May 2012 media hits

Public Citizen is mentioned, or its experts quoted, every day in print and broadcast media around the world. Below are links to some of the recent stories in which we have appeared.

A rising tide against class-action suits

5/31/2012
Family Lawyer Toronto: A rising tide against class-action suits - On April 25, the shopper advocacy group Public Citizen released a statement titled Justice Denied that recounted that since Concepcion, judges had cited the decision at least 76 times as an excuse to stop potential classaction lawsuits from moving ahead.

Mortgage modification nightmare

5/31/2012
LoanSafe.org: Mortgage modification nightmare - “We feel it is important to have this order overturned,” said Scott Michelman, staff attorney for the Washington, D.C.based organization, Public Citizen, a consumer rights group founded 40 years ago by consumer advocate Ralph Nader.

House votes today on bill that could limit access to drug safety information

5/31/2012
House votes today on bill that could limit access to drug safety information - According to Julie Murray, attorney for the consumer group Public Citizen, the way the provision is drafted, a sharing agency — local, state, federal, or foreign — that gives information to the FDA would need only to request that the information be kept confidential verbally to blow a hole in the current FOIA.

Jessica English thanks Public Citizen’s Tyson Slocum for being on “The Bottom Line”

5/31/2012
Green Energy: Jessica English thanks Public Citizen’s Tyson Slocum for being on “The Bottom Line” - Tyson was all over Enron’s rollingblackoutcausing electricity scam in California during the 90′s, and is a gotoexpert for PBS.

House votes today on bill that could limit access to drug safety information

5/31/2012
Firedoglake: House votes today on bill that could limit access to drug safety information - According to Julie Murray, attorney for the consumer group Public Citizen, the way the provision is drafted, a sharing agency — local, state, federal, or foreign — that gives information to the FDA would need only to request that the information be kept confidential verbally to blow a hole in the current FOIA.

FDA user fee bill set for smooth sailing - Republicans soften tax stance - Would the Senate repeal the medical device tax? - FOIA concerns in user fee bill

5/31/2012
FDA user fee bill set for smooth sailing - Republicans soften tax stance - Would the Senate repeal the medical device tax? - FOIA concerns in user fee bill - FOIA concerns remain on user fee bill – Public Citizen and 20 other public interest groups sent a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday asking them to narrow a provision that would deny the public access — at FDA’s discretion — to information related to drugs provided by other domestic or foreign government agencies.

Thursday round-up

5/31/2012
SCOTUSblog: Thursday round-up - In the blogosphere, Rick Hasen of Election Law Blog analyzes the Justice’s possible motivations for his speech, while Brian Wolfman also discusses the speech at Public Citizen’s Consumer Law and Policy blog.

US legislation could block public access to drug safety information, claim consumer groups

5/31/2012
The Pharma Letter: US legislation could block public access to drug safety information, claim consumer groups - A provision in the Food and Drug Administration Reform Act that would block public access to potentially important health and safety information should be removed or substantially narrowed, say consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen and 20 other groups in a letter sent to key lawmakers.

After Taiwan trip, NY Congressman orders ethics training for staff

5/31/2012
After Taiwan trip, NY Congressman orders ethics training for staff - The group Public Citizen has also called on the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate Park Strategies.

Senate Dems not with Warren on reinstating Glass-Steagall bank act

5/31/2012
The Hill: Senate Dems not with Warren on reinstating Glass-Steagall bank act - “We didn’t get GlassSteagall in the big reform,” said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, which supports stronger federal regulation.

After Taiwan trip, NY Congressman orders ethics training for staff

5/31/2012
Herald de Paris: After Taiwan trip, NY Congressman orders ethics training for staff - The group Public Citizen has also called on the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate Park Strategies.

Consumer ratings come under fire

5/31/2012
Consumer ratings come under fire - "The terror created by this lawsuit will squelch freedom of speech," said David Muraskin, a Public Citizen attorney representing Soto's critic.

Consumer ratings come under fire

5/31/2012
Star Tribune: Consumer ratings come under fire - "The terror created by this lawsuit will squelch freedom of speech," said David Muraskin, a Public Citizen attorney representing Soto's critic.

Hightower report: Eau de lobby

5/31/2012
The Austin Chronicle: Hightower report: Eau de lobby - To make real change in this corrupt system, check with the people's watchdog group, Public Citizen. Go to www.citizen.org.

US lawmaker orders ethics training for staff after trip row

5/31/2012
US lawmaker orders ethics training for staff after trip row - Last week, the watchdog group Public Citizen filed a complaint with the US Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) asking for an investigation into whether Park Strategies violated US federal law and congressional ethics rules by organizing and arranging the trip.

Between the lines: Real citizens unite: State and local governments take on the Super PACs

5/31/2012
Valley Advocate: Between the lines: Real citizens unite: State and local governments take on the Super PACs - Legislatures in four states, including Vermont and Rhode Island, have already passed resolutions calling for the repeal of Citizens United. The Democracy Amendment Coalition of Massachusetts, which includes the groups Public Citizen, Common Cause and MassVOTE, hopes to see the commonwealth join that list.

A rising tide against class-action suits

5/31/2012
A rising tide against class-action suits - On April 25, the shopper advocacy group Public Citizen released a statement titled Justice Denied that recounted that since Concepcion, judges had cited the decision at least 76 times as an excuse to stop potential class-action lawsuits from moving ahead.

Cooley defamation case heads to appeals court: Blogger is being sued by law school for defamation

5/31/2012
Cooley defamation case heads to appeals court: Blogger is being sued by law school for defamation - Other states require a plaintiff to show that allegedly defamatory statements are false, said Paul Levy, an attorney with the Washington, D.C.-based consumer advocacy group Public Citizen who is representing Rockstar05 in the appeal.

US lawmaker orders ethics training for staff after trip row

5/31/2012
Taipei Times: US lawmaker orders ethics training for staff after trip row - Last week, the watchdog group Public Citizen filed a complaint with the US Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) asking for an investigation into whether Park Strategies violated US federal law and congressional ethics rules by organizing and arranging the trip.

Jessica English thanks Public Citizen’s Tyson Slocum for being on “The Bottom Line”

5/31/2012
Jessica English thanks Public Citizen’s Tyson Slocum for being on “The Bottom Line” - Tyson was all over Enron’s rolling-blackout-causing electricity scam in California during the 90′s, and is a go-to-expert for PBS.

Hightower report: Eau de lobby

5/31/2012
Hightower report: Eau de lobby - To make real change in this corrupt system, check with the people's watchdog group, Public Citizen. Go to www.citizen.org.

FHFA more concerned with banks than with homeowners, California lawmakers say

5/31/2012
Huffington Post: FHFA more concerned with banks than with homeowners, California lawmakers say - Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist for consumer rights advocacy group Public Citizen, said that Pollard a former banking lobbyist appears to be parrotting the position held by his former colleagues.

Bad Pacific trade deal

5/31/2012
Bad Pacific trade deal - Melinda St. Louis, international campaigns director for Public Citizen, gives RT her take on the TPP.

FHFA more concerned with banks than with homeowners, California lawmakers say

5/31/2012
FHFA more concerned with banks than with homeowners, California lawmakers say - Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist for consumer rights advocacy group Public Citizen, said that Pollard -- a former banking lobbyist -- appears to be parrotting the position held by his former colleagues.

FDA user fee bill set for smooth sailing - Republicans soften tax stance - Would the Senate repeal the medical device tax? - FOIA concerns in user fee bill

5/31/2012
Politico: FDA user fee bill set for smooth sailing - Republicans soften tax stance - Would the Senate repeal the medical device tax? - FOIA concerns in user fee bill - FOIA concerns remain on user fee bill – Public Citizen and 20 other public interest groups sent a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday asking them to narrow a provision that would deny the public access — at FDA’s discretion — to information related to drugs provided by other domestic or foreign government agencies.

The continued fight to undo Mensing

5/31/2012
The continued fight to undo Mensing - Public Citizen applauded the legislation as a way to “fill the regulatory gap in generic drug safety.”

FTC looks to update privacy, ad policies for mobile, social era

5/31/2012
FTC looks to update privacy, ad policies for mobile, social era - Public Citizen President Robert Weissman, however, argued that, “advertising on social media has to adapt to existing law, not the other way around.”

FTC looks to update privacy, ad policies for mobile, social era

5/31/2012
National Journal: FTC looks to update privacy, ad policies for mobile, social era - Public Citizen President Robert Weissman, however, argued that, “advertising on social media has to adapt to existing law, not the other way around.”

In an article on the bankrate

5/31/2012
In an article on the bankrate - Public Citizen reports there are no hard facts about the total 15 of US jobs lost or to be lost, but they do give these data. Gartner Group says 10 percent of technology jobs will be offshore by 2005.

Senate Dems not with Warren on reinstating Glass-Steagall bank act

5/31/2012
Senate Dems not with Warren on reinstating Glass-Steagall bank act - “We didn’t get Glass-Steagall in the big reform,” said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, which supports stronger federal regulation.

Should kid shows partner with fast food companies?

5/31/2012
GalTime.com: Should kid shows partner with fast food companies? - Last week,the Campaign for a CommercialFree Childhood (CCFC), Public Citizen and Corporate Accountability International launched an effort pushing the network PBS to cease a fouryear marketing agreement between the children's show Martha Speaks and the fast food chain ChickfilA.

The issue of mandatory arbitration

5/31/2012
The issue of mandatory arbitration - In September 2009, the Public Citizen, a national consumer advocacy group, released a report titled “Forced Arbitration: Unfair and Everywhere.”

Cooley defamation case heads to appeals court: Blogger is being sued by law school for defamation

5/31/2012
Associated Press: Cooley defamation case heads to appeals court: Blogger is being sued by law school for defamation - Other states require a plaintiff to show that allegedly defamatory statements are false, said Paul Levy, an attorney with the Washington, D.C.based consumer advocacy group Public Citizen who is representing Rockstar05 in the appeal.

Between the lines: Real citizens unite: State and local governments take on the Super PACs

5/31/2012
Between the lines: Real citizens unite: State and local governments take on the Super PACs - Legislatures in four states, including Vermont and Rhode Island, have already passed resolutions calling for the repeal of Citizens United. The Democracy Amendment Coalition of Massachusetts, which includes the groups Public Citizen, Common Cause and MassVOTE, hopes to see the commonwealth join that list.

Bad Pacific trade deal

5/31/2012
Space4Peace: Bad Pacific trade deal - Melinda St. Louis, international campaigns director for Public Citizen, gives RT her take on the TPP.

Thursday round-up

5/31/2012
Thursday round-up - In the blogosphere, Rick Hasen of Election Law Blog analyzes the Justice’s possible motivations for his speech, while Brian Wolfman also discusses the speech at Public Citizen’s Consumer Law and Policy blog.

In an article on the bankrate

5/31/2012
Donatello Club Card: In an article on the bankrate - Public Citizen reports there are no hard facts about the total 15 of US jobs lost or to be lost, but they do give these data. Gartner Group says 10 percent of technology jobs will be offshore by 2005.

Mortgage modification nightmare

5/31/2012
Mortgage modification nightmare - “We feel it is important to have this order overturned,” said Scott Michelman, staff attorney for the Washington, D.C.-based organization, Public Citizen, a consumer rights group founded 40 years ago by consumer advocate Ralph Nader.

The issue of mandatory arbitration

5/31/2012
PrimeRates: The issue of mandatory arbitration - In September 2009, the Public Citizen, a national consumer advocacy group, released a report titled “Forced Arbitration: Unfair and Everywhere.”

US legislation could block public access to drug safety information, claim consumer groups

5/31/2012
US legislation could block public access to drug safety information, claim consumer groups - A provision in the Food and Drug Administration Reform Act that would block public access to potentially important health and safety information should be removed or substantially narrowed, say consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen and 20 other groups in a letter sent to key lawmakers.

The continued fight to undo Mensing

5/31/2012
Wexler Wallace Blog: The continued fight to undo Mensing - Public Citizen applauded the legislation as a way to “fill the regulatory gap in generic drug safety.”

Should kid shows partner with fast food companies?

5/31/2012
Should kid shows partner with fast food companies? - Last week,the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC), Public Citizen and Corporate Accountability International launched an effort pushing the network PBS to cease a four-year marketing agreement between the children's show Martha Speaks and the fast food chain Chick-fil-A.

After Taiwan trip, Rep. Bill Owens orders ethics training for staff

5/30/2012
Syracuse Post-Standard: After Taiwan trip, Rep. Bill Owens orders ethics training for staff - The group Public Citizen has also called on the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate Park Strategies.

Romney not reporting who his bundlers are

5/30/2012
HispanicBusiness.com: Romney not reporting who his bundlers are - Campaignfinance watchdogs have pressed Romney to disclose his bundlers. "Should he be elected, these people will be first in line seeking benefits from the new administration and the public won't even know who these people are and whether they are being rewarded for their role in getting Romney elected," said Taylor Lincoln, research director at Public Citizen.

Texas Voters Set Dewhurst, Cruz Republican Senate Runoff

5/30/2012
Bloomberg: Texas Voters Set Dewhurst, Cruz Republican Senate Runoff - Including Leppert and the rest, the candidates pumped more than $25 million into the race, according to Craig Holman, an analyst at Public Citizen’s Congress Watch in Washington.

Between the lines: Real citizens unite

5/30/2012
The Valley Advocate: Between the lines: Real citizens unite - Legislatures in four states, including Vermont and Rhode Island, have already passed resolutions calling for the repeal of Citizens United. The Democracy Amendment Coalition of Massachusetts, which includes the groups Public Citizen, Common Cause and MassVOTE, hopes to see the commonwealth join that list.

Food for Thought: Q & A with Tony Corbo

5/30/2012
Food Safety News: Food for Thought: Q & A with Tony Corbo - In 2000, I was interested in a campaign that the public interest advocacy group Public Citizen had started to preserve the labeling requirements for irradiated foods, so I went to work as a staffer there.

Mortgage modification nightmare

5/30/2012
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Mortgage modification nightmare - "We feel it is important to have this order overturned," said Scott Michelman, staff attorney for the Washington, D.C.based organization, Public Citizen, a consumer rights group founded 40 years ago by consumer advocate Ralph Nader.

No Disclosure Please, We're Contractors

5/30/2012
Mother Jones: No Disclosure Please, We're Contractors - Yet for now there's no easy way of "connecting the dots," says Craig Holman, a lobbyist for Public Citizen.

Food for Thought: Q&A with Tony Corbo

5/30/2012
Food for Thought: Q&A with Tony Corbo - In 2000, I was interested in a campaign that the public interest advocacy group Public Citizen had started to preserve the labeling requirements for irradiated foods, so I went to work as a staffer there.

Texas Voters Set Dewhurst, Cruz Republican Senate Runoff

5/30/2012
Texas Voters Set Dewhurst, Cruz Republican Senate Runoff - Including Leppert and the rest, the candidates pumped more than $25 million into the race, according to Craig Holman, an analyst at Public Citizen’s Congress Watch in Washington.

Mortgage modification nightmare

5/30/2012
Mortgage modification nightmare - "We feel it is important to have this order overturned," said Scott Michelman, staff attorney for the Washington, D.C.-based organization, Public Citizen, a consumer rights group founded 40 years ago by consumer advocate Ralph Nader.

Romney not reporting who his bundlers are

5/30/2012
Romney not reporting who his bundlers are - Campaign-finance watchdogs have pressed Romney to disclose his bundlers. "Should he be elected, these people will be first in line seeking benefits from the new administration and the public won't even know who these people are and whether they are being rewarded for their role in getting Romney elected," said Taylor Lincoln, research director at Public Citizen.

Between the lines: Real citizens unite

5/30/2012
Between the lines: Real citizens unite - Legislatures in four states, including Vermont and Rhode Island, have already passed resolutions calling for the repeal of Citizens United. The Democracy Amendment Coalition of Massachusetts, which includes the groups Public Citizen, Common Cause and MassVOTE, hopes to see the commonwealth join that list.

After Taiwan trip, Rep. Bill Owens orders ethics training for staff

5/30/2012
After Taiwan trip, Rep. Bill Owens orders ethics training for staff - The group Public Citizen has also called on the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate Park Strategies.

Center’s activities provide glimpse into network of conservative advocacy groups

5/30/2012
Center’s activities provide glimpse into network of conservative advocacy groups - “This is a classic example of how our campaign finance system has entirely fallen apart,” said Craig Holman, lobbyist for Public Citizen, which advocates stricter campaign finance rules. “We really don’t know where this money originated from.”

No Disclosure Please, We're Contractors

5/30/2012
No Disclosure Please, We're Contractors - Yet for now there's no easy way of "connecting the dots," says Craig Holman, a lobbyist for Public Citizen.

Mitt Romney declining to disclose names of campaign bundlers

5/29/2012
USA Today: Mitt Romney declining to disclose names of campaign bundlers - “Should he be elected, these people will be first in line seeking benefits from the new administration and the public won’t even know who these people are and whether they are being rewarded for their role in getting Romney elected,” said Taylor Lincoln, a research director at Public Citizen.

Q&A with Patricia Millett

5/29/2012
Q&A with Patricia Millett - And now that women are so actively hired, and gaining extensive Supreme Court practice, in government (like the Solicitor General’s Office), and in public interest groups that have a heavy Supreme Court presence (people like Pam Karlan at Stanford and Allison Zieve at Public Citizen), we are getting a deeper bench of women with the required skill set for those private clients to hire.

Mitt Romney declining to disclose names of campaign bundlers

5/29/2012
Mitt Romney declining to disclose names of campaign bundlers - “Should he be elected, these people will be first in line seeking benefits from the new administration and the public won’t even know who these people are and whether they are being rewarded for their role in getting Romney elected,” said Taylor Lincoln, a research director at Public Citizen.

Health briefs: Blood-clot risk linked to some non-pill contraceptives, including patches, implants

5/29/2012
Associated Press: Health briefs: Blood-clot risk linked to some non-pill contraceptives, including patches, implants - Sidney Wolfe, director of the health research group at Public Citizen, a consumer group, said he plans “a very strong letter” to the FDA advising the agency not to approve this drug.

The end of cyberbullying? Or the end of free speech?

5/29/2012
The end of cyberbullying? Or the end of free speech? - Guest - Paul Alan Levy, Attorney, Public Citizen Litigation Group

Today's Teamster news 05.28.12

5/29/2012
Teamster Nation: Today's Teamster news 05.28.12 - Members of Congress exercise their muscle on TPP Public Citizen ...69 Members of Congress (68 democrats and one republican) sent a letter to President Obama urging him to reconsider US proposals for the TPP that would effectively ban popular Buy American and buy local government contracting policies...

Today's Teamster news 05.28.12

5/29/2012
Today's Teamster news 05.28.12 - Members of Congress exercise their muscle on TPP Public Citizen ...69 Members of Congress (68 democrats and one republican) sent a letter to President Obama urging him to reconsider US proposals for the TPP that would effectively ban popular Buy American and buy local government contracting policies...

Tyson Slocum: With gas prices it’s ‘heads I win, tails you lose’

5/29/2012
Huffington Post: Tyson Slocum: With gas prices it’s ‘heads I win, tails you lose’ - by Tyson Slocum of Public Citizen

Obama announces major trade pact with South Korea - News

5/29/2012
Obama announces major trade pact with South Korea - News - The deal sparked an almost immediate response from Public Citizen, a liberal group that characterized it as a "Bush NAFTA-style trade deal."

Q & A with Patricia Millett

5/29/2012
SCOTUSblog: Q & A with Patricia Millett - And now that women are so actively hired, and gaining extensive Supreme Court practice, in government (like the Solicitor General’s Office), and in public interest groups that have a heavy Supreme Court presence (people like Pam Karlan at Stanford and Allison Zieve at Public Citizen), we are getting a deeper bench of women with the required skill set for those private clients to hire.

Secrecy marks center bankrolling conservative attack on Democrats

5/29/2012
Secrecy marks center bankrolling conservative attack on Democrats - “This is a classic example of how our campaign finance system has entirely fallen apart,” said Craig Holman, lobbyist for Public Citizen, which advocates stricter campaign finance rules.

Should insider trading be banned on Capitol Hill?

5/29/2012
Fox Business: Should insider trading be banned on Capitol Hill? - video interview with Craig Holman

20 states with highest, lowest rates of physician discipline

5/29/2012
20 states with highest, lowest rates of physician discipline - The following rankings were determined by the Public Citizen's Health Research Group, which calculated the rate of serious disciplinary actions per 1,000 physicians in each state over three years.

Faulty pumps, fuming drivers

5/29/2012
Associated Press: Faulty pumps, fuming drivers - Tom “Smitty” Smith, director of Public Citizen's Texas office, said that's a problem. “Compliance with the law ought to be a fundamental component of whether a license is renewed,” Smith said.

Should insider trading be banned on Capitol Hill?

5/29/2012
Should insider trading be banned on Capitol Hill? - video - interview with Craig Holman

The end of cyberbullying? Or the end of free speech?

5/29/2012
Airtalk: The end of cyberbullying? Or the end of free speech? - Guest Paul Alan Levy, Attorney, Public Citizen Litigation Group

Proposed poultry inspection rule stirs controversy

5/29/2012
Proposed poultry inspection rule stirs controversy - Relinquishing responsibilities to poultry companies is like "asking the fox to guard the henhouse," said Robert Weissman, president of the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen.

Obama announces major trade pact with South Korea - News

5/29/2012
The NAFTA Agreement: Obama announces major trade pact with South Korea - News - The deal sparked an almost immediate response from Public Citizen, a liberal group that characterized it as a "Bush NAFTAstyle trade deal."

WTO: 'Dolphin-safe' label discriminates against Mexico

5/29/2012
WTO: 'Dolphin-safe' label discriminates against Mexico - "This latest ruling makes truth-in-labeling the latest casualty of so-called 'trade' pacts, which are more about pushing deregulation than actual trade," Todd Tucker, research director for Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, said in a news release.

WTO: 'Dolphin-safe' label discriminates against Mexico

5/29/2012
The Seattle Times: WTO: 'Dolphin-safe' label discriminates against Mexico - "This latest ruling makes truthinlabeling the latest casualty of socalled 'trade' pacts, which are more about pushing deregulation than actual trade," Todd Tucker, research director for Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, said in a news release.

Tyson Slocum: With gas prices it’s ‘heads I win, tails you lose’

5/29/2012
Tyson Slocum: With gas prices it’s ‘heads I win, tails you lose’ - by Tyson Slocum of Public Citizen

Consumer groups unhappy with bill easing medical device FDA review process

5/29/2012
Minnesota Public Radio: Consumer groups unhappy with bill easing medical device FDA review process - Dr. Michael Carome, deputy director of the health research group at Public Citizen, said most medium and highrisk devices, including many devices that are permanently implanted, come to market through a process that doesn't require any testing in a clinical trial.

Faulty pumps, fuming drivers

5/29/2012
Faulty pumps, fuming drivers - Tom “Smitty” Smith, director of Public Citizen's Texas office, said that's a problem. “Compliance with the law ought to be a fundamental component of whether a license is renewed,” Smith said.

$55 million for conservative campaigns — but where did it come from?

5/29/2012
Orlando Sentinel: $55 million for conservative campaigns — but where did it come from? - "This is a classic example of how our campaign finance system has entirely fallen apart," said Craig Holman, lobbyist for Public Citizen, which advocates stricter campaign finance rules. "We really don't know where this money originated from."

One homeowner's uphill battle with Wells Fargo and Goldman Sachs shows how badly the courts are stacked against ordinary people

5/29/2012
One homeowner's uphill battle with Wells Fargo and Goldman Sachs shows how badly the courts are stacked against ordinary people - “It's a David and Goliath situation. When you escalate the costs, there's simply no way that a low-income litigant can keep up,” attorney Scott Michelman, with Public Citizen's Litigation Group, told AlterNet."

Proposed poultry inspection rule stirs controversy

5/29/2012
Associated Press: Proposed poultry inspection rule stirs controversy - Relinquishing responsibilities to poultry companies is like "asking the fox to guard the henhouse," said Robert Weissman, president of the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen.

Consumer groups unhappy with bill easing medical device FDA review process

5/29/2012
Consumer groups unhappy with bill easing medical device FDA review process - Dr. Michael Carome, deputy director of the health research group at Public Citizen, said most medium- and high-risk devices, including many devices that are permanently implanted, come to market through a process that doesn't require any testing in a clinical trial.

Connecticut one of states least likely to discipline doctors severely

5/29/2012
New Haven Register: Connecticut one of states least likely to discipline doctors severely - William Gerrish told the Journal Inquirer that last week’s report by Public Citizen focused only on a narrow slice of information about serious disciplinary actions and ignored the wide variety of sanctions imposed by the state Medical Examining Board inc.

Connecticut one of states least likely to discipline doctors severely

5/29/2012
Connecticut one of states least likely to discipline doctors severely - William Gerrish told the Journal Inquirer that last week’s report by Public Citizen focused only on a narrow slice of information about serious disciplinary actions and ignored the wide variety of sanctions imposed by the state Medical Examining Board inc.

Secrecy marks center bankrolling conservative attack on Democrats

5/29/2012
TheLedger.com: Secrecy marks center bankrolling conservative attack on Democrats - “This is a classic example of how our campaign finance system has entirely fallen apart,” said Craig Holman, lobbyist for Public Citizen, which advocates stricter campaign finance rules.

$55 million for conservative campaigns — but where did it come from?

5/29/2012
$55 million for conservative campaigns — but where did it come from? - "This is a classic example of how our campaign finance system has entirely fallen apart," said Craig Holman, lobbyist for Public Citizen, which advocates stricter campaign finance rules. "We really don't know where this money originated from."

One homeowner's uphill battle with Wells Fargo and Goldman Sachs shows how badly the courts are stacked against ordinary people

5/29/2012
AlterNet: One homeowner's uphill battle with Wells Fargo and Goldman Sachs shows how badly the courts are stacked against ordinary people - “It's a David and Goliath situation. When you escalate the costs, there's simply no way that a lowincome litigant can keep up,” attorney Scott Michelman, with Public Citizen's Litigation Group, told ."

20 states with highest, lowest rates of physician discipline

5/29/2012
Becker's Hospital Review: 20 states with highest, lowest rates of physician discipline - The following rankings were determined by the Public Citizen's Health Research Group, which calculated the rate of serious disciplinary actions per 1,000 physicians in each state over three years.

Health briefs: Blood-clot risk linked to some non-pill contraceptives, including patches, implants

5/29/2012
Health briefs: Blood-clot risk linked to some non-pill contraceptives, including patches, implants - Sidney Wolfe, director of the health research group at Public Citizen, a consumer group, said he plans “a very strong letter” to the FDA advising the agency not to approve this drug.

Pharma companies "must be held fully accountable for defrauding US government," says Public Citizen

5/25/2012
ThePharmaletter: Pharma companies "must be held fully accountable for defrauding US government," says Public Citizen - Public Citizen strongly supports a measure proposed by US Senator Bernie Sanders (Independent, Vermont) that would more effectively curb fraudulent activity committed by the pharmaceutical industry against the federal and state governments, stated Sammy Almashat, a researcher at the US consumer advocacy group.

Big Pharma Is The Biggest Tax Dodger In America

5/25/2012
Talk Radio News: Big Pharma Is The Biggest Tax Dodger In America - A new Public Citizen report finds that over the last twenty years the pharmaceutical industry has accounted for 25% of all violations of state and federal law when it comes to the False Claims Act.

Big Pharma Is The Biggest Tax Dodger In America

5/25/2012
Big Pharma Is The Biggest Tax Dodger In America - A new Public Citizen report finds that over the last twenty years the pharmaceutical industry has accounted for 25% of all violations of state and federal law when it comes to the False Claims Act.

Pharma companies "must be held fully accountable for defrauding US government," says Public Citizen

5/25/2012
Pharma companies "must be held fully accountable for defrauding US government," says Public Citizen - Public Citizen strongly supports a measure proposed by US Senator Bernie Sanders (Independent, Vermont) that would more effectively curb fraudulent activity committed by the pharmaceutical industry against the federal and state governments, stated Sammy Almashat, a researcher at the US consumer advocacy group.

Watchdog group calls for investigation of lobbying firm

5/24/2012
Watchdog group calls for investigation of lobbying firm - The watchdog group Public Citizen is calling on the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate the lobbying firm Park Strategies for Lobbying Disclosure Act violations related to arranging a trip to Taiwan for Rep. Bill Owens (D-N.Y.). Read the complaint here, courtesy of ProPublica’s Justin Elliott, who has the scoop: http://bit.ly/JCXF2K

KEYSTONE XL: Pipeline company tweaks route to avoid EPA scrutiny of southern leg

5/24/2012
KEYSTONE XL: Pipeline company tweaks route to avoid EPA scrutiny of southern leg - EPA's excision from the process alarmed activists at Friends of the Earth (FoE), which joined Public Citizen Texas this month in a personal plea to Administrator Lisa Jackson for a stronger role in XL's southern leg following the forced resignation of Region 6 chief Al Armendariz (E&ENews PM, May 3).

John McCain: The Maverick returns?

5/24/2012
John McCain: The Maverick returns? - Yet McCain's 2008 presidential bid disillusioned many of his reformer allies, such the good-government group Public Citizen. They watched with disgust as McCain distanced himself from campaign finance reform and his iconoclastic image.

FDA panel rejects ACS indication for Rivaroxaban

5/24/2012
Internal Medicine News: FDA panel rejects ACS indication for Rivaroxaban - "The incomplete data are very worrisome," said one of the panelists voting against approval, Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, Washington, D.C.

Safety groups and drivers go to court over new truck driver hours of service rule

5/24/2012
Safety groups and drivers go to court over new truck driver hours of service rule - The federal rule for truck driver hours of service (HOS) still fails to make needed improvements to protect the public from tired truckers and should be subjected to judicial review according to Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Public Citizen, the Truck Safety Coalition, and two truck drivers who today filed a lawsuit challenging the new rule.

S.C. worst in doctor discipline

5/24/2012
The State: S.C. worst in doctor discipline - South Carolina has consistently been among the bottom 10 states at disciplining doctors for each of the past nine annual rankings by Public Citizen’s Health Research Group.

Online comment prompts lawsuit from plastic surgeon

5/24/2012
Online comment prompts lawsuit from plastic surgeon - The woman's attorney, who is with Public Citizen, a consumer watch group out of Washington, said the lawsuit is part of a scary trend.

Online comment prompts lawsuit from plastic surgeon

5/24/2012
WESH Orlando: Online comment prompts lawsuit from plastic surgeon - The woman's attorney, who is with Public Citizen, a consumer watch group out of Washington, said the lawsuit is part of a scary trend.

PBS deserves tons of awards, but not for selling kids on Chick-fil-A

5/24/2012
PBS deserves tons of awards, but not for selling kids on Chick-fil-A - The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, Public Citizen, and Corporate Accountability International have launched a campaign urging PBS to end a four-year marketing agreement between the popular children's show Martha Speaks and the fast food chain Chick-fil-A.

Sanders: Crack down on pharmaceutical fraud

5/24/2012
Pharmacy Choice: Sanders: Crack down on pharmaceutical fraud - The pharmaceutical industry achieved a dubious distinction in 2010 when the dollar amount of fraud against the government surpassed the notoriouslycorrupt defense contracting industry, according to a Public Citizen study.

FDA panel rejects ACS indication for Rivaroxaban

5/24/2012
FDA panel rejects ACS indication for Rivaroxaban - "The incomplete data are very worrisome," said one of the panelists voting against approval, Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, Washington, D.C.

KEYSTONE XL: Pipeline company tweaks route to avoid EPA scrutiny of southern leg

5/24/2012
E & E: KEYSTONE XL: Pipeline company tweaks route to avoid EPA scrutiny of southern leg - EPA's excision from the process alarmed activists at Friends of the Earth (FoE), which joined Public Citizen Texas this month in a personal plea to Administrator Lisa Jackson for a stronger role in XL's southern leg following the forced resignation of Region 6 chief Al Armendariz (E&ENews PM, May 3).

Sanders: Crack down on pharmaceutical fraud

5/24/2012
Sanders: Crack down on pharmaceutical fraud - The pharmaceutical industry achieved a dubious distinction in 2010 when the dollar amount of fraud against the government surpassed the notoriously-corrupt defense contracting industry, according to a Public Citizen study.

Watchdog group calls for investigation of lobbying firm

5/24/2012
Politico: Watchdog group calls for investigation of lobbying firm - The watchdog group Public Citizen is calling on the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate the lobbying firm Park Strategies for Lobbying Disclosure Act violations related to arranging a trip to Taiwan for Rep. Bill Owens (D-N.Y.). Read the complaint here, courtesy of ProPublica’s Justin Elliott, who has the scoop: http://bit.ly/JCXF2K

S.C. worst in doctor discipline

5/24/2012
S.C. worst in doctor discipline - South Carolina has consistently been among the bottom 10 states at disciplining doctors for each of the past nine annual rankings by Public Citizen’s Health Research Group.

Is the Corporate Personhood Reform Movement doomed to fail in Washington?

5/24/2012
AlterNet: Is the Corporate Personhood Reform Movement doomed to fail in Washington? - and another by Public Citizen.

Ethics group wants investigators to probe lobbyist involve in Owens trip

5/24/2012
Ethics group wants investigators to probe lobbyist involve in Owens trip - In a letter sent Wednesday to the Office of Congressional Ethics, officials from Public Citizen — including one that helped write the law to help prevent corruption via fancy junkets — request that Park Strategies be investigated.

Safety groups and drivers go to court over new truck driver hours of service rule

5/24/2012
Ad Hoc News: Safety groups and drivers go to court over new truck driver hours of service rule - The federal rule for truck driver hours of service (HOS) still fails to make needed improvements to protect the public from tired truckers and should be subjected to judicial review according to Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Public Citizen, the Truck Safety Coalition, and two truck drivers who today filed a lawsuit challenging the new rule.

Learning from Facebook

5/24/2012
Learning from Facebook - Whether or not you're an investor, it's important to grasp the significance of what's happened with the Facebook initial public offering (IPO).

PBS deserves tons of awards, but not for selling kids on Chick-fil-A

5/24/2012
Huffington Post: PBS deserves tons of awards, but not for selling kids on Chick-fil-A - The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, Public Citizen, and Corporate Accountability International have launched a campaign urging PBS to end a four-year marketing agreement between the popular children's show Martha Speaks and the fast food chain Chick-fil-A.

Ethics group wants investigators to probe lobbyist involve in Owens trip

5/24/2012
Daily Courier-Observer: Ethics group wants investigators to probe lobbyist involve in Owens trip - In a letter sent Wednesday to the Office of Congressional Ethics, officials from Public Citizen — including one that helped write the law to help prevent corruption via fancy junkets — request that Park Strategies be investigated.

John McCain: The Maverick returns?

5/24/2012
Mother Jones: John McCain: The Maverick returns? - Yet McCain's 2008 presidential bid disillusioned many of his reformer allies, such the goodgovernment group Public Citizen. They watched with disgust as McCain distanced himself from campaign finance reform and his iconoclastic image.

Learning from Facebook

5/24/2012
Huffington Post: Learning from Facebook - Whether or not you're an investor, it's important to grasp the significance of what's happened with the Facebook initial public offering (IPO).

Is the Corporate Personhood Reform Movement doomed to fail in Washington?

5/24/2012
Is the Corporate Personhood Reform Movement doomed to fail in Washington? - It would explain why the authors of various amendment proposals have ducked reporters’ questions about reconciling the legislative empowerment bills and the corporate rights-stripping bills at two Washington forums on the movement and Citizens United—one by People for the American Way and another by Public Citizen.

Top politicos see record cash haul from Bay Area

5/23/2012
Top politicos see record cash haul from Bay Area - At all levels, the campaigns need to keep up with the super PACs that are in some cases raising money at a faster clip than they are, said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, the nonprofit advocacy group that opposes the super PACs.

South Carolina Doesn’t Punish Its Doctors, Report Says

5/23/2012
South Carolina Doesn’t Punish Its Doctors, Report Says - According to the Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan watchdog group Public Citizen, the findings mean the state may be negligent in policing its doctors.

Texas Latino Gain Buoys Cruz Bid in U.S. Senate Campaign

5/23/2012
Texas Latino Gain Buoys Cruz Bid in U.S. Senate Campaign - “We’re going to see some record-breaking numbers in the Texas Senate race, which is a classic battle between the mainstream GOP and the Tea Party,” said Craig Holman, an analyst with Public Citizen’s Congress Watch in Washington.

Top politicos see record cash haul from Bay Area

5/23/2012
San Fransisco Chronicle: Top politicos see record cash haul from Bay Area - At all levels, the campaigns need to keep up with the super PACs that are in some cases raising money at a faster clip than they are, said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, the nonprofit advocacy group that opposes the super PACs.

Texas Latino Gain Buoys Cruz Bid in U.S. Senate Campaign

5/23/2012
Bloomberg Businessweek: Texas Latino Gain Buoys Cruz Bid in U.S. Senate Campaign - “We’re going to see some recordbreaking numbers in the Texas Senate race, which is a classic battle between the mainstream GOP and the Tea Party,” said Craig Holman, an analyst with Public Citizen’s Congress Watch in Washington.

South Carolina Doesn’t Punish Its Doctors, Report Says

5/23/2012
Free-Times: South Carolina Doesn’t Punish Its Doctors, Report Says - According to the Washington, D.C.based nonpartisan watchdog group Public Citizen, the findings mean the state may be negligent in policing its doctors.

Experts: JPMorgan's $2 billion loss a cautionary tale, but no huge surprise

5/22/2012
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Experts: JPMorgan's $2 billion loss a cautionary tale, but no huge surprise - "We view this as an important cautionary tale," said Bartlett Naylor, financial policy advocate at Public Citizen, a liberal public policy group in Washington. "If such a bank can make this kind of error, then regulators, who must shield taxpayers, should forbid these financial transactions in the first place.

Doctor sues patient over Web comments

5/22/2012
Orlando Sentinel: Doctor sues patient over Web comments - "The terror created by this lawsuit will squelch freedom of speech," said David Muraskin, a Public Citizen attorney representing Soto's critic.

Florida medical board ranks 42nd in U.S. for disciplining doctors

5/22/2012
Sun Sentinel: Florida medical board ranks 42nd in U.S. for disciplining doctors - For the fourth year in a row, Florida ranked in the bottom 10 U.S. states for its record of punishing doctors who violate state standards, according to an annual survey by the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen.

Major Changes Urged to FDA’s 510(k) Plans

5/22/2012
Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry: Major Changes Urged to FDA’s 510(k) Plans - Comments from industry groups are urging major changes to FDA’s draft guidance on evaluating substantial equivalence in 510(k)s, while Public Citizen is asking the agency not to finalize the guidance because it is overly permissive.

Poway schools considering ads on campus

5/22/2012
San Diego Union Tribune: Poway schools considering ads on campus - The group, called Public Citizen, drafted a letter addressed to school board President Linda Vanderveen this week urging the board not to consider advertising on school grounds.

Doctor sues patient over Web comments

5/22/2012
Doctor sues patient over Web comments - "The terror created by this lawsuit will squelch freedom of speech," said David Muraskin, a Public Citizen attorney representing Soto's critic.

Major Changes Urged to FDA’s 510(k) Plans

5/22/2012
Major Changes Urged to FDA’s 510(k) Plans - Comments from industry groups are urging major changes to FDA’s draft guidance on evaluating substantial equivalence in 510(k)s, while Public Citizen is asking the agency not to finalize the guidance because it is overly permissive.

Poway schools considering ads on campus

5/22/2012
Poway schools considering ads on campus - The group, called Public Citizen, drafted a letter addressed to school board President Linda Vanderveen this week urging the board not to consider advertising on school grounds.

Experts: JPMorgan's $2 billion loss a cautionary tale, but no huge surprise

5/22/2012
Experts: JPMorgan's $2 billion loss a cautionary tale, but no huge surprise - "We view this as an important cautionary tale," said Bartlett Naylor, financial policy advocate at Public Citizen, a liberal public policy group in Washington. "If such a bank can make this kind of error, then regulators, who must shield taxpayers, should forbid these financial transactions in the first place.

Florida medical board ranks 42nd in U.S. for disciplining doctors

5/22/2012
Florida medical board ranks 42nd in U.S. for disciplining doctors - For the fourth year in a row, Florida ranked in the bottom 10 U.S. states for its record of punishing doctors who violate state standards, according to an annual survey by the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen.

Senate to vote on FDA plan to speed approvals

5/21/2012
Newsmax.com: Senate to vote on FDA plan to speed approvals - “It may carry the same intrinsic defect that poses the same safety threat to patients,” Michael Carome, deputy director of the Health Research Group at consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen, said in a telephone interview.  

Most states do not protect patients from substandard physicians

5/21/2012
Most states do not protect patients from substandard physicians - "There is considerable evidence that most boards are inadequately disciplining physicians," said Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group.

New look at settling consumer disputes

5/21/2012
New look at settling consumer disputes - Since then, at least 76 potential class action cases were quashed by judges citing the Supreme Court ruling, according to a recent report by Public Citizen, a Washington-based advocacy group.

What we're reading

5/21/2012
Politico: What we're reading -

Experts: JPMorgan's $2 billion loss a cautionary tale, but no huge surprise

5/21/2012
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Experts: JPMorgan's $2 billion loss a cautionary tale, but no huge surprise - "We view this as an important cautionary tale," said Bartlett Naylor, financial policy advocate at Public Citizen, a liberal public policy group in Washington. "If such a bank can make this kind of error, then regulators, who must shield taxpayers, should forbid these financial transactions in the first place."

Public companies, private justice: will forced arbitration eliminate investors' right to hold corporations accountable?

5/21/2012
Public companies, private justice: will forced arbitration eliminate investors' right to hold corporations accountable? - A recent study by the public interest organization Public Citizen identified "76 potential class action cases where judges cited Concepcion and held that class action bans within arbitration clauses were enforceable" in the year since the Court decided the case.

Senate to vote on FDA plan to speed approvals

5/21/2012
Senate to vote on FDA plan to speed approvals - “It may carry the same intrinsic defect that poses the same safety threat to patients,” Michael Carome, deputy director of the Health Research Group at consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen, said in a telephone interview.

Grooveshark just won a chilling victory. Here's a statement from our Lead Litigator...

5/21/2012
Digital Music News: Grooveshark just won a chilling victory. Here's a statement from our Lead Litigator... - The following statement is from Paul Alan Levy, attorney for Public Citizen and our lead litigator against Grooveshark's ongoing and aggressive attempts to subpoena Digital Music News. A more complete statement that includes background on this case has been posted on the Consumer Law and Policy Blog,

$25,000 to first whistle-blower who turns-in corporate secret donator to influence 2012 election

5/21/2012
Democratic Underground: $25,000 to first whistle-blower who turns-in corporate secret donator to influence 2012 election - Groups include: Common Cause, Public Citizen, Coalition for Accountability in Political Spending (CAPS), Service Employees International Union, MoveOn.org, Americans United for Change, Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), Public Campaign Action Fund, Campaign for America's Future, National People's Action, Progress NOW, Every Child Matters, Health Care for America Now, Occupy Wall Street, and USAction.

Don't get fooled again

5/21/2012
Don't get fooled again - Taylor Lincoln is research director for Public Citizen's Congress Watch division. @Public_Citizen.

FDA’s $6.4 billion plan for quick reviews moves to Senate

5/21/2012
FDA’s $6.4 billion plan for quick reviews moves to Senate - “It may carry the same intrinsic defect that poses the same safety threat to patients,” Michael Carome, deputy director of the Health Research Group at consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen, said in a telephone interview.

New look at settling consumer disputes

5/21/2012
Omaha World Herald: New look at settling consumer disputes - Since then, at least 76 potential class action cases were quashed by judges citing the Supreme Court ruling, according to a recent report by Public Citizen, a Washingtonbased advocacy group.

Alienating stakeholders unwilling apt disunite multitask-while-motoring voters and blah blah blah blah blah ….

5/21/2012
DrawingNow: Alienating stakeholders unwilling apt disunite multitask-while-motoring voters and blah blah blah blah blah …. - The facts are these: The NHTSA’s nocell phoneswhiledriving recommendations of 2002 and 2003 were made public Tuesday only because The Center for Auto Safety and Public Citizen, two public interest teams filed a lawsuit apt procure the documents under the Freedom of Information Act.

$25,000 to first whistle-blower who turns-in corporate secret donator to influence 2012 election

5/21/2012
$25,000 to first whistle-blower who turns-in corporate secret donator to influence 2012 election - Groups include: Common Cause, Public Citizen, Coalition for Accountability in Political Spending (CAPS), Service Employees International Union, MoveOn.org, Americans United for Change, Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), Public Campaign Action Fund, Campaign for America's Future, National People's Action, Progress NOW, Every Child Matters, Health Care for America Now, Occupy Wall Street, and USAction.

World Trade Organization rules against dolphin safe labeling

5/21/2012
Global Post: World Trade Organization rules against dolphin safe labeling - Todd Tucker, research director for Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch said, "This latest ruling makes truthinlabeling the latest casualty of socalled ‘trade' pacts, which are more about pushing deregulation than actual trade. Members of Congress and the public will be very concerned that even voluntary standards can be deemed trade barriers."

Jungle law

5/21/2012
Citrus County Chronicle: Jungle law - The most vocal critic of the USDA has been Food and Water Watch, an offshoot of Public Citizen.

Grooveshark just won a chilling victory. Here's a statement from our Lead Litigator...

5/21/2012
Grooveshark just won a chilling victory. Here's a statement from our Lead Litigator... - The following statement is from Paul Alan Levy, attorney for Public Citizen and our lead litigator against Grooveshark's ongoing and aggressive attempts to subpoena Digital Music News. A more complete statement that includes background on this case has been posted on the Consumer Law and Policy Blog, here.

Ads on campus being considered as moneymaker

5/21/2012
UT San Diego: Ads on campus being considered as moneymaker - The group, called Public Citizen, drafted a letter addressed to school board President Linda Vanderveen this week urging the board not to consider advertising on school grounds.

Minnesota activists call on 3M to remove corporate funds from politics

5/21/2012
Minnesota activists call on 3M to remove corporate funds from politics - 3M shareholders attending their annual meeting were met by a group of vocal activists from Public Citizen, Common Cause, Minnesotans for a Fair Economy, Take Action Minnesota and 99% Power. The activists demanded that the Minnesotabased Fortune 500 company keep its money out of politics and called for more transparency in corporate political involvement.

Florida medical board ranks 42nd in U.S. for disciplining doctors

5/21/2012
Florida medical board ranks 42nd in U.S. for disciplining doctors - For the fourth year in a row, Florida ranked in the bottom 10 U.S. states for its record of punishing doctors who violate state standards, according to an annual survey by the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen.

Utilities got pass on outage questions

5/21/2012
The Lowell Sun: Utilities got pass on outage questions - "That is a tremendous opportunity for regulators to require some performance improvements and to provide better protections and benefits for consumers," Tyson Slocum, energy director for Washington, D.C.based advocacy group Public Citizen.  

Congressional franking mailing privilege favors incumbents at taxpayer expense

5/21/2012
Watchdog Nation: Congressional franking mailing privilege favors incumbents at taxpayer expense - “The franking privilege is an abuse that is well-protected in Congress, even with the rules that regulate it,” said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen in Washington, D.C.

WTO rules against U.S. 'dolphin safe' tuna

5/21/2012
WTO rules against U.S. 'dolphin safe' tuna - U.S. consumer rights group Public Citizen said the decision dealt a major blow to consumers' ability to make informed decisions about their food.

Consumer protection law..what every practitioner needs to know!

5/21/2012
Matt Weidner Law: Consumer protection law..what every practitioner needs to know! - From 2004 to 2011, Gupta was an attorney at Public Citizen Litigation Group, where his practice encompassed consumer protection, constitutional law and Supreme Court and appellate litigation.

Don't get fooled again

5/21/2012
Huffington Post: Don't get fooled again - Taylor Lincoln is research director for Public Citizen's Congress Watch division. @Public_Citizen.

Removing doctors in settlements can deflect oversight

5/21/2012
Removing doctors in settlements can deflect oversight - Nationally, "it happens quite a bit," said Sydney Wolfe, director of the Health Research Group, a policy group within the Public Citizen advocacy organization in Washington, D.C. "And we suspect that frequently [dismissing the doctors as defendants] is not on the merits."

FDA’s $6.4 billion plan for quick reviews moves to Senate

5/21/2012
Bloomberg News: FDA’s $6.4 billion plan for quick reviews moves to Senate - “It may carry the same intrinsic defect that poses the same safety threat to patients,” Michael Carome, deputy director of the Health Research Group at consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen, said in a telephone interview.

WTO rules against U.S. 'dolphin safe' tuna

5/21/2012
American Journal of Transportation: WTO rules against U.S. 'dolphin safe' tuna - U.S. consumer rights group Public Citizen said the decision dealt a major blow to consumers' ability to make informed decisions about their food.

Minnesota activists call on 3M to remove corporate funds from politics

5/21/2012
Minnesota activists call on 3M to remove corporate funds from politics - s - 3M shareholders attending their annual meeting were met by a group of vocal activists from Public Citizen, Common Cause, Minnesotans for a Fair Economy, Take Action Minnesota and 99% Power. The activists demanded that the Minnesota-based Fortune 500 company keep its money out of politics and called for more transparency in corporate political involvement.

N.J. medical board ranks 43rd in nation in exposing, disciplining doctors

5/21/2012
NJ.com: N.J. medical board ranks 43rd in nation in exposing, disciplining doctors - Public Citizen said New Jersey’s disciplinary board took 78 serious actions for such conduct as malpractice, substance abuse and fraud among doctors from 2009 to 2011, New Jersey’s worst showing since the Washingtonbased organization began the studies.

Bajaj’s premature investment treaty idea

5/21/2012
Dawn.com: Bajaj’s premature investment treaty idea - These demands, it says, could inhibit countries like China, Brazil and India from concluding BITs with the US. Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, said the new model BIT was basically the same as “the deeply flawed ‘old’ model.”

Ads on campus being considered as moneymaker

5/21/2012
Ads on campus being considered as moneymaker - The group, called Public Citizen, drafted a letter addressed to school board President Linda Vanderveen this week urging the board not to consider advertising on school grounds.

Public companies, private justice: will forced arbitration eliminate investors' right to hold corporations accountable?

5/21/2012
Media Matters: Public companies, private justice: will forced arbitration eliminate investors' right to hold corporations accountable? - discussed the Public Citizen study, and explained how Concepcion has prevented Matthew Wolf, a captain in the Judge Advocate General Corps of the Army Reserves, from effectively pursuing a claim against Nissan under a law protecting servicemembers from consumer rights abuses.

Consumer protection law..what every practitioner needs to know!

5/21/2012
Consumer protection law..what every practitioner needs to know! - From 2004 to 2011, Gupta was an attorney at Public Citizen Litigation Group, where his practice encompassed consumer protection, constitutional law and Supreme Court and appellate litigation.

NStar, Northeast Utilities merger agreement includes Cape Wind provisions, planned rate freeze -- but no upgrades to power lines and poles

5/21/2012
NStar, Northeast Utilities merger agreement includes Cape Wind provisions, planned rate freeze -- but no upgrades to power lines and poles - “That is a tremendous opportunity for regulators to require some performance improvements and to provide better protections and benefits for consumers,” said Tyson Slocum, energy director for Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group Public Citizen.

Florida medical board ranks 42nd in U.S. for disciplining doctors

5/21/2012
Sun Sentinel: Florida medical board ranks 42nd in U.S. for disciplining doctors - For the fourth year in a row, Florida ranked in the bottom 10 U.S. states for its record of punishing doctors who violate state standards, according to an annual survey by the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen.

Alienating stakeholders unwilling apt disunite multitask-while-motoring voters and blah blah blah blah blah ….

5/21/2012
Alienating stakeholders unwilling apt disunite multitask-while-motoring voters and blah blah blah blah blah …. - . - The facts are these: The NHTSA’s no-cell phones-while-driving recommendations of 2002 and 2003 were made public Tuesday only because The Center for Auto Safety and Public Citizen, two public interest teams filed a lawsuit apt procure the documents under the Freedom of Information Act.

Experts: JPMorgan's $2 billion loss a cautionary tale, but no huge surprise

5/21/2012
Experts: JPMorgan's $2 billion loss a cautionary tale, but no huge surprise - "We view this as an important cautionary tale," said Bartlett Naylor, financial policy advocate at Public Citizen, a liberal public policy group in Washington. "If such a bank can make this kind of error, then regulators, who must shield taxpayers, should forbid these financial transactions in the first place."

Most states do not protect patients from substandard physicians

5/21/2012
YubaNet: Most states do not protect patients from substandard physicians - "There is considerable evidence that most boards are inadequately disciplining physicians," said Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group.

Medical boards step up disciplinary actions

5/21/2012
Medical boards step up disciplinary actions - But Sidney Wolfe, MD, director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, which has long criticized what he sees as lax licensing supervision of the nation's medical professionals, is not impressed.

Utilities got pass on outage questions

5/21/2012
Utilities got pass on outage questions - "That is a tremendous opportunity for regulators to require some performance improvements and to provide better protections and benefits for consumers," Tyson Slocum, energy director for Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group Public Citizen.

Medical boards step up disciplinary actions

5/21/2012
HealthLeaders Media: Medical boards step up disciplinary actions - But Sidney Wolfe, MD, director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, which has long criticized what he sees as lax licensing supervision of the nation's medical professionals, is not impressed.

N.J. medical board ranks 43rd in nation in exposing, disciplining doctors

5/21/2012
N.J. medical board ranks 43rd in nation in exposing, disciplining doctors - Public Citizen said New Jersey’s disciplinary board took 78 serious actions for such conduct as malpractice, substance abuse and fraud among doctors from 2009 to 2011, New Jersey’s worst showing since the Washington-based organization began the studies.

Congressional franking mailing privilege favors incumbents at taxpayer expense

5/21/2012
Congressional franking mailing privilege favors incumbents at taxpayer expense - “The franking privilege is an abuse that is well-protected in Congress, even with the rules that regulate it,” said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen in Washington, D.C.

Removing doctors in settlements can deflect oversight

5/21/2012
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Removing doctors in settlements can deflect oversight - Nationally, "it happens quite a bit," said Sydney Wolfe, director of the Health Research Group, a policy group within the Public Citizen advocacy organization in Washington, D.C. "And we suspect that frequently [dismissing the doctors as defendants] is not on the merits."

What we're reading

5/21/2012
What we're reading - Public Citizen is out with its annual report on state medical board’s disciplinary actions: Rates are still lower than a few years ago, and there’s a lot of variation among states. The report: http://bit.ly/JPuugr

Bajaj’s premature investment treaty idea

5/21/2012
Bajaj’s premature investment treaty idea - These demands, it says, could inhibit countries like China, Brazil and India from concluding BITs with the US. Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, said the new model BIT was basically the same as “the deeply flawed ‘old’ model.”

NStar, Northeast Utilities merger agreement includes Cape Wind provisions, planned rate freeze -- but no upgrades to power lines and poles

5/21/2012
Masslive.com: NStar, Northeast Utilities merger agreement includes Cape Wind provisions, planned rate freeze -- but no upgrades to power lines and poles - “That is a tremendous opportunity for regulators to require some performance improvements and to provide better protections and benefits for consumers,” said Tyson Slocum, energy director for Washington, D.C.based advocacy group Public Citizen.

World Trade Organization rules against dolphin safe labeling

5/21/2012
World Trade Organization rules against dolphin safe labeling - In a statement Todd Tucker, research director for Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch said, "This latest ruling makes truth-in-labeling the latest casualty of so-called ‘trade' pacts, which are more about pushing deregulation than actual trade. Members of Congress and the public will be very concerned that even voluntary standards can be deemed trade barriers."

Jungle law

5/21/2012
Jungle law - The most vocal critic of the USDA has been Food and Water Watch, an offshoot of Public Citizen.

Public Citizen Ranks FL Doctor Discipline Low

5/18/2012
Public Citizen Ranks FL Doctor Discipline Low - Florida’s record of serious disciplinary action against physicians again is in the bottom 10 nationwide, with a rate of 1.94 series actions per 1,000 doctors, according to Public Citizen.

State medical boards disciplining more docs

5/18/2012
Fierce Healthcare: State medical boards disciplining more docs - While last year's rate of serious actions per 1,000 physicians (3.06) increased slightly from 2010, it is still significantly lower than the peak rate in 2004 of 3.72 serious actions, according to a Public Citizen statement yesterday.

Public Citizen Ranks FL Doctor Discipline Low

5/18/2012
The Ledger: Public Citizen Ranks FL Doctor Discipline Low - Florida’s record of serious disciplinary action against physicians again is in the bottom 10 nationwide, with a rate of 1.94 series actions per 1,000 doctors, according to Public Citizen.

N.J. medical board ranks 43rd in nation in exposing, disciplining doctors

5/18/2012
The Star-Ledger: N.J. medical board ranks 43rd in nation in exposing, disciplining doctors - Public Citizen said New Jersey’s disciplinary board took 78 serious actions for such conduct as malpractice, substance abuse and fraud among doctors from 2009 to 2011, New Jersey’s worst showing since the Washingtonbased organization began the studies.

Medical Boards Step Up Disciplinary Actions

5/18/2012
Health Leaders Media: Medical Boards Step Up Disciplinary Actions - But Sidney Wolfe, MD, director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, which has long criticized what he sees as lax licensing supervision of the nation's medical professionals, is not impressed.

State medical boards disciplining more docs

5/18/2012
State medical boards disciplining more docs - While last year's rate of serious actions per 1,000 physicians (3.06) increased slightly from 2010, it is still significantly lower than the peak rate in 2004 of 3.72 serious actions, according to a Public Citizen statement yesterday.

N.J. medical board ranks 43rd in nation in exposing, disciplining doctors

5/18/2012
N.J. medical board ranks 43rd in nation in exposing, disciplining doctors - Public Citizen said New Jersey’s disciplinary board took 78 serious actions for such conduct as malpractice, substance abuse and fraud among doctors from 2009 to 2011, New Jersey’s worst showing since the Washington-based organization began the studies.

Medical Boards Step Up Disciplinary Actions

5/18/2012
Medical Boards Step Up Disciplinary Actions - But Sidney Wolfe, MD, director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, which has long criticized what he sees as lax licensing supervision of the nation's medical professionals, is not impressed.

End Pay-to-Play Politics Through Transparency, Groups Tell U.S. Senate Committee

5/17/2012
eNews Park Forest: End Pay-to-Play Politics Through Transparency, Groups Tell U.S. Senate Committee - The U.S. Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee should reject legislation that would prohibit disclosure of campaign contributions and spending by government contractor, Public Citizen and 13 other civic organizations said in letter sent today to the committee.

WTO rules against U.S. 'Dolphin-Safe' Tuna

5/17/2012
Reuters: WTO rules against U.S. 'Dolphin-Safe' Tuna - U.S. consumer rights group Public Citizen said the decision dealt a major blow to consumers' ability to make informed decisions about their food.

Medical Malpractice Claims Level Off in Pennsylvania

5/17/2012
Renal and Urology News: Medical Malpractice Claims Level Off in Pennsylvania - While consumer rights groups, including the watchdog group Public Citizen, contend that the decline is just a reflection of a nationwide reduction in lawsuits.

Questionable medical bill passes through House committee

5/17/2012
ABC7: Questionable medical bill passes through House committee - But inside the bill there is a provision involving medical implants that the nonprofit consumer watchdog group, Public Citizen, is calling dangerous.

Some secrecy needed in trade talks: USTR Kirk

5/17/2012
Some secrecy needed in trade talks: USTR Kirk - Critics such as consumer advocacy group Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch have called for a more open process because of their concern the pact could restrict Internet freedoms in order to fight digital piracy, reduce access to life-saving medicines by extending drug patent protections, and encourage U.S. companies to move more jobs overseas through the agreement's investment protection provisions.

End Pay-to-Play Politics Through Transparency, Groups Tell U.S. Senate Committee

5/17/2012
End Pay-to-Play Politics Through Transparency, Groups Tell U.S. Senate Committee - The U.S. Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee should reject legislation that would prohibit disclosure of campaign contributions and spending by government contractor, Public Citizen and 13 other civic organizations said in letter sent today to the committee.

Medical Malpractice Claims Level Off in Pennsylvania

5/17/2012
Medical Malpractice Claims Level Off in Pennsylvania - While consumer rights groups, including the watchdog group Public Citizen, contend that the decline is just a reflection of a nationwide reduction in lawsuits.

WTO rules against U.S. 'Dolphin-Safe' Tuna

5/17/2012
WTO rules against U.S. 'Dolphin-Safe' Tuna - U.S. consumer rights group Public Citizen said the decision dealt a major blow to consumers' ability to make informed decisions about their food.

Questionable medical bill passes through House committee

5/17/2012
Questionable medical bill passes through House committee - But inside the bill there is a provision involving medical implants that the non-profit consumer watchdog group, Public Citizen, is calling dangerous.

Some secrecy needed in trade talks: USTR Kirk

5/17/2012
Reuters: Some secrecy needed in trade talks: USTR Kirk - Critics such as consumer advocacy group Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch have called for a more open process because of their concern the pact could restrict Internet freedoms in order to fight digital piracy, reduce access to lifesaving medicines by extending drug patent protections, and encourage U.S. companies to move more jobs overseas through the agreement's investment protection provisions.

Can US banks be trusted to self-regulate?

5/16/2012
Al Jazeera English: Can US banks be trusted to self-regulate? - To discuss this presenter Shihab Rattansi is joined by: ... and Bartlett Naylor, a financial policy advocate at Public Citizen, an organisation that campaigns on behalf of citizen interests before Congress, and the former investigations chief at the US Senate Banking Committee.

US consumer group calls for liraglutide to be withdrawn amid safety concerns

5/16/2012
US consumer group calls for liraglutide to be withdrawn amid safety concerns - According to a BMJ news report, Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, a not-profit US consumer group, has petitioned the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to withdraw liraglutide from the market because of increased rates of pancreatitis, thyroid cancer, and renal failure.

50 years of fake breasts

5/16/2012
The Orange County Register: 50 years of fake breasts - 1980s Ralph Nader's Public Citizen Health Research Group warns that silicone breast implants may cause cancer.

US-Colombia trade deal a new low for workers and the environment

5/16/2012
Common Dreams: US-Colombia trade deal a new low for workers and the environment - by Todd Tucker of Public Citizen

NAFTA key to economic, social growth in Mexico

5/16/2012
NAFTA key to economic, social growth in Mexico - “During the first few yeas, there was a massive overhaul of Mexico's agricultural trade rules through NAFTA,” said Todd Tucker, who heads Global Trade Watch at the Washington-based nonprofit advocacy organization Public Citizen.

Today's teamster news 05.16.12

5/16/2012
Teamster Nation: Today's teamster news 05.16.12 - Public Citizen: ... At a time when nearly four out of ten Americans are unemployed or simply not participating in the labor force, it is unconscionable to implement a trade deal with Colombia – the unionist murder capital of the world...

NAFTA key to economic, social growth in Mexico

5/16/2012
The Washington Times: NAFTA key to economic, social growth in Mexico - “During the first few yeas, there was a massive overhaul of Mexico's agricultural trade rules through NAFTA,” said Todd Tucker, who heads Global Trade Watch at the Washingtonbased nonprofit advocacy organization Public Citizen.

Increase in "flaring" tied to pipeline shortages

5/16/2012
Increase in "flaring" tied to pipeline shortages - Tom "Smitty" Smith, the Texas director of Public Citizen, a nonprofit advocacy group, pointed out that the state would raise more revenue if companies captured and sold the gas instead of flaring it.

Prescription drugs kill over 100,000 annually

5/16/2012
Reassurance: Prescription drugs kill over 100,000 annually - A statement released by one of the study's coauthors — Sidney Wolfe, MD, Director of Public Citizen's Health Studies Group — warned...

Does decline in medical malpractice cases suggest fewer errors?

5/16/2012
Richards & Richards, LLP: Does decline in medical malpractice cases suggest fewer errors? - The research director at the Public Citizen's Congress Watch questioned whether the medical treatment that individuals in Pittsburgh are receiving is actually getting better.

Boustany, Landry battle starts

5/16/2012
Boustany, Landry battle starts - But the Washington, D.C.-based Roll Call publication and Public Citizen, which is a political watchdog and consumer rights advocacy group, took aim at Landry on Monday morning for spending taxpayer dollars on advertisements that touted the forums outside of his current district.

Public Citizen: End pay-to-play politics through transparency, groups tell U.S. Senate Committee

5/16/2012
Topix: Public Citizen: End pay-to-play politics through transparency, groups tell U.S. Senate Committee - The U.S. Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee should reject legislation that would prohibit disclosure of campaign contributions and spending by government contractor, Public Citizen and 13 other civic organizations said in letter sent today to the committee.

Ross: Won’t run for governor

5/16/2012
Booneville Democrat: Ross: Won’t run for governor - Congress members are prohibited by law from making direct lobbying contacts with former colleagues for one year after leaving public office, according to Public Citizen.

Today, we face Grooveshark in LA Superior Court. Wish us luck...

5/16/2012
Today, we face Grooveshark in LA Superior Court. Wish us luck... - We've also attracting some very powerful legal allies, which guarantees that we can now offer the strongest defense possible in this matter. That includes Public Citizen attorney Paul Alan Levy, a top expert in exactly this area and now, our lead litigator.

Banks push Congress for loophole that would allow more JPMorgan-like disasters

5/16/2012
Huffington Post: Banks push Congress for loophole that would allow more JPMorgan-like disasters - It's one of seven bills in total seeking to water down various parts of the Dodd-Frank financial reform act, notes the advocacy group Public Citizen.

Boustany, Landry battle starts

5/16/2012
Associated Press: Boustany, Landry battle starts - But the Washington, D.C.based Roll Call publication and Public Citizen, which is a political watchdog and consumer rights advocacy group, took aim at Landry on Monday morning for spending taxpayer dollars on advertisements that touted the forums outside of his current district.

Can US banks be trusted to self-regulate?

5/16/2012
Can US banks be trusted to self-regulate? - To discuss this presenter Shihab Rattansi is joined by: ... and Bartlett Naylor, a financial policy advocate at Public Citizen, an organisation that campaigns on behalf of citizen interests before Congress, and the former investigations chief at the US Senate Banking Committee.

Increase in “flaring” tied to pipeline shortages

5/16/2012
Fuel Fix: Increase in “flaring” tied to pipeline shortages - Tom “Smitty” Smith, the Texas director of Public Citizen, a nonprofit advocacy group, pointed out that the state would raise more revenue if companies captured and sold the gas instead of flaring it.

Jeff Landry's radio ads aimed at prospective constituents under scrutiny

5/16/2012
NOLA.com: Jeff Landry's radio ads aimed at prospective constituents under scrutiny - Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, the nonpartisan watchdog group, said Landry's use of taxpayer money to pay for the ads were a clear violation of his franking privilege.

The GOP’s nuke-dump donor

5/16/2012
The GOP’s nuke-dump donor - “They rolled over us like a steamroller,” says Tom Smith, who directs the Texas office of Public Citizen, an advocacy group that fought the legislative changes.

For the record: “Tax us. Canada’s worth it.”

5/16/2012
Canadian Medical Association Journal: For the record: “Tax us. Canada’s worth it.” - With an estimated 80% of all antibiotics purchased in US now being used on animals and a growing number of outbreaks of antibioticresistant bacteria, the coalition of environmental and health groups (which included... Public Citizen...) had filed the suit asking that the FDA be compelled to reinitiate withdrawal proceedings.

Public Citizen's worldwide trade view

5/16/2012
Ancys's Blog: Public Citizen's worldwide trade view - Critics like buyer advocacy group Public Citizen's Worldwide Trade View have referred to as for a far more open procedure because of their concern the pact could restrict Internet freedoms to be able to fight digital piracy, decrease access to lifesaving medicines by extending drug patent protections, and motivate businesses to move far more jobs overseas via the agreement's investment protection provisions.

Increase in “flaring” tied to pipeline shortages

5/16/2012
Increase in “flaring” tied to pipeline shortages - Tom “Smitty” Smith, the Texas director of Public Citizen, a nonprofit advocacy group, pointed out that the state would raise more revenue if companies captured and sold the gas instead of flaring it.

Congress has nine bills pending that would weaken derivatives regulations

5/16/2012
Democratic Underground: Congress has nine bills pending that would weaken derivatives regulations - And overall, according to a report from Public Citizen, nine bills are pending in Congress that would weaken DoddFrank’s title on derivatives...

Prescription drugs kill over 100,000 annually

5/16/2012
Prescription drugs kill over 100,000 annually - A statement released by one of the study's coauthors — Sidney Wolfe, MD, Director of Public Citizen's Health Studies Group — warned...

Jeff Landry's radio ads aimed at prospective constituents under scrutiny

5/16/2012
Jeff Landry's radio ads aimed at prospective constituents under scrutiny - Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, the non-partisan watchdog group, said Landry's use of taxpayer money to pay for the ads were a clear violation of his franking privilege.

The GOP’s nuke-dump donor

5/16/2012
Salon.com: The GOP’s nuke-dump donor - “They rolled over us like a steamroller,” says Tom Smith, who directs the Texas office of Public Citizen, an advocacy group that fought the legislative changes.

Does decline in medical malpractice cases suggest fewer errors?

5/16/2012
Does decline in medical malpractice cases suggest fewer errors? - The research director at the Public Citizen's Congress Watch questioned whether the medical treatment that individuals in Pittsburgh are receiving is actually getting better.

Ross: Won’t run for governor

5/16/2012
Ross: Won’t run for governor - Congress members are prohibited by law from making direct lobbying contacts with former colleagues for one year after leaving public office, according to Public Citizen.

Medical Malpractice Damage Caps

5/16/2012
Bovino Law: Medical Malpractice Damage Caps - A 2011 report by Public Citizen refutes the claim that medical malpractice litigation is to blame for health care costs.

Public Citizen's worldwide trade view

5/16/2012
Public Citizen's worldwide trade view - Critics like buyer advocacy group Public Citizen's Worldwide Trade View have referred to as for a far more open procedure because of their concern the pact could restrict Internet freedoms to be able to fight digital piracy, decrease access to life-saving medicines by extending drug patent protections, and motivate businesses to move far more jobs overseas via the agreement's investment protection provisions.

US-Colombia trade deal a new low for workers and the environment

5/16/2012
US-Colombia trade deal a new low for workers and the environment - by Todd Tucker of Public Citizen

Today, we face Grooveshark in LA Superior Court. Wish us luck...

5/16/2012
Digital Music News: Today, we face Grooveshark in LA Superior Court. Wish us luck... - We've also attracting some very powerful legal allies, which guarantees that we can now offer the strongest defense possible in this matter. That includes Public Citizen attorney Paul Alan Levy, a top expert in exactly this area and now, our lead litigator.

Medical Malpractice Damage Caps

5/16/2012
Medical Malpractice Damage Caps - A 2011 report by Public Citizen refutes the claim that medical malpractice litigation is to blame for health care costs.

Banks push Congress for loophole that would allow more JPMorgan-like disasters

5/16/2012
Banks push Congress for loophole that would allow more JPMorgan-like disasters - It's one of seven bills in total seeking to water down various parts of the Dodd-Frank financial reform act, notes the advocacy group Public Citizen.

Poway Schools Foundation considering corporate sponsorships

5/16/2012
KPBS: Poway Schools Foundation considering corporate sponsorships - The foundation’s consideration of corporate sponsorships has already drawn criticism from Public Citizen, a national consumer advocacy group opposed to advertising in schools.

Today's teamster news 05.16.12

5/16/2012
Today's teamster news 05.16.12 - Public Citizen: ... At a time when nearly four out of ten Americans are unemployed or simply not participating in the labor force, it is unconscionable to implement a trade deal with Colombia – the unionist murder capital of the world...

Poway Schools Foundation considering corporate sponsorships

5/16/2012
Poway Schools Foundation considering corporate sponsorships - The foundation’s consideration of corporate sponsorships has already drawn criticism from Public Citizen, a national consumer advocacy group opposed to advertising in schools.

US consumer group calls for liraglutide to be withdrawn amid safety concerns

5/16/2012
National Electronic Library for Medicines: US consumer group calls for liraglutide to be withdrawn amid safety concerns - According to a BMJ news report, Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, a notprofit US consumer group, has petitioned the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to withdraw liraglutide from the market because of increased rates of pancreatitis, thyroid cancer, and renal failure.

Congress has nine bills pending that would weaken derivatives regulations

5/16/2012
Congress has nine bills pending that would weaken derivatives regulations - And overall, according to a report from Public Citizen, nine bills are pending in Congress that would weaken Dodd-Frank’s title on derivatives...

50 years of fake breasts

5/16/2012
50 years of fake breasts - 1980s - Ralph Nader's Public Citizen Health Research Group warns that silicone breast implants may cause cancer.

Increase in "flaring" tied to pipeline shortages

5/16/2012
The Texas Tribune: Increase in "flaring" tied to pipeline shortages - Tom "Smitty" Smith, the Texas director of Public Citizen, a nonprofit advocacy group, pointed out that the state would raise more revenue if companies captured and sold the gas instead of flaring it.

For the record: “Tax us. Canada’s worth it.”

5/16/2012
For the record: “Tax us. Canada’s worth it.” - With an estimated 80% of all antibiotics purchased in US now being used on animals and a growing number of outbreaks of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the coalition of environmental and health groups (which included... Public Citizen...) had filed the suit asking that the FDA be compelled to reinitiate withdrawal proceedings.

Public Citizen: End pay-to-play politics through transparency, groups tell U.S. Senate Committee

5/16/2012
Public Citizen: End pay-to-play politics through transparency, groups tell U.S. Senate Committee - The U.S. Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee should reject legislation that would prohibit disclosure of campaign contributions and spending by government contractor, Public Citizen and 13 other civic organizations said in letter sent today to the committee.

SOPA supporters meet in secret to strangle Internet freedom & online speech

5/16/2012
Network World: SOPA supporters meet in secret to strangle Internet freedom & online speech - Public Citizen said TPP is a "corporate power tool of the 1%" and also created a School House rockish video to show you how TPP is all about secrecy.

SOPA supporters meet in secret to strangle Internet freedom & online speech

5/16/2012
SOPA supporters meet in secret to strangle Internet freedom & online speech - Public Citizen said TPP is a "corporate power tool of the 1%" and also created a School House rockish video to show you how TPP is all about secrecy.

Dallas party ends badly for U.S. Trade Reps & federal agents

5/14/2012
Democratic Underground: Dallas party ends badly for U.S. Trade Reps & federal agents - For more information on the TPP, see Public Citizen Global Trade Watch (link).

No one knows what goes on behind closed doors: Antibiotics in healthy livestock - Will Congress and the White House sell out public health?

5/14/2012
No one knows what goes on behind closed doors: Antibiotics in healthy livestock - Will Congress and the White House sell out public health? - In a recent court victory by NRDC and our allies – Public Citizen... – the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was ordered to move forward with proceedings to withdraw approval for the use of certain antibiotics on healthy livestock that are important for human health.

Micah Hauptman: The SAFE Banking Act will do what financial regulators thus far have not

5/14/2012
Huffington Post: Micah Hauptman: The SAFE Banking Act will do what financial regulators thus far have not - Public Citizen made this argument in January, when we petitioned the Federal Reserve and the Financial Stability Oversight Council to break up and reform the financial behemoth Bank of America so that it is smaller, simpler, and safer.

Rep. Owens to reimburse trip costs after questions arise over lobbyist involvement

5/14/2012
Rep. Owens to reimburse trip costs after questions arise over lobbyist involvement - Legislation enacted in 2007 prohibited lobbyists and lobbying firms from organizing these trips, said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, the public interest lobbying organization that Ralph Nader formed in 1971.

Bioethicists fraternizing with the enemy

5/14/2012
Bioethicists fraternizing with the enemy - "... According to a 2010 report by Public Citizen, the pharmaceutical industry had paid nearly $20-billion in settlements and penalties in the preceding two decades; 75 percent of the penalties had come in the preceding five years alone..."

Alonso Krangle LLP warns that NuvaRing side effects may include increased blood clot risk compared to birth control pills

5/14/2012
Alonso Krangle LLP warns that NuvaRing side effects may include increased blood clot risk compared to birth control pills - In February 2007, the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen petitioned the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to ban oral birth control pills that contain desogestrel, citing studies which indicated they could double the risk of blood clots compared to second generation oral contraceptives.

2012 election drowning in secret money

5/14/2012
UPI.com: 2012 election drowning in secret money - Public Citizen reports Republican strategist Rove and both Crossroads groups "have announced plans to raise and spend $240 million in the 2012 elections.

Owens will reimburse cost of trip to Taiwanese university after lobbying questions arise

5/14/2012
Watertown Daily Times: Owens will reimburse cost of trip to Taiwanese university after lobbying questions arise - Mr. Holman, who works for Public Citizen, said the "de minimis" exemption applies only if a lobbyist happens to attend the same event on a junket as a member of Congress.

First-of-its-kind "refrain from political spending" resolution to be voted on today at Bank of America shareholder meeting

5/14/2012
First-of-its-kind "refrain from political spending" resolution to be voted on today at Bank of America shareholder meeting - “By advising its shareholders against adopting the resolution to refrain from spending general treasury funds to influence elections, 3M’s board has aligned itself with the likes of Karl Rove and the Koch brothers, and against shareholder interests,” said Rick Claypool, a senior online organizer with Public Citizen, who attended the meeting.

Report highlights Concepcion disaster notes Bay Area consumer protection lawyer

5/14/2012
EIN Presswire: Report highlights Concepcion disaster notes Bay Area consumer protection lawyer - “Class actions are indispensable for allowing consumers to seek redress when a company’s practices harm thousands of consumers, particularly when the harm results in a smalldollar loss for each consumer,” said Christine Hines, consumer and civil justice counsel with Public Citizen and coauthor of the report.

More FUD for the FDA

5/14/2012
More FUD for the FDA - Sidney Wolfe, director of the health research group at Public Citizen, a consumer group, says he plans "a very strong letter" to the FDA advising the agency not to approve this drug.

The trade agreement you never heard about - TPP

5/14/2012
The trade agreement you never heard about - TPP - Below is a cute, yet factual video trying to get the word out. Public Citizen created www.tpp2012.com

Medical malpractice claims hold steady across Pennsylvania

5/14/2012
Public Opinion: Medical malpractice claims hold steady across Pennsylvania - Between 2000 and 2010, health care spending rose 90 percent between while medical malpractice payments fell 12 percent, according to Public Citizen.

Concepcion a year later, are consumer class actions dead yet?

5/14/2012
ClassActionBlawg.com: Concepcion a year later, are consumer class actions dead yet? - The article cites a report from the consummer advocacy group, Public Citizen, which found 76 opinions relying on Concepcion as a reason to prevent class actions from “moving ahead.”

Smoked out: Old Bridge doctor ousted from medical marijuana program following license suspension

5/14/2012
Smoked out: Old Bridge doctor ousted from medical marijuana program following license suspension - Sidney Wolfe, director of the Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, an advocacy group known for tackling consumer and health issues, said common sense should show Kaul’s case needs more scrutiny.

More and more people, cities and states support overturning Citizens United

5/14/2012
Democratic Underground: More and more people, cities and states support overturning Citizens United - Some new analysis of where that movement stands by Public Citizen and appearing at CommonDreams.org sums up it the progress made so far. It's definitely encouraging.

Wells Fargo is not your amigo

5/14/2012
Wells Fargo is not your amigo - Bartlett Naylor, financial policy advocate at Public Citizen, a D.C.-based consumer advocacy group, is more skeptical. “I’d be highly suspect if these efforts were little more than window dressing.”

Doctor fights back against online complaints

5/14/2012
Doctor fights back against online complaints - “Obviously, online forums create lots of interest on both sides,” David Muraskin, an attorney who is in the litigation group of Public Citizen, the Washington D.C. based public interest group, which has opposed the physician’s lawsuit, told HealthLeaders Media.

Doctor fights back against online complaints

5/14/2012
Professinoal Risk: Doctor fights back against online complaints - “Obviously, online forums create lots of interest on both sides,” David Muraskin, an attorney who is in the litigation group of Public Citizen, the Washington D.C. based public interest group, which has opposed the physician’s lawsuit, told HealthLeaders Media.

U.S. Trade Rep. given ‘Corporate Power Tool’ award for secret treaty talks

5/14/2012
The Raw Story: U.S. Trade Rep. given ‘Corporate Power Tool’ award for secret treaty talks - Advocacy group Public Citizen, in particular, has warned that the treaty essentially represents a "power grab" by corporations that want greater enforcement of copyrights and easier access to cheap labor in nations like Malaysia, Vietnam and Chile.

Medical malpractice claims hold steady across Pennsylvania

5/14/2012
Medical malpractice claims hold steady across Pennsylvania - Between 2000 and 2010, health care spending rose 90 percent between while medical malpractice payments fell 12 percent, according to Public Citizen.

The trade agreement you never heard about - TPP

5/14/2012
The Economic Populist: The trade agreement you never heard about - TPP - Below is a cute, yet factual video trying to get the word out. Public Citizen created www.tpp2012.com

Owens will reimburse cost of trip to Taiwanese university after lobbying questions arise

5/14/2012
Owens will reimburse cost of trip to Taiwanese university after lobbying questions arise - Mr. Holman, who works for Public Citizen, said the "de minimis" exemption applies only if a lobbyist happens to attend the same event on a junket as a member of Congress.

Activists protest BofA ahead of shareholders meeting over fraudulent home foreclosures

5/14/2012
Activists protest BofA ahead of shareholders meeting over fraudulent home foreclosures - Public Citizen reports this would cover contributions to the American Legislative Exchange Council, to Super PACs during this election cycle, and to the pro-corporate, anti-tax US Chamber of Commerce.

FDA advisers recommend approving Arena weight-loss drug

5/14/2012
USA Today: FDA advisers recommend approving Arena weight-loss drug - Sidney Wolfe, director of the health research group at Public Citizen, a consumer group, says he plans "a very strong letter" to the FDA advising the agency not to approve this drug.

Report suggests Owens' trip to Taiwan violated House ethics rules (3rd update)

5/14/2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise: Report suggests Owens' trip to Taiwan violated House ethics rules (3rd update) - Craig Holman of Public Citizen, a national consumer advocacy group that helped create House ethics reforms following the Abramoff scandal, told ProPublica that "lobbyists are not supposed to be associated with this trip in any way.

Texas and the world say no to a "NAFTA of the Pacific"

5/14/2012
Texas and the world say no to a "NAFTA of the Pacific" - ... followed immediately by a panel discussion featuring: Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, on the significance of the Dallas Round of TPP negotiations...

No one knows what goes on behind closed doors: Antibiotics in healthy livestock - Will Congress and the White House sell out public health?

5/14/2012
Switchboard: No one knows what goes on behind closed doors: Antibiotics in healthy livestock - Will Congress and the White House sell out public health? - In a recent court victory by NRDC and our allies – Public Citizen... – the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was ordered to move forward with proceedings to withdraw approval for the use of certain antibiotics on healthy livestock that are important for human health.

Child labor and agribusiness churn Washington’s food fight

5/14/2012
Child labor and agribusiness churn Washington’s food fight - Sammy Almashat with Public Citizen's Health Research Group told In These Times: "Low wages in the agricultural sector certainly contribute to the need for children to work alongside their parents..." (also posted in Firedoglake)

Landry’s self-promotion draws more scrutiny

5/14/2012
The INDsider: Landry’s self-promotion draws more scrutiny - In a May 14 article posted by the Beltway political newspaper Roll Call, Craig Holman of Public Citizen accuses Landry of abusing the franking privilege by spending more than $30,000 in taxpayer funds in the third quarter of 2011 to finance a series of radio ads in Lafayette and Lake Charles...

By the numbers, support grows for overturning Citizens United

5/14/2012
By the numbers, support grows for overturning Citizens United - The Resolutions Week Campaign, a push by Public Citizen and partner organizations to pass local resolutions nationwide that call for a constitutional amendment, is under way and gaining steam.

Texas and the world say no to a "NAFTA of the Pacific"

5/14/2012
WarIsACrime.org: Texas and the world say no to a "NAFTA of the Pacific" - ... followed immediately by a panel discussion featuring: Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, on the significance of the Dallas Round of TPP negotiations...

Disappointment and outrage: Advocates react to withdrawal of safety rules for child farmworkers

5/14/2012
Disappointment and outrage: Advocates react to withdrawal of safety rules for child farmworkers - "Under-reporting is a huge problem," said Sammy Almashat, a researcher with Public Citizen's Health Research Group.

Bioethicists fraternizing with the enemy

5/14/2012
The Human Future: Bioethicists fraternizing with the enemy - "... According to a 2010 report by Public Citizen, the pharmaceutical industry had paid nearly $20billion in settlements and penalties in the preceding two decades; 75 percent of the penalties had come in the preceding five years alone..."

Report highlights Concepcion disaster notes Bay Area consumer protection lawyer

5/14/2012
Report highlights Concepcion disaster notes Bay Area consumer protection lawyer - “Class actions are indispensable for allowing consumers to seek redress when a company’s practices harm thousands of consumers, particularly when the harm results in a small-dollar loss for each consumer,” said Christine Hines, consumer and civil justice counsel with Public Citizen and co-author of the report.

What’s in a congressional junket? Plane travel, hotels and meals — all gratis

5/14/2012
VTDigger: What’s in a congressional junket? Plane travel, hotels and meals — all gratis - Craig Holman, the government affairs lobbyist for the group, Public Citizen, says lobbyists and lawmakers are now crawling through a gaping loophole in the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act that is allowing lawmakers once again to be feted to lavish traveling by lobbyists.

FTC advisory opinion affirms broad consumer rights under Holder Rule

5/14/2012
FTC advisory opinion affirms broad consumer rights under Holder Rule - The National Consumer Law Center (NCLC), joined by Public Citizen... requested this opinion.

Good government advocates call on governor to sign CT disclosure bill

5/14/2012
People for the American Way: Good government advocates call on governor to sign CT disclosure bill - A coalition of good government groups including... Public Citizen... are calling on Connecticut Governor Dannell Malloy to sign H.B. 5556, “Changes to Campaign Finance Laws and other Election Laws,” which just passed just passed the General Assembly.

An unmasking effort gets gutted some more – Art of Living Foundation v. Does

5/14/2012
An unmasking effort gets gutted some more – Art of Living Foundation v. Does - Granted, in countless other cases, these types of claims would have resulted in default judgments without anyone batting an eye, but the Does were represented by counsel (and both Public Citizen and EFF appeared as amici).

An unmasking effort gets gutted some more – Art of Living Foundation v. Does

5/14/2012
Technology & Marketing Law Blog: An unmasking effort gets gutted some more – Art of Living Foundation v. Does - Granted, in countless other cases, these types of claims would have resulted in default judgments without anyone batting an eye, but the Does were represented by counsel (and both Public Citizen and EFF appeared as amici).

2012 election drowning in secret money

5/14/2012
2012 election drowning in secret money - Public Citizen reports Republican strategist Rove and both Crossroads groups "have announced plans to raise and spend $240 million in the 2012 elections.

Pharma, device firms kill conflict of interest rule, win accelerated approval

5/14/2012
MedCity News: Pharma, device firms kill conflict of interest rule, win accelerated approval - “It allows smaller trials with surrogate markers which may or may not affect the ultimate outcome,” said Michael Carome, deputy director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, the nation’s leading drug safety group.

MN activists call on 3M to remove corporate funds from politics

5/14/2012
MN activists call on 3M to remove corporate funds from politics - 3M shareholders attending their annual meeting were met by a group of vocal activists from Public Citizen, Common Cause, Minnesotans for a Fair Economy, Take Action Minnesota and 99% Power.

BCTV program will focus on the move to overturn ‘Citizens United’ political-contribution ruling

5/14/2012
BCTV.org: BCTV program will focus on the move to overturn ‘Citizens United’ political-contribution ruling - A coalition of groups led by Public Citizen... have joined forces to lead a nationwide movement to pass resolutions in municipalities, cities, and states across the country.

Trade deal for Asia Pacific region could restrict medicine in poorer nations

5/14/2012
Trade deal for Asia Pacific region could restrict medicine in poorer nations - One of the issues critics are raising concerns about is a push to protect pharmaceutical companies’ interests in poorer countries which could threaten access to vital medicines. For more, we go to Public Citizen’s Peter Maybarduk.

By the numbers, support grows for overturning Citizens United

5/14/2012
ENews Park Forest: By the numbers, support grows for overturning Citizens United - Resolutions Week Campaign, a push by Public Citizen and partner organizations to pass local resolutions nationwide that call for a constitutional amendment, is under way and gaining steam.

Dallas party ends badly for U.S. Trade Reps & federal agents

5/14/2012
Dallas party ends badly for U.S. Trade Reps & federal agents - For more information on the TPP, see Public Citizen Global Trade Watch (link).

Treaty like it’s 1999

5/14/2012
Raj Patel: Treaty like it’s 1999 - First, here’s Public Citizen’s TPP action page, on which they’re asking for some of the most egregious intellectual property provisions being discussed at the moment to be shown the light of day.

SAFE Act necessary in wake of JP Morgan loss

5/14/2012
The Hill: SAFE Act necessary in wake of JP Morgan loss - s by Bartlett Naylor of Public Citizen  

Good government advocates call on governor to sign CT disclosure bill

5/14/2012
Good government advocates call on governor to sign CT disclosure bill - A coalition of good government groups including... Public Citizen... are calling on Connecticut Governor Dannell Malloy to sign H.B. 5556, “Changes to Campaign Finance Laws and other Election Laws,” which just passed just passed the General Assembly.

Exposing ALEC: The Center for Media and Democracy goes after the right-wing powerhouse

5/14/2012
The Daily Page: Exposing ALEC: The Center for Media and Democracy goes after the right-wing powerhouse - Mary Bottari, a longtime trade activist with Ralph Nader's Public Citizen organization, also joined the center in 2009. "I really wanted to work on the DoddFrank Wall Street financial reform bill, educating the public and finding ways of engaging the public," she says.

Micah Hauptman: The SAFE Banking Act will do what financial regulators thus far have not

5/14/2012
Micah Hauptman: The SAFE Banking Act will do what financial regulators thus far have not - Public Citizen made this argument in January, when we petitioned the Federal Reserve and the Financial Stability Oversight Council to break up and reform the financial behemoth Bank of America so that it is smaller, simpler, and safer.

Consumer power for China?

5/14/2012
Chairweb.com: Consumer power for China? - Nader’s NGO Public Citizen, founded in 1971, acted as an umbrella group for projects focused on issues from air pollution to corruption.

U.S. Trade Rep. given ‘Corporate Power Tool’ award for secret treaty talks

5/14/2012
U.S. Trade Rep. given ‘Corporate Power Tool’ award for secret treaty talks - Advocacy group Public Citizen, in particular, has warned that the treaty essentially represents a "power grab" by corporations that want greater enforcement of copyrights and easier access to cheap labor in nations like Malaysia, Vietnam and Chile.

Update 1 - Interview - Some secrecy needed in trade talks - USTR Kirk

5/14/2012
TD Waterhouse: Update 1 - Interview - Some secrecy needed in trade talks - USTR Kirk - * Public Citizen calling for draft text to be released

What Europe means for the U.S. - Tech blink: Zuck hits Wall Street - West Wing must read: Gas prices keep easing - Talker: Soros and liberals step up

5/14/2012
Politico: What Europe means for the U.S. - Tech blink: Zuck hits Wall Street - West Wing must read: Gas prices keep easing - Talker: Soros and liberals step up - Coming tomorrow: financial reform event Wednesday from 9:00 AM 12:30 at the Economic Policy Institute in D.C.: “Presented By: Americans for Financial Reform, Center for Progressive Reform, Economic Policy Institute, and Public Citizen.

Observations from stakeholder tabling session at Dallas TPP Round

5/14/2012
Observations from stakeholder tabling session at Dallas TPP Round - Groups that work on intellectual property were behind roughly half of the tables at today’s tabling session at the TPP negotiations in Dallas. An incomplete list included... Public Citizen’s Access to Medicine Campaign...

Activists protest BofA ahead of shareholders meeting over fraudulent home foreclosures

5/14/2012
UprisingRadio.org: Activists protest BofA ahead of shareholders meeting over fraudulent home foreclosures - Public Citizen reports this would cover contributions to the American Legislative Exchange Council, to Super PACs during this election cycle, and to the procorporate, antitax US Chamber of Commerce.

Senate panel to examine overturning Citizens United ruling in July

5/14/2012
Senate panel to examine overturning Citizens United ruling in July - More than 200 local government resolutions calling for a constitutional amendment have passed nationwide and another 80 resolution efforts are under way, according to the group Public Citizen.

FTC advisory opinion affirms broad consumer rights under Holder Rule

5/14/2012
Lexology.com: FTC advisory opinion affirms broad consumer rights under Holder Rule - The National Consumer Law Center (NCLC), joined by Public Citizen... requested this opinion.

TPP - It's all about secrecy

5/14/2012
TPP - It's all about secrecy - As TPP negotiations got underway in Dallas USA on 8 May, American public advocacy group Public Citizen launched an animated video "TPP: The Ultimate Corporate Power Tool", a parody based on the classic Jackson 5 song “ABC”.

Rep. Owens to reimburse trip costs after questions arise over lobbyist involvement

5/14/2012
PostStar.com: Rep. Owens to reimburse trip costs after questions arise over lobbyist involvement - Legislation enacted in 2007 prohibited lobbyists and lobbying firms from organizing these trips, said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, the public interest lobbying organization that Ralph Nader formed in 1971.

Alonso Krangle LLP warns that NuvaRing side effects may include increased blood clot risk compared to birth control pills

5/14/2012
PRWeb: Alonso Krangle LLP warns that NuvaRing side effects may include increased blood clot risk compared to birth control pills - In February 2007, the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen petitioned the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to ban oral birth control pills that contain desogestrel, citing studies which indicated they could double the risk of blood clots compared to second generation oral contraceptives.

Report highlights Concepcion disaster notes Bay Area consumer protection lawyer

5/14/2012
Report highlights Concepcion disaster notes Bay Area consumer protection lawyer - According to a Public Citizen and National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA) report, since that landmark decision, the courts have stopped at least 76 potential class action lawsuits from going forward.

Is arbitration holding us back in our pursuit for fair finances

5/14/2012
ArbitrationBureau.net: Is arbitration holding us back in our pursuit for fair finances - A 2007 report by the group Public Citizen looking at arbitration cases in California found that over a four year period, arbitrators found in favor of credit card companies in a whopping 94 percent of the disputes handled by National Arbitration Forum.

Exposing ALEC: The Center for Media and Democracy goes after the right-wing powerhouse

5/14/2012
Exposing ALEC: The Center for Media and Democracy goes after the right-wing powerhouse - Mary Bottari, a longtime trade activist with Ralph Nader's Public Citizen organization, also joined the center in 2009. "I really wanted to work on the Dodd-Frank Wall Street financial reform bill, educating the public and finding ways of engaging the public," she says.

Secrecy needed in trade talks: USTR Kirk

5/14/2012
Reuters: Secrecy needed in trade talks: USTR Kirk - Critics such as consumer advocacy group Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch have called for a more open process because of their concern the pact could restrict Internet freedoms in order to fight digital piracy.

Lobbyists arranged N.Y. Congressman’s $20,000 trip to Taiwan

5/14/2012
Lobbyists arranged N.Y. Congressman’s $20,000 trip to Taiwan - "Lobbyists are not supposed to be associated with this trip in any way - they are not supposed to be organizing this or orchestrating it,” said Public Citizen’s Craig Holman, who helped draft the post-Abramoff reforms."

Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership

5/14/2012
The Nation: Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership - Our friends at the venerable advocacy group Public Citizen have been working overtime to expose the talks and educate the public on how the TPP will affect each of us.

First-of-its-kind "refrain from political spending" resolution to be voted on today at Bank of America shareholder meeting

5/14/2012
WarIsACrime.org: First-of-its-kind "refrain from political spending" resolution to be voted on today at Bank of America shareholder meeting - “By advising its shareholders against adopting the resolution to refrain from spending general treasury funds to influence elections, 3M’s board has aligned itself with the likes of Karl Rove and the Koch brothers, and against shareholder interests,” said Rick Claypool, a senior online organizer with Public Citizen, who attended the meeting.

ACTA-as-counterproposal at TPP negotations; News from Dallas

5/14/2012
ACTA-as-counterproposal at TPP negotations; News from Dallas - Side events were held throughout the week at Dallas, including side events by PhRMA, BIO, Public Citizen and Public Citizen hosted a lunch on IP and Innovation where a panel discussed the link between IP and Innovation, offering different views on the topic than those typically promoted by the IP-owning industries.

Wells Fargo is not your amigo

5/14/2012
Salon.com: Wells Fargo is not your amigo - Bartlett Naylor, financial policy advocate at Public Citizen, a D.C.based consumer advocacy group, is more skeptical. “I’d be highly suspect if these efforts were little more than window dressing.”

FDA advisers recommend approving Arena weight-loss drug

5/14/2012
FDA advisers recommend approving Arena weight-loss drug - Sidney Wolfe, director of the health research group at Public Citizen, a consumer group, says he plans "a very strong letter" to the FDA advising the agency not to approve this drug.

Disappointment and outrage: Advocates react to withdrawal of safety rules for child farmworkers

5/14/2012
ScienceBlogs: Disappointment and outrage: Advocates react to withdrawal of safety rules for child farmworkers - "Under-reporting is a huge problem," said Sammy Almashat, a researcher with Public Citizen's Health Research Group.

Update 1 - Interview - Some secrecy needed in trade talks - USTR Kirk

5/14/2012
Update 1 - Interview - Some secrecy needed in trade talks - USTR Kirk - * Public Citizen calling for draft text to be released

Child labor and agribusiness churn Washington’s food fight

5/14/2012
Huffington Post: Child labor and agribusiness churn Washington’s food fight - Sammy Almashat with Public Citizen's Health Research Group told In These Times: "Low wages in the agricultural sector certainly contribute to the need for children to work alongside their parents..." (also posted in Firedoglake)

Report highlights Concepcion disaster notes Bay Area consumer protection lawyer

5/14/2012
JusticeNewsFlash.com: Report highlights Concepcion disaster notes Bay Area consumer protection lawyer - According to a Public Citizen and National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA) report, since that landmark decision, the courts have stopped at least 76 potential class action lawsuits from going forward.

Landry’s self-promotion draws more scrutiny

5/14/2012
Landry’s self-promotion draws more scrutiny - In a May 14 article posted by the Beltway political newspaper Roll Call, Craig Holman of Public Citizen accuses Landry of abusing the franking privilege by spending more than $30,000 in taxpayer funds in the third quarter of 2011 to finance a series of radio ads in Lafayette and Lake Charles...

Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership

5/14/2012
Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership - Our friends at the venerable advocacy group Public Citizen have been working overtime to expose the talks and educate the public on how the TPP will affect each of us.

Conference kicks off with opening statement marathon - Today's transpo races to watch - Arguments heard in Spirit v. DOT - The last of MT's Mica moments

5/14/2012
Politico: Conference kicks off with opening statement marathon - Today's transpo races to watch - Arguments heard in Spirit v. DOT - The last of MT's Mica moments - The American Trucking Association, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety and Public Citizen wrote on Monday that the recorders improve safety and compliance with new hours of service rules.

SAFE Act necessary in wake of JP Morgan loss

5/14/2012
SAFE Act necessary in wake of JP Morgan loss - s - by Bartlett Naylor of Public Citizen

Concepcion a year later, are consumer class actions dead yet?

5/14/2012
Concepcion a year later, are consumer class actions dead yet? - The article cites a report from the consummer advocacy group, Public Citizen, which found 76 opinions relying on Concepcion as a reason to prevent class actions from “moving ahead.”

Pharma, device firms kill conflict of interest rule, win accelerated approval

5/14/2012
Pharma, device firms kill conflict of interest rule, win accelerated approval - “It allows smaller trials with surrogate markers which may or may not affect the ultimate outcome,” said Michael Carome, deputy director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, the nation’s leading drug safety group.

More FUD for the FDA

5/14/2012
Investor Village: More FUD for the FDA - Sidney Wolfe, director of the health research group at Public Citizen, a consumer group, says he plans "a very strong letter" to the FDA advising the agency not to approve this drug.

ACTA-as-counterproposal at TPP negotations; News from Dallas

5/14/2012
InfoJustice.org: ACTA-as-counterproposal at TPP negotations; News from Dallas - Side events were held throughout the week at Dallas, including side events by PhRMA, BIO, Public Citizen and Public Citizen hosted a lunch on IP and Innovation where a panel discussed the link between IP and Innovation, offering different views on the topic than those typically promoted by the IPowning industries.

Conference kicks off with opening statement marathon - Today's transpo races to watch - Arguments heard in Spirit v. DOT - The last of MT's Mica moments

5/14/2012
Conference kicks off with opening statement marathon - Today's transpo races to watch - Arguments heard in Spirit v. DOT - The last of MT's Mica moments - The American Trucking Association, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety and Public Citizen wrote on Monday that the recorders improve safety and compliance with new hours of service rules.

Observations from stakeholder tabling session at Dallas TPP Round

5/14/2012
InfoJustice.org: Observations from stakeholder tabling session at Dallas TPP Round - Groups that work on intellectual property were behind roughly half of the tables at today’s tabling session at the TPP negotiations in Dallas. An incomplete list included... Public Citizen’s Access to Medicine Campaign...

More and more people, cities and states support overturning Citizens United

5/14/2012
More and more people, cities and states support overturning Citizens United - Some new analysis of where that movement stands by Public Citizen and appearing at CommonDreams.org sums up it the progress made so far. It's definitely encouraging.

Is arbitration holding us back in our pursuit for fair finances

5/14/2012
Is arbitration holding us back in our pursuit for fair finances - A 2007 report by the group Public Citizen looking at arbitration cases in California found that over a four year period, arbitrators found in favor of credit card companies in a whopping 94 percent of the disputes handled by National Arbitration Forum.

Jeff Landry ads raise questions

5/14/2012
Jeff Landry ads raise questions - But government watchdog group Public Citizen said Landry’s hefty expenditure to publicize an event in a neighboring district gives “every appearance” of breaking the rules.

Smoked out: Old Bridge doctor ousted from medical marijuana program following license suspension

5/14/2012
NJ.com: Smoked out: Old Bridge doctor ousted from medical marijuana program following license suspension - Sidney Wolfe, director of the Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, an advocacy group known for tackling consumer and health issues, said common sense should show Kaul’s case needs more scrutiny.

Jeff Landry ads raise questions

5/14/2012
Roll Call: Jeff Landry ads raise questions - But government watchdog group Public Citizen said Landry’s hefty expenditure to publicize an event in a neighboring district gives “every appearance” of breaking the rules.

MN activists call on 3M to remove corporate funds from politics

5/14/2012
The Uptake: MN activists call on 3M to remove corporate funds from politics - 3M shareholders attending their annual meeting were met by a group of vocal activists from Public Citizen, Common Cause, Minnesotans for a Fair Economy, Take Action Minnesota and 99% Power.

What Europe means for the U.S. - Tech blink: Zuck hits Wall Street - West Wing must read: Gas prices keep easing - Talker: Soros and liberals step up

5/14/2012
What Europe means for the U.S. - Tech blink: Zuck hits Wall Street - West Wing must read: Gas prices keep easing - Talker: Soros and liberals step up - Coming tomorrow: financial reform event - Wednesday from 9:00 AM - 12:30 at the Economic Policy Institute in D.C.: “Presented By: Americans for Financial Reform, Center for Progressive Reform, Economic Policy Institute, and Public Citizen.

Email newsletter roundup: DPAD mail bag: “Taxmageddon”

5/14/2012
eOutreach Blog: Email newsletter roundup: DPAD mail bag: “Taxmageddon” - A matching campaign is also described in a note from Robert Weissman of Public Citizen, titled "In every corner of this country," which claims: “a group of longtime Public Citizen donors who know what we’re up against from the Chamber, to Karl Rove, to the Brothers Koch, to every enemy of progress has stepped forward with an extraordinary offer.

Report suggests Owens' trip to Taiwan violated House ethics rules (3rd update)

5/14/2012
Report suggests Owens' trip to Taiwan violated House ethics rules (3rd update) - Craig Holman of Public Citizen, a national consumer advocacy group that helped create House ethics reforms following the Abramoff scandal, told ProPublica that "lobbyists are not supposed to be associated with this trip in any way.

Email newsletter roundup: DPAD mail bag: “Taxmageddon”

5/14/2012
Email newsletter roundup: DPAD mail bag: “Taxmageddon” - A matching campaign is also described in a note from Robert Weissman of Public Citizen, titled "In every corner of this country," which claims: “a group of longtime Public Citizen donors who know what we’re up against - from the Chamber, to Karl Rove, to the Brothers Koch, to every enemy of progress - has stepped forward with an extraordinary offer.

What’s in a congressional junket? Plane travel, hotels and meals — all gratis

5/14/2012
What’s in a congressional junket? Plane travel, hotels and meals — all gratis - Craig Holman, the government affairs lobbyist for the group, Public Citizen, says lobbyists and lawmakers are now crawling through a gaping loophole in the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act that is allowing lawmakers once again to be feted to lavish traveling by lobbyists.

TPP - It's all about secrecy

5/14/2012
Tertiary Education Union: TPP - It's all about secrecy - As TPP negotiations got underway in Dallas USA on 8 May, American public advocacy group Public Citizen launched an animated video "TPP: The Ultimate Corporate Power Tool", a parody based on the classic Jackson 5 song “ABC”.

Lobbyists arranged N.Y. Congressman’s $20,000 trip to Taiwan

5/14/2012
ProPublica: Lobbyists arranged N.Y. Congressman’s $20,000 trip to Taiwan - "Lobbyists are not supposed to be associated with this trip in any way they are not supposed to be organizing this or orchestrating it,” said Public Citizen’s Craig Holman, who helped draft the postAbramoff reforms."

BCTV program will focus on the move to overturn ‘Citizens United’ political-contribution ruling

5/14/2012
BCTV program will focus on the move to overturn ‘Citizens United’ political-contribution ruling - A coalition of groups led by Public Citizen... have joined forces to lead a nationwide movement to pass resolutions in municipalities, cities, and states across the country.

Trade deal for Asia Pacific region could restrict medicine in poorer nations

5/14/2012
Free Speech Radio News: Trade deal for Asia Pacific region could restrict medicine in poorer nations - One of the issues critics are raising concerns about is a push to protect pharmaceutical companies’ interests in poorer countries which could threaten access to vital medicines. For more, we go to Public Citizen’s Peter Maybarduk.

Consumer power for China?

5/14/2012
Consumer power for China? - Nader’s NGO Public Citizen, founded in 1971, acted as an umbrella group for projects focused on issues from air pollution to corruption.

Treaty like it’s 1999

5/14/2012
Treaty like it’s 1999 - First, here’s Public Citizen’s TPP action page, on which they’re asking for some of the most egregious intellectual property provisions being discussed at the moment to be shown the light of day.

Secrecy needed in trade talks: USTR Kirk

5/14/2012
Secrecy needed in trade talks: USTR Kirk - Critics such as consumer advocacy group Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch have called for a more open process because of their concern the pact could restrict Internet freedoms in order to fight digital piracy.

Senate panel to examine overturning Citizens United ruling in July

5/14/2012
The Raw Story: Senate panel to examine overturning Citizens United ruling in July - More than 200 local government resolutions calling for a constitutional amendment have passed nationwide and another 80 resolution efforts are under way, according to the group Public Citizen.

The Wall Street backlash

5/9/2012
Salon.com: The Wall Street backlash - And the congressional newspaper The Hill reports, “Members of Congress pressuring regulators to go easy on the ‘Volcker Rule’ received roughly four times as much on average in contributions from the financial industry than lawmakers pushing for a stronger rule since the 2010 election cycle, according to Public Citizen, a leftleaning group advocating for strict implementation..."

Texas regulators give approval to bury nuke waste

5/9/2012
Texas regulators give approval to bury nuke waste - by Tom "Smitty" Smith of Public Citizen

Make trade work for all Texans

5/9/2012
Make trade work for all Texans - Lori Wallach of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch has argued that the TPP is not just a traditional trade treaty, but a delivery vehicle for non-trade policies that can't be debated in public.

A "continental carbon bomb:" TransCanada moves to steamroll application for controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

5/9/2012
Straight Goods News: A "continental carbon bomb:" TransCanada moves to steamroll application for controversial Keystone XL pipeline. - Friends of the Earth and Public Citizen Texas broke the news yesterday that TransCanada has furtively moved forward with its permit applications to the Army Corps of Engineers for the southern leg of the Keystone XL, from Cushing, OK through Texas to the Gulf Coast amid objections from EPA Region 6.

Public Citizen & the 99%: TPP = corporate power tool of the 1%

5/9/2012
Public Citizen & the 99%: TPP = corporate power tool of the 1% - TPP video

Groups press for Senate hearings on News Corp. scandal

5/9/2012
Groups press for Senate hearings on News Corp. scandal - CREDO Action, the West Virginia Citizen Action Group, and Public Citizen sent letters to Rockefeller and House Commerce Committee chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) asking for hearings into the News Corp. phone hacking scandal, which has been the subject of a long-running investigation in the United Kingdom.

Texas regulators give approval to bury nuke waste

5/9/2012
Nuke Free Texas: Texas regulators give approval to bury nuke waste - by Tom "Smitty" Smith of Public Citizen

Hungry for change – Part 1

5/9/2012
Hungry for change – Part 1 - Ultimately, Big Bucks, Big Pharma challenges us to ask important questions about the consequences of relying on a for-profit industry for our health and well-being. Featuring interviews with... Dr. Larry Sasich (Public Citizen Health Research Group).

Shareholder activists target corporate political spending

5/9/2012
Shareholder activists target corporate political spending - by Lisa Gilbert of Public Citizen

CREW and others renew call for Congress to investigate Murdoch's FCC licenses

5/9/2012
Common Dreams: CREW and others renew call for Congress to investigate Murdoch's FCC licenses - With Congress back in session, today Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) along with... Public Citizen... sent a letter to the House and Senate Commerce Committees requesting hearings to determine whether Rupert and James Murdoch are of the requisite character to allow News Corp. to retain its 27 Fox broadcast licenses in the United States.

Campaign finance conference takes “cross-partisan” approach

5/9/2012
D.C. Mic Check: Campaign finance conference takes “cross-partisan” approach - Panelist Rob Weissman of Public Citizen described the effect of Citizens United as “a tidal wave of money from special interests.”

Derail the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Watch an interesting video on TPP

5/9/2012
Derail the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Watch an interesting video on TPP - It’s time to unlock the secrets. Watch the video by Public Citizen here...

Californians call for a constitutional amendment to get corporate money out of politics

5/9/2012
Californians call for a constitutional amendment to get corporate money out of politics - by Mary Zhu of Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People campaign

We need to undo the damage of Citizens United

5/9/2012
Associated Press: We need to undo the damage of Citizens United - Currently no laws exist restricting political spending by corporations, but concerned groups like Public Citizen are working to change that and protect our democracy.

Big Pharma’s corporate election spending is paying off–and getting ready to hurt you, America!

5/9/2012
Eslkevin's Blog: Big Pharma’s corporate election spending is paying off–and getting ready to hurt you, America! - by Rick Claypool of Public Citizen

Big Pharma’s corporate election spending is paying off–and getting ready to hurt you, America!

5/9/2012
Big Pharma’s corporate election spending is paying off–and getting ready to hurt you, America! - by Rick Claypool of Public Citizen

Medical malpractice claims hold steady across Pennsylvania

5/9/2012
Medical malpractice claims hold steady across Pennsylvania - "In general, the numbers are way down across the nation," said Taylor Lincoln, research director for Public Citizen's Congress Watch.

Medical malpractice claims hold steady across Pennsylvania

5/9/2012
Public Opinion Online: Medical malpractice claims hold steady across Pennsylvania - "In general, the numbers are way down across the nation," said Taylor Lincoln, research director for Public Citizen's Congress Watch.

Banks versus America, eyes turn to corporate responsibility

5/9/2012
OccuWorld.org: Banks versus America, eyes turn to corporate responsibility - Lisa Gilbert, Deputy Director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch Division, believes the meeting has a potentially large impact on corporation’s political spending.

Campaign finance conference takes “cross-partisan” approach

5/9/2012
Campaign finance conference takes “cross-partisan” approach - Panelist Rob Weissman of Public Citizen described the effect of Citizens United as “a tidal wave of money from special interests.”

We need to undo the damage of Citizens United

5/9/2012
We need to undo the damage of Citizens United - Currently no laws exist restricting political spending by corporations, but concerned groups like Public Citizen are working to change that and protect our democracy.

TPP: What you don't know will hurt you (video)

5/9/2012
Huffington Post: TPP: What you don't know will hurt you (video) - by Lori Wallach of Public Citizen TPP video

Supreme Court ruling leads to local meeting

5/9/2012
Associated Press: Supreme Court ruling leads to local meeting - Speakers at Thursday's forum will include John Bonifaz, of Free Speech for People; Pam Wilmot, of Common Cause Massachusetts; and Mark Hays, of Public Citizen.

Banks versus America, eyes turn to corporate responsibility

5/9/2012
Banks versus America, eyes turn to corporate responsibility - Lisa Gilbert, Deputy Director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch Division, believes the meeting has a potentially large impact on corporation’s political spending.

Wall Street sues for pre-crisis rules, CFTC’s Chilton says

5/9/2012
Wall Street sues for pre-crisis rules, CFTC’s Chilton says - Americans for Financial Reform, a coalition that includes the AFL-CIO and other labor unions, is joined in sponsoring today’s event by Public Citizen...

TPP exposed: a video to raise awareness about the agreement's secretive negotiations

5/9/2012
Electronic Frontier Foundation: TPP exposed: a video to raise awareness about the agreement's secretive negotiations - Public Citizen has released this parodic video help raise public awareness about the TPP and to demand transparency in its negotiation process.

Minnesotans target big banks in 99% Week of Action

5/9/2012
Workday Minnesota: Minnesotans target big banks in 99% Week of Action - 9 a.m.Groups including Common Cause, Public Citizen and Minnesotans for a Fair Economy will rally to ask shareholders attending the 3M shareholders meeting to “Get corporate money out of our democracy!”

A "continental carbon bomb:" TransCanada moves to steamroll application for controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

5/9/2012
A "continental carbon bomb:" TransCanada moves to steamroll application for controversial Keystone XL pipeline. - Friends of the Earth and Public Citizen Texas broke the news yesterday that TransCanada has furtively moved forward with its permit applications to the Army Corps of Engineers for the southern leg of the Keystone XL, from Cushing, OK through Texas to the Gulf Coast amid objections from EPA Region 6.

Public Citizen & the 99%: TPP = corporate power tool of the 1%

5/9/2012
Ten Thousand Things: Public Citizen & the 99%: TPP = corporate power tool of the 1% - TPP video

Shareholder activists target corporate political spending

5/9/2012
AlterNet: Shareholder activists target corporate political spending - by Lisa Gilbert of Public Citizen

Secrecy blankets trade talks

5/9/2012
Secrecy blankets trade talks - While US global health policy has seen significant strengthening over the past five years, passage of the TPP "would start rolling this back", said Peter Maybarduk, director of the Access to Medicines Program at Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group here.

Consumer group calls for antidiabetes drug to be withdrawn

5/9/2012
BMJ: Consumer group calls for antidiabetes drug to be withdrawn - Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, a nonprofit consumer advocacy organisation based in Washington, DC, said that liraglutide (marketed as Victoza by Novo Nordisk)—a glucagonlike peptide1 (GLP1) analogue drug used as a once daily injection for type 2 diabetes—is associated with higher than expected rates of pancreatitis, thyroid cancer, and kidney failure.

Make trade work for all Texans

5/9/2012
Caller.com: Make trade work for all Texans - Lori Wallach of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch has argued that the TPP is not just a traditional trade treaty, but a delivery vehicle for nontrade policies that can't be debated in public.

Consumer group calls for antidiabetes drug to be withdrawn

5/9/2012
Consumer group calls for antidiabetes drug to be withdrawn - Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, a non-profit consumer advocacy organisation based in Washington, DC, said that liraglutide (marketed as Victoza by Novo Nordisk)—a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) analogue drug used as a once daily injection for type 2 diabetes—is associated with higher than expected rates of pancreatitis, thyroid cancer, and kidney failure.

Groups press for Senate hearings on News Corp. scandal

5/9/2012
The Hill: Groups press for Senate hearings on News Corp. scandal - CREDO Action, the West Virginia Citizen Action Group, and Public Citizen sent letters to Rockefeller and House Commerce Committee chairman Fred Upton (RMich.) asking for hearings into the News Corp. phone hacking scandal, which has been the subject of a longrunning investigation in the United Kingdom.

Trade alert! Is another job-killing trade agreement heading our way?

5/9/2012
Campaign for America's Future: Trade alert! Is another job-killing trade agreement heading our way? - Actions you can take - Public Citizen petition: Derail the Trans-Pacific Partnership - No backroom deals for the 1%

Here is a wonderful new partnership for you courtesy of our corporate overlords.

5/9/2012
Here is a wonderful new partnership for you courtesy of our corporate overlords. - Here is todays email from Public Citizen...

Derail the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Watch an interesting video on TPP

5/9/2012
Don't Trade Our Lives Away: Derail the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Watch an interesting video on TPP - It’s time to unlock the secrets. Watch the video by Public Citizen here...

Secrecy blankets trade talks

5/9/2012
Bilaterals.org: Secrecy blankets trade talks - While US global health policy has seen significant strengthening over the past five years, passage of the TPP "would start rolling this back", said Peter Maybarduk, director of the Access to Medicines Program at Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group here.

TPP exposed: a video to raise awareness about the agreement’s secretive negotiations

5/9/2012
TPP exposed: a video to raise awareness about the agreement’s secretive negotiations - Public Citizen has released this parodic video to help raise public awareness about the TPP and to demand transparency in its negotiation process.

Here is a wonderful new partnership for you courtesy of our corporate overlords.

5/9/2012
Democratic Underground: Here is a wonderful new partnership for you courtesy of our corporate overlords. - Here is todays email from Public Citizen...

Wall Street sues for pre-crisis rules, CFTC’s Chilton says

5/9/2012
Bloomberg: Wall Street sues for pre-crisis rules, CFTC’s Chilton says - Americans for Financial Reform, a coalition that includes the AFLCIO and other labor unions, is joined in sponsoring today’s event by Public Citizen...

The Wall Street backlash

5/9/2012
The Wall Street backlash - And the congressional newspaper The Hill reports, “Members of Congress pressuring regulators to go easy on the ‘Volcker Rule’ received roughly four times as much on average in contributions from the financial industry than lawmakers pushing for a stronger rule since the 2010 election cycle, according to Public Citizen, a left-leaning group advocating for strict implementation..."

TPP exposed: a video to raise awareness about the agreement’s secretive negotiations

5/9/2012
Fangaroo: TPP exposed: a video to raise awareness about the agreement’s secretive negotiations - Public Citizen has released this parodic video to help raise public awareness about the TPP and to demand transparency in its negotiation process.

TPP exposed: a video to raise awareness about the agreement's secretive negotiations

5/9/2012
TPP exposed: a video to raise awareness about the agreement's secretive negotiations - Public Citizen has released this parodic video help raise public awareness about the TPP and to demand transparency in its negotiation process.

Trade alert! Is another job-killing trade agreement heading our way?

5/9/2012
Trade alert! Is another job-killing trade agreement heading our way? - Actions you can take - Public Citizen petition: Derail the Trans-Pacific Partnership - No backroom deals for the 1%

Californians call for a constitutional amendment to get corporate money out of politics

5/9/2012
HighlandNews.net: Californians call for a constitutional amendment to get corporate money out of politics - by Mary Zhu of Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People campaign

Minnesotans target big banks in 99% Week of Action

5/9/2012
Minnesotans target big banks in 99% Week of Action - 9 a.m.Groups including Common Cause, Public Citizen and Minnesotans for a Fair Economy will rally to ask shareholders attending the 3M shareholders meeting to “Get corporate money out of our democracy!”

CREW and others renew call for Congress to investigate Murdoch's FCC licenses

5/9/2012
CREW and others renew call for Congress to investigate Murdoch's FCC licenses - With Congress back in session, today Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) along with... Public Citizen... sent a letter to the House and Senate Commerce Committees requesting hearings to determine whether Rupert and James Murdoch are of the requisite character to allow News Corp. to retain its 27 Fox broadcast licenses in the United States.

Hungry for change – Part 1

5/9/2012
Beauty Shop Blog: Hungry for change – Part 1 - Ultimately, Big Bucks, Big Pharma challenges us to ask important questions about the consequences of relying on a forprofit industry for our health and wellbeing. Featuring interviews with... Dr. Larry Sasich (Public Citizen Health Research Group).

TPP: What you don't know will hurt you (video)

5/9/2012
TPP: What you don't know will hurt you (video) - by Lori Wallach of Public Citizen - TPP video

Supreme Court ruling leads to local meeting

5/9/2012
Supreme Court ruling leads to local meeting - Speakers at Thursday's forum will include John Bonifaz, of Free Speech for People; Pam Wilmot, of Common Cause Massachusetts; and Mark Hays, of Public Citizen.

3M shareholders protest corporate political spending

5/8/2012
3M shareholders protest corporate political spending - While those in the meeting are voting, outside a coalition of advocacy groups including Minnesota Common Cause, Public Citizen, and Take Action Minnesota called for a rally and briefing about 3M’s political spending policies.

5/8/2012 Industry and safety groups press for recorder mandate

5/8/2012
TruckingInfo: 5/8/2012 Industry and safety groups press for recorder mandate - The May 7 letter was signed by Bill Graves, president and CEO of American Trucking Associations, Jacqueline Gillan, president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Joan Claybrook, president emeritus of Public Citizen, and LaMont Byrd, director of safety and health for the Teamsters union.

Consumer Bureau seeks to address concern over abitration clauses in financial fontracts

5/8/2012
Consumer Bureau seeks to address concern over abitration clauses in financial fontracts - Public Citizen, a consumer advocate group, published a report in 2007 that shows such arbitration clauses in contracts held by California consumers tilt the scales in favor of financial institutions more than 90 percent of the time.

Agile presents Phase III trial on new birth control patch

5/8/2012
Agile presents Phase III trial on new birth control patch - In 2008 the nonprofit consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen (Washington) told the FDA in a petition that Ortho Evra exposes women to "dangerous levels" of the hormone estrogen, posing a possible two-fold increase in the risk of blood clots, and should be removed from the market.

Lobbyists fly pols through loopholes

5/8/2012
New York Post: Lobbyists fly pols through loopholes - “It’s a major concern,” said Craig Holman, of the Public Citizen government watchdog group, which pushed for the ban.

TransCanada secretly moves forward with permits for Keystone XL southern segment amid EPA Region 6's previous objections

5/8/2012
TransCanada secretly moves forward with permits for Keystone XL southern segment amid EPA Region 6's previous objections - Friends of the Earth and Public Citizen Texas broke the news yesterday that TransCanada has furtively moved forward with its permit applications to the Army Corps of Engineers for the southern leg of the Keystone XL, from Cushing, OK through Texas to the Gulf Coast amid objections from EPA Region 6.

Next round of Pacific trade talks pact to be lengthy, secretive

5/8/2012
Next round of Pacific trade talks pact to be lengthy, secretive - While US global health policy has seen significant strengthening over the past five years, passage of the TPP “would start rolling this back,” warned Peter Maybarduk, director of the Access to Medicines Program at Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group here.

Consumer arbitration merits scrutiny

5/8/2012
Star-Telegram: Consumer arbitration merits scrutiny - Since then, at least 76 potential classaction cases were quashed by judges citing the Supreme Court ruling, according to a report released last week by Public Citizen, a Washingtonbased advocacy group. Read more here: #storylink=cpy

Bank of America targeted by protesters and investors as SEC weighs political spending rule

5/8/2012
Huffington Post: Bank of America targeted by protesters and investors as SEC weighs political spending rule - Consumer watchdog Public Citizen and a host of activist groups are planning protests around several major shareholder meetings in the coming months, but the Bank of America meeting Wednesday will be among the most prominent.

Top ten reasons to end the Export-Import Bank

5/8/2012
Top ten reasons to end the Export-Import Bank - Such travel should be banned because the money may influence the bank’s decisions on billions of dollars in financing, said Craig Holman, a legislative representative at Public Citizen, an advocacy group based in Washington.”

USTR and State complete three-year review and unveil 2012 model BIT

5/8/2012
Bilaterals.org: USTR and State complete three-year review and unveil 2012 model BIT - Traditional opponents to U.S. investment policy such as Public Citizen decried the 2012 Model BIT, criticizing the Obama Administration for failing to include strong enough labor and environment protections and for preserving the ability of US and foreign businesses to initiate “investorstate” arbitrations.

Lieberman, Cantor defend Capitol Hill’s inside traders

5/8/2012
Salon.com: Lieberman, Cantor defend Capitol Hill’s inside traders - According to Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, a transparency advocacy group that lobbied for the House version of the STOCK Act, the two groups were especially concerned about the regulation of the political intelligence industry.

For high-tech lifesavers, an urgent push in Congress

5/8/2012
For high-tech lifesavers, an urgent push in Congress - "Relaxing review standards for medical devices, as proposed in recently introduced bills, would be exactly the wrong course of action, further weakening an inadequate system," the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen wrote in a recent report. Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/2012/05/04/3925745/for-high-tech-lifesavers-an-...

The risks of cholesterol drugs vary as widely as the choices

5/8/2012
News Forum For Lawyers: The risks of cholesterol drugs vary as widely as the choices - Crestor has been listed by Public Citizen as a “DO NOT USE” drug because, like Lipitor and Lescor, it has not demonstrated a significant health benefit in terms of lowering cholesterol and minimizing the risk of heart attack or stroke.

Next round of Pacific trade talks pact to be lengthy, secretive

5/8/2012
Jakarta Globe: Next round of Pacific trade talks pact to be lengthy, secretive - While US global health policy has seen significant strengthening over the past five years, passage of the TPP “would start rolling this back,” warned Peter Maybarduk, director of the Access to Medicines Program at Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group here.

Progressive groups vent on executive order

5/8/2012
TheCRE.com: Progressive groups vent on executive order - The Center for Progressive Reform (CPR), the Union of Concerned Scientists, OMB Watch and Public Citizen have all issued statements that are critical or at least highly skeptical of the White House executive order issued Tuesday.

Bank of America targeted by protesters and investors as SEC weighs political spending rule

5/8/2012
Bank of America targeted by protesters and investors as SEC weighs political spending rule - Consumer watchdog Public Citizen and a host of activist groups are planning protests around several major shareholder meetings in the coming months, but the Bank of America meeting Wednesday will be among the most prominent.

Little light but lots of heat in the fracas over fracking

5/8/2012
The Cutting Edge: Little light but lots of heat in the fracas over fracking - Two months later, in early December, responding to what it called a “citizens’ complaint” against Range Resources Armendariz sent what appeared to be a gleeful and thoroughly partisan email to virulently antishale gas blogger Sharon Wilson (known as Texas Sharon), Tom “Smitty” Smith of Public Citizen and other activists.

What’s the deal with generic crash parts?

5/8/2012
OyerInsurance.com: What’s the deal with generic crash parts? - Not long after the State Farm verdict, Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group founded by Ralph Nader, condemned the ruling: with no basis in fact, the courts had created a virtual monopoly for OEMs in crash parts.

For high-tech lifesavers, an urgent push in Congress

5/8/2012
StarTribune.com: For high-tech lifesavers, an urgent push in Congress - "Relaxing review standards for medical devices, as proposed in recently introduced bills, would be exactly the wrong course of action, further weakening an inadequate system," the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen wrote in a recent report. Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/2012/05/04/3925745/forhightechlifesaversanurgen...

Consumer arbitration merits scrutiny

5/8/2012
Consumer arbitration merits scrutiny - Since then, at least 76 potential class-action cases were quashed by judges citing the Supreme Court ruling, according to a report released last week by Public Citizen, a Washington-based advocacy group. Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/05/05/3937523/consumer-arbitration-mer...

Florida plastic surgeon hopes to unmask online critic in Virginia courts

5/8/2012
Fairfax News: Florida plastic surgeon hopes to unmask online critic in Virginia courts - An Orlando, Fla., plastic surgeon should not be able to unmask an anonymous online critic because doing so would stifle free speech, Public Citizen said in a motion filed today.

3M shareholders protest corporate political spending

5/8/2012
Law.com: 3M shareholders protest corporate political spending - While those in the meeting are voting, outside a coalition of advocacy groups including Minnesota Common Cause, Public Citizen, and Take Action Minnesota called for a rally and briefing about 3M’s political spending policies.

TransCanada secretly moves forward with permits for Keystone XL southern segment amid EPA Region 6's previous objections

5/8/2012
YubaNet.com: TransCanada secretly moves forward with permits for Keystone XL southern segment amid EPA Region 6's previous objections - Friends of the Earth and Public Citizen Texas broke the news yesterday that TransCanada has furtively moved forward with its permit applications to the Army Corps of Engineers for the southern leg of the Keystone XL, from Cushing, OK through Texas to the Gulf Coast amid objections from EPA Region 6.

Debate over continued incentives for energy companies

5/8/2012
Debate over continued incentives for energy companies - An annual report titled "Green Scissors: Cutting Wasteful and Environmentally Harmful Spending" is co-sponsored by environmental group Friends of the Earth and conservative group the Heartland Institute, along with Public Citizen and Taxpayers for Common Sense.

Consumer groups concerned about security since 2010

5/8/2012
Naperville Smart Meter Awareness: Consumer groups concerned about security since 2010 - Five consumer groups issued a 28page report August 2010 detailing their objections to current trends in smart grid policy and development: ... Public Citizen...

Opposition to EPA unites GOP hopefuls for Railroad Commission

5/8/2012
Statesman.com: Opposition to EPA unites GOP hopefuls for Railroad Commission - "Because of the fracking boom, this is going to be a critical race," said Tom "Smitty" Smith, the Texas head of the environmental watchdog Public Citizen.

Agile presents Phase III trial on new birth control patch

5/8/2012
Medical Device Daily: Agile presents Phase III trial on new birth control patch - In 2008 the nonprofit consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen (Washington) told the FDA in a petition that Ortho Evra exposes women to "dangerous levels" of the hormone estrogen, posing a possible twofold increase in the risk of blood clots, and should be removed from the market.

Opposition to EPA unites GOP hopefuls for Railroad Commission

5/8/2012
Opposition to EPA unites GOP hopefuls for Railroad Commission - "Because of the fracking boom, this is going to be a critical race," said Tom "Smitty" Smith, the Texas head of the environmental watchdog Public Citizen.

Small towns, big ethics problem

5/8/2012
Cape Cod Times: Small towns, big ethics problem - "... What's going on here is that New England tends to enforce its laws," said Craig Holman, a government ethics scholar with the citizens' advocacy group Public Citizen in Washington, D.C.

Top ten reasons to end the Export-Import Bank

5/8/2012
Red State: Top ten reasons to end the Export-Import Bank - Such travel should be banned because the money may influence the bank’s decisions on billions of dollars in financing, said Craig Holman, a legislative representative at Public Citizen, an advocacy group based in Washington.”

The risks of cholesterol drugs vary as widely as the choices

5/8/2012
The risks of cholesterol drugs vary as widely as the choices - Crestor has been listed by Public Citizen as a “DO NOT USE” drug because, like Lipitor and Lescor, it has not demonstrated a significant health benefit in terms of lowering cholesterol and minimizing the risk of heart attack or stroke.

Small towns, big ethics problem

5/8/2012
Small towns, big ethics problem - "... What's going on here is that New England tends to enforce its laws," said Craig Holman, a government ethics scholar with the citizens' advocacy group Public Citizen in Washington, D.C.

Consumer Bureau seeks to address concern over abitration clauses in financial fontracts

5/8/2012
Zimbio: Consumer Bureau seeks to address concern over abitration clauses in financial fontracts - Public Citizen, a consumer advocate group, published a report in 2007 that shows such arbitration clauses in contracts held by California consumers tilt the scales in favor of financial institutions more than 90 percent of the time.

Progressive groups vent on executive order

5/8/2012
Progressive groups vent on executive order - The Center for Progressive Reform (CPR), the Union of Concerned Scientists, OMB Watch and Public Citizen have all issued statements that are critical or at least highly skeptical of the White House executive order issued Tuesday.

Lieberman, Cantor defend Capitol Hill’s inside traders

5/8/2012
Lieberman, Cantor defend Capitol Hill’s inside traders - According to Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, a transparency advocacy group that lobbied for the House version of the STOCK Act, the two groups were especially concerned about the regulation of the political intelligence industry.

Lobbyists fly pols through loopholes

5/8/2012
Lobbyists fly pols through loopholes - “It’s a major concern,” said Craig Holman, of the Public Citizen government watchdog group, which pushed for the ban.

CEOs get served by shareholders sick of political spending

5/8/2012
Huffington Post: CEOs get served by shareholders sick of political spending - By Lisa Gilbert of Public Citizen

What’s the deal with generic crash parts?

5/8/2012
What’s the deal with generic crash parts? - Not long after the State Farm verdict, Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group founded by Ralph Nader, condemned the ruling: with no basis in fact, the courts had created a virtual monopoly for OEMs in crash parts.

USTR and State complete three-year review and unveil 2012 model BIT

5/8/2012
USTR and State complete three-year review and unveil 2012 model BIT - Traditional opponents to U.S. investment policy such as Public Citizen decried the 2012 Model BIT, criticizing the Obama Administration for failing to include strong enough labor and environment protections and for preserving the ability of US and foreign businesses to initiate “investor-state” arbitrations.

Bill de Blasio joins major shareholders to demand that 3M address problems with political spending

5/8/2012
Yahoo! Finance: Bill de Blasio joins major shareholders to demand that 3M address problems with political spending - Common Cause and Public Citizen – members of the Corporate Reform Coalition and 99 power movement, which is engaging corporate leadership on a host of reform issues during the “shareholder spring”, are planning a rally outside the shareholder meeting to support reform of political spending practices.

Consumer groups concerned about security since 2010

5/8/2012
Consumer groups concerned about security since 2010 - Five consumer groups issued a 28-page report August 2010 detailing their objections to current trends in smart grid policy and development: ... Public Citizen...

Little light but lots of heat in the fracas over fracking

5/8/2012
Little light but lots of heat in the fracas over fracking - Two months later, in early December, responding to what it called a “citizens’ complaint” against Range Resources Armendariz sent what appeared to be a gleeful and thoroughly partisan email to virulently anti-shale gas blogger Sharon Wilson (known as Texas Sharon), Tom “Smitty” Smith of Public Citizen and other activists.

ACLU: Surgeon should not be able to unmask critics

5/8/2012
Augusta Free Press: ACLU: Surgeon should not be able to unmask critics - Filed by Public Citizen and the ACLU of Virginia, the motion claims that a subpoena to compel internet provider Comcast to release the name of an online commenter should be quashed.

The morning grind hour 1 - May 8, 2012

5/8/2012
The morning grind hour 1 - May 8, 2012 - Jack also interviews Lisa Gilbert from Public Citizen to discuss how everyday people can balance out the influence of excessive corporate money. (recording)

Bill de Blasio joins major shareholders to demand that 3M address problems with political spending

5/8/2012
Bill de Blasio joins major shareholders to demand that 3M address problems with political spending - Common Cause and Public Citizen – members of the Corporate Reform Coalition and 99 power movement, which is engaging corporate leadership on a host of reform issues during the “shareholder spring”, are planning a rally outside the shareholder meeting to support reform of political spending practices.

The morning grind hour 1 - May 8, 2012

5/8/2012
AM950 Radio KTNF: The morning grind hour 1 - May 8, 2012 - Jack also interviews Lisa Gilbert from Public Citizen to discuss how everyday people can balance out the influence of excessive corporate money. (recording)

Florida plastic surgeon hopes to unmask online critic in Virginia courts

5/8/2012
Florida plastic surgeon hopes to unmask online critic in Virginia courts - An Orlando, Fla., plastic surgeon should not be able to unmask an anonymous online critic because doing so would stifle free speech, Public Citizen said in a motion filed today.

As super PAC money flows, an effort to divert cash to charity

5/8/2012
As super PAC money flows, an effort to divert cash to charity - Several advocacy groups often critical of the campaign finance system, such as Public Citizen and Campaign Legal Center, recently urged [PDF] the Federal Election Commission to approve the proposal.

As super PAC money flows, an effort to divert cash to charity

5/8/2012
California Watch: As super PAC money flows, an effort to divert cash to charity - Several advocacy groups often critical of the campaign finance system, such as Public Citizen and Campaign Legal Center, recently urged [PDF] the Federal Election Commission to approve the proposal.

ACLU: Surgeon should not be able to unmask critics

5/8/2012
ACLU: Surgeon should not be able to unmask critics - Filed by Public Citizen and the ACLU of Virginia, the motion claims that a subpoena to compel internet provider Comcast to release the name of an online commenter should be quashed.

5/8/2012 Industry and safety groups press for recorder mandate

5/8/2012
5/8/2012 Industry and safety groups press for recorder mandate - The May 7 letter was signed by Bill Graves, president and CEO of American Trucking Associations, Jacqueline Gillan, president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Joan Claybrook, president emeritus of Public Citizen, and LaMont Byrd, director of safety and health for the Teamsters union.

Debate over continued incentives for energy companies

5/8/2012
AZCentral: Debate over continued incentives for energy companies - An annual report titled "Green Scissors: Cutting Wasteful and Environmentally Harmful Spending" is cosponsored by environmental group Friends of the Earth and conservative group the Heartland Institute, along with Public Citizen and Taxpayers for Common Sense.

CEOs get served by shareholders sick of political spending

5/8/2012
CEOs get served by shareholders sick of political spending - By Lisa Gilbert of Public Citizen

Wall Street's legal magic ends an American right

5/4/2012
Wall Street's legal magic ends an American right - Christine Hines, the consumer and civil-justice counsel in Public Citizen's Congress Watch unit, says groups such as hers would simply have no material to work with if bad products and practices were all relegated to private justice.

Mitt Romney ready to Bork America

5/4/2012
Sun Sentinel: Mitt Romney ready to Bork America - You better be rich and powerful, according to an analysis of his record as a judge on the D.C. U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by the Public Citizen Litigation Group.

The 'crucify them' presidency

5/4/2012
The 'crucify them' presidency - As it happens, "Channel 8" had the news before an aide for Mr. Armendariz had bothered to notify the state. One of Mr. Armendariz's email buddies (who included members of the Environmental Defense Fund and Public Citizen) wrote back: "Yee haw! Hats off to the new Sheriff and his deputies!"

For Novo Nordisk, buzz was a mixed blessing

5/4/2012
Pharmalot: For Novo Nordisk, buzz was a mixed blessing - Public Citizen, the consumer watchdog, last month filed a petition asking the FDA to withdraw the Victoza diabetes med sold by Novo due to increased risks that patients may developed pancreatitis, serious allergic reactions and kidney failure.

The law shrouding details of Congressional trips abroad

5/4/2012
The law shrouding details of Congressional trips abroad - “Official travel and travel sponsored by foreign governments, while not as troubling as lobbyist-sponsored travel, certainly should be subject to full transparency,” says Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist at the watchdog group Public Citizen who helped draft the 2007 law tightening privately funded travel rules.

The 'crucify them' presidency

5/4/2012
Investor Village: The 'crucify them' presidency - As it happens, "Channel 8" had the news before an aide for Mr. Armendariz had bothered to notify the state. One of Mr. Armendariz's email buddies (who included members of the Environmental Defense Fund and Public Citizen) wrote back: "Yee haw! Hats off to the new Sheriff and his deputies!"

Letters to the editor: overturn decision

5/4/2012
Letters to the editor: overturn decision - "A year after the Supreme Court's abominable Citizens United decision, we have overwhelming evidence of the damage done to our democracy — and clear signals of worse threats to come," said the president of Public Citizen, a content adviser on the movie.

Seaway pipeline enhances U.S. energy security

5/4/2012
Dallas Morning News: Seaway pipeline enhances U.S. energy security - While there are certainly factors that can lead to the harm of any oil pipeline (thirdparty damage, for example), Smith and Lovell, who are with the group Public Citizen, would want readers to believe that pipelines transporting oil sourced from the Canadian Oil Sands are at more risk because of an unsubstantiated claim that Canadian heavy oil is more likely to corrode the interior of pipe walls.

Jenzabar v. Long Bow: Oral argument focuses on initial interest confusion and search engine results

5/4/2012
Citizen Media Law Project: Jenzabar v. Long Bow: Oral argument focuses on initial interest confusion and search engine results - Joshua M. Dalton from Bingham McCutchen argued on behalf of Jenzabar, and Paul Alan Levy of Public Citizen argued for Long Bow.

The law shrouding details of Congressional trips abroad

5/4/2012
Mediapart: The law shrouding details of Congressional trips abroad - “Official travel and travel sponsored by foreign governments, while not as troubling as lobbyistsponsored travel, certainly should be subject to full transparency,” says Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist at the watchdog group Public Citizen who helped draft the 2007 law tightening privately funded travel rules.

Abbott, Kaletra pricing and AIDS in Colombia

5/4/2012
Pharmalot: Abbott, Kaletra pricing and AIDS in Colombia - At that point, the drugmaker complied with the government mandate, which involved lowering the price for Kaletra by up to 68 percent, according to Public Citizen, the consumer watchdog group.

White House moves to align US, foreign regulations

5/4/2012
White House moves to align US, foreign regulations - "Whether you call it harmonization, deregulation or international regulatory coherence, this controversial agenda of using 'trade' pacts to set a ceiling on health, safety, financial and environmental standards stalled out in the WTO Doha Round of trade talks, and now is being resisted in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. This recent executive order appears to be the latest effort to introduce by stealth what has been rightly rejected elsewhere," Lori Wallach of Public Citizen said Tuesday.

For Novo Nordisk, buzz was a mixed blessing

5/4/2012
For Novo Nordisk, buzz was a mixed blessing - Public Citizen, the consumer watchdog, last month filed a petition asking the FDA to withdraw the Victoza diabetes med sold by Novo due to increased risks that patients may developed pancreatitis, serious allergic reactions and kidney failure.

Abbott, Kaletra pricing and AIDS in Colombia

5/4/2012
Abbott, Kaletra pricing and AIDS in Colombia - At that point, the drugmaker complied with the government mandate, which involved lowering the price for Kaletra by up to 68 percent, according to Public Citizen, the consumer watchdog group.

Child farm labor safety proposal withdrawn; no plans to revisit rule if Obama reelected

5/4/2012
Child farm labor safety proposal withdrawn; no plans to revisit rule if Obama reelected - Sammy Almashat, a researcher with Public Citizen's Health Research Group, said in an April 27 written statement the Obama administration continually sought to undercut the measure.

Child farm labor safety proposal withdrawn; no plans to revisit rule if Obama reelected

5/4/2012
Bloomberg: Child farm labor safety proposal withdrawn; no plans to revisit rule if Obama reelected - Sammy Almashat, a researcher with Public Citizen's Health Research Group, said in an April 27 written statement the Obama administration continually sought to undercut the measure.

Mitt Romney ready to Bork America

5/4/2012
Mitt Romney ready to Bork America - You better be rich and powerful, according to an analysis of his record as a judge on the D.C. U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by the Public Citizen Litigation Group.

Obama order on regulatory cooperation draws praise, scorn

5/4/2012
ISHN: Obama order on regulatory cooperation draws praise, scorn - The watchdog group Public Citizen, however, calls the order a "smokescreen" meant to appease big business.

Lefty groups fear White House reg reform plan will slash green protections

5/4/2012
Lefty groups fear White House reg reform plan will slash green protections - The Center for Progressive Reform (CPR), the Union of Concerned Scientists, OMB Watch and Public Citizen have all issued statements that are critical or at least highly skeptical of the White House executive order issued Tuesday.

White House moves to align US, foreign regulations

5/4/2012
The Hill: White House moves to align US, foreign regulations - "Whether you call it harmonization, deregulation or international regulatory coherence, this controversial agenda of using 'trade' pacts to set a ceiling on health, safety, financial and environmental standards stalled out in the WTO Doha Round of trade talks, and now is being resisted in the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. This recent executive order appears to be the latest effort to introduce by stealth what has been rightly rejected elsewhere," Lori Wallach of Public Citizen said Tuesday.

Obama order on regulatory cooperation draws praise, scorn

5/4/2012
Obama order on regulatory cooperation draws praise, scorn - The watchdog group Public Citizen, however, calls the order a "smokescreen" meant to appease big business.

Lefty groups fear White House reg reform plan will slash green protections

5/4/2012
The Hill: Lefty groups fear White House reg reform plan will slash green protections - The Center for Progressive Reform (CPR), the Union of Concerned Scientists, OMB Watch and Public Citizen have all issued statements that are critical or at least highly skeptical of the White House executive order issued Tuesday.

Jenzabar v. Long Bow: Oral argument focuses on initial interest confusion and search engine results

5/4/2012
Jenzabar v. Long Bow: Oral argument focuses on initial interest confusion and search engine results - Joshua M. Dalton from Bingham McCutchen argued on behalf of Jenzabar, and Paul Alan Levy of Public Citizen argued for Long Bow.

Wall Street's legal magic ends an American right

5/4/2012
Bloomberg: Wall Street's legal magic ends an American right - Christine Hines, the consumer and civiljustice counsel in Public Citizen's Congress Watch unit, says groups such as hers would simply have no material to work with if bad products and practices were all relegated to private justice.

Seaway pipeline enhances U.S. energy security

5/4/2012
Seaway pipeline enhances U.S. energy security - While there are certainly factors that can lead to the harm of any oil pipeline (third-party damage, for example), Smith and Lovell, who are with the group Public Citizen, would want readers to believe that pipelines transporting oil sourced from the Canadian Oil Sands are at more risk because of an unsubstantiated claim that Canadian heavy oil is more likely to corrode the interior of pipe walls.

Letters to the editor: overturn decision

5/4/2012
Press-Republican: Letters to the editor: overturn decision - "A year after the Supreme Court's abominable Citizens United decision, we have overwhelming evidence of the damage done to our democracy — and clear signals of worse threats to come," said the president of Public Citizen, a content adviser on the movie.

Political internship opportunities explained

5/3/2012
Concordiensis: Political internship opportunities explained - While here, I have been working for Public Citizen, a consumerrights nonprofit organization, within their Global Trade Watch division.

Corporate Reform Coalition breaks record for comments sent to Securities and Exchange Commission on corporate political spending

5/3/2012
ENews Park Forest: Corporate Reform Coalition breaks record for comments sent to Securities and Exchange Commission on corporate political spending - A record number of people agree: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) should regulate corporate political spending.

American Future Fund seeks donor ID protection - Goldman swaps Feuer for Ogilvy - Postal lobby revs up in reform fight - Sidley Austin names new managing partner

5/3/2012
American Future Fund seeks donor ID protection - Goldman swaps Feuer for Ogilvy - Postal lobby revs up in reform fight - Sidley Austin names new managing partner - Government reformers back political-donations-by-text-message proposal: ... The groups backing the plan are Public Citizen...

America tells the Securities Exchange Commission to mandate disclosure of corporate political activity

5/3/2012
In My Times: America tells the Securities Exchange Commission to mandate disclosure of corporate political activity - The outpouring of input was largely at the behest of the Corporate Reform Coalition, which includes responsible investors such as the firm I work for, managing a combined total of $800 billion in assets, public officials, legal scholars, good government groups, and environmental organizations.

HuffPost FundRace: 178,000 letters for corporate disclosure

5/3/2012
Huffington Post: HuffPost FundRace: 178,000 letters for corporate disclosure - The letter writing campaign was orchestrated by a coalition of labor unions, reform groups, activist investors, and political figures under the banner of the Corporate Reform Coalition.

Grooveshark tries to force digital music news to unveil commenter, ignoring First Amendment

5/3/2012
Grooveshark tries to force digital music news to unveil commenter, ignoring First Amendment - Public Citizen's Paul Levy recently agreed to represent Resnikoff in this matter and sent a letter to Grooveshark's parent company (embedded below) detailing why Grooveshark should stop barking up this particular tree.

New executive order on regulatory harmonization

5/3/2012
The Volokh Conspiracy: New executive order on regulatory harmonization - So it should be non-controversial, right? Apparently not. As RegBlog reports, Public Citizen argues the E.O. is a "smokescreen for deregulation."

Grooveshark tries to force digital music news to unveil commenter, ignoring First Amendment

5/3/2012
Techdirt: Grooveshark tries to force digital music news to unveil commenter, ignoring First Amendment - Public Citizen's Paul Levy recently agreed to represent Resnikoff in this matter and sent a letter to Grooveshark's parent company (embedded below) detailing why Grooveshark should stop barking up this particular tree.

A tale of two rules: Washington bureaucracy and the politics of workplace safety

5/3/2012
A tale of two rules: Washington bureaucracy and the politics of workplace safety - Critics of the rule, such as Public Citizen, dispute that the OMB to delay putting out for public comment, and into effect.

Quinn Gillespie future uncertain? - Crowley plugs Barber to supporters - Dems to highlight 'Red to Blue' candidates - GOP activists seize on NASCAR popularity - Super PACs clean up in April

5/3/2012
Politico: Quinn Gillespie future uncertain? - Crowley plugs Barber to supporters - Dems to highlight 'Red to Blue' candidates - GOP activists seize on NASCAR popularity - Super PACs clean up in April - Watchdog groups tout record comments to the SEC on political spending: A campaign led by Public Citizen Public Citizen, has resulted in a record 178,000 public comments on whether the Securities and Exchange Commission should regulate political spending.

Malpractice news [renal & urology news]

5/3/2012
Asterisk News: Malpractice news [renal & urology news] - The move has sparked outrage among journalists and consumer advocacy groups such as Public Citizen...

Blind but not forgotten: Politicians' investments, even when in trusts, can tarnish companies.

5/3/2012
Blind but not forgotten: Politicians' investments, even when in trusts, can tarnish companies. - Perhaps one way to clean up the blind trust mess is a movement to do away with them entirely, and to make politicians' holdings transparent. In January the nonprofit consumer advocate Public Citizen wrote a letter to U.S. senators suggesting just that.

American Future Fund seeks donor ID protection - Goldman swaps Feuer for Ogilvy - Postal lobby revs up in reform fight - Sidley Austin names new managing partner

5/3/2012
Politico: American Future Fund seeks donor ID protection - Goldman swaps Feuer for Ogilvy - Postal lobby revs up in reform fight - Sidley Austin names new managing partner by revs up in reform fight - Government reformers back politicaldonationsbytextmessage proposal: ... The groups backing the plan are Public Citizen...

Japan, US: Having no beef with... TPP?

5/3/2012
Japan, US: Having no beef with... TPP? - Not much there to talk about, as the Trans Pacific Partnership deal is so very far-fledged and outrageous that only US-based Public Citizen seems to care over in the old US of A. And they do a very good job at it!

Whistling where you work: Whose employee will be paid to expose a secret campaign contribution?

5/3/2012
Whistling where you work: Whose employee will be paid to expose a secret campaign contribution? - The coalition includes Public Citizen...

Obama seeks to promote "international regulatory cooperation"

5/3/2012
Reg Blog: Obama seeks to promote "international regulatory cooperation" - Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, has decried the Administration’s new policy as a “smokescreen for deregulation” of public interest and proconsumer protections.

Lefty groups fear White House reg reform plan will slash green protections

5/3/2012
Lefty groups fear White House reg reform plan will slash green protections - The Center for Progressive Reform (CPR), the Union of Concerned Scientists, OMB Watch and Public Citizen have all issued statements that are critical or at least highly skeptical of the White House executive order issued Tuesday.

Obama seeks to promote "international regulatory cooperation"

5/3/2012
Obama seeks to promote "international regulatory cooperation" - Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, has decried the Administration’s new policy as a “smokescreen for deregulation” of public interest and pro-consumer protections.

Is a federal ban required to stop poor choices?

5/3/2012
Injury Board: Is a federal ban required to stop poor choices? - [Mark] Bello is a Justice Pac member of... Public Citizen...

America tells the Securities Exchange Commission to mandate disclosure of corporate political activity

5/3/2012
America tells the Securities Exchange Commission to mandate disclosure of corporate political activity - The outpouring of input was largely at the behest of the Corporate Reform Coalition, which includes responsible investors such as the firm I work for, managing a combined total of $800 billion in assets, public officials, legal scholars, good government groups, and environmental organizations.

America tells the Securities Exchange Commission to mandate disclosure of corporate political activity

5/3/2012
America tells the Securities Exchange Commission to mandate disclosure of corporate political activity - You too can still join the more than 178,000 people and organizations that have asked the SEC to "create rules that would push corporate political spending into center stage," as Lisa Gilbert of Public Citizen puts it.

Consumer advocate Ralph Nader calls for the Postmaster General to resign

5/3/2012
Third Party Politics: Consumer advocate Ralph Nader calls for the Postmaster General to resign - Consumer Advocate Ralph Nader today called for Postmaster General Donahoe’s resignation. Several consumer nonprofits joined him in this letter, including Public Citizen...

HuffPost FundRace: 178,000 letters for corporate disclosure

5/3/2012
HuffPost FundRace: 178,000 letters for corporate disclosure - The letter writing campaign was orchestrated by a coalition of labor unions, reform groups, activist investors, and political figures under the banner of the Corporate Reform Coalition.

Malpractice news [renal & urology news]

5/3/2012
Malpractice news [renal & urology news] - The move has sparked outrage among journalists and consumer advocacy groups such as Public Citizen...

America tells the Securities Exchange Commission to mandate disclosure of corporate political activity

5/3/2012
Huffington Post: America tells the Securities Exchange Commission to mandate disclosure of corporate political activity - You too can still join the more than 178,000 people and organizations that have asked the SEC to "create rules that would push corporate political spending into center stage," as Lisa Gilbert of Public Citizen puts it.

Corporate Reform Coalition breaks record for comments sent to Securities and Exchange Commission on corporate political spending

5/3/2012
Corporate Reform Coalition breaks record for comments sent to Securities and Exchange Commission on corporate political spending - A record number of people agree: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) should regulate corporate political spending.

Quinn Gillespie future uncertain? - Crowley plugs Barber to supporters - Dems to highlight 'Red to Blue' candidates - GOP activists seize on NASCAR popularity - Super PACs clean up in April

5/3/2012
Quinn Gillespie future uncertain? - Crowley plugs Barber to supporters - Dems to highlight 'Red to Blue' candidates - GOP activists seize on NASCAR popularity - Super PACs clean up in April - Watchdog groups tout record comments to the SEC on political spending: A campaign led by Public Citizen Public Citizen, has resulted in a record 178,000 public comments on whether the Securities and Exchange Commission should regulate political spending.

New SA article: Why Lorcaserin will be approved

5/3/2012
Investor Village: New SA article: Why Lorcaserin will be approved - "Public health cannot tolerate another diet drug approved that has not been accepted for cardiovascular risk especially in light of the suggested findings of Qnexa," Sidney Wolfe, director of the health research group at advocacy group Public Citizen, told ABC News.

Canadian public fomain in 2012: The Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations

5/3/2012
Canadian public fomain in 2012: The Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations - With three offices in the United States– two in Washington, D.C., and one in Austin, TX– the Public Citizen group has developed a mandate of advocating for individuals since 1971.

New SA article: Why Lorcaserin will be approved

5/3/2012
New SA article: Why Lorcaserin will be approved - "Public health cannot tolerate another diet drug approved that has not been accepted for cardiovascular risk especially in light of the suggested findings of Qnexa," Sidney Wolfe, director of the health research group at advocacy group Public Citizen, told ABC News.

Lefty groups fear White House reg reform plan will slash green protections

5/3/2012
The Hill: Lefty groups fear White House reg reform plan will slash green protections - The Center for Progressive Reform (CPR), the Union of Concerned Scientists, OMB Watch and Public Citizen have all issued statements that are critical or at least highly skeptical of the White House executive order issued Tuesday.

Is the laser stop smoking treatment right for you?

5/3/2012
Is the laser stop smoking treatment right for you? - While the centers offering laser end using tobacco have claimed a accomplishment price in extra of 85%, these figures are beneath scrutiny by the Public Citizen’s Health Study Group.

Blind but not forgotten: Politicians' investments, even when in trusts, can tarnish companies.

5/3/2012
Law.com: Blind but not forgotten: Politicians' investments, even when in trusts, can tarnish companies. - Perhaps one way to clean up the blind trust mess is a movement to do away with them entirely, and to make politicians' holdings transparent. In January the nonprofit consumer advocate Public Citizen wrote a letter to U.S. senators suggesting just that.

New executive order on regulatory harmonization

5/3/2012
New executive order on regulatory harmonization - So it should be non-controversial, right? Apparently not. As RegBlog reports, Public Citizen argues the E.O. is a "smokescreen for deregulation."

Whistling where you work: Whose employee will be paid to expose a secret campaign contribution?

5/3/2012
Law.com: Whistling where you work: Whose employee will be paid to expose a secret campaign contribution? - The coalition includes Public Citizen...

Consumer advocate Ralph Nader calls for the Postmaster General to resign

5/3/2012
Consumer advocate Ralph Nader calls for the Postmaster General to resign - Consumer Advocate Ralph Nader today called for Postmaster General Donahoe’s resignation. Several consumer non-profits joined him in this letter, including Public Citizen...

Japan, US: Having no beef with... TPP?

5/3/2012
Kurashi - News From Japan: Japan, US: Having no beef with... TPP? - Not much there to talk about, as the Trans Pacific Partnership deal is so very farfledged and outrageous that only USbased Public Citizen seems to care over in the old US of A. And they do a very good job at it!

Abbott, Kaletra pricing and AIDS in Colombia

5/3/2012
Abbott, Kaletra pricing and AIDS in Colombia - At that point, the drugmaker complied with the government mandate, which involved lowering the price for Kaletra by up to 68 percent, according to Public Citizen, the consumer watchdog group.

Abbott, Kaletra pricing and AIDS in Colombia

5/3/2012
Pharmalot: Abbott, Kaletra pricing and AIDS in Colombia - At that point, the drugmaker complied with the government mandate, which involved lowering the price for Kaletra by up to 68 percent, according to Public Citizen, the consumer watchdog group.

Canadian public fomain in 2012: The Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations

5/3/2012
The Information Policy Blog: Canadian public fomain in 2012: The Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations - With three offices in the United States– two in Washington, D.C., and one in Austin, TX– the Public Citizen group has developed a mandate of advocating for individuals since 1971.

Political internship opportunities explained

5/3/2012
Political internship opportunities explained - While here, I have been working for Public Citizen, a consumer-rights non-profit organization, within their Global Trade Watch division.

Is the laser stop smoking treatment right for you?

5/3/2012
WaystoStopSmokingCigarettes.com: Is the laser stop smoking treatment right for you? - While the centers offering laser end using tobacco have claimed a accomplishment price in extra of 85%, these figures are beneath scrutiny by the Public Citizen’s Health Study Group.

A tale of two rules: Washington bureaucracy and the politics of workplace safety

5/3/2012
In These Times: A tale of two rules: Washington bureaucracy and the politics of workplace safety - Critics of the rule, such as Public Citizen, dispute that the OMB to delay putting out for public comment, and into effect.

Is a federal ban required to stop poor choices?

5/3/2012
Is a federal ban required to stop poor choices? - [Mark] Bello is a Justice Pac member of... Public Citizen...

Corporate legal rights grow as courts block pro-consumer class action suits

5/1/2012
Corporate legal rights grow as courts block pro-consumer class action suits - By Negah Mouzoon of Public Citizen

Call for diabetes drug ban: A consumer advocacy group calls for a ban of a diabetes drug after evidence surfaces that it may increase the risk of cancer.

5/1/2012
The Scientist: Call for diabetes drug ban: A consumer advocacy group calls for a ban of a diabetes drug after evidence surfaces that it may increase the risk of cancer. - Earlier this month (April 19), based on data from its adverseevent database, consumer advocacy group Public Citizen asked the US Food and Drug Administration to ban Victoza.

Texas families explain toll of tort reform

5/1/2012
The Low Down: Texas families explain toll of tort reform - For example, according to Public Citizen, insurance premiums for regular citizens have not fallen at all since reforms in Texas and in most other places where these laws have passed.

Money makes the world (of politics) go 'round

5/1/2012
Utah Policy: Money makes the world (of politics) go 'round - "We have come full circle to the Watergate era when presidential candidates were totally beholden to special interests and the wealthy," said Craig Holman of Public Citizen, a Washingtonbased advocacy group that supports stronger campaign finance laws.

Romney aims to raise $800 million for general election

5/1/2012
Romney aims to raise $800 million for general election - “We have come full circle to the Watergate era when presidential candidates were totally beholden to special interests and the wealthy,” said Craig Holman of Public Citizen, a Washington-based advocacy group that supports stronger campaign finance laws.

Millions against Monsanto

5/1/2012
Millions against Monsanto - While numerous organizations including... Public Citizen... are making a concerted effort to inform the public about the dangers of genetically modified foods, our governmental agencies and now more and more of our judiciary seem to be kowtowing to Monsanto.

Consumer bureau may have final say on arbitration clauses

5/1/2012
Los Angeles Times: Consumer bureau may have final say on arbitration clauses - A 2007 report by Public Citizen found that, over a fouryear period, arbitrators sided with credit card companies 94% of the time in disputes with California consumers.

Oil industry fought EPA Texas chief who quit in ‘crucify’ furor

5/1/2012
Bloomberg: Oil industry fought EPA Texas chief who quit in ‘crucify’ furor - That drew the enmity of companies that faced what effectively amounted to tougher standards, said Tom “Smitty” Smith, director of the Public Citizen’s Texas office.

How Big Pharma gets you to stay on a drug for life

5/1/2012
OpEdNews: How Big Pharma gets you to stay on a drug for life - Longterm use of PPIs increases the risk of hip, wrist and spine fractures, the FDA warns and the drugs can cause potentially lethal C. difficilecaused diarrhea and communityacquired pneumonia says national health advocacy group, Public Citizen.

Students petition for transparency in commencement speaker selection process

5/1/2012
Students petition for transparency in commencement speaker selection process - Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist at a watchdog group called Public Citizen said, “Clearly his appointment has nothing to do with anything but money.” Others describe the appointment as cronyism at its finest.

Novo upbeat as Victoza moves ahead in Q1

5/1/2012
Novo upbeat as Victoza moves ahead in Q1 - Novo Nordisk has been fending off criticism of the drug from consumer advocacy group Public Citizen which has asked for it to be taken off the market on safety grounds.

All-private campaign funding marks shift since Watergate.

5/1/2012
All-private campaign funding marks shift since Watergate. - "We have come full circle to the Watergate era when presidential candidates were totally beholden to special interests and the wealthy," said Craig Holman of Public Citizen, a Washington-based advocacy group that supports stronger campaign finance laws.

Caps on medical malpractice damages do not lower insurance premiums or healthcare costs

5/1/2012
New Mexico Injury Attorney Blog: Caps on medical malpractice damages do not lower insurance premiums or healthcare costs - The 2011 report by Public Citizen, "A Failed Experiment," which studied the effect of Texas' $250,000 cap on noneconomic damages, revealed that since the cap has been law, Medicare costs have risen faster in Texas than in the rest of the country and health insurance premiums have risen above the national average.

Some have said it can’t be done, but we’re doing it. City by city, state by state...

5/1/2012
Eslkevin: Some have said it can’t be done, but we’re doing it. City by city, state by state... - Resolutions Week is an initiative led by Public Citizen in partnership with other organizations to help activists nationwide pass more than 100 local resolutions the week of June 11.

Email newsletter round up

5/1/2012
Email newsletter round up - Jim Hightower of Public Citizen promotes an upcoming event in "Like a rodeo clown." The piece states: “Stand Up for Main Street, an all-star comedy benefit for my great, great friends at Public Citizen, is just a week away.

Call for diabetes drug ban: A consumer advocacy group calls for a ban of a diabetes drug after evidence surfaces that it may increase the risk of cancer.

5/1/2012
Call for diabetes drug ban: A consumer advocacy group calls for a ban of a diabetes drug after evidence surfaces that it may increase the risk of cancer. - Earlier this month (April 19), based on data from its adverse-event database, consumer advocacy group Public Citizen asked the US Food and Drug Administration to ban Victoza.

Letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe: It is time to resign – OpEd

5/1/2012
Letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe: It is time to resign – OpEd - OpEd - signed by Ralph Nader and Robert Weissman of Public Citizen

Violating the public trust?

5/1/2012
iWatch News: Violating the public trust? - “... What’s going on here is that New England tends to enforce its laws,” said Craig Holman, a government ethics scholar with the citizens’ advocacy group Public Citizen in Washington D.C. Holman reviewed the data from Massachusetts and five other New England states for NECIR.

Revised HOS rules stir controversy

5/1/2012
Safety Daily Advisor: Revised HOS rules stir controversy - A lawsuit has been filed by two truck drivers and by three groups, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Public Citizen, and the Truck Safety Coalition.

Slipping in the slime. A walk down memory lane.

5/1/2012
Slipping in the slime. A walk down memory lane. - Enjoy the YouTube video produced by my friends at Public Citizen (and give their great work your support).

Debate on diabetes drugs gathers pace

5/1/2012
Debate on diabetes drugs gathers pace - “We don’t just go after drugs casually,” says Sidney Wolfe, director of the health and research group at Public Citizen, a non-profit consumer-advocacy organization based in Washington DC, which sent the petition to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on 19 April.

Violating public trust? A look at Bay State public servants charged with crimes, ethics violations

5/1/2012
Violating public trust? A look at Bay State public servants charged with crimes, ethics violations - “This is a much larger data set than I would have expected,” said Craig Holman, a government ethics scholar with the citizens advocacy group Public Citizen in Washington, D.C.

Consumer protection faces a 'tsunami' in court

5/1/2012
Bloomberg Businessweek: Consumer protection faces a 'tsunami' in court - In a report released this week, the National Association of Consumer Advocates and the legal advocacy group Public Citizen, which represented the Concepcions before the Supreme Court, said they have identified 76 cases in the past year where potential class actions were shot down by judges citing Concepcion.

Consumer agency to review mandatory arbitration in financial services

5/1/2012
Baltimore Sun: Consumer agency to review mandatory arbitration in financial services - Since then, at least 76 potential class action cases were quashed by judges citing the Supreme Court ruling, according to a report released last week by Public Citizen, a Washingtonbased advocacy group.

Caps on medical malpractice damages do not lower insurance premiums or healthcare costs

5/1/2012
Caps on medical malpractice damages do not lower insurance premiums or healthcare costs - The 2011 report by Public Citizen, "A Failed Experiment," which studied the effect of Texas' $250,000 cap on non-economic damages, revealed that since the cap has been law, Medicare costs have risen faster in Texas than in the rest of the country and health insurance premiums have risen above the national average.

End the temptation at HISD and HCC

5/1/2012
End the temptation at HISD and HCC - We also like the proposal - floated by both Public Citizen and the Harris County AFL-CIO - to bar contributions from all current and would-be vendors to the schools.

Novo Nordisk to add 615 jobs

5/1/2012
Novo Nordisk to add 615 jobs - The consumer group Public Citizen petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to have Victoza removed from the market for putting patients at a higher risk of thyroid cancer, pancreatitis and kidney failure.

Activists breathe new life into May Day

5/1/2012
Huffington Post: Activists breathe new life into May Day - In April, a coalition of unions, environmental groups, community organizing networks including Public Citizen... and others began a series of protest actions major banks and corporations, and trained close to 100,000 new recruits in civil disobedience tactics.

Texas Railroad Commission candidates target EPA

5/1/2012
Texas Tribune: Texas Railroad Commission candidates target EPA - "Because of the fracking boom, this is going to be a critical race," said Tom "Smitty" Smith, the Texas head of the environmental watchdog Public Citizen.

Where is Cenk? & Sunday comedy show for Public Citizen

5/1/2012
Where is Cenk? & Sunday comedy show for Public Citizen - Check out Stand Up For Main Street for Public Citizen on Sunday April 29th: www.citizen.org

Consumer agency to review mandatory arbitration in financial services

5/1/2012
Consumer agency to review mandatory arbitration in financial services - Since then, at least 76 potential class action cases were quashed by judges citing the Supreme Court ruling, according to a report released last week by Public Citizen, a Washington-based advocacy group.

Activists breathe new life into May Day

5/1/2012
Activists breathe new life into May Day - In April, a coalition of unions, environmental groups, community organizing networks - including Public Citizen... and others - began a series of protest actions major banks and corporations, and trained close to 100,000 new recruits in civil disobedience tactics.

Congress ready to help new medical devices get quicker approval

5/1/2012
Star Tribune: Congress ready to help new medical devices get quicker approval - "Relaxing review standards for medical devices, as proposed in recently introduced bills, would be exactly the wrong course of action, further weakening an inadequate system," the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen wrote in a recent report.

Radioactive waste dump opens in Texas, environmentalists worried

5/1/2012
Reuters: Radioactive waste dump opens in Texas, environmentalists worried - "It could affect the Ogallala Aquifer, which underlies eight states ranging from Texas all the way to the Canadian border," said Tom Smith, Texas Director of the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen.

Consumer advocate Ralph Nader calls for the Postmaster General to resign

5/1/2012
Consumer advocate Ralph Nader calls for the Postmaster General to resign - Consumer Advocate Ralph Nader today called for Postmaster General Donahoe’s resignation. Several consumer non-profits joined him in this letter, including Public Citizen...

Data Diving: What lies untapped beneath the surface of published clinical trial analyses could rock the world of independent review.

5/1/2012
Data Diving: What lies untapped beneath the surface of published clinical trial analyses could rock the world of independent review. - If there is some lid put on some aspects of those trials, that is frustrating one important goal of research, which is sharing information." - Sidney Wolfe, Public Citizen

Victory at UNCTAD XIII

5/1/2012
Victory at UNCTAD XIII - Civil society also played an important role during the conference. .. Public Citizen... and other groups convened side events on issues of investment, financial regulation, the WTO, debt, tax policy, food security, and the social protection floor - offering incisive analysis on key issues under negotiation within to the conference theme of inclusive and sustainable development.

Novo upbeat as Victoza moves ahead in Q1

5/1/2012
PM Live: Novo upbeat as Victoza moves ahead in Q1 - Novo Nordisk has been fending off criticism of the drug from consumer advocacy group Public Citizen which has asked for it to be taken off the market on safety grounds.

Media missed Workers Memorial Day

5/1/2012
GoozNews: Media missed Workers Memorial Day - The proregulation group Public Citizen in a report issued last fall reviewed the past ten year’s record at OSHA compared to prior decades.

Corporate legal rights grow as courts block pro-consumer class action suits

5/1/2012
Huffington Post: Corporate legal rights grow as courts block pro-consumer class action suits - By Negah Mouzoon of Public Citizen

State court to review Cipro class-action lawsuit: AttorneyOne.com warns the threat of severe adverse events from Cipro remains

5/1/2012
State court to review Cipro class-action lawsuit: AttorneyOne.com warns the threat of severe adverse events from Cipro remains - According to Public Citizen report, from November 1997 to December 2005, the FDA received 262 reports of tendon ruptures, 258 cases of tendinitis and 274 cases of other tendon disorders in patients using fluoroquinolone antibiotics, including Cipro.

Oil industry fought EPA Texas chief who quit in ‘crucify’ furor

5/1/2012
Oil industry fought EPA Texas chief who quit in ‘crucify’ furor - That drew the enmity of companies that faced what effectively amounted to tougher standards, said Tom “Smitty” Smith, director of the Public Citizen’s Texas office.

Radioactive waste dump opens in Texas, environmentalists worried

5/1/2012
Radioactive waste dump opens in Texas, environmentalists worried - "It could affect the Ogallala Aquifer, which underlies eight states ranging from Texas all the way to the Canadian border," said Tom Smith, Texas Director of the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen.

Millions against Monsanto

5/1/2012
Newsvine: Millions against Monsanto - While numerous organizations including... Public Citizen... are making a concerted effort to inform the public about the dangers of genetically modified foods, our governmental agencies and now more and more of our judiciary seem to be kowtowing to Monsanto.

Breast silicone implants

5/1/2012
Quick World View: Breast silicone implants - Ralph Nader's Public Citizen Health Research Group, Washington, D.C. sends out warning signals that silicone breast implants cause cancer.

Novo Nordisk to add 615 jobs

5/1/2012
Philly.com: Novo Nordisk to add 615 jobs - The consumer group Public Citizen petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to have Victoza removed from the market for putting patients at a higher risk of thyroid cancer, pancreatitis and kidney failure.

Some have said it can’t be done, but we’re doing it. City by city, state by state...

5/1/2012
Some have said it can’t be done, but we’re doing it. City by city, state by state... - Resolutions Week is an initiative led by Public Citizen in partnership with other organizations to help activists nationwide pass more than 100 local resolutions the week of June 11.

Consumer bureau may have final say on arbitration clauses

5/1/2012
Consumer bureau may have final say on arbitration clauses - A 2007 report by Public Citizen found that, over a four-year period, arbitrators sided with credit card companies 94% of the time in disputes with California consumers.

How Big Pharma gets you to stay on a drug for life

5/1/2012
How Big Pharma gets you to stay on a drug for life - Long-term use of PPIs increases the risk of hip, wrist and spine fractures, the FDA warns and the drugs can cause potentially lethal C. difficile-caused diarrhea and community-acquired pneumonia says national health advocacy group, Public Citizen.

Violating public trust? A look at Bay State public servants charged with crimes, ethics violations

5/1/2012
Telegram.com: Violating public trust? A look at Bay State public servants charged with crimes, ethics violations - “This is a much larger data set than I would have expected,” said Craig Holman, a government ethics scholar with the citizens advocacy group Public Citizen in Washington, D.C.

Romney aims to raise $800 million for general election

5/1/2012
Washington Post: Romney aims to raise $800 million for general election - “We have come full circle to the Watergate era when presidential candidates were totally beholden to special interests and the wealthy,” said Craig Holman of Public Citizen, a Washingtonbased advocacy group that supports stronger campaign finance laws.

Letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe: It is time to resign – OpEd

5/1/2012
Eurasia Review: Letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe: It is time to resign – OpEd - OpEd signed by Ralph Nader and Robert Weissman of Public Citizen

Breast silicone implants

5/1/2012
Breast silicone implants - Ralph Nader's Public Citizen Health Research Group, Washington, D.C. sends out warning signals that silicone breast implants cause cancer.

Texas Railroad Commission candidates target EPA

5/1/2012
Texas Railroad Commission candidates target EPA - "Because of the fracking boom, this is going to be a critical race," said Tom "Smitty" Smith, the Texas head of the environmental watchdog Public Citizen.

Money makes the world (of politics) go 'round

5/1/2012
Money makes the world (of politics) go 'round - "We have come full circle to the Watergate era when presidential candidates were totally beholden to special interests and the wealthy," said Craig Holman of Public Citizen, a Washington-based advocacy group that supports stronger campaign finance laws.

Data Diving: What lies untapped beneath the surface of published clinical trial analyses could rock the world of independent review.

5/1/2012
The Scientist: Data Diving: What lies untapped beneath the surface of published clinical trial analyses could rock the world of independent review. - If there is some lid put on some aspects of those trials, that is frustrating one important goal of research, which is sharing information." Sidney Wolfe, Public Citizen

Amid mounting concerns over Victoza problems, sales disappoint

5/1/2012
AboutLawsuits.com: Amid mounting concerns over Victoza problems, sales disappoint - Last month, the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen filed a petition with the FDA calling for a Victoza recall to be issued in the United States, indicating that the potential risk of thyroid cancer, pancreatitis, kidney failure and other problems associated with the medication outweigh the benefits provided over other diabetes treatments.

Consumer advocate Ralph Nader calls for the Postmaster General to resign

5/1/2012
Dandelion Salad: Consumer advocate Ralph Nader calls for the Postmaster General to resign - Consumer Advocate Ralph Nader today called for Postmaster General Donahoe’s resignation. Several consumer nonprofits joined him in this letter, including Public Citizen...

Texas families explain toll of tort reform

5/1/2012
Texas families explain toll of tort reform - For example, according to Public Citizen, insurance premiums for regular citizens have not fallen at all since reforms in Texas and in most other places where these laws have passed.

Vermont was third. Will California be next?

5/1/2012
Vermont was third. Will California be next? - By Jonah Minkoff-Zern of Public Citizen

Revised HOS rules stir controversy

5/1/2012
Revised HOS rules stir controversy - A lawsuit has been filed by two truck drivers and by three groups, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Public Citizen, and the Truck Safety Coalition.

Debate on diabetes drugs gathers pace

5/1/2012
Nature.com: Debate on diabetes drugs gathers pace - “We don’t just go after drugs casually,” says Sidney Wolfe, director of the health and research group at Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumeradvocacy organization based in Washington DC, which sent the petition to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on 19 April.

All-private campaign funding marks shift since Watergate.

5/1/2012
Associated Press: All-private campaign funding marks shift since Watergate. - "We have come full circle to the Watergate era when presidential candidates were totally beholden to special interests and the wealthy," said Craig Holman of Public Citizen, a Washingtonbased advocacy group that supports stronger campaign finance laws.

Vermont was third. Will California be next?

5/1/2012
La Presna San Diego: Vermont was third. Will California be next? - By Jonah MinkoffZern of Public Citizen

Another upset for users of diabetes medications

5/1/2012
Another upset for users of diabetes medications - On April 19th, Public Citizen, a non-profit consumer advocacy group, filed a petition with the FDA asking that the diabetes drug Victoza be pulled from the market immediately due the fact that it puts patients at a higher risk of thyroid cancer, pancreatitis, kidney failure, and serious allergic reactions.

Consumer protection faces a 'tsunami' in court

5/1/2012
Consumer protection faces a 'tsunami' in court - In a report released this week, the National Association of Consumer Advocates and the legal advocacy group Public Citizen, which represented the Concepcions before the Supreme Court, said they have identified 76 cases in the past year where potential class actions were shot down by judges citing Concepcion.

Violating the public trust?

5/1/2012
Violating the public trust? - “... What’s going on here is that New England tends to enforce its laws,” said Craig Holman, a government ethics scholar with the citizens’ advocacy group Public Citizen in Washington D.C. Holman reviewed the data from Massachusetts and five other New England states for NECIR.

Students petition for transparency in commencement speaker selection process

5/1/2012
The College Voice: Students petition for transparency in commencement speaker selection process - Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist at a watchdog group called Public Citizen said, “Clearly his appointment has nothing to do with anything but money.” Others describe the appointment as cronyism at its finest.

Victory at UNCTAD XIII

5/1/2012
Huffington Post: Victory at UNCTAD XIII - .. Public Citizen... and other groups convened side events on issues of investment, financial regulation, the WTO, debt, tax policy, food security, and the social protection floor offering incisive analysis on key issues under negotiation within to the conference theme of inclusive and sustainable development.

Black writes off $1M campaign loan

5/1/2012
The Tennessean: Black writes off $1M campaign loan - Craig Holman, a campaign finance reform expert with the nonpartisan government watchdog group Public Citizen, said the original intention of the restriction is to force wealthy candidates to disclose if, and how, they are selffinancing a campaign and control their repayments.

Bill Moyers journal: Single payer health insurance

5/1/2012
Bill Moyers journal: Single payer health insurance - Public Citizen's Dr. Sidney Wolfe and Physicians for a National Health Program's Dr. David Himmelstein on the political and logistical feasibility of health care reform.

Congress ready to help new medical devices get quicker approval

5/1/2012
Congress ready to help new medical devices get quicker approval - "Relaxing review standards for medical devices, as proposed in recently introduced bills, would be exactly the wrong course of action, further weakening an inadequate system," the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen wrote in a recent report.

Bork is back, so look out, ladies

5/1/2012
Bork is back, so look out, ladies - You better be rich and powerful, according to an analysis of his record as a judge on the D.C. U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by the Public Citizen Litigation Group.

Another upset for users of diabetes medications

5/1/2012
PA Law Blogs: Another upset for users of diabetes medications - On April 19th, Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer advocacy group, filed a petition with the FDA asking that the diabetes drug Victoza be pulled from the market immediately due the fact that it puts patients at a higher risk of thyroid cancer, pancreatitis, kidney failure, and serious allergic reactions.

TPP: Countdown to Dallas trade talks

5/1/2012
Bill Totten's Weblog: TPP: Countdown to Dallas trade talks - by Beatriz Lopez and Brooke HarperPatterson of Public Citizen

Forced arbitration rogues gallery!

5/1/2012
Democratic Underground: Forced arbitration rogues gallery! - This forced giving up of redress of grievance rights has been sanctioned by our RW Supreme Court as explained in today's letter from Public Citizen.

TPP: Countdown to Dallas trade talks

5/1/2012
TPP: Countdown to Dallas trade talks - by Beatriz Lopez and Brooke Harper-Patterson of Public Citizen

Forced arbitration rogues gallery!

5/1/2012
Forced arbitration rogues gallery! - This forced giving up of redress of grievance rights has been sanctioned by our RW Supreme Court as explained in today's letter from Public Citizen.

State court to review Cipro class-action lawsuit: AttorneyOne.com warns the threat of severe adverse events from Cipro remains

5/1/2012
Pharmacy News: State court to review Cipro class-action lawsuit: AttorneyOne.com warns the threat of severe adverse events from Cipro remains - According to Public Citizen report, from November 1997 to December 2005, the FDA received 262 reports of tendon ruptures, 258 cases of tendinitis and 274 cases of other tendon disorders in patients using fluoroquinolone antibiotics, including Cipro.

End the temptation at HISD and HCC

5/1/2012
Chron.com: End the temptation at HISD and HCC - We also like the proposal floated by both Public Citizen and the Harris County AFLCIO to bar contributions from all current and wouldbe vendors to the schools.

Slipping in the slime. A walk down memory lane.

5/1/2012
The Department of Homeland Scrutiny: Slipping in the slime. A walk down memory lane. - Enjoy the YouTube video produced by my friends at Public Citizen (and give their great work your support).

Media missed Workers Memorial Day

5/1/2012
Media missed Workers Memorial Day - The pro-regulation group Public Citizen in a report issued last fall reviewed the past ten year’s record at OSHA compared to prior decades.

Black writes off $1M campaign loan

5/1/2012
Black writes off $1M campaign loan - Craig Holman, a campaign finance reform expert with the non-partisan government watchdog group Public Citizen, said the original intention of the restriction is to force wealthy candidates to disclose if, and how, they are self-financing a campaign and control their repayments.

Where is Cenk? & Sunday comedy show for Public Citizen

5/1/2012
The New TYT: Where is Cenk? & Sunday comedy show for Public Citizen - Check out Stand Up For Main Street for Public Citizen on Sunday April 29th: www.citizen.org

Bill Moyers journal: Single payer health insurance

5/1/2012
Atwola.com: Bill Moyers journal: Single payer health insurance - Public Citizen's Dr. Sidney Wolfe and Physicians for a National Health Program's Dr. David Himmelstein on the political and logistical feasibility of health care reform.

Email newsletter round up

5/1/2012
eOutreach Blog: Email newsletter round up - Jim Hightower of Public Citizen promotes an upcoming event in "Like a rodeo clown." The piece states: “Stand Up for Main Street, an allstar comedy benefit for my great, great friends at Public Citizen, is just a week away.

Amid mounting concerns over Victoza problems, sales disappoint

5/1/2012
Amid mounting concerns over Victoza problems, sales disappoint - Last month, the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen filed a petition with the FDA calling for a Victoza recall to be issued in the United States, indicating that the potential risk of thyroid cancer, pancreatitis, kidney failure and other problems associated with the medication outweigh the benefits provided over other diabetes treatments.