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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Arbitration Agreements

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Financial Crisis/Markets,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

Proposed regulations that would prohibit mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer financial products such as credit cards and bank accounts.  The clauses prevent consumers from joining together to sue banks or credit card companies for alleged wrongdoing.  Class rather than individual actions have proven more effective in challenging problematic practices in the past.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


CFPB Proposes Prohibiting Mandatory Arbitration Clauses that Deny Groups of Consumers Their Day in Court

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Financial Crisis/Markets,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

Press release which explains the reasons behind the proposed regulation that would prohibit mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer financial contracts.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


Deeming Tobacco Products to be Subject to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act ….

Categories: Headlines,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Smoking/Tobacco

Text of final rule which extends existing FDA authority over tobacco products to include e-cigarettes and all other categories of products that meet the statutory definition of tobacco product.  The new rule also bans the sale of e-tobacco products to those under age 18 and requires manufacturers to seek government approval of their products.  From the Food and Drug Administration


FDA Takes Significant Steps to Protect Americans from Dangers of Tobacco Through New Regulation

Categories: Headlines,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Smoking/Tobacco

Agency press release on new final regulations extending federal regulation over tobacco products to include e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco, and pipe tobacco.  Includes links to text of final rule, a fact sheet about the new rule, and related materials.  From the Food and Drug Administration


Inflation in the Costs of Building Aircraft Carriers

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Laws/Regulations,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Examines the inflation estimates of the Navy, how they were arrived at, what role economic inflation has played, and how costs attributable to compliance with federal, state, or local laws have affected the figures.  From the Congressional Budget Office


What’s on Television? The Intersection of Communications and Copyright Policies

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations,Property Rights,Telecommunications/Internet

Reviews the evolution of programming since the 1950s, the regulatory structure that was created to protect property rights and promote competition, and whether that regulatory structure needs major changes in the age of online video distributors.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Data Sharing Requirements by Federal Agency

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology

Provides a detailed analysis of 16 federal agency plans for data sharing as required by a mandate from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.  Describes how each agency plans to make digital data associated with projects they fund available for public access.  From the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)

(laws/regulations     science/technology)

Oil and Gas and Sulfur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf—Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control

Categories: Energy,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources,Weather/Disasters

Text of 500+ page final rule relating to the risk of offshore oil or gas blowouts such as the Deepwater Horizon tragedy.  The final rule covers all aspects of well control, including design requirements and operational procedures for well control equipment used in offshore oil and gas drilling operations.  From the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement of the Interior Department


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