California Promises to Fight EPA Plan on Car Standards
- The Trump administration's plan to revoke California's ability to set its own clean car standards promises to ignite a monumental legal fight between a dozen states and the federal government.
- His comments came after news broke that Trump EPA officials will announce a formal effort as soon as today to repeal California's ability to set vehicle standards that exceed federal requirements.
- The 1970 Clean Air Act folded in California's authority to set its own standards, because the state's law predated the federal act.
- There's no legal precedent for the planned EPA action, said Julia Stein, project director for the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA School of Law. That makes one wonder whether the agency will rely on its "inherent authority" under the Clean Air Act, said Thad Lightfoot, partner at Dorsey & Whitney law firm in Minneapolis.
Capsule scooped up $200 million to expand its prescription delivery service nationwide
- Capsule could see success among millennials thanks to its strong digital offerings and because delivery options from incumbents have only garnered lukewarm consumer interest.
- Now is the right time for Capsule to be expanding, as Amazon-acquired PillPack languishes in what could be a lengthy legal fight.
- PillPack has been tied up in a legal saga with incumbents for months, and most recently, Surescripts — which manages 80% of all US prescription data — cut PillPack off from accessing its prescription information.
- However, PillPack's legal troubles could open the door for new players like Capsule to secure a foothold among consumers.
- And we expect to see more digital pharmacy startups make bold growth plays in the near future, capitalizing on Amazon and PillPack being embroiled in their feud with Surescripts, as they scramble to gather consumer mindshare before Amazon finally enters the picture in earnest.
Two-thirds of Americas want to break up companies like Amazon and Google
- Americans are pretty on board with breaking up Big Tech, especially if it means companies such as Amazon and Google stop showing them search results they make money off of first.
- Another tech company issue appears to strike a chord with people even more: Almost seven in 10 Americans say it’s a good idea to break up big tech companies when the content they’re showing people is ranked depending on whether the company is making money off of it or not.
- Forty-two percent of Americans who consider themselves very liberal and 40 percent of those who say they’re very conservative strongly support breaking up tech companies to foster competition, while about 30 percent of those who identify as liberal or conservative say the same.
- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has clashed with Amazon on multiple occasions, criticized Facebook and Google for destroying local media, and said he will “absolutely” look into breaking up tech companies.
Anime trolls tried to silence a #MeToo campaign with legal threats — and got shut down hard
- Defending against those claims, even without going to trial, could cost his accusers tens of thousands of dollars — a point that Mignogna’s lawyer, Ty Beard, not-so-subtly highlighted on Twitter.
- A well-crafted anti-SLAPP law offers defendants an “early exit ramp” from a bogus suit by forcing plaintiffs to confront possible defenses earlier in the process.
- Fortunately for Mignogna’s accusers, the suit was filed in Texas, which has the gold standard of anti-SLAPP laws in the Texas Citizens Participation Act. Also working in the defendants’ favor was the fact that Beard had never actually handled a defamation case before — a fact which became abundantly clear when his first cease and desist letters went out.
- The letters, with their bizarre and legally questionable claims, quickly came to the attention of New York litigator Akiva Cohen who was so amused by the letters that he tagged Ken White who runs the popular @Popehat account.
Make a healthy climate a legal right that extends to future generations
- One solution is to recognise the rights of future generations to a healthy environment, which would open the door for lawsuits on climate inaction and keep governments accountable to their commitments under international law.
- If a government does not take sufficient action on climate change now, then it is not doing enough to prevent harm to future generations, thus violating their rights to a healthy environment.
- A similar case was introduced in Pakistan in 2015, where a seven-year-old girl, represented by her father, filed a petition against the state for violating the constitutional rights of today’s youth and future generations because of its failure to combat climate change.
- Although it is simply one path of many that will be required to achieve climate justice, enshrining the rights of future generations to a healthy Earth could have lasting impacts on judicial and policy decisions for decades to come.
Opinion: Lewandowski hearing was a disaster
- Watch Honig answer reader questions on "CNN Newsroom with Ana Cabrera" at 5:40 p.m. ET Sundays.
- For example, when asked why he did not transmit Trump's initial message to Sessions, Lewandowski glibly responded that he went on vacation instead.
- Plainly, Lewandowski did not deliver the message because he knew Trump's message to Sessions was wrong and illegal.
- By those statements, House Democrats essentially have conceded the Mueller report is not enough -- perhaps politically more than legally -- and there needs to be something more to proceed.
- Moving forward, House Democrats need to address this question squarely: Is the conduct in the Mueller report enough to impeach?
- (Note: they don't need more -- the House impeached President Bill Clinton based on the written report of Independent Counsel Ken Starr, without calling live witnesses).
Musk spent $50,000 digging into critic’s personal life
- What matters is that Musk believed the claims were true at the time he repeated them to BuzzFeed reporter Ryan Mac. Musk also blames Mac for publishing the email even though Musk had marked it as "off the record." Ultimately, Musk argues, he shouldn't be held legally responsible for false claims about Unsworth winding up in the media.
- Hence, Musk's lawyers conclude, "there is no evidence that Musk intended or believed that his July 15 tweets, that Unsworth was "pedo guy'" would be interpreted as fact.
- On the one hand, he argues that his early tweets—that Unsworth was a "pedo guy" and Musk would "bet ya a signed dollar" it was true—was meant to be merely generic insults, not factual claims.
12 US cities where even the highest earners can barely afford housing
- According to a new report from LendingTree's chief economist Tendayi Kapfidze, working in a metro area's highest-paying industry can make it easier to afford a home in the median price range.
- The highest-paid workers in 10 other metro areas have less than $800 a month left over after covering housing costs, assuming they own a median-priced home, according to the LendingTree report.
- Below are the metro areas where typical workers in the highest-paid industries — most commonly legal, architecture and engineering, and computers and mathematics — have the narrowest margin between what they can comfortably afford and what they likely pay for a home.
- The estimated monthly payment for a median-priced home in the area is $3,207, but a worker in the highest paying industry should spend about $2,871 — a difference of $336.
The Trump administration says 'humane policing' could be used to reduce homelessness
- The Trump administration said this week it could address homelessness through heavier law enforcement activity, but it wasn't immediately clear whether any such initiative would face legal challenges.
- The CEA said a policy to arrest or jail individuals solely because they were homeless would be "inhumane and wrong." But officials did not offer any specific proposals for how police would be asked to help reduce homelessness.
- The call for increased policing has drawn backlash from advocacy groups who argued that it could effectively criminalize homelessness and impose legally-questionable regulations on local governments.
- In its report, the CEA also blamed homelessness on overregulation in the housing market.
- It estimated that deregulation would reduce homelessness by an average of nearly a third in major cities, including by 40% in Los Angeles, by 36% in Washington, and 23% in New York City.
- In San Francisco, the administration said it could cut homelessness in half.
Treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin is the 3rd Trump administration member linked to Jeffrey Epstein or his circle
- A new link has emerged between a member of the Trump administration and the circle of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.
- According to The Daily Beast, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin's name appears on legal documents for a company co-owned by Jean Luc Brunel, a friend and associate of Jeffrey Epstein.
- On the official documents, the Beast says that Mnuchin is listed as "state point of contact" for Brunel's Next Management Corporation, a company he formed in 1988 with his brother.
- A Treasury spokesperson confirmed to the Beast that Mnuchin is a friend of Faith Kates, who co-founded a separate company, Next Modelling Agency, alongside Brunel and his brother.
- President Donald Trump himself attended social events with Epstein in New York and Florida years before launching his political career.