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Big Tobacco Fights Back

In mid-April 2015, the FDA was sued on Free Speech grounds by major tobacco companies including R. J. Reynolds, Philip Morris, Lorillard Tobacco, Altria Group Inc., U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company, American Snuff Company and Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company. Filed in U. S. District Court in Washington, the suit alleges that FDA labeling guidelines preemptively […]

Too Big To Jail

At a November 2014 Senate Banking Committee hearing, the Federal Reserve was finally taken to task for shielding big banks from criminal prosecution as a matter of policy. November 21, 2014 marked the first time the policy was specifically admitted. Rumors had circulated that government authorities were exceptionally lenient on big banks and their officers […]

AT&T Mobility Throttles Customers

For A&T Mobility customers, there’s “unlimited” and then there’s “unlimited.” However, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says “Unlimited equals unlimited,” so the agency filed suit AT&T Mobility, LLC in late October 2014 for violations of the FTC Act. According to the FTC, AT&T offered “unlimited” data plans to customers, charged them for the privilege, changed […]

Red Cross and Questionable Disaster Response

Few brands are stronger than that of the American Red Cross. For decades, the Red Cross has been an overarching symbol of disaster relief, readily receiving endorsements from government officials and celebrities and $billions from Americans. However, internal and external assessments of the American Red Cross’ response to Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Isaac are disturbing. […]

Amazon Acquires Twitch

Online retail giant, Amazon.com, scored a major coup in late September 2014 by acquiring Twitch, an online platform for live streaming and viewing video game sessions (also known as “e-sports”). Internet platforms such as Twitch allow users to stream themselves playing video games or to watch others play video games. The $970 million price tag […]