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Corps Don't Have to Disclose Their Conflict Minerals, Bloody Hands

The D.C. Circuit has once again struck down a part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act which required companies to disclose if their products used conflict minerals. Conflict minerals, gold, tantalum, tin, and tungsten, are the less shiny cousins of blood diamonds. They generally come from......

The Connection Between Tourism and Elephant Abuse in India

India is said to have the best wildlife protection laws in the world. And it's partly true: the country's Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 is benchmark legislation for the protection of wildlife--a global model. At least in words, anyway; actual enforcement of the law has been a different story altogether. Show More Summary

Brandis' changes to environmental laws will defang the watchdogs

Repealing section 487 of the Environmental Protection Act will effectively preclude environmental groups from acting on behalf of affected communities and from performing their important function as a watchdog.

Uber accused of violating federal law

An Illinois woman is accusing Uber of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act when it erroneously sent her multiple text messages, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in Chicago.

FCC Clarifies (?) TCPA Autodialing Requirements

Take-home message: Do as we say, NOT as we do! Pursuant to “clarifications” provided in a recent FCC Declaratory Ruling on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the FCC and FTC are both in violation of the TCPA’s prohibition against making autodialed calls to a consumer’s wireless phone without prior express consent. Whose phone? You … Continue Reading

What Every Retailer Needs to Know About the TCPA, Reducing Litigation Risk

Although it comes as no shock that retailers sincerely want to comply with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the Federal Communication Commission’s rules in this area have actually led to an increase in litigation — and businesses of any kind want to reduce risk here. What to do? A Mobile Marketing Association webinar will […]

When Planned Parenthood Attacks: How a Pro-Life Mom and State Rep. Lost Her Seat Serving North Dakota

State Representative Grande made national headlines as the author of the Human Heartbeat Protection Act, passed by wide majorities in the State Legislature and signed by Governor Jack Dalrymple (R-ND) in 2013. A lawsuit from Planned Parenthood state affiliates quickly followed.

Go Set a Watchdog?

New Jersey struck a blow against a “job duties” exception to whistleblower suits, this time in the context of the state’s expansive Conscientious Employee Protection Act. In Lippman v. Ethicon the state Supreme Court rejected a concerted effort to deny...

Seven Things You Should Know About Human Trafficking

Today, Secretary of State John Kerry released the 2015 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report.  As required by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), the TIP Report assesses government efforts around the world to combat modern slavery.

The Risk of Human Trafficking in the Supply Chain

Today, the U.S. State Department released its 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report. This report ranks countries based on efforts to comply with the standards in the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000. When many people thing about human trafficking, they recall news reports about the kidnapping and sale of women and [...]

Financial Reform Helping Protect Families From Another Devastating Crash

July 21st, 2015 marks the fifth anniversary of President Obama signing the historic Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act into law, the most significant financial reform legislation in generations. This law is reining...Show More Summary

Dodd-Frank at Five: Private Equity and the SEC

Five years ago today, in the aftermath of the Great Recession and Financial Crisis, President Obama signed major financial regulatory reform into law -- the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The law was designed to increase transparency and limit risk in the financial system. Show More Summary

As Wall Street Reform Turns 5, Fight Continues to Protect CFPB

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the fourth birthday of its signature Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. CFPB is the little agency Wall Street banks, credit bureaus, debt collectors and payday lenders love to hate because it works for consumers, not them. Show More Summary

5 Years of Wall Street Reform, By the Numbers:

Five years ago today, President Obama signed the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act into law. (It's commonly called "Dodd-Frank," or simply "Wall Street Reform," and you can read more about what it's doing here.) Here are...Show More Summary

Meet the Law That’s Been Quietly Protecting You and Strengthening Our Economy for the Past 5 Years:

“Dodd-Frank” is shorthand for the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, whose chief co-sponsors on Capitol Hill were Senator Chris Dodd and Representative Barney Frank. These reforms — that the President signed into law exactly...Show More Summary

Happy 5th Birthday, Dodd-Frank

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 was meant to protect our economy from Wall Street greed. The legislation was passed into law in response to the 2008 financial crisis, which caused home foreclosures for millions of families and long-term unemployment for tens of millions of workers. Show More Summary

Morning Plum: How the battle over Wall Street will color the 2016 campaign

Five years ago today, President Obama signed into law the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the most far-reaching financial overhaul since the Great Depression. As Mike Konczal writes this morning, Dodd Frank is “one of the most important but least understood bills of his presidency.” (Congress deserves some credit, too.) It has […]

BARNEY FRANK: Here's why my landmark financial crisis law isn't like Obamacare

Five years ago, former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts) loaned his name to a law that would come to define post-crisis financial regulation. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, enacted five years ago onShow More Summary

After Obergefell, Support Grows for a Federal First Amendment Defense Act

Legislative efforts to counteract the Supreme Court’s decision allowing same-sex couples to marry sprung up in Georgia with the announcement last week of the Pastor Protection Act, which would enshrine in Georgia law the right of a minister, priest or other faith leader to decline to consecrate a marriage with which they didn’t agree. Show More Summary

A Lot Should Happen in 5 Years

Five years ago, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) was signed into law. Nevertheless, sections of the law still remain to be implemented because of delays in enacting regulations. Five years should be more than adequate time to accomplish this task. Show More Summary

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