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Lawsuit Could Change How We Prosecute Mass Shootings

Politico “…the Connecticut Supreme Court allowed a claim brought by surviving family members of the Sandy Hook massacre against the manufacturers, distributors and direct sellers of the weapon to move forward toward trial. Soto v. Bushmaster Firearms International, LLC, has monumental implications not only for the surviving families, but potentially for the entire gun industry.

The Connecticut court’s 4-3 decision in favor of the plaintiffs offers a blueprint for overcoming a federal law that offers sweeping protection for the gun industry. In 2005, Congress enacted the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), an unprecedented decree that swamps state tort law and rules out most claims that might otherwise be brought against gun manufacturers and retailers. The law was enacted in response to then-recent judicial developments. A few courts had allowed cities to sue gun sellers under a theory of public nuisance, the core of which was that the defendants had pumped guns into the city through aggressive and misleading marketing, and had then increased the danger by irresponsible sales to unqualified buyers. Other courts were also beginning to allow victims’ tort claims against gun sellers to move forward….”

Prosecutors, Transportation Department Scrutinize Development of Boeing’s 737 MAX

[Dow Jones/WSJ paywall] via Morningstar: “Federal prosecutors and Department of Transportation officials are scrutinizing the development of Boeing Co.’s 737 MAX jetliners, according to people familiar with the matter, unusual inquiries that come amid probes of regulators’ safety approvals of the new plane. A grand jury in Washington, D.C., issued a broad subpoena dated March… Continue Reading

To End Poverty, Think Like a Spy

Paul M. Bisca, To End Poverty, Think Like a Spy, Brookings (March 11, 2019) – “To better manage the unknown, development professionals might want to take a leaf from the intelligence community book and draw inspiration from how spies try to predict the future. Reduced to its simplest terms, the CIA defines intelligence as “knowledge and… Continue Reading

FTC Releases 2018 Privacy and Data Security Update

“The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s primary privacy and data security enforcer, released its annual report highlighting its privacy and data security work for 2018. The FTC’s privacy and security enforcement actions in 2018 included shutting down revenge porn website MyEx.com, approving a settlement with peer-to-peer payment service Venmo over deceptive privacy settings, approving an… Continue Reading

Digital Pro Bono: Leveraging Technology to Provide Access to Justice

Vinson, Kathleen Elliott and Moppett, Samantha A., Digital Pro Bono: Leveraging Technology to Provide Access to Justice (2018). St. John’s Law Review, Vol. 92, No. 551, 2018; Suffolk University Law School Research Paper No. 19-8. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3347381 “…This article examines how law students, law schools, the legal profession, legal services’ agencies, and low-income… Continue Reading

OECD – Fast Forward to Gender Equality

Mainstreaming, Implementation and Leadership – “This report maps strategies, governance tools, institutional settings and innovative approaches used by governments across the OECD to drive and support society-wide gender equality goals. It covers all state institutions, including legislatures and judiciaries, and discusses the challenges faced by OECD countries in achieving long-lasting impact. Finally, the report provides… Continue Reading

Around the World, More Say Immigrants Are a Strength Than a Burden

Publics divided on immigrants’ willingness to adopt host country’s customs – “Majorities of publics in top migrant destination countries say immigrants strengthen their countries, according to a 2018 Pew Research Center survey of 18 countries that host half of the world’s migrants. In 10 of the countries surveyed, majorities view immigrants as a strength rather than… Continue Reading

How a Major SCOTUS Decision in Favor of Arbitration Is Shaping the Landscape for Workplace Lawsuits

National Law Journal [paywall – alternative – free acces via Yahoo and GitHub data and methodology for the research: “The case before U.S. District Judge Gerald McHugh Jr. was not unlike others he’d seen before. A woman alleged sexual harassment in the workplace so severe she had been forced to quit her job. Her former… Continue Reading

Understanding the Changing Landscape of Data Protection Laws

Klinkner, Blake, Understanding the Changing Landscape of Data Protection Laws (February 11, 2019). The Wyoming Lawyer, February 2019, at 44-45.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3332687 “As businesses and other entities have sought to collect more personal data on individuals, the public has pushed back, and lawmakers throughout the United States and elsewhere have responded by passing… Continue Reading

CRS addresses whether Congress will have access to Mueller’s report

Via FAS – The Special Counsel’s Report: Can Congress Get It? Michael A. Foster, Legislative Attorney; Todd Garvey, Legislative Attorney. March 8, 2019. “Recent media reports suggest that Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III is close to concluding his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. As discussed in this separate Sidebar, Department of… Continue Reading

Trump’s Proposed Budget Would Devastate National Parks

Outside: A close reading of the President’s 2020 Department of the Interior budget reveals massive funding cuts for everything public-lands related—except for oil and gas “To understand any budget, all you need to see are the numbers. And when you look at the Trump administration’s 2020 budget proposal for the Department of the Interior, those numbers… Continue Reading

White Collar Prosecutions Hit All-Time Low in January 2019

“The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during January 2019 the government reported 337 new white collar crime prosecutions – an historic low. According to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, this number is down 20.3 percent over the previous month, and continues a… Continue Reading