Category Archives: Legal

Doing Time: Prison, Law Schools, and the Membership of the US Supreme Court

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She now spends most of her time in India and other parts of Asia researching a book about textile artisans. She also writes regularly about legal, political economy, and regulatory topics for various consulting clients and publications, as well as writes […]

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9th Circuit Shoots Down FTC’s Consumer Protection Authority Over Common Carriers

A federal appeals court recently decided that the FTC lacks consumer protection authority to regulate common carriers in any respect. This decision hamstrings the agency from regulating ATT, Google, Verizon and potentially applies to a wider range of companies, unless the decision is reversed on appeal or Congress chooses to act.

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BLM Moves Onshore Oil and Gas Lease Auctions Online To Stymie ‘Keep It In The Ground’ Protests

Jerri-Lynn here. This short post highlights an important problem that we’ve seen arise over and over again with the administration which pledged to be the most transparent ever: the disconnect between public rhetoric and behind-the-scenes practice. The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) presides over the allocation of oil and gas […]

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Military Insiders and War Profiteers Will Be Reviewing Private Prisons for Homeland Security

Jerri-Lynn here. The Department of Justice received considerable plaudits in August when it announced a decision not to renew contracts with private prison companies. At the time, a Marshall Project analysis made it clear that significance of that decision was overstated, as it only affected about 15% of inmates held in private prisons. The Department […]

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