Category: States

New protocol dismisses civil rights cases before Education Department

Under Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, hundreds of civil rights complaints before her department are being dismissed, based on a new protocol that seeks to unclog the system, the New York Times reports. “The Education Department’s Office for Civil… Read More

Opioid makers face lawsuits

Gripped by the tragic toll of prescription drug overdoses, states, municipalities and labor unions are suing opioid manufacturers. “Philadelphia-area union workers are joining a wave of litigation against opioid manufacturers after losing eight members to addiction in 11… Read More

Congress, Trump block class-action lawsuits against banks

This month, President Trump signed a bill that blocked class-action lawsuits against banks, dismantling a rule issued by an Obama-era agency in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Two weeks later, on Nov. 15, Richard Cordray, the… Read More

CA Court Interpreter Funding Boost Key to Access to Justice

In states like California where roughly 44 percent of residents speak a language other than English, court interpreters are a key component to reasonably equitable justice. Just last week, we noted the backlog of California immigration cases had… Read More

Philly Bar Assoc. Will Push Civil Gideon In 2016

The incoming chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, in his initial address to members, says he will push for “civil Gideon” legislation in 2016. The move would be one a high-profile boost to the idea of providing free… Read More