Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren asks JPMorgan Chase to stop “exploiting its customers”

In a letter to JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s CEO, Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren asked the bank to stop “exploiting its customers” by using what the bank considers the “standard practice” of asking its customers to arbitrate potential claims against it. https://www.americanbanker.com/articles/warren-tells-dimon-to-stop-exploiting-with-forced-arbitration. Chase’s customers can, however, opt out of mandatory arbitration by mailing written rejection notices …

Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren asks JPMorgan Chase to stop “exploiting its customers” Read More »

Contractors with White Ancestry got $300 million Claiming to be Native American

In St. Louis, MO, a contractor recently was awarded a lucrative government contract set aside for minority businesses by claiming to be Cherokee. He was found out and stripped of his minority status. https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-na-cherokee-minority-contracts-20190626-story.html Since 2000, the federal government and authorities in 18 states, including California, have awarded more than $300 million under minority contracting …

Contractors with White Ancestry got $300 million Claiming to be Native American Read More »

Information Asymmetries Lead to Women Being Underpaid

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris has revealed a plan that would overhaul American discrimination laws to ensure that women and men are paid the same for the same work. https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-kamala-harris-women-equal-pay-california-20190520-story.html Under the plan, companies with 100 or more employees would, among other things, be required to obtain a federal certification showing they are not underpaying …

Information Asymmetries Lead to Women Being Underpaid Read More »

Post-Jesner Climate Change Litigation under the Alien Tort Statute, 44 Colum. J. Envtl. L. 395

Climate change is as vexing a problem as ever. Around the world, plaintiffs are taking steps to fight climate change through lawsuits against both governments and corporate entities, among other steps. At times, such lawsuits may seem somewhat tenuous, but litigation spurs progress. Actions to stem the dangers of climate change need to be taken …

Post-Jesner Climate Change Litigation under the Alien Tort Statute, 44 Colum. J. Envtl. L. 395 Read More »

See You in Court: Around the World in Eight Climate Change Lawsuits, 42 Wm. & Mary Envtl. L. & Pol’y Rev. 525

Climate change action is proving to be the political, diplomatic, and legal rollercoaster of our time. Just as the Paris Agreement got adopted by almost every single nation in the world and was hailed as the most promising international environmental law development for years, if not ever, the incoming Trump administration announced its intent to …

See You in Court: Around the World in Eight Climate Change Lawsuits, 42 Wm. & Mary Envtl. L. & Pol’y Rev. 525 Read More »

Trophy Hunting–A Relic of the Past, 42 J. Envtl. L. & Litig. 525

It seems so obvious: you don’t save rare animals by shooting them. Yet, trophy hunters stubbornly argue that this is just the case. They claim that their hunts help raise awareness about species extinction and that the money they pay for the hunts helps conservation efforts and contributes to local economies. Conservationists point out that …

Trophy Hunting–A Relic of the Past, 42 J. Envtl. L. & Litig. 525 Read More »

Rethinking Force Majeure in Public International Law, 37 Pace L. Rev. 455

Climate change is one of today’s most significant and complex problems. The number and level of severity of extreme weather events is increasing rapidly around the world. One year after the next, we learn that heat records have been broken once again. Climate change has been traced to a wide range of severe problems around …

Rethinking Force Majeure in Public International Law, 37 Pace L. Rev. 455 Read More »

Climate Geoengineering and Its Governance

What can we do today to work toward adequate governance of climate engineering down the road? In this podcast, Myanna Dellinger discusses with Matthias Honegger why governance urgently requires a global conversation open to all, which can help unearth concerns, risks and opportunities associated with various new ways to dealing with climate change in the context of …

Climate Geoengineering and Its Governance Read More »

Loss and Damage under the Paris Agreement

In this interview, recorded August 10th, 2016, Professor Myanna Dellinger interviews Wil Burns on Loss and Damage under the Paris Agreement. Wil Burns is the Co-Executive Director of the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment in the School of International Service at American University. He formerly directed the Energy Policy & Climate program at Johns Hopkins University, and is the immediate past President of the Association …

Loss and Damage under the Paris Agreement Read More »

An “Act of God”?: Rethinking Contractual Impracticability in an Era of Anthropogenic Climate Change, 67 Hastings L. J. 1551

“Extreme” weather has become the new normal. What were previously considered to be inexplicable and unpredictable “acts of God” can no longer reasonably be said to be so. They are acts of man. The established doctrine of contractual impracticability rests on the notion that a party may be exculpated from contractual liability if supervening events …

An “Act of God”?: Rethinking Contractual Impracticability in an Era of Anthropogenic Climate Change, 67 Hastings L. J. 1551 Read More »