Distracted-Driving Suit Asks Judiciary to Sharply Veer into Legislature’s Lane

windy roadA lawyer in California is leading a personal crusade against distracted driving—a noble cause, to be sure. But the Los Angeles Superior Court, in which he has recently filed a “public-interest” lawsuit, is not the proper forum (or venue) for this current debate.

In the lawsuit, the Coalition Against Distracted Driving and Stephen L. Joseph, as an individual, seek an injunction against Apple, Samsung, Google, and Microsoft, requiring those companies to pay $1 billion annually to fund an “effective and ongoing national public education campaign” to educate drivers on the dangers of using smart phones and smart watches while driving. Continue reading “Distracted-Driving Suit Asks Judiciary to Sharply Veer into Legislature’s Lane”

Update: NLRB Continues its Opposition to Class-Action Arbitration Waivers

NLRBA December 10, 2015 WLF Legal Pulse post, Rebuffed Twice in Texas, the NLRB Takes its Crusade Against Arbitration to California, highlighted a pattern of National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decisions holding that binding class-action arbitration agreements violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), even though the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has twice overruled such a decision.

It seems as though the NLRB’s determination to march forward has not wavered. Just two weeks ago, in In re: Samsung Electronics America, Inc., the NLRB upheld a decision by an administrative law judge that Samsung violated the NLRA by requiring its employees to waive their rights to pursue collective claims and then attempting to enforce that agreement.

It is clear that the NLRB does not respect federal courts’ differing legal opinion as to the interpretation of the NLRA. Unfortunately, employers will now need to invest energy and resources to appeal individual NLRB decisions until the Board changes its current aggressive anti-arbitration stance.

Accountability for Thee, But Not for Me: EPA, the Animas River and “Environmental Crime”

Cement Creek, Silverton, Colorado
Cement Creek, Silverton, Colorado

Over the past two weeks, several executives for a now-bankrupt chemical supply company in West Virginia received prison sentences for discharges of a pollutant and for failing to have a pollution-prevention plan. At the same time these developments unfolded, a U.S. House of Representatives committee released a report shedding further light on the role of Environmental Protection Agency employees and contractors in the release of toxic wastewater from a Silverton, Colorado mine on August 5, 2015. The juxtaposition of the two cases amply demonstrates the double standard that prevails where federal government employees evade accountability for their actions while demanding full environmental compliance from everyone else. Continue reading “Accountability for Thee, But Not for Me: EPA, the Animas River and “Environmental Crime””

Sería Prematuro Para La Justicia Federal Levantar La Medida Cautelar Sobre Los Bonos Argentinos

Argentina*Editor’s Note: This is the Spanish-language version of a WLF Legal Pulse post, It Would Be Premature for Federal Court to Lift the Argentina Bond Injunction, published earlier today.

El gobierno argentino afirma haber dado vuelta la página y que son serios acerca de tomar las medidas necesarias para recuperar el visto bueno de la comunidad financiera internacional. El gobierno del nuevo presidente, Mauricio Macri, ha entrado en negociaciones extendidas con los tenedores de bonos en default, algunos de los cuales no han recibido ningún pago hace más de 15 años. Esa aparente predisposición a un compromiso merece un aplauso. Pero las acciones hablan más fuerte que las palabras. El pedido argentino de levantar la orden judicial vigente (realizado en los escritos presentados el jueves pasado en el juzgado y para ser presentado hoy por vía oral ante del juez) no se justifica hasta que la Nación lleve a cabo sus negociaciones en la buena fe prometida. Continue reading “Sería Prematuro Para La Justicia Federal Levantar La Medida Cautelar Sobre Los Bonos Argentinos”

It Would Be Premature for Federal Court to Lift the Argentina Bond Injunction

ArgentinaThe Argentinian government claims to have turned over a new leaf and become serious about taking the steps necessary to get back into the good graces of the international financial community. The regime of new President Mauricio Macri has entered into extended negotiations with holders of defaulted government bonds, some of whom have received no payments in over 15 years. That apparent willingness to compromise is to be applauded. But actions speak louder than words. Argentina’s request to lift the existing court injunction (made in court papers filed last Thursday and to be orally argued before the court today) is unwarranted until the nation carries through fully with its promised good-faith negotiations. Continue reading “It Would Be Premature for Federal Court to Lift the Argentina Bond Injunction”

WLF’s Annual Mid-Term Supreme Court Briefing Addresses Key Free-Enterprise Cases

Participants:

The Hon. Jay B. Stephens, Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Chairman, WLF Legal Policy Advisory Board
Gregory G. Katsas, Jones Day
Melissa Arbus Sherry, Latham & Watkins LLP
Ashley C. Parrish, King & Spalding LLP

SCOTUSblog Publishes WLF Commentary on United States v. Texas

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Washington Legal Foundation’s Chief Counsel, Rich Samp, authored a commentary published today on SCOTUSblog as part of symposium on United States v. Texas, a case the Supreme Court will consider during its current term regarding the Obama Administration’s deferred-action policy for immigration. Rich argues that the Court can decide the case solely on the grounds that the government violated the Administrative Procedure Act by failing to subject its policy to notice-and-comment rulemaking. Click HERE to read the commentary.