Kenneth P. VogelHe has appeared on Fox News, CBS, Al Jazeera America, MSNBC, the Blaze and others in the wake of the decision — culminating in a Sunday appearance on “Meet the Press,” where he sparred with campaign finance reformer and Public Citizen President Robert Weissman.

Comcast turns to K. St
4/12/2014

The Hill: Comcast turns to K. St by Julian Hattem - “Comcast is pulling out the heavy hitters to ensure that Congress does not interfere with its merger plans,” Craig Holman, a lobbyist with Public Citizen, said in an email. Holman, the Public Citizen lobbyist, said that the company was taking advantage of the “revolving door” between K Street and government.

Indiana lawmakers want to pressure Canada over drug patents
4/11/2014

Indy Star: Indiana lawmakers want to pressure Canada over drug patents by Maureen Groppe - Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, has argued that Lilly is pushing for greater monopoly protections that will increase the cost of medicines for consumers and governments. Canada has a right, the group argues, to set its own definition of how a drug’s usefulness must be demonstrated to gain patent protection.

EFH’s dim future: Will cleanup costs be swept your way?
4/11/2014

Dallas Business Journal: EFH’s dim future: Will cleanup costs be swept your way? By Nicholas Sakelaris - Instead of filing a $952 million cash bond with the state, Luminant used its own coal plants as collateral, said Tom “Smitty” Smith, executive director, the Texas director of Public Citizen, a consumer and environmental watchdog group based in Austin.

Report Offers Grim Predictions for South Texas Air Quality Amid Oil Boom
4/11/2014

Bloomberg: Report Offers Grim Predictions for South Texas Air Quality Amid Oil Boom by Lisa Song, David Hasemyer and Jim Morris - Tom Smith, director of the Texas chapter of Public Citizen, a nonprofit public-interest advocacy organization, said that kind of growth would exhaust the resources of the region's counties and cities in terms of maintaining roads and providing services.

10 things the baby-product industry won’t tell you
4/11/2014

Morningstar: 10 things the baby-product industry won’t tell you by Elizabeth O’Brien - New parents see these gift bags as "an implied endorsement" of formula feeding, even though doctors and nurses often have little control over hospital policy on the matter, says Eva Seidelman, coordinator of the Commercial Alert project at the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, who has studied the issue extensively.

EU takes up testosterone drug review on cardio worries
4/11/2014

FiercePharma: EU takes up testosterone drug review on cardio worries by Carly Helfand - This newest review comes at a controversial time for Low-T drugs, whose critics have slammed the FDA for taking its time to weigh the issue. "It is quite clear that testosterone treatment increases the risks of cardiovascular diseases, including heart attacks," Sidney Wolfe, founder of advocacy group Public Citizen, wrote in a February petition that labeled the agency's current stance "reckless."

Sebelius: Hands of HHS seal
4/11/2014

Politico: Sebelius: Hands of HHS seal by Josh Gerstein - "It would certainly be wiser to put in the rule a recognition that a non-confusing use is not something they can forbid," said Paul Levy of Public Citizen. The HHS rule cites three statutes that seek to control use of HHS and Social Security logos. "If somebody wanted to say 'I love HHS' and wear it on a T-shirt, they should be able to do that. It's even more of a problem to forbid people using it in commentary or a critical context."

WORT Madison WI interviewed Public Citizen’s President Rob Weissman
4/11/2014

·         WORT Madison WI: WORT Madison WI interviewed Public Citizen’s President Rob Weissman on McCutcheon vs. FEC

Report: Single-payer insurance would be boon for businesses
4/10/2014

·         Fierce Health Payer: Report: Single-payer insurance would be boon for businesses by Dina Overland - "Small businesses have rated the cost of health insurance as their top concern for a quarter century, and large businesses struggle with healthcare obligations that their international competitors do not have to worry about," Taylor Lincoln, the report's author and research director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch division, said Tuesday in a statement. "If it weren't for entrenched partisan alliances, business leaders would have demanded that Congress relieve them of healthcare burdens long ago."

“Fig Leaf” Law Chips Away at Public Campaign Financing
4/10/2014

·         Mint Press News: “Fig Leaf” Law Chips Away at Public Campaign Financing by Carey L Biron - “We believe that public financing of campaigns at the presidential and congressional level is key to dealing with the problem of big money in politics. So, we’re not thrilled with legislation that further chips away at the presidential public financing system,” Lisa Gilbert, director of the Congress Watch Division at Public Citizen, a watchdog group, told MintPress News.

McCutcheon v. FEC won’t have ‘tremendous impact,’ SMU professor says
4/10/2014

·         Southeast Texas Record: McCutcheon v. FEC won’t have ‘tremendous impact,’ SMU professor says by David Yates - While critics such as Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, are calling McCutcheon v. the Federal Ethics Commission a blow to Democracy, Cal Jillson, a professor of political science at Southern Methodist University, points out that wealthy donors, prior to the ruling, were already able to give millions in support of their preferred candidate by donating to super PACs.

Indiana lawmakers weigh in on drug patent dispute
4/10/2014

·         Palladium Item: Indiana lawmakers weigh in on drug patent dispute by Maureen Groppe - Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, has argued Lilly is pushing for greater monopoly protections that will increase the cost of medicines for consumers and governments. Canada has a right, the group argues, to set its own definition of how a drug’s usefulness must be demonstrated to gain patent protection.

Big Tobacco Abroad
4/10/2014

·         Boston Review: Big Tobacco Abroad Sean McElwee - Ben Beachy, Research Director at the Global Trade Watch arm of Public Citizen, told me “the scope of the policies being challenged is egregious. It affects not just tobacco, but energy policies, health policies, and court decisions. It’s a really alarming system and one we keep thinking we’ve seen the limits of how extreme these cases can be, and with each case we’re more surprised.”

Yelp case goes beyond questions of fairness and free speech?
4/10/2014

·         Times-Picayune: Yelp case goes beyond questions of fairness and free speech? By Jed Lipinski - "We don't care about the Yelps of the world as much as we care about protecting the rights of consumers," he said, adding that Public Citizen has been litigating similar cases across the country. "The key component that all other states have agreed to is that a plaintiff who claims something false was said about them has to have evidence of falsity." At this point, Levy said, Hadeed had yet to provide such evidence. It was for this reason that Public Citizen agreed to represent Yelp in opposing the subpoena.

Rising Above the Partisan Fray, Most Organizations Call for IRS Rulemaking to Continue
4/10/2014

·         Huffington Post: Rising Above the Partisan Fray, Most Organizations Call for IRS Rulemaking to Continue by Lisa Gilbert - An analysis* by Public Citizen's Bright Lines Project has found that 67 percent of organizations that commented on the new proposed rules for nonprofit political activity are encouraging the Treasury Department and the IRS to continue the rulemaking rather than allow the current, vague, test for political activity to remain. Lisa Gilbert works for Public Citizen as Congress Watch Director.

Mortgage Banker Co-Wrote Johnson-Crapo Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Bill
4/10/2014

·         Value Walk: Mortgage Banker Co-Wrote Johnson-Crapo Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Bill by Clayton Browne - “Anyone who really participated in Countrywide and Wachovia before the collapse happened was fully participating in the types of financial arrangements that caused the collapse,” said Public Citizen’s Craig Holman. “We’re seeing some of the rules evolving in this legislation that appear to be rigged for the bigger banks.”

Ex-Countrywide Exec Co-Wrote Mortgage Reform Bill
4/10/2014

·         Washington Free Beacon: Ex-Countrywide Exec Co-Wrote Mortgage Reform Bill by Alana Goodman - “Anyone who really participated in Countrywide and Wachovia before the collapse happened was fully participating in the types of financial arrangements that caused the collapse,” said Public Citizen’s Craig Holman. “We’re seeing some of the rules evolving in this legislation that appear to be rigged for the bigger banks.” Also on: Free Republic

Free Speech Radio News interviews Lisa Gilbert, Director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch
4/10/2014

·         Free Speech Radio News/Pacifica: Free Speech Radio News interviews Lisa Gilbert, Director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch, about the Brightlines Project and getting rid of dark money

Columbia MO interviews Public Citizen’s Senior Organizer Aquene Freechild
4/10/2014

·         Columbia MO/KOPN:  Columbia MO interviews Public Citizen’s Senior Organizer Aquene Freechild about McCutcheon V. FEC.

You won’t believe your bank’s newest fee: Suing your bank? Prepare to pay up
4/10/2014

·         Market Watch: You won’t believe your bank’s newest fee: Suing your bank? Prepare to pay up by Catey Hill - Still, Public Citizen’s Michelman says that these clauses are often not consumer friendly for a variety of reasons, including the fact that arbitrators often have an incentive to keep the banks happy, as the banks give them work. And decisions made in arbitration are hard to overturn; and can often deny consumers their right to a jury trial, which might be more sympathetic to their plight than an arbitrator would be. What’s more, 66% of banks now include wording that prohibits consumers from joining a class-action lawsuit against the bank, compared with just 54% last year; and roughly one in 10 forbid a consumer from taking the bank to small claims court. Also on: Before its news, Morning Star

The Vermont Conversation interviews Public Citizen’s Aquene Freechild about the effects of the McCutcheon V. FEC ruling
4/9/2014

·         The Vermont Conversation/ WVED: The Vermont Conversation interviews Public Citizen’s Aquene Freechild about the effects of the McCutcheon V. FEC ruling - Is our democracy for sale? Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos and Public Citizen's Aquene Freechild talk about money in politics after the US Supreme Court McCutcheon decision.

KPFK interviewed Public Citizen's President Rob Weissman about McCutcheon vs. FEC
4/9/2014

·         Connect the Dots/KPFK Radio: KPFK interviewed Public Citizen's President Rob Weissman about  McCutcheon vs. FEC

All things considered interviews Public Citizen's Eva Siedelman about advertising on fire trucks
4/9/2014

·         NPR:  All things considered interviews Eva Siedelman about advertising on fire trucks by Mike Moen -MOEN: Eisner also worries about their rigs will look less like fire trucks and more like race cars. Eva Seidelman, who's with Public Citizen's Commercial Alert, shares those concerns. EVA SEIDELMAN: Say, for example, there is a KFC ad on a public fire truck, then the city is essentially endorsing fast food. These are not necessarily great things for the public health. Also on: NHPR

CEG Joins Brief in Case Challenging Secret Presidential Orders
4/9/2014

·         Center for Effective Government: CEG Joins Brief in Case Challenging Secret Presidential Orders by Gavin Baker - The Center for Effective Government joined Public Citizen and other open government groups on April 7 in filing an amicus brief in a key lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The case, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) v. National Security Agency (NSA), could limit the public's ability to access documents that set policy for executive branch agencies.

MassMutual Corporate Governance Faces Questions At Annual Meeting, Says UNITE HERE
4/9/2014

·         Reuters: MassMutual Corporate Governance Faces Questions At Annual Meeting, Says UNITE HERE by Daria Ovide - The changes also have “the potential to disenfranchise the policyholder-members,” according to an open letter to the company from the Consumer Federation of America (http://www.consumerfed.org/) and Public Citizen (http://www.citizen.org/). The groups call the changes “adverse to the interests of MassMutual and its millions of policyholder-members,” noting that the changes may “empower management insiders and their allies” and make it increasingly difficult for policyholders to submit an item of business to a regular annual meeting or call a special meeting of members. Also on: Business Wire, Insurance Technology, Financial Tech Spotlight, Data Center Services, OSIX news, Financial Content, Fin Win,  TMCnet, Stocknod, Morning Star, Benzinga, Spoke, Bio Space, Boston.com, Renewable Energy World, Street Insider, Fort Mill Times, Cincinatti.com

Letter: Democracy at stake after Supreme Court decision
4/9/2014

·         Chicago Enterprise-Record: Letter: Democracy at stake after Supreme Court decision by Georgianna Summers - The only solution is a constitutional amendment to rescind these decisions. That will not be easy, and we can't do it as individuals. What we can do is support groups like Common Cause, Public Citizen, the League of Women Voters, who have long been working on election reform. Also on: Oroville Mercury-Register

Frequent Flier Loses Privileges After “Excessive Complaining”
4/9/2014

·         Independent Traveler: Frequent Flier Loses Privileges After “Excessive Complaining” by Brittany Chrusciel - “We think [the ruling] harms consumers by giving airlines greater freedom to act in bad faith in performing their contracts with consumers,” said Ginsberg’s attorney Adina Rosenbaum of the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen. We don’t often side with the airlines here at IndependentTraveler.com, but in this case I think the ruling is fair.

Report: Universal Healthcare Would Be "Boon" to Businesses
4/9/2014

·         Becker Hospital Review: Report: Universal Healthcare Would Be "Boon" to Businesses by Bob Herman - Taylor Lincoln, research director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch division and author of the report, said in a news release the issue is nonpartisan, but it has been absorbed by partisan factions at both ends of the aisle."Small businesses have rated the cost of health insurance as their top concern for a quarter century, and large businesses struggle with healthcare obligations that their international competitors do not have to worry about," Mr. Lincoln said. "If it weren't for entrenched partisan alliances, business leaders would have demanded that Congress relieve them of healthcare burdens long ago."

Rep. McAllister backs off request for FBI probe
4/9/2014

·         The Town Talk: Rep. McAllister backs off request for FBI probe by Greg Hilburn - Craig Holman of Public Citizen, a government watchdog group, said McAllister’s problem may be more political than ethical. “It will be a problem for him because he placed himself as a representative of family values,’’ Holman said. “This is just a sex scandal made more important because he has campaigned on this issue. His constituents may be more upset.’’ Holman said he doesn’t expect fellow lawmakers to file an ethics complaint.

How the Supreme Court Blowtorched Democracy and What You Can Do About It
4/8/2014

·         The Nation: How the Supreme Court Blowtorched Democracy and What You Can Do About It – In the days after McCutcheon, a coalition led by Public Citizen mobilized thousands—150 demonstrations in forty-one states—to protest the ruling. Move to Amend, which is calling for a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United and McCutcheon, has over 300,000 members; some 500 municipalities and sixteen states support an amendment.  Also on: Democratic Underground

'With Liberty and Justice for All' -- Our Democracy on the Brink
4/8/2014

·         Huffington Post: 'With Liberty and Justice for All' -- Our Democracy on the Brink by Pearl Korn - The decision also raises the total amount that an individual can donate to as much as $5.9 million per cycle, according to an email alert I received from Public Citizen, including money given to PAC's and party committees. The aggregate limit is also ended, so there will be no such thing as "maxing out" on donations anymore.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Terrible for Public HealthThe Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Terrible for Public Health
4/8/2014

·         Huffington Post: The Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Terrible for Public Health by Rep. Raul Grijalva - This column was co-authored with Peter Maybarduk, Director of Public Citizen's Global Access to Medicines Program

The war against American citizens
4/8/2014

·         The Washington Post: The war against American citizens by Katherine Vanden Heuvel - In the hours and days after the ruling, coalitions such as Public Citizen have mobilized thousands of people in 140 demonstrations across 38 states to protest the McCutcheon ruling. Nearly 500 local governments and 16 states and the District have called for a constitutional amendment to wrest our elections back from the elite.

SEC let Wall Street off the hook, says ex-enforcer
4/8/2014

·         The Hill: SEC let Wall Street off the hook, says ex-enforcer by Megan Wilson - Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, has condemned the money awarded to former government officials. “You have to wonder how impartial and fair these people are when they are in government service, when their retirement plan essentially depends on that industry,” he told The Hill last month. “Are they going to throw softballs at the industry in order to get a very well-paying job with that industry?”

Privatization of Detroit’s water moving forward at “lightning pace”
4/8/2014

·         World Socialist Website: Privatization of Detroit’s water moving forward at “lightning pace” by Thomas Gaist - A report by Public Citizen on Atlanta’s catastrophic experiment with water privatization, “The water privatization ‘model’: a backgrounder on United Water’s Atlanta fiasco,” found that during the years of private control, the company systematically neglected to perform upkeep on the water system.

Subasta Democrática
4/7/2014

·         La Jornada:  Subasta Democrática by David Brooks - Robert Weisman, presidente de Public Citizen, organización nacional de defensa de derechos ciudadanos y protección del consumidor, afirmó que "la primera enmienda nunca tuvo la intención de otorgar un megáfono gigantesco a los más ricos para que griten sobre el resto de nosotros". Concluyó: "esto no es democracia. Es plutocracia". Also on: Cuba Si and Cuba Debate

Democracy Advocates Urge Shaheen, Brown to Get Serious About 'People's Pledge'
4/7/2014

·         Common Cause: Democracy Advocates Urge Shaheen, Brown to Get Serious About 'People's Pledge' - "We think the people’s pledge is good for democracy, good for New Hampshire, and good for the candidates," added Public Citizen President Robert Weissman, "and we hope that Brown and Shaheen work in good faith for a win-win deal, quickly."

Alabama’s Supreme Court victor Shaun McCutcheon appears on ‘Meet the Press’
4/7/2014

·         Yellow Hammer: Alabama’s Supreme Court victor Shaun McCutcheon appears on ‘Meet the Press’ by Cliff Sims - Gregory then asked Robert Weissman of Public Citizen if the average American’s vote will count as much as the “super wealthy” in the wake of the McCutcheon decision. “There are only a few hundred people in this country who have the wherewithal to (donate up to the aggregate limit) and have shown the inclination to do that,” Weissman said. “And they’re going to expect something back in return… Those people have this stranglehold over how this process works and everyone else is left out of the game.”

Africa: EU Criticised for Failure to Transfer Technology
4/7/2014

·         African Seer: Africa: EU Criticised for Failure to Transfer Technology –  Burcu Kilic, from the Global Access to Medicine Program at Public Citizen, a non-profit lobby group in the United States, says: "Free trade agreements require TRIPS Plus provisions, which are stronger and stricter than TRIPS. For example, [the standard] patent term is 20 years but in most of the FTAs there's a provision for patent term extension."

Vets received tiny portion of funds raised by pol’s PAC
4/7/2014

·         New York Post: Vets received tiny portion of funds raised by pol’s PAC by Pat Bailey - In the last filing covering 2013, the disbursements were even more embarrassing, with the PAC reporting total receipts of $452,268 and a shameful $9,000 going out to vet candidates. The PAC ended the year with a deficit of $14,359 — more than it contributed to Iraq and Afghanistan vets seeking public office. “This is very shady and has every appearance of being a scam,” said Craig Holman of Public Citizen, a good-government watchdog.

Beyond McCutcheon: Deeper Questions Demand Raising
4/7/2014

·         Huffington Post: Beyond McCutcheon: Deeper Questions Demand Raising by Danny Schechter - The other day I was chatting with one of Public Citizen's articulate Democracy for the People organizers fighting big money in politics with hundreds of protest events in cities across the county. I asked if their efforts are covered in the media. He pointed to a picture here or photo there, but conceded that its efforts had been mostly blacked out by outlets that are currently trouncing Russia on the hour for violating democracy in... Crimea and Ukraine. (Oligarchs run those countries just as the 1 percent runs ours.)

David Gregory Frets About Whether ‘Democracy Is For Sale’ Following Supreme Court Ruling
4/6/2014

News Busters: David Gregory Frets About Whether ‘Democracy Is For Sale’ Following Supreme Court Ruling by Jeffrey Meyer- Gregory then complained about the Supreme Court decision from the left, this time asking his liberal guest Robert Weismann of Public Citizen: “So Shaun McCutcheon as an individual may have his free speech being honored here but is he going to count as much as the wealthy? The super wealthy in trying to influence elections?”

Pipeline fears run deep among some landowners in East Texas
4/6/2014

The Olympian: Pipeline fears run deep among some landowners in East Texas 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.

UNFAZED: With lawmakers accused of accepting cash still on the job, life in Harrisburg goes on as normal, mostly
4/6/2014

FindLaw: UNFAZED: With lawmakers accused of accepting cash still on the job, life in Harrisburg goes on as normal, mostly by Jeff Gammage - To outsiders, it seems preposterous: Four public officials reportedly caught taking thousands of dollars, at work as if nothing had happened. "It's completely outrageous," said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, the watchdog and policy group.

SCOTUS victor takes victory lap
4/6/2014

The Hill: SCOTUS victor takes victory lap by Nehamin Goad - Appearing opposite McCutcheon was Robert Weissman, president of the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, who called on Congress and the states to overrule the high court. “What we really need is a constitutional amendment to sweep away what the Supreme Court has done and make it possible for ‘we the people’ to exercise some sensible control over how our elections are run,” Weissman said.

Back-scratching by lawmaker, fellow docs a ‘dicey area’
4/6/2014

USA Today: Back-scratching by lawmaker, fellow docs a ‘dicey area’ by Nicole Guadiano - Craig Holman of Public Citizen, a Washington citizens' advocacy group, said the legislation could benefit Harris personally if he continues to practice medicine after he leaves Congress, because it would protect his profession from competition from other health care providers. "The fact that he is drafting and sponsoring this type of legislation that could directly benefit him perhaps takes it too far in terms of venturing into the conflict of interest," Holman said.

Interview
4/6/2014

        Rob Weissman was interviewed Sunday April 6th on NBC’s “Meet the Press” with Shaun McCutcheon of McCutcheon vs. FEC and Michael Mullen, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Google Hangout+
4/4/2014

People’s Watch: Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen’s Climate and Energy, will be featured participants at the Google+ Hangout on the Keystone XL pipeline on April 15th

Then There's This: Faith and the Environment
4/4/2014

The Austin Chronicle: Then There's This: Faith and the Environment by Amy Smith - Many of the appointees are seasoned activists who raise hell for a living. They include Public Citizen's Tom "Smitty" Smith, the Sierra Club's Cyrus Reed, poor people's advocate Carol Biedrzycki, who heads Texas ROSE – Ratepayers' Organization to Save Energy – and solar professional/outspoken activist Mike Sloan.

The Big Picture RT interviews Public Citizen’s Ben Beachy
4/4/2014

·         The Big Picture RT interviews Public Citizen’s Ben Beachy about the failings of NAFTA

Rabbi Loses Court Case Over Frequent Flier Miles
4/3/2014

AviationPros.com: Rabbi Loses Court Case Over Frequent Flier Miles by Mark ShermanGinsberg's attorney, Adina Rosenbaum of the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, said she was disappointed. "We think it's one that harms consumers by giving airlines greater freedom to act in bad faith in performing their contracts with consumers," she said.

McCutcheon Decision Gives Ultra-rich Unfettered Access To Political Candidates
4/3/2014

Mint Press News: McCutcheon Decision Gives Ultra-rich Unfettered Access To Political Candidates by Carey Biron - “We have a court that has truly established plutocratic rights, that has defined corruption so narrowly that [related laws] cannot possibly act as a counterweight,” Robert Weissman, the president of watchdog group Public Citizen, told MintPress News during a discussion with reporters immediately after the court announced its ruling. “Looking now against the backdrop of these two decisions, tiny measures to try to plug whatever holes are created can no longer possibly do the job. We really need fundamental solutions that sweep away the problems the court has now created … to advance not just the interests of the few hundred people who will take advantage of today’s decision.”

The More Things Change, The More They Remain The Same
4/3/2014

Drug and Device Law Blog: The More Things Change, The More They Remain The SameFDA has decided to withdraw the rulemaking to amend its regulations regarding preemption of State and local requirements applicable to medical devices. FDA is taking this action because . . . [c]oncerns have been raised by industry and congressional representatives that the agency did not share its thinking on its interpretation of [the relevant provisions], even though an early draft of the proposed rule was shared during the spring of 1997 with attorneys for Public Citizen Litigation Group, who represented Lohr in the Lohr case.

Direct to Consumer Drug Ads Lead to Unnecessary Prescriptions: Study
4/3/2014

AboutLawsuits: Direct to Consumer Drug Ads Lead to Unnecessary Prescriptions: Study by Irvin JacksonLast month, the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen criticized the agency for failing to take immediate actions, urging the FDA to require Black Box warnings for all low testosterone drugs, which would alerting men to the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

With ‘McCutcheon’ Ruling, An Activist Court Opts for Full-On Plutocracy
4/3/2014

The Nation: With ‘McCutcheon’ Ruling, An Activist Court Opts for Full-On Plutocracy by John Nichols“This is truly a decision establishing plutocrat rights. The Supreme Court today holds that the purported right of a few hundred super rich individuals to spend outrageously large sums on campaign contributions outweighs the national interest in political equality and a government free of corruption,” said Rob Weissman, the president of Public Citizen. “In practical terms, the decision means that one individual can write a single check for $5.9 million to be spent by candidates, political parties and political committees. Even after Citizens United, this case is absolutely stunning. It is sure to go down as one of the worst decisions in the history of American jurisprudence.”

Protests Erupt Over Supreme Court Campaign Finance Ruling
4/3/2014

WAMC (NY): Protests Erupt Over Supreme Court Campaign Finance Ruling by Pat Bradley -   Student organizer Adrian Arrivillaga explained that it was part of a nationwide protest by Public Citizen to fight money in politics. 

Case against Yelp heads to Virginia Supreme Court
4/3/2014

Newsline: Case against Yelp heads to Virginia Supreme Court by Jennifer Kruger - This decision fails to protect the First Amendment rights of Virginia consumers who are turning to sites like Yelp to share their experiences with local businesses. Protecting consumer free speech is paramount at Yelp, which is why we worked with Public Citizen to defend the identities of the reviewers in this case.

Judge eases ruling on Pa. anti-fracking activist
4/3/2014

Akron Legal News: Judge eases ruling on Pa. anti-fracking activist by Michael Rubinkam - "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.

Supreme Court Frees Enslaved Billionaire Speech
4/3/2014

Ohio Akron Beacon Journal Online: Supreme Court Frees Enslaved Billionaire Speech - Public Citizen president Robert Weissman said in a statement, "This is truly a decision establishing plutocrat rights. The Supreme Court today holds that the purported right of a few hundred superrich individuals to spend outrageously large sums on campaign contributions outweighs the national interest in political equality and a government free of corruption."

Backup cameras to be required in all new vehicles, starting in 2018
4/3/2014

Philly.com: Backup cameras to be required in all new vehicles, starting in 2018 by David Undercoffler - This law required the DOT to issue a standard for rear visibility by 2011. Yet the agency filed four extensions between 2011 and 2013 and had announced it did not intend to enforce the law until January 2015, according to Scott Michelman, an attorney with Public Citizen, the consumer advocate group that was headed to court Tuesday. "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."

Mary Jo White Plays The Middle At The SEC
4/3/2014

Time: Mary Jo White Plays The Middle At The SEC by Massimo Calabresi - “We were very disappointed,” says Lisa Gilbert, director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, which has championed the issue. White later said the agenda had been stripped down to reflect what the SEC could reasonably expect to handle in the fiscal year.

Head Of GOP Campaign Committee Takes To Senate Floor To Read Charles Koch's Op-Ed
4/3/2014

Huffington Post: Head Of GOP Campaign Committee Takes To Senate Floor To Read Charles Koch's Op-Ed by Amanda Terkel - Lisa Gilbert, director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch division, pointed out that while Moran didn't break any rules by praising a major GOP donor on the Senate floor, it does show the influence these individuals have in the political system. "As just another indication of the power of big donors in our current culture (newly exacerbated by yesterday’s McCutcheon decision), today Sen. Moran chose to enter into the record Charles Koch’s op-ed in which he defends his massive spending in American politics," Gilbert said. "While the Senator has broken no rule by doing so, he is clearly making a statement concerning his support for one of the loudest Republican donors -- to an American public concerned with outsized influence of mega-donors, it is an unseemly message to say the least.”

Texas receives first shipment of federal radioactive waste
4/3/2014

Al Jazeera America: Texas receives first shipment of federal radioactive wasteEnvironmental groups voiced strong opposition to this recent development. Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer rights advocacy group, writes, "If waste outside of the compact’s license can be re-routed to WCS without so much as a 'by your leave' how are Texans to be reassured that all possible care is being taken on behalf of our welfare and well-being?"

Environmentalist Foundations Fund Anti-Fossil Fuel Echo Chamber
4/3/2014

The Washington Free Beacon: Environmentalist Foundations Fund Anti-Fossil Fuel Echo Chamber by Lachlan Markay - That story featured quotes from environmentalist groups opposed to fracking such as the Environmental Integrity Project, Earthworks, and Public Citizen.

Time to reform GM and NHTSA is now, safety advocate says
4/3/2014

Detroit Free Press: Time to reform GM and NHTSA is now, safety advocate says - Joan Claybrook, chairman emeritus of consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, addressed law students at Wayne State University.

Local protests held in response to Supreme Court donation ruling
4/3/2014

Berkshire Eagle: Local protests held in response to Supreme Court donation ruling by Phil Demers - Another demonstration against the decision was held on Town Hall property in Great Barrington. Public Citizen, a consumer rights advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., helped coordinate the events and others nationwide.

US Supreme Court abolishes campaign contribution limits
4/3/2014

The Voice of Russia: US Supreme Court abolishes campaign contribution limits - "This is truly a decision establishing plutocrat rights," said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, slamming the ruling as a "devastating blow at the very foundation of our democracy."

After McCutcheon Case Our Democracy Is Dead! Or Is It?
4/3/2014

New Hampshire Labor News: After McCutcheon Case Our Democracy Is Dead! Or Is It? By Matt Murray - First we must pass Constitutional amendments that remove the outside money from our political system. The people at Public Citizen are working to pass these types of amendments in state houses across the country. In New Hampshire over thirty towns have joined the fight calling for an amendment to the State Constitution.

Hysteria Aside, McCutcheon Didn't Gut Campaign-Finance Rules -- Yet
4/2/2014

Forbes: Hysteria Aside, McCutcheon Didn't Gut Campaign-Finance Rules -- Yet by Daniel Fisher - “Today’s McCutcheon decision is a devastating blow to our democracy,” fretted Public Citizen, which bills itself as “the people’s voice in the nation’s capital.” The New York Times echoed that with the headline: “Another Blow to Democracy.”

The Supreme Court Has Struck Down Overall Campaign Contribution Limits
4/2/2014

Huffington Post: The Supreme Court Has Struck Down Overall Campaign Contribution Limits by Paul BlumenthalPublic Citizen president Robert Weissman said in a statement, "This is truly a decision establishing plutocrat rights. The Supreme Court today holds that the purported right of a few hundred superrich individuals to spend outrageously large sums on campaign contributions outweighs the national interest in political equality and a government free of corruption."

In 'Blow to Democracy,' SCOTUS Strikes Down Campaign Contribution Limits
4/2/2014

Common Dreams: In 'Blow to Democracy,' SCOTUS Strikes Down Campaign Contribution Limits - The ruling means that a single person can write a $5.9 million check for expenditure by candidates, political parties and political committees, according to Public Citizen. "This is truly a decision establishing plutocrat rights," said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, slamming the ruling as a "devastating blow at the very foundation of our democracy." 

Addiction update: State of Addiction Address, part three
4/2/2014

OrovilleMR: Addiction update: State of Addiction Address, part three by Don F. - Another watchdog group, Public Citizen, reported that in the 1999-2000 election cycle, the pharmaceutical industry spent 65 million dollars supporting or attacking candidates that they thought would be helpful or hurtful to the profit motive.

High court sides with Delta over booted frequent flier
4/2/2014

FindLaw: High court sides with Delta over booted frequent flier by Daniel Malloy - Ginsberg's attorney, Adina Rosenbaum of Public Citizen, pointed out that Alito's opinion left the door open for some claims similar to Ginsberg's "when they are an attempt to vindicate the parties' implicit understanding of the contract. The court also recognized that plaintiffs in cases such as Rabbi Ginsberg's might be able to vindicate their rights through breach-of-contract claims."

The New Citizens United: Supreme Court Strikes Down Political Spending Limits for Rich Donors
4/2/2014

Truthout: The New Citizens United: Supreme Court Strikes Down Political Spending Limits for Rich Donors by Like Ludwig - "No matter what five Supreme Court justices say, the First Amendment was never intended to provide a giant megaphone for the wealthiest to use to shout down the rest of us," said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, a progressive watchdog group that supports campaign finance reforms. "Our only hope of overturning this McCutcheon travesty - along with Citizens United - is if millions of Americans band together in saying 'Enough!' to plutocracy." Jonah Minkoff-Zern, an activist with Public Citizen who helped organize protests in response to the McCutcheon decision, said the ruling would only spark more grassroots momentum. "The rallies are a way for us to say, this is not going to be a dark day in history but a day of organizing hope and a call for change," Minkoff-Zern told Truthout.

With McCutcheon Ruling, Supreme Court Sweeps Away Vestiges of Campaign Finance Limits
4/2/2014

Uprising Radio: With McCutcheon Ruling, Supreme Court Sweeps Away Vestiges of Campaign Finance Limits - Public Citizen, one of the leading groups organizing to regulate money in elections expressed strong dismay at the ruling. Robert Weissman, Public Citizen President said the ruling “strikes a devastating blow at the very foundation of our democracy.”

Long Islanders rally: Supreme Court McCutcheon ruling is blow to fair elections
4/2/2014

Examiner.com: Long Islanders rally: Supreme Court McCutcheon ruling is blow to fair elections by Karen RubinThe reaction to the Supreme Court decision giving outsized political power to the wealthy was swift - some 140 demonstrations were held around the country, organized by Public Citizen, including a group of Nassau County citizens, who rallied in front of the Legislature in Mineola, Long Island. "No matter what five Supreme Court justices say, the First Amendment was never intended to provide a giant megaphone for the wealthiest to use to shout down the rest of us," said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, a progressive watchdog group that supports campaign finance reforms. "Our only hope of overturning this McCutcheon travesty - along with Citizens United - is if millions of Americans band together in saying 'Enough!' to plutocracy."

St. Louis Park rabbi loses at U.S. Supreme Court
4/2/2014

Minnesota Lawyer: St. Louis Park rabbi loses at U.S. Supreme Court by Patrick Thorton - His lawyer, Adina Rosenbaum from the consumer group Public Citizen, argued that airlines should be forced to act in good faith, even when those “implied covenants” aren’t spelled out in the contracts for loyalty programs.

Senate strikes a compromise
4/2/2014

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript: Senate strikes a compromise by Dylan Fisher - “People in New Hampshire have made it very clear that they want a change. We see this committee as a way of not acting,” said senior organizer Jonah Minkofs-Zern of Public Citizen, an organization that has been heavily involved with the issue of campaign finance reform. “New Hampshire is calling for a constitutional amendment. The House needs to amend the bill’s language to reflect that.”

Selling democracy to the plutocrats: Editorial
4/2/2014

Los Angeles Daily News: Selling democracy to the plutocrats: Editorial - Until this week, Americans of means were limited to writing political checks totalling $123,000 in a two-year election cycle. Now, according to an analysis by the good-government group Public Citizen, an individual could write a single check for up to $5.9 million in that cycle. That’s a whopper.

Supreme Court sides with airline against booted frequent flier
4/2/2014

Los Angeles Times: Supreme Court sides with airline against booted frequent flier by Evan Halper - "Today's decision gives airlines greater freedom to act in bad faith … to the detriment of the millions of consumers," said Ginsberg's attorney, Adina Rosenbaum, who works for the nonprofit Public Citizen advocacy group.

Supreme Court's rejection of U.S. campaign funding limits opens door for big-money donors
4/2/2014

Reuters: Supreme Court's rejection of U.S. campaign funding limits opens door for big-money donors by Lawrence Hurley - Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group that supports contribution limits, said before the ruling that a decision such as Wednesday's would allow a single donor to write a $5.9 million check to a joint fundraising committee controlled by an elected politician or party official, who then could distribute the money to candidates and local or state committees.

Man Posts Secret Video of Car Repair, Then Gets Sued
4/2/2014

ABC News: Man Posts Secret Video of Car Repair, Then Gets Sued by Susanna Kim - With the help of the non-profit group, Public Citizen, Cooney's homeowner's insurance company hired a lawyer to represent him, blocking a temporary restraining order to unpublish the video. "If the defendant has made a false statement of fact about the plaintiff with negligence or actual malice, the plaintiff gets an award of damages, perhaps even punitive damages, but it cannot get an order requiring that the allegedly defamatory material be taken down in the interim," wrote Paul Alan Levy, the Public Citizen attorney whom Cooney contacted, in a blog post.

The McCutcheon Decision Is Disastrous—Here's How You Can Fight Back
4/2/2014

The Nation: The McCutcheon Decision Is Disastrous—Here's How You Can Fight Back - The good news is that people are fighting back. Public Citizen, Demos, MoveOn and a host of other organizations have organized rapid response demonstrations across the country to protest today's ruling.

Republicans big winner on landmark ruling
4/2/2014

The Hill: Republicans big winner on landmark ruling by Jessica Taylor - “Who benefits are the 646 very wealthy individuals who maxed out in the last elections — among those they went about 3-2 for Republicans,” Craig Holman, the government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, told The Hill. “The question of who benefits isn’t a partisan issue in this case. It really is an issue of the very wealthy over the very rest of us. It really just benefits millionaires and no one else.”

Airlines Backed by U.S. High Court on Passengers’ Suits
4/2/2014

Bloomberg: Airlines Backed by U.S. High Court on Passengers’ Suits by Greg Stohr“Today’s decision gives airlines greater freedom to act in bad faith in performing their contracts with consumers, to the detriment of the millions of consumers,” said Ginsberg’s lawyer, Adina Rosenbaum of the Washington-based advocacy group Public Citizen.

Rabbi loses court case over frequent flier miles
4/2/2014

Associated Press: Rabbi loses court case over frequent flier miles by Mark Sherman - Ginsberg's attorney, Adina Rosenbaum of the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, said she was disappointed. "We think it's one that harms consumers by giving airlines greater freedom to act in bad faith in performing their contracts with consumers," she said.

Supreme Court: Airline can drop frequent flier
4/2/2014

USA Today: Supreme Court: Airline can drop frequent flier by Bart Jansen - Adina Rosenbaum, a lawyer from Public Citizen who represented Ginsberg, said the court didn't block breach-of-contract lawsuits against airlines, but that the decision could still hurt consumers. "Today's decision gives airlines greater freedom to act in bad faith in performing their contracts with consumers, to the detriment of the millions of consumers," Rosenbaum said.

Supreme Court continues to destroy the republic
4/2/2014

Undernews: Supreme Court continues to destroy the republic - Robert Weissman, Public Citizen - Today's U.S. Supreme Court ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission strikes a devastating blow at the very foundation of our democracy. This is truly a decision establishing plutocrat rights. The Supreme Court today holds that the purported right of a few hundred superrich individuals to spend outrageously large sums on campaign contributions outweighs the national interest in political equality and a government free of corruption. In practical terms, the decision means that one individual can write a single check for $5.9 million to be spent by candidates, political parties and political committees. Until today, nobody could contribute more than $123,000 total in each two-year election cycle to political candidates and parties.

The Court’s Decision on ‘McCutcheon’ Will Empower the Oligarchs, Say Reformers
4/2/2014

Bill Moyers & Co.: The Court’s Decision on ‘McCutcheon’ Will Empower the Oligarchs, Say Reformers by John Light - “Yes, you and I now have the ‘right’ to spend as much as we want, too. But no regular person can compete with Charles and David Koch,” wrote Robert Weissman, president of the good government advocacy group Public Citizen. “There are literally only a few hundred people who can and will take advantage of this horrendous ruling. But those are exactly the people our elected officials will now be answering to.

What You Can Do to Make Your Voice Heard on McCutcheon Right Now
4/2/2014

Bill Moyers & Co.: What You Can Do to Make Your Voice Heard on McCutcheon Right Now - Groups like Public Citizen, Common Cause, MoveOn.org, Rootstrikers, Move to Amend and many, many others are up in arms saying that “the Supreme Court has once again sided with the wealthy and powerful and against the vast majority of Americans.”

Citizen groups push for U.S. Senate money pledge from N.H. candidates
4/2/2014

Concord Monitor: Citizen groups push for U.S. Senate money pledge from N.H. candidates by Holly RamerCommon Cause and Public Citizen recently asked the two to agree by April 15 to a so-called “People’s Pledge” like the one Brown signed before losing his Massachusetts Senate seat to Democrat Elizabeth Warren in 2012.

Find a Yaz, Yasmin Blood-Clot Allegations Lawyer: Resource4thePeople Details Health Problems Being Reviewed for Lawsuits
4/2/2014

PR Web: Find a Yaz, Yasmin Blood-Clot Allegations Lawyer: Resource4thePeople Details Health Problems Being Reviewed for Lawsuits “Some women's health advocates want a stronger, black-box warning that is more likely to be noticed,” the Tribune reported. “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."

Nader Calls on Justice Department to Produce Annual Corporate Crime Report and Public Corporate Crime Database
4/2/2014

Corporate Crime Reporter: Nader Calls on Justice Department to Produce Annual Corporate Crime Report and Public Corporate Crime DatabaseRalph Nader, Public Citizen and the Center for Corporate Policy sent have delivered a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, urging the Justice Department to prepare an annual report and public database on corporate crime in the United States.

FDA defends generic drug label proposal at U.S. House hearing
4/1/2014

Reuters: FDA defends generic drug label proposal at U.S. House hearing by Toni Clarke - "With greater ability to make prompt safety updates, the proposed rule should help avoid liability, as compared to the circumstances prior to June 11," Allison Zieve, general counsel at the drug safety watchdog Public Citizen, said. "The rule will help prevent injuries from occurring in the first place."

Interview
4/1/2014

·         Mike Carome, Al Jazeera’s The Stream show last night, discussing problems related to overprescribing of drugs.

Victims' families, lawmakers plead with GM, push for accountability
4/1/2014

Bloomberg Business Week: Victims' families, lawmakers plead with GM, push for accountability  by Todd Spangler - A number of consumer groups and representatives, including Consumers Union, Consumer Federation of America, Center for Justice & Democracy, Public Citizen and Ralph Nader, sent a letter to GM today asking the company to establish a fund for victims of GM product defects, whose legal rights were extinguished by GM's 2009 bankruptcy.

Should Dozens of FINRA Arbitration Cases be Reopened?
4/1/2014

Financial Planning: Should Dozens of FINRA Arbitration Cases be Reopened? By Andrew Welsch - “This highlights some fundamental flaws in the FINRA system,” says Christine Hines, consumer and civil justice counsel for Public Citizen, a consumer rights group. “It is further proof for us that the SEC should end forced arbitration for investors.” The SEC, which oversees FINRA, declined to comment. 

Rearview cameras will be required in all vehicles by 2018
4/1/2014

Daily Caller: Rearview cameras will be required in all vehicles by 2018 -  by Kelsi Thorud “While the administration delayed the rule, more children died in backover accidents,” said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, in a statement to Reuters. “The cost of regulatory delay, in human lives, could hardly be more clear than it is today.”

Disavowing GM decisions of the past, CEO Barra offers apology and further investigation
4/1/2014

PBS Newshour: Disavowing GM decisions of the past, CEO Barra offers apology and further investigation by Gwen Ifill - For more on what came out of today’s hearing, we turn again to David Shepardson, who covers the automotive industry for The Detroit News, and Joan Claybrook, the president emeritus of Public Citizen, who’s been working with some of the victims’ families. She’s also a former administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

John DiStaso's Granite Status: Common Cause, Public Citizen push People’s Pledge; Councilor Pappas seeking reelection
4/1/2014
New Hampshire Union Leader: John DiStaso's Granite Status: Common Cause, Public Citizen push People’s Pledge; Councilor Pappas seeking reelection by John DistasoIn their letter to Shaheen, Miles Rapoport of Common Cause and Robert Weissman of Public Citizen say, “You can have the kind of contest that has become all too common, and all too depressing, across America: one in which outside organizations invest millions of dollars provided by hidden donors in negative and often misleading TV ads, and candidates do the same. “Or you can try something different: a campaign you and your opponent will be proud of -- no matter who wins -- and that will give voters an honest picture of each of you and your approaches to the critical issues facing New Hampshire and the country.”

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