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U.S. PIRG Joins Legal Brief Defending CFPB Constitutionality

Attached is a brief, co-written by PIRG Litigation Director Mike Landis, filed today in the DC Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals, filed on behalf of U.S. PIRG Education Fund and other leading groups in support of the CFPB's constitutionality. The full circuit will hear the case en banc on May 24th, after it vacated its own 2-1 panel decision holding the CFPB's structure is unconstitutional. We filed an amicus also at the panel level. We, along with several other consumer and civil rights groups, several members of Congress and several state Attorneys General, had unsuccessfully requested party-intervenor status in the case at the panel and en banc levels.

Resource | Solid Waste

Escombros Después del Huracán María

El 20 de septiembre, el huracán María azotó a Puerto Rico con vientos sostenidos de 155 millas por hora, a solo 2 millas por hora de ser catalogado un ciclón categoría 5. La marejada ciclónica junto a precipitaciones que excedieron las 35 pulgadas en algunos sectores causaron inundaciones catastróficas en toda la isla. Según el gobernador de Puerto Rico, el costo estimado de los daños causados por el huracán María es de $95 mil millones, 1.5 veces el producto nacional bruto del territorio. Puerto Rico es hogar de 3.4 millones de ciudadanos estadounidenses que ahora enfrentan escasez de alimentos y agua, un esfuerzo masivo de limpieza y la necesidad de reconstruir su sistema eléctrico.

Privacy and Digital Rights Framework

Today, U.S. PIRG joined leading consumer, privacy and civil rights groups to issue a Privacy and Digital Rights Framework that must be part of any new federal privacy law. The release comes as a phalanx of big tech firms and their allies is urging Congress to instead enact a new law that serves them, but preempts stronger state laws and allows all current intrusive industry data collection, sharing and surveillance practices to continue unfettered by any aspect of consumer control or rights.

Resource | Budget, Tax

No Write-Offs for Health Care Scams

A new factsheet from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group documents how health care and pharmaceutical corporations are able to write off the payments they make to settle charges of wrongdoing, such as fraud, on their taxes

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