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The Trump-Loving Lawyer Who Won’t Stop Suing Fox News

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Douglas Wigdor, a life-long Republican, has risen to prominence as an anti-discrimination lawyer based on his multiple c ...

So You Want to Move to the U.S.?

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

A minor industry has developed in visas through the EB-5 program. The EB-5 program lets immigrants obtain residency visa ...

Guarding Big Pharma’s Crown Jewel

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

AbbVie Inc., the maker of Humira, a biologic treatment for inflammatory diseases, uses a patent thicket strategy to main ...

Hard Rain and Hard Lessons

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Lax regulations in the Houston area aggravated the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Some examples: Houston is the only m ...

J&J Loses $417 Million Talc Verdict in First California Case

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Johnson & Johnson, the world’s largest healthcare company, was recently handed a $417 judgment for failure to ...

Buffet Likes Solar, But Not the Price Tag

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Many utilities, including those owned by Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway, are pushing back against the Public U ...

He Objects

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Some organizations are challenging “disclosure-only” lawsuits. In these suits, if some aspect of the merger ...

St. Louis Loses Favor with Plaintiffs

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

A 2017 U.S. Supreme Court case ruled that there must be a connection between the forum and the specific claims at issue ...

Saving Face

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Illinois passed the Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) in 2008. BIPA requires user permission to collect and store ...

Roundup: The Usual Suspect

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Mosanto is facing class action litigation over glyphosate, a major ingredient in Roundup. While the EPA’s Office o ...

What’s Jeff Sessions Up To?

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Jeff Sessions is seeking to overturn parts of the Obama administration’s legal legacy. Perhaps most significant, S ...

‘I Need More Mexicans’

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The enforcement-only approach to immigration is leading to sharp labor shortages in agriculture and construction. Undocu ...

ICO Is the New IPO

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

There has been a rapid growth this year in the use of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) to fund new ventures. ICOs are a for ...

Dept. of Shell Companies, Clandestine Accounts & Bribery

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Odebrecht, a Brazilian construction firm, has paid hundreds of millions of dollars in fines and seen several of its exec ...

Why the U.K.’s Whistles Remain Mostly Unblown

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and IRS pay whistleblowers a percentage of penalties. The British fina ...

Does Foreign Steel Threaten U.S. Security?

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The U.S. Commerce Department has started a Section 232 investigation of the steel and aluminum industry. Section 232 is ...

Your Money or Your Data!

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The WannaCry cyberattack raised awareness of many outdated computer systems' vulnerabilities. Fingers have been pointed ...

When Fighting (Alleged) Crime Doesn't Pay

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Francisco Riordan, when he was an employee of Silicon Valley’s Rothenberg Ventures, passed along documents to the ...

E-Z Auto Loans Are A Tough Business

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Don Foss recently stepped down as chairman of Credit Acceptance Corp, a company that pioneered subprime auto loans. Many ...

Fannie and Freddie’s Many Happy Returns

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Investors have filed suit, claiming that dividends paid by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to the federal government constitu ...

Would You Pay for Your Online Privacy?

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

There is room to defend the Trump administration’s overturn of the Obama administration’s rules covering onl ...

Beware of Sharks

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Loan Sharks: The Birth of Predatory Lending by finance professor Charles Geisst traces predatory lending from its beginn ...

California vs. Trump Over Car Emissions

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

There is a conflict between California and the Trump Administration over car emissions. Historically, the Clean Air Act ...

There’s More Than One Way to Wear a Wire

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Guy Gentile was a stock broker who focused on pump-and-dump schemes, whereby promoters publicize shell companies and dum ...

Wall Street Legend Flops in Sports Betting

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Howard Lutnick’s sports gambling company, CG Technology, is reportedly being shopped around to gauge interest in a ...

Will the GOP Finally Crush Class Actions?

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia) has introduced legislation to reform class actions. The proposed legislation would limit ...

If Not Dodd-Frank, Then... What?

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Although as a candidate President Trump promised to repeal the Dodd-Frank financial reform, such repeal does not appear ...

Labor’s Last Stand

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

There are now twenty-eight states with right-to-work laws that ban mandatory union dues. The last case to address t ...

Blowing Down That Fiduciary Rule

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

President Trump ordered the Labor Department to reconsider the fiduciary rule, scheduled to go into effect in April 2017 ...

The 'Travel Ban' Heads for the Courts

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

President Donald Trump's executive order restricting immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countrie ...

Apple Tries the Full-Court Press

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Apple is suing Qualcomm on antitrust grounds over licensing fees. Qualcomm makes most of the advanced chips for cell pho ...

How to Make a €367 Million Loss Disappear

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

DeutscheBank structured a transaction with Italy’s Monte dei Paschi bank that allegedly helped to disguise trading ...

Unionize Me

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Gig-economy firms such as Uber and Handy continue to face legal challenges to their treatment of workers as independent ...

Red Flags Abounded on Platinum Partners

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Mark Nordlicht, co-founder of the hedge fund Platinum Partners, has been arrested for what's alleged to be one of the bi ...

Can You Say Class Action in German? Nein

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The Volkswagen emissions litigation has highlighted the obstacles plaintiffs face in the German legal system. Class acti ...

Is Kratom a Deadly Drug or A Life-Saving Medicine?

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) recently decided to allow public comment on its proposal to label kratom a Schedu ...

Banking Regulation

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

There are several areas where bank regulation may change under the new Trump Administration: capital requirements, small ...

A Rush to Regulate Before Inauguration

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The Obama administration has accelerated its issuance of regulations as the president's term nears an end. There is some ...

The Fall of Warren’s CFPB?

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) is under challenge given that President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to ...

When the President’s a Billionaire

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

President-elect Trump faces unique conflict of interest issues upon assuming the presidency. He has said he will address ...

How Not to Regulate The Internet

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently passed new privacy rules requiring broadband providers to seek perm ...

Where the Future’s AT(&T)

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

AT&T has made an $85 billion takeover bid for Time Warner. The AT&T-Time Warner takeover must be approved b ...

Bring On the Lawyers

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The British exit from the European Union (“Brexit”) is causing a sharp increase in the demand for legal and ...

Another Dispute Over the Sept. 11 Lawsuit Bill

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Congress recently overrode a presidential veto to pass the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (Jasta), which had ...

Not in My Back Yard

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Oxitec, a British biotechnology company, has developed a genetically modified mosquito that breeds with mosquitoes alleg ...

Plaintiff’s Lawyers > St. Louis

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Some Missouri state courts in the St. Louis area have become attractive to the plaintiff’s bar. One reason is that ...

Miracle Whipped

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Hampton Creek, a Silicon Valley–based maker of vegan products, is under investigation by the SEC and the Justice D ...

House Panel Calls Stumpf to Testify as Part of Wells Probe

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The House Financial Services Committee will be interviewing Wells Fargo & Co. executives about the recent scandal in ...

#ExxonKnew Now What?

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Eric Schneiderman, the New York State attorney general, is investigating Exxon over misleading investors and regulators ...

Creating a Problem—And a Lucrative Solution

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Monsanto genetically engineered soybeans and cotton to resist its herbicide, dicamba. Dicamba is deadly to ordinary soyb ...

New Rule Takes the Wind Out of Public Lands

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The federal government is establishing new rules that will allow competitive bidding on selected government tracts for r ...

When A Tech Patent Is Neither

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Two years ago in Alice v. CLS Bank, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that implementing “abstract ideas” on a com ...

Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition, discusses several issues involving European antitrust policy ...

Golfing with the Enemy

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Members of the Trump Organization have made several trips to Cuba over recent years. The Cuban trade embargo prohibits t ...

A Big Settlement That Won’t Fix the Problem

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Volkswagen’s $15 billion settlement with the EPA still allows the car company to exceed pollution standards. Volks ...

The Fake Factory That Pumped Out Real Money

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Philip Rivkin, former chief executive of Green Diesel, was sentenced to ten years in jail for fraudulent selling of rene ...

Courts Deal a Setback to Unions and Obama

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

In March, the Obama administration proposed a rule requiring the disclosure of payments to consultants advising companie ...

The Fix for Immigration

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The U.S. Supreme Court reached a four-to-four deadlock on the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans program. Under th ...

Govern This With These?

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Important issues in the interface between the law and the internet are being adjudicated in court. Society is slowly mov ...

Letting Mom-To-Be Sit

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

There has been a recent stream of added protection to pregnant employees. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that preg ...

Sweet Cakes with a Bitter Aftertaste

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

An Oregon couple is appealing a $135,000 fine for refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex couple. They argue that baking ...

Want to Sell Caskets? Get a License

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

There is a crazy quilt of occupational licensing laws across the country. A White House report found that more than 1,10 ...

Suing Your Bank Could Soon Be Easier

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently issued a proposed rule that would restore the right of people to join ...

HR Startup Has an HR Problem

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Zenefits, a Silicon Valley start-up providing online insurance brokerage services, ran into numerous legal problems arou ...

The Cost of Resistance

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

LabMD, a medical testing company, has been in a protracted legal fight with the Federal Trade Commission over leaks of b ...

Wall Street Chips Away at Dodd-Frank

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Legal challenges are mounting against the Dodd-Frank financial reform. A federal court recently ruled that the designati ...

States Pay a Price for Being LGBT-Unfriendly

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

A number of corporations have objected to North Carolina's HB2, which blocks local ordinances that extend public accommo ...

A Choice Between Cuts and Bankruptcy

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Central States Pension Fund, the multiemployer pension fund for truckers, faces the choice of either cutting benefits or ...

A Strategy of Mutually Assured Destruction

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Jawbone, a maker of fitness trackers, sued its competitor, Fitbit, in California state court over patent infringement an ...

Help Workers, Risk Losing Money for Cops

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The Arizona legislature is considering legislation preventing the state's cities from requiring companies to provide pai ...

Cheers! Enjoy a Tall Glass of Roundup

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has declared that glyphosate—the key ingredient in the weed ...

Tesla Takes on the Dealerships—and GM

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

There is a struggle in state legislatures over the right of Tesla to sell cars directly to consumers. In Indiana legisla ...

Someone Didn't Get the Memo

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Apple is resisting a court order to help the government access the iPhone that belonged to the shooter in the San Bernar ...

Justice For the Big Guys

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

While Justice Antonin Scalia may be most known for his originalist constitutional philosophy, his greatest impact may be ...

Can You Patent This?

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Banks are now competing with software companies in seeking finance patents. Banks have been motivated in part by suits o ...

Payday Lenders On the Run

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CPFB) will be issuing rules soon on payday lending. The key regulation pertain ...

Who Owns the Sun?

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The Nevada Public Utilities Commission recently changed rules that set back Elon Musk’s SolarCity in its battle wi ...

The Case for Allowing U.S. States to Declare Bankruptcy

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The fiscal crisis in Puerto Rico has raised again the question of whether states should be allowed to file bankruptcy. C ...

Clash of the Evergreen Giants

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

There are two competing proposals to address greenhouse gas emissions in the state of Washington. One would impose mitig ...

Spotify Isn't Laughing Off This Lawsuit

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Musicians are suing Spotify for failing to fully pay for songs that it streams. Some of the suits are seeking class-acti ...

I'll Show You Climate Change! Senator Mitch McConnell and The Coal Industry's Last Stand

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Senator Mitch McConnell has been fighting the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The EPA plan sets individual state carbon-re ...

'Hey, Pops, My Student Loans Are Due'

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Robert Murphy, a 65 year old with over $246,000 in Parent PLUS student loans for his children, is emblematic of a nation ...

Vial Accusations

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Elizabeth Holmes, founder of medical diagnostics company Theranos, has been facing challenges to the credibility of her ...

That Feeling When You Win a Supreme Court Case and Get Nothing

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

In several ideologically driven cases, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the standing of the plaintiffs even when the pl ...

Surveillance in Aisle 4

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Walmart hired Lockheed Martin to monitor activities, including social media, of an employee organization seeking higher ...

New York Gambles on A Daily Fantasy Ban

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The State of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent cease-and-desist orders to DraftKings and FanDuel, the dom ...

Antitrust Trainwreck: The Scandal Undoing the Largest Antitrust Class Action Ever

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Keila Ravelo, a partner with Wilkie Farr & Gallagher, faces 25 years in prison on fraud and tax evasion charges. Mel ...

The Teacher Who Could Gut Unions

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

In the current U.S. Supreme Court case of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (CTA), the plaintiff is challeng ...

Your Health Plan Will Now Self-Destruct

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Ten nonprofit co-ops created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have failed recently in part due to a lack of Congressiona ...

Google Books' Win May Threaten Other Media

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

In a long running case, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Google’s digital book database did not viol ...

Making Millions From Mother’s Milk

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has made a significant impact on Medela, the Swiss manufacturer of breast pumps. The ACA r ...

A Biden Buddy Picks a Fight Over Mortgages

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Like many investors, Gary Hindes, who heads Delaware Bay, is bullish on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the mortgage finance ...

Small-Town America Falls Out of Love With the Prison-Industrial Complex

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The IRS is going after counties that issued tax-free bonds to build jails used by federal agencies. Consultants had urge ...

No Place for Old Waiters at Texas Roadhouse?

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

A Florida plaintiff is suing Texas Roadhouse for age discrimination in hiring. The compnay claims its hiring policies ar ...

Was Tom Hayes in Charge of a $350 Trillion Conspiracy? Or Just Taking the Fall for One?

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

This book excerpt tells the tale of Tom Hayes, the derivatives trader who was sentenced to fourteen years in prison for ...

A Push to Regulate Alternative Medicines

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Consumer complaints are leading to a possible increase in Food and Drug Administration (FDA) scrutiny of homeopathi ...

Worker Safety

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is still working on updating silica-exposure rules first set in ...

No Fare: The Wrath of the Taxi King

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

During the Great Depression, many jobless men in New York City turned to driving taxi cabs for a living, flooding t ...

Insider Trading Then and Now

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

A new variant of insider trading involves hacking computer servers in place of the traditional method of exploiting pers ...

How Google Lost Europe

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Google has thus far been unsuccessful in settling antitrust claims by the European Union (EU). The company has been accu ...

Making the Seas Safer for Fishermen

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Commercial fishing remains one of the most dangerous occupations in the country. Nevertheless, the government has been s ...

Plea Deals Are Easy, Juries Are Hard

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The Department of Justice has won record settlements in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) cases, even though the gove ...

Diva of Wall Street

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The Securities and Exchange Commission has filed a case against Collateralized Loan Obligations operated by Pa ...

What Does Harper Lee Want?

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

HarperCollins has released Go Set A Watchman, a companion book to Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. The writer i ...

How Uber Rolls

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Uber has been spending considerable resources lobbying local governments for regulations permitting ride-sharing service ...

The Student Debt Collection Mess

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The National Collegiate Student Loan Trust has filed more than 4,000 lawsuits in five states in an effort to collect on ...

Arne vs. The Students

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The students who attended Corinthian Colleges are seeking debt relief in bankruptcy. Moreover, Corinthian Colleges is th ...

The Agency That Barely Moves

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The SEC, under the leadership of Mary Jo White, has been criticized for the slow pace of rule-making and regulatory refo ...

Is There Anyone David Boies Won't Represent?

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

David Boies, founder of Boies, Schiller & Flexner (BS&F), plays both sides of the court room and not just the co ...

The First Rate-Rigging Trial Begins in London

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Thomas Hayes, a former trader, is the first person to stand trial for Libor-rigging. Libor is the benchmark interest rat ...

Ron Wyden's Lonely Crusade

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

There is bipartisan support and opposition to granting President Obama fast track trade authority. Fast track trade auth ...

Can Someone Else Decide?

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Time is running out for states that did not expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Some states still receive ext ...

In Plain Sight

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Swiss bank executives have been subject to criminal liability in the U.S. for assisting Americans with tax evasion. The ...

Big Pharma’s Patent Wars

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The legal battles continue on “product hopping” by pharmaceutical companies. Product hopping (also known as ...

Better Call Brent

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Brent Yessin, a Tampa-based attorney, has been promoting city and county right-to-work laws that ban union shops. Union ...

Bank Customers May Get Their Day in Court

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently released a study of mandatory arbitration in consumer financial ...

A Split Over Protecting Investors

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The U.S. Department of Labor is considering applying a fiduciary standard to brokers who handle 401(k) plans. Currently, ...

Replacing Class-Action Postcards With "Likes"

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

A federal judge recently gave plaintiffs permission to use social media to seek potential members of a class-action law ...

On Payday Loans, Churches Ask, "WWJD?"

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

In a confrontation that clergy cast as God vs. greed, religious leaders and consumer advocates in such U.S. states as Al ...

Get Out the Way

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The average weight of pick-up trucks has grown 26 percent since 2000, in part due to consumer demand and in part due to ...

Walking Away From Clean Coal

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The EPA has withdrawn support for construction of a coal plant with coal-capture technology. Coal-capture technology eit ...

Let Them Eat Burgers

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The Shack Shake IPO issued dual-stock with founding investors holding 85.9 percent of the voting rights. Shake Shack als ...

A Fight for More Clarity on Surveillance

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

U.S. internet companies have been resisting federal data requests. Twitter sued under the First Amendment arguing it was ...

Painting the Keystone XL Pipeline Green

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Critics have found flaws in the Environmental Resources Management (ERM) environmental impact report on the Keystone XL ...

Mother of a Problem

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

According to the United Nations’ International Labour Organization, there are only two countries in the world that ...

Apple Store Workers Take Up Wage Fight

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

In Integrity Staffing Solutions v. Busk, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that time spent waiting in security lines was not ...

Opening Remarks: Cuba Isn't Libre Yet

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

On Dec. 17, President Obama relaxed travel, trade, and banking restrictions with Cuba. The new Cuba policy will ease res ...

Giving Cops Their Own Special Justice

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The use of special prosecutors could help avoid the problems generated by the failure to indict police in the deaths of& ...

How Two Legal Cases Established Sexual Harassment as a Civil Rights Violation

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Bloomberg BusinessWeek lists sexual harassment law as the 46th most disruptive idea of recent times. A U.S. district cou ...

Payday Loans Move Onto the Reservation

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Web-based payday lenders have been moving to Native American reservations to avoid state regulation. Payday loans are sh ...

Obamacare's YouTube Challenge

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

A Philadelphia investment advisor posted comments by  Jonathon Gruber that may impact a U.S. Supreme Court ruling o ...

The Other Way to Raise Worker Pay

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

A majority of states have set a minimum wage above the federal rate. Having been given permission to exceed the federal ...

Coal Lobbies for More Time to Burn

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

There is some resistance to the EPA's draft carbon dioxide emissions rule. The EPA is seeking to cut carbon dioxide emis ...

The Bailout Reunion Trial

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Maurice Greenberg, former CEO of AIG, is suing the federal government over the AIG bail out. Greenberg owned 11 percent ...

Home-Care Aides Get a Raise - At a Price

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The U.S. Department of Labor is holding off on enforcing a new regulation that would require home-care workers who look ...

All You Need to Know About Net Neutrality

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The FCC is considering new rules on net neutrality. Net neutrality is the concept that Internet service providers (ISPs) ...

Fracking's Funny Numbers

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

A review of oil driller data indicates that oil and gas reserves reported to investors are 6.6 times the amount reported ...

A Subprime Market Grows in the Shadows

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

A subprime market has been growing for bonds backed by auto loans. The market for these bonds is $17.7 billion as of Sep ...

A Showdown Over Housing Discrimination

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The U.S. Supreme Court is deciding whether to hear a Texas case involving the use of the disparate impact standard in Fa ...

Using the Web to Police Dangerous Workplaces

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will take a "name and shame" approach to safety regulation. OSH ...

Cutting Waste--Or Creating Monopolies?

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Under the Affordable Care Act, hospital mergers are supposed to cut costs by reducing redundancies and waste. However, h ...

Greenhouse Gas Is Groovy

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The oil industry has been attempting to slow down California's cap-and-trade regulations by supporting grass-roots conce ...

States Step In to Put a Lid on Health Costs

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

A November ballot measure in California will give the state authority to reject health-insurance premium increases. The ...

Free Trade Man

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

American special effects professionals are losing work to tax subsidized firms in foreign countries. They tried to get t ...

Not Risky

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

John Biggs, an executive-in-residence at the NYU Stern School of Business, co-edited a recent book, Modernizing Insuranc ...

Cynk Hole

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Cynk Technology, a penny stock with one employee, no assets and no revenue at one point had a $6 billion valuation befor ...

A Stock Market Star Implodes in Spain

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Jenaro Garcia, founder of the Spanish internet company, Let's Gowex, has admitted to financial improprieties, including ...

Crazed Pervert or Misunderstood Genius?

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

American Apparel founder and CEO Dov Charney is struggling to get his company back. Charney was faced with an ultimatum ...

Your Hospital Knows Your Secrets

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Hospitals are increasing the use of Big Data, in part due to the Affordable Care Act. One reason why data analytics is i ...

Yes, You Can Be Fired For Being Gay

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

As the White House prepares to issue an executive order that would bar federal contractors from discriminating on the ba ...

Hedge Funds Score a Goal on Argentina

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from a federal appeals court ruling on Argentine debt relief. The fede ...

The Conflict Over Conflict-Free Minerals

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Disclosures are now due to the SEC for so-called conflict minerals. Conflict minerals are resources used by militia ...

"I Guess I Was Just Mad"

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Part-time employees in Japan have filed wage discrimination lawsuits and formed unions in response to their treatment by ...

A Business Backlash on Behalf of Gays

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The state of Mississippi recently signed into law a statute that prevents the state from "substantially burdening" peopl ...

Font Superstars Split

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Longtime font designers, Tobias Frere-Jones and Jonathan Hoefler, have separated and are in litigation over the nature o ...

Shootout: Can Nike Beat Adidas at Soccer?

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D., Business Law

Between them, Nike and Adidas hold about 70 percent of the market for gear for the sport Americans call soccer, but most ...

A Stunning Apology in a Years-Long Legal Drama

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The Washington law firm Patton Boggs withdrew from seeking to enforce a $9.5 billion Ecuadorian court judgment against C ...

Tech Hubris

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe recently agreed to settle the Silicon Valley hiring antitrust case for $324 million. Int ...

Investors, Meet your Arbitrators

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Complaints have risen against securities arbitrators managed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). FIN ...

Aereo's Survival Depends on Semantics

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The broadcast networks suit against Aereo, an online streaming service for TV shows, has reached the U.S. Supreme Court ...

Slow Cop, Fast Beat

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The SEC is waiting on collecting more data before issuing new rules on high-frequency trading (HFT). One cause of the de ...

Does God Hate Obamacare?

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Hobby Lobby, a $3.3 billion family-held company, is challenging the contraception mandate of the Affordable Care Act (AC ...

In Trade Talks, It's Countries vs. Companies

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Many groups feel that mandating arbitration in international trade treaties is undemocratic. Arbitration provisions aros ...

Chasing Forbidden Treasure

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Perry Capital and several large hedge funds are struggling with the government over the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie ...

A Withering Ruling in the Epic Chevron Case

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

ln a 485-page decision, federal district court judge Lewis Kaplan ruled that the $9.5 billion judgment by an Ecuadorian ...

A Safer Way to Trade Interest Rate Swaps

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Several of the 2010 Dodd-Frank rules covering swaps are now being put into place. Most trades in the $426 trillion inter ...

Warren Buffet's Black Box

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Berkshire Hathaway, led by Warren Buffett, has not provided a full picture of the performance of some of its smaller ope ...

Too Big to Fail vs. Too Small to Get a Pass

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Two Bitcoin entrepreneurs have been arrested and charged with money-laundering, facing up to 30 years in prison. At the ...

Putting Released Prisoners Back to Work

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Federal law does not explicitly prohibit firms from discriminating against former criminals. The EEOC, however, feels th ...

Who Are These Guys?

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Freedom Industries, the company at the center of the West Virginia chemical spill, has a suspect background and material ...

A Chinese Scandal Could Stall Nu Skin's Growth

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Nu Skin Enterprises, a maker of anti-aging skin products, has been criticized in the Chinese press for brainwashing dist ...

From Davos, a View on the State of Globalization

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Global trade and finance stalled following the 2008 financial crisis, and capital flows are still down from the beginnin ...

Collusion In the Chat Rooms?

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Authorities are investigating whether traders used chat rooms to manipulate rates in the $5.3 trillion currency exc ...

American Hustle

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

A disgruntled business partner, Nicolas Marsch, hired an ex-con to investigate Lennar, a prominent homebuilder. The ex-c ...

1,238 days, 18,223 comments, 71-page rule, 893-page preamble, 5 agencies, 1 man

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The Volker Rule is scheduled to take effect in 2015. The first draft of the rule, which restricts proprietary trading by ...

A Last-Minute Push to Rein in Wall Street

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Gary Gensler has been issuing advisory opinions on overseas derivatives and competition in the swaps market as his term ...

The Man Who Took On Merrill

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Merrill Lynch recently settled a racial discrimination case with black brokers. The case, initiated by George McReynolds ...

Marco Rubio's New Plan To Unravel Obamacare

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Marco Rubio is seeking to eliminate "risk corridors," which are part of Section 1342 of the Affordable Care Act. Risk co ...

Navigating the New World of Mortgage Rules

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The new mortgage lending regulations from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will be phased in beginning on Jan. 1 ...

The Five-Letter Word No One Can Define

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

There is a struggle over the definition of "hedging" for purposes of the Dodd-Frank financial regulations. The Volker Ru ...

The CFTC Is Drowning in Data

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) was given the biggest grant of new authority under Dodd-Frank but not th ...

A Cheaper Way to Defuse Patent Claims

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The 2011 America Invents Act has provided technology companies with a new tool to fight patent trolls: the patent review ...

Chevron's $19 Billion Day in Court

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Chevron launched a civil racketeering lawsuit against Steve Donziger, a New York environmental attorney who won a $19 bi ...

The End of the Class-Action Carnival

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

U.S. court decisions in the last few years have reduced the scope of class actions. The recent Walmart decision in parti ...

Small Banks Feel the Urge to Merge

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Dodd-Frank financial regulation is leading to an uptick of mergers by small banks. Small banks either want to fall benea ...

The FDA Sets Its Sights On Medical Apps

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The medical app market has reached 97,000 apps and it projected to reach $26 billion in sales in 2017. One obstacle to t ...

Dirty Honey

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Two executives of Hamburg-based ALW Food Group plead guilty to fraud in connection with illegal imports of honey from Ch ...

Robosigning's Erin Brockovich

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

When her house was foreclosed on, attorney Lynn Szymoniak filed a whistle-blower lawsuit on behalf of the federal govern ...

The NFL's Concussion Deal's Surprise Winner

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The NFL agreed to give more than 5,000 former NFL players a $765 million settlement for ailments related to head injurie ...

Time to Fix the Not-So-Nifty Nasdaq

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The three-hour shutdown of the Nasdaq stock exchange in August due to a software error underlined the importance of the ...

The Feds' About-Face on Airline Mergers

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division under the leadership of William Baer is opposing the merger of A ...

A President Steps Between Apple and Samsung

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

President Obama granted Apple a reprieve under which the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) will not block certai ...

Hammering Away at the Health-Care Law

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

There are still multiple law suits challenging the Affordable Care Act along a range of issues. These legal challenges i ...

Do Banks and Commodities Mix?

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The Fed currently considers physical commodities trading complementary to bank financial activities. Under current rules ...

Disarray in the CFTC

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Gary Gensler, chair of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), has ruffled feathers in the pursuit of regulatio ...

The U.S. Goes Bigger Than Basel

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

U.S. regulators are proposing capital standards of five percent of assets for eight large U.S. bank holding companies. T ...

Shutting Health Workers Out of Health Care

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The shortfall in Medicaid expansion coupled with last year's U.S. Supreme Court decision will likely leave many low wage ...

Spillapalooza: How BP Got Screwed in the Gulf

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

BP is challenging a court-appointed claims administrator’s interpretation of a multi-billion dollar settlement BP ...

This Prism Isn't Reflecting Much Light

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Technology companies are struggling with the response to the leaks by NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Snowden leaked docu ...

Superman's Lawyer

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Los Angeles attorney Marc Toberhoff has been in a long-running legal crusade to win the rights to Superman for the ...

The Porn Copyright Trolls

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Two attorneys, John Steele and Paul Hansmeier of Prenda Law firm, have been accused of engaging in an extensive and lucr ...

Europe's Regulators Pry Open the Oil Market

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Platts, a part of McGraw-Hill, collects trader information to set benchmark prices for oil. Platt's information helps to ...

Have Credit Unions Become Stealth Banks?

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Credit unions have been consolidating and growing. There are now more than 195 credit unions with more than $1 billion i ...

Loosening the Screws On Military Exports

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The Obama administration is reviewing regulations under the 1976 Arms Export Control Act. Under current regulations, U.S ...

Big Law's Small Future

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The implosion of Howrey, a large law firm, sheds light on the changing role of large firms in the legal profession. Give ...

An Ex-Wife Threatens Steve Wynn's Casino Empire

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Elaine Wynn is seeking permission to sell her shares in Wynn Resorts, the $13 billion gaming company. Ms. Wynn has an ag ...

Here Comes the Libor Scandal's Sequel

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The U.S.  Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is investigating whether or not there has been manipulation o ...

The Wheels on the Bus Go Brrrrrr

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Bus travelers recently launched an on-line protest against their treatment by bus companies, particularly the lack of sy ...

Getting a Grip On Obamacare

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

There is considerable confusion about the scope of potential employer penalties under the forthcoming insurance mandate ...

Behold the Ghosts of Bubbles Past

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Banks have sold about $1 billion in collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) backed by mortgages thus far this year. CDOs ...

The SEC's Roadmap for Pursuing JPMorgan

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

A Senate investigation has provided evidence in the form of emails, telephone records, and interviews that JPMorgan hid ...

Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

There is a political struggle over the required levels of doctor supervision of nurse practitioners. Nurse practitioners ...

A Watchdog Stalls on Overdraft Fees

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is going slow in the regulation of overdraft fees by banks. Overdraft fees are ...

The Government Goes Medieval on S&P

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking $5 billion in penalties against S&P for inflated credit ratings. The ...

Pain Point

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The NFL is being taken to court in a class action lawsuit by more than 4,000 former players and their wives on the claim ...

This Is What Unregulated Swaps Look Like

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

In the fall of 2012, the U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) passed rules on trading swaps to get mo ...

The Dangling Man

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

A lengthy investigation of SAC Capital has gotten closer to founder Steven Cohen. Mathew Martoma, a SAC trader, was char ...

Bill Ackman's Crusade Against Herbalife

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Bill Ackman of Pershing Square Capital Management has accused Herbalife of using inflated pricing, misleading sales data ...

Stem Cell Showdown

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Governor Rick Perry wants to make Texas the stem cell capital of America, but  he is running into the conflict betw ...

Pushing Banks to Unwind Their Global Bets

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

In a recent speech, Daniel Tarullo, who oversees bank supervision for the Federal Reserve Bank, announced plans to impos ...

This Weed Is Totally Legal. It Is Also Totally Illegal.

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

While voters in Colorado and Washington legalized recreational marijuana use, any marijuana use is still illegal under f ...

BP's $4.5 Billion Mea Culpa

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

British Petroleum (BP) admitted to corporate criminal violations and agreed to a settlement of criminal charges and Unit ...

Why Congress Hacked Up a Bill to Stop Hackers

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

The proposed Cybersecurity Act of 2012 has not overcome Congressional opposition. The Cybersecurity Act calls for volunt ...

Like Malbec for Porsches

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

In order to preserve foreign exchange, the Argentine government has undertaken a number of measures, including currency ...

A Better Way to Get Brains From Abroad

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D. , Business Law

Part of the immigration reform discussion is creating a path to citizenship for skilled workers holding H-1B visas. The ...

Can DuPont Spin Off Its Liabilities?

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA, Business Law

DuPont announced plans to spin off its major chemical operations in October 2013. The new company, Chemours, inherited t ...

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