Showing 5 posts from November 2014.

CPM Responds to Surge of Undocumented Children with Pro Bono Services

Due to rampant drug and gang violence in Central America—particularly in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras—there has been a huge influx or “surge” of unaccompanied minors immigrating to the United States.  Read More ›

Report: “Private Placement” Issuers and Brokers Take Exploitation of Main Street Investors to New Heights Amid Fracking Boom

“Wildcatter” oil and gas prospecting companies and unscrupulous brokerage firms are riding the explosive growth of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” in the United States to reap sizable profits off unsuspecting Main Street investors, according to a recent investigative series report done by Reuters.  According to a recent report issued by Reuters, Ameriprise shaped deals to sell more securities potentially harming investors.   Read More ›

California Legislature’s Changes to Labor Code Finally Paying Off for Whistleblowers

The Legislature has enacted several changes to the California Labor Code designed to protect employee-whistleblower activity. Many of these changes relate directly to areas in which CPM practices. The Legislature’s changes are beginning to pay real dividends to whistleblowers who expose the corporate wrongdoing of their employers. Read More ›

Feds Continue to Target “Forced Arbitration” Clauses in Consumer, Employment Contracts

In a recent op/ed in Salon, labor and consumer organizations teamed up to criticize the vast impact of “forced arbitration” clauses in consumer and employment contracts, and to call on Congress to act on behalf of the great majority of its constituents and ban the practice. Read More ›

Sixth Circuit Upholds Gay Marriage Bans, Setting Stage for Likely Supreme Court Review

On November 6, 2014, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld bans on gay marriage in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. The ruling in the consolidated appeal overturns four district court decisions that found the bans unconstitutional. Significantly, the Sixth Circuit’s opinion contradicts decisions from four other federal circuit courts of appeal finding similar bans unconstitutional and is the first time a federal circuit court has upheld a gay marriage ban after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in United States v. Windsor, 133 S. Ct. 2675 (2013) (finding the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional). The United States Supreme Court has thus far declined to hear appeals from decisions finding the bans unconstitutional, but the Sixth Circuit’s decision creates a “circuit split,” making Supreme Court review likely.     Read More ›