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D.C. decision, expected in fall, could reverse CFPB's actions, change structure

Amanda Robert Jul. 20, 2016, 10:35am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A highly anticipated decision from the Washington, D.C., federal appellate court in a dispute between the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and a New Jersey mortgage company may not only affect that particular industry, but also significantly impact the actions of the federal agency, attorneys say.

J.G. Wentworth hoping to keep CFPB out of its industry

Amanda Robert Jun. 22, 2016, 8:18am

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has again infiltrated an area where its jurisdiction may be questionable, despite a reprimand in a recent case involving the accreditation of for-profit colleges.

History not a guide for possible Chicago Public Schools bankruptcy

Amanda Robert Jun. 20, 2016, 12:26pm

Only four school districts have declared Chapter 9 bankruptcy in the past 62 years, and two of those abandoned the process, says a municipal bankruptcy expert asked about the possibility of Chicago Public Schools doing the same.

Court checks CFPB's authority to investigate for-profit college accreditation

Amanda Robert Jun. 1, 2016, 6:27am

For the first time, a court has ruled the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau attempted to exceed the power given to it by Congress -- but the ruling may not prevent it from continuing an investigation into the accreditation of for-profit colleges.

Attorney: Judge would put Chicago Public Schools' bankruptcy on 'short leash'

Amanda Robert May 19, 2016, 8:41am

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - Should the historic budget cuts being planned by Chicago Public Schools not prevent it from going bust, the idea of bankruptcy looms as a possibility.

In Illinois, some push bankruptcy as solution to troubled public budgets

Amanda Robert Apr. 20, 2016, 8:56am

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - In Illinois, increasing pension obligations are consuming more of its taxpayers’ dollars, pushing cities and towns to cut core services and raise property taxes just to keep up with the payments, policy experts say.

Judges handling ADA website lawsuits not waiting on DOJ regulations

Amanda Robert Mar. 30, 2016, 9:12am

While companies continue a years-long wait for guidance from the Department of Justice on how to make their websites compliant with federal disabilities law, judges aren’t hitting the pause button on a growing area of litigation.

Attorneys: DOJ's years-long delay on regulations hurting companies facing disabilities lawsuits over their websites

Amanda Robert Mar. 1, 2016, 10:47am

The Department of Justice’s recent activity is pushing private attorneys to file more lawsuits alleging companies’ websites aren’t accessible to the disabled, while its overall inactivity is creating uncertainty for businesses facing those lawsuits, attorneys say.

Plaintiffs bar, blind clients increasingly targeting companies’ websites with disabilities lawsuits

Amanda Robert Feb. 22, 2016, 3:57pm

Defense attorneys say there has been an “explosion of activity” from payment-seeking plaintiffs lawyers and their blind clients who are alleging violations of federal disabilities law in lawsuits over companies’ websites – particularly in three jurisdictions.

Lawyers' ‘inappropriate’ solicitation and 'ubiquitous' advertising have racked up cases in pelvic mesh MDL, defense memo claimed

Amanda Robert Dec. 31, 2015, 9:08am

Plaintiffs’ lawyers in the pelvic mesh multidistrict litigation have been competing for claims because of their tremendous monetary value, according to a memorandum filed earlier this year by one of the seven defendants in the massive MDL.

Litigation funding can drive early settlements, legal scholar says

Amanda Robert Dec. 22, 2015, 10:08am

As the size and complexity of transvaginal mesh MDLs continue to attract considerable attention, so do the details of how some of their claims made it to court.

Pelvic mesh MDL ‘most complicated MDL in history,’ plaintiff attorney says

Amanda Robert Nov. 24, 2015, 10:16am

Tens of thousands of female plaintiffs have sued the seven companies, claiming that transvaginal mesh products that were intended to treat their stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse were defective and caused severe problems such as organ perforation and bleeding, pelvic pain and infection.

Former Nev. AG Masto will be in tight race for Reid seat; ATRA expects her to be 'beholden' to plaintiffs bar

Amanda Robert Sep. 18, 2015, 9:22am

Catherine Cortez Masto found herself in a comfortable spot one night last month, spending the evening with President Barack Obama, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and dozens of other supporters who want to elect her to the U.S. Senate in 2016.

Illinois groups seek higher renewable energy standards; Analyst says costs will go up, jobs will go down

Amanda Robert Aug. 14, 2015, 9:55am

The next year could bring significant changes to the renewable energy industry in Illinois, as the legislature will likely consider a state measure to change the renewable portfolio standard as well as a federal mandate to decrease greenhouse gas emissions, released by the Obama administration last week.

CUB critics say the utility rate watchdog is more focused on politics than advocating for consumers

Amanda Robert Aug. 7, 2015, 8:15am

Critic says disputes between Citizens Utility Board and utilities result in little benefit to taxpayers, while former CUB executive director takes issue with allegation that it is not focused enough on energy issues.

Policy experts wonder why Illinois CUB gets behind Clean Jobs Bill without explaining costs

Amanda Robert Jul. 14, 2015, 3:55pm

“Consumers in Illinois are totally unaware how much they’re paying for these green energy solutions,” the managing director of a consulting firm said. “CUB is not providing good information, nor is anyone else.”

Illinois fails to measure nonprofit spending, policy expert says

Amanda Robert Jun. 27, 2015, 9:40am

“They give that money with the best intentions, hoping it will help carry out some of the priorities they have deemed to be important. Unfortunately, in some instances, government will have long-time partnerships with nonprofits, and some of them are on autopilot, as opposed to, ‘Are we putting our dollars in the highest impact, highest priority areas right now?’”

Can Workers’ Compensation reforms keep Illinois competitive?

Amanda Robert Jun. 1, 2015, 12:30pm

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) – As a critical deadline for closing the regular legislative session on time has passed, Gov. Bruce Rauner and Speaker Michael Madigan are pointing fingers over the state’s failure on Sunday to adopt a budget.

Causation standards are needed to fix Illinois’ Workers' Comp system, policy experts say

Amanda Robert May 13, 2015, 9:08am

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. (Legal Newsline) – As president of the Jacksonville, Ill., Regional Economic Development Corp., Terry Denison visits regularly with major companies like Nestle USA that have expanded their operations into Illinois.

Policy experts line up in debate over right-to-work zones in Illinois

Amanda Robert May 5, 2015, 9:43am

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - In recent years, three of Illinois’ neighbors – Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin – have passed statewide right-to-work laws that no longer require employees to join a labor union and pay membership dues even if that union represents workers at their place of employment.