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    Judge Files Blistering Personal Objection to Class-Action Settlement

    The next time you get a class-action settlement notice in the mail, take a hard look at it. You might not be a judge, but a raw deal is easy to spot. Class-action settlements often involve major corporations and trial lawyers working hand-in-hand: Corporations shell out relatively modest sums to … More

    Goodlatte: 7 Things to Consider Before Taxing Internet Shopping

    Efforts in Congress to give state tax collectors power to tax out-of-state (mostly Internet) sales hit a roadblock Wednesday, as House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R–VA) released seven principles to guide the debate. These principles reflect the major concerns with such an expansion of taxing power, rightfully setting a … More

    Tales of the Red Tape #41: The FDA's Latest Mission Creep(iness)

    Federal regulations already dictate the shape, color, size, and content of the nutrition panel on food labels. Not good enough, apparently. The diet squad at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is preparing to track eye movements to uncover the “subconscious and conscious factors” behind our grocery choices. They plan … More

    Consumer "Watchdog" Tailing Consumers

    Many Americans are understandably unsettled by news reports about the National Security Agency’s widespread monitoring of telephone and Internet traffic. Attracting far less attention is the rampant snooping of a more personalized nature carried out daily by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The two-year-old agency created by the Dodd–Frank … More

    Congress Wants to Tell Americans How to Be More Efficient? Really?

    In the interest of trying to make better choices for consumers, Congress has been determined to legislate efficiency mandates for American homes and businesses since the late 1970s. The latest and much-awaited efficiency legislation is being reintroduced in the Senate tomorrow, with a House companion bill coming as early as … More

    Small Town Sympathy Shouldn’t Trump Common Sense Trade Policy

    Recent negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership have sent representatives of government supported industries, like New Balance shoes, scrambling for political help to maintain their high tariffs. While an economic case can’t be made for keeping these tariffs in place, proponents are touching a much more emotional one: culture. New England … More

    What Is the Separation of Powers?

    This week, President Obama made several recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. But here’s the catch: The Senate was in session, not in recess. As Heritage’s Todd Gaziano and Edwin Meese argue, President Obama’s unilateral determination that the Senate’s pro forma sessions … More

    It's Trash Day for Cribs That Don't Meet New Government Regulation

    Today is the deadline for U.S. retailers to unload any unsold cribs that don’t meet the federal government’s new safety standards. An estimated 100,000 cribs could be headed to the trash — even though they’ve never been declared unsafe or a hazard to children. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) … More