Climate Change Regulation Through Litigation: New York’s Investigation of ExxonMobil under the Martin Act

By Chris Erickson* In November 2015, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman began an investigation into whether ExxonMobil made public statements about climate change that conflicted with its own internal research.[1] Schneiderman issued a subpoena to ExxonMobil ordering production of documents related to its internal climate change research and the use of that research in […]

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Repurposing Ecolabels: Consumer Pressure as a Tool to Abate Human Rights Violations in International Fisheries

By Andrew Miller* Introduction In March of 2015, the Associated Press (AP) published AP Investigation: Slaves May Have Caught the Fish You Bought.[1] It was the first in a series of articles the AP would publish over the next eighteen months detailing the squalor and oppression faced daily by thousands of Southeast Asian fishermen.[2] What […]

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The Future of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Or: Could We Come up with a Worse Initialism than CFPB?

By Tommy La Voy* In the beginning, there was laissez-faire. But after the Great Depression, cooler heads prevailed, and a network of financial regulations were created. Years passed; the history of the Depression became legend, and legend became myth. Financial deregulation and regulatory capture defanged the cops on the Wall Street beat. Bush was president, […]

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Conserving the Value of Conservation Easement Valuations

By Joan Campau* In December 2015, President Obama signed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, a section of which expanded and made permanent several tax deductions intended to incentivize private land conservation through conservation easements.[1] While conservationists celebrate this milestone, there is growing concern that conservation easements are being utilized as tax shelters […]

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Water Rights and Rural Development in Washington: the Effect of the Recent Hirst Decision on Counties

By Oliva Cares* The recent Washington Supreme Court decision, Whatcom County v. W. Washington Growth Mgmt. Hr’gs Bd.[1](Hirst), appears to carry with it hefty implications for the future of water rights disputes in Washington State and for the obligations counties have under the Growth Management Act. This blog will provide a background on the decision, […]

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