Progress Illinois reports on the Wage Theft Prevention Act:
The Chicago Tribune profiles Tom Frank’s old and new endeavor. The Baffler is back and personally, I can’t wait.
An old article, recently unearthed from below piles of paper in the office.
Two good discussions on health care reform this weekend, one from Ezra Klein at the Washington Post and the other from Frank Pasquale over at Health Reform Watch.
“Payday lenders are catastrophically harmful to all kinds of people including our plaintiff Kevin Johnson. They are also the outer edge of the more extreme examples of abusive practices, hidden fees and surprise changes in interest rates that even more respectable lending facilities engage in.”
This past week, Despres, Schwartz & Geoghegan joined Cohen & Frankel in filing an amended lawsuit that argues that the 17th amendment rights of Illinois citizens are violated by the State’s refusal to conduct a special election to fill the Senate currently occupied by Roland Burris, who was appointed by the seat by then-Governor Blagojevich.
In April, Tom’s criticism of the current state of consumer credit in America was the cover story for Harper’s magazine. Thomas Schaller of the Baltimore Sun references it in his most recent column.
While Despres, Schwartz & Geoghean pursue justice in the courtroom for victims of predatory lenders, legislative efforts in Springfield appear to have stalled.
Payday lenders in Illinois routinely skirt around the Payday Loan Reform Act by simply extending their loans beyond the length of time that the law considers to be a “payday loan.” Tom’s law firm is filing a class action suit against one of the biggest predatory lenders in the state.
The Nation asks an esteemed group of legal experts to weigh in with some advice for President Obama as he prepares to choose his nominee to replace retiring Justice David Souter on the Supreme Court.
On Tom’s Bookshelf
Barbara Ehrenreich - Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War
Jefferson Cowie - Stayin' Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class
Simon Johnson and James Kwak - Thirteen Bankers
Richard Rorty - Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature
Olivia Manning - Fortunes of War: the Balkan Trilogy