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I saw an excellent post about how Congress, including Democrats, weakened oversight of the financial system in the 90’s by restricting investor lawsuits. It is located on John Russonello’s blog, and I caught it after seeing it referred to in that venerable blog, Tort Deform.  Here is Mr. Russonello’s opening salvo:

President Obama’s pledge to bring back some [...]

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Here is a good op-ed from Leonard Sloane about how tort reform, if enacted, will lift the floodgates on corporate fraud and wrongdoing.
“Tort reform” doesn’t work. Texas is the national model for so called “tort reform,” but medical-malpractice insurance premiums there only went down by 1.2 percent… “Tort reform” leads to unsafe health care. What [...]

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Cass Sunstein has been appointed to run the OMB Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, which reviews major federal rules. While business has quietly applauded this move, liberals are worrying that Sunstein will not sufficiently support the rescinding of pro-business regulations enacted by the Bush administration or champion new ones pertaining to health and safety.
Sunstein, a prolific author and public intellectual, was [...]

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Elena Kagen, the well-respected Dean of Harvard Law School, has been nominated to be Solicitor General in the Obama administration. But is she qualified seeing that she has never argued a Supreme Court case, or for that matter, a single appellate case?
An article published in Legal Times discusses this issue and includes interviews with Supreme Court veterans [...]

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Long Island Business News recently published an article concerning new laws that are going into effect this year that will affect business and consumers. Here they are in capsule summary form, but you can also check out the article for more detail:

Repeal of the no-prejudice rule that allowed insurers to deny coverage if the insured failed [...]

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The NY Times reports that Senator Charles Grassley, Republican of Iowa, has raised questions about whether pharmaceutical giant Wyeth improperly ghost-writed a medical journal article disputing a federal study linking its hormone product Prempro to breast cancer in women.
Grassley has alleged that Wyeth had medical writing firms draft articles and then lined up doctors to put their [...]

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Check out this post by Ezra Klein, a young hotshot journalist at the American Prospect, entitled “Your Insurer Is Not Your Friend.” 
In a nutshell, he explains how the scaremongering tactics of Republicans and insurance companies when it comes to universal health care – warning that government and bureaucrats will come between you and your doctor – [...]

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This is a little off-topic, but it was surprising to read in The Boston Globe today that the FBI had kept tabs on Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and author David Halberstam for over two decades. Of course, his reporting on Vietnam and later his best-selling book, The Best and the Brightest, was highly critical of that [...]

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