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By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
A dozen former FCC officials have attacked the use of the term "redskins," which has repeatedly been held derogatory and racist, by threatening to challenge the license renewal of broadcast stations which unnecessarily use the term on the...

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
NYTimes food columnist Mark Bittman is only the latest expert to acknowledge the addictive nature of many fast foods, and to recommend political action -- not just education -- to counter the second biggest cause of unnecessary health care costs.

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
A class action law suit which has been filed against food giant ConAgra for labeling its cooking oils as "All-Natural" could open the floodgates to litigation against many food companies which make "Natural," "All-Natural," or "100%-Natural" claims

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
A multi-million dollar class action law suit filed against ConAgra for labeling its foods as "all natural," is reminiscent of another very successful law suit over McDonald's claim that its french fries were cooked in "100% Pure Vegetable Oil"

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
Cigarette companies claiming that it's unconstitutional to require them to advise the public with graphic health warnings seem to forget that this is exactly what happened more than 40 years ago

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
A new study showing that people on vacation to the U.S. gain about eight pounds, more than when visiting any other country, helps confirm that the U.S. has an environment which tends to cause obesity -- fortunately, there are effective remedies

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
Female House members will now enjoy the same easy access to restroom facilities adjacent to the House floor long enjoyed by their male counterparts, thanks to the filing of a sex discrimination complaint by a public interest law professor.

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
The Transportation Safety Administration [TSA] has suggested it will begin focusing on individual passenger characteristics – sometimes called terrorism profiling – to increase the effectiveness of its screening in deterring terrorist incidents

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
An administration which is concerned enough to issue official warnings about al-Quida's plans to surgically implant bombs in suicide passengers may want to reconsider its reluctance to adopt terrorist profiling, says legal expert

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
The administration's warning to governments and airlines that terrorists might attempt to board planes with explosives concealed in their bodies could accelerate a movement to engage in terrorist profiling, including religion and ethnicity

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By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
On Saturday the Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ [UCC] will vote on a resolution already passed by its 25-member board of directors calling for a national boycott of "Redskins" games and gear because the name is racist

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
Name Was Not Selected to Honor Indians, But Rather Just to Save Money, Says New Evidence

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
A dozen former FCC officials have attacked the use of the term "redskins," which has repeatedly been held derogatory and racist, by threatening to challenge the license renewal of broadcast stations which unnecessarily use the term on the...

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
A report issued yesterday, predicting a 42% adult obesity rate, recommended new legal approaches even while admitting that food company resistance has largely stymied new legislation, but litigation and actions by employers can also play a major role

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
The decision by the Citizens Medical Center not to hire the obese isn't unique, since over 25% of businesses admit to being influenced by an applicant's weight during the hiring process - although most of these companies don't have a written policy

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
In a ruling health groups argue could "undermine U.S. health policy," the WTO panel has ruled that the U.S. can't ban clove flavoring because federal law permits menthol flavoring, and menthol cigarettes and clove cigarettes are "like products."

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
Several jurisdictions - including Huntington Park, Sonoma County, Compton, Baldwin Park, Glendale, Pasadena and Calabasas - as well as a much larger number of public housing commissions and authorities, have banned smoking in private apartment units

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
New York City has begun turning away food donations, claiming that, since its can't assess the nutritional content of donated food, shelters should not be using it to feed the homeless, but an anti-obesity advocate suggests a simple modification

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
Although most states protect adults from exposure to tobacco smoke in workplaces, restaurants, or bars, not one state yet provides comprehensive protection for children, but several studies show dramatic progress is being made to protect kids

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
Maryland is about to join about a dozen other states and jurisdictions in banning smoking in cars when children are present, notes the public interest law professor who started the movement to protect children for secondhand tobacco smoke years ago.

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
The Washington Examiner, hardly a liberal beacon, has joined the chorus of those newly calling for the DC Redskins to change their name to something which isn't racially offensive and derogatory, including WRC-TV - all triggered by Prof. Banzhaf

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
An anchor at WRC-TV has backed a law prof in suggesting that using "Redskins" as the team name is as racist as using the work "chink" in connection with the Jeremy Lin - a move which echos another made by a DC area broadcaster some 20 years ago

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
Jim Vance, a long-time anchor at WRC-TV in DC, has backed public interest law professor John Banzhaf in suggesting that using "Redskins" as the name of a football team is as racist as using the work "chink" in connection with the NY Knicks Jeremy Lin

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
Smokers are being hit by a double whammy: more bans on smoking, including outdoors on their property, and even inside; and higher costs, including not just higher taxes, but also a $5,000 surcharge on health insurance premiums under Obamacare.

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
According to a new report, there's a growing trend to deny custody and adoption rights to smokers, and to ban smoking in homes and cars, and the law professor behind this trend strongly supports it

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
The use of words insulting to Chinese, Muslims, Blacks and other groups are swiftly punished, but the unnecessary use of the R-word ["redskins'] by broadcasters is venerated, and could lead to the loss of a broadcasting license

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
More companies now follow FORBES suggestion -- "Don't Hire Smokers" -- and thereby save perhaps $11,000 per worker, and even more employers would follow the escalating trend if they know how easy it was to avoid so-called smokers' rights laws

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
The FDA is likely to follow a government-mandated report which recommends that nicotine products designed to substitute for cigarette smoking be subjected to such expensive testing that few companies could afford to market them

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
Some 40% of large and medium-sized companies are expected to charge smokers as much as $2000 more annually for their health insurance, but this is a lot less than actuarial tables dictate or what the federal government permits

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
While the controversy continues over the use of pepper spray to deal with illegal actions by OWS protestors, many seem to be overlooking a weapon which is likely to be far more effective than sprays, tear gas, police batons, or even jail

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
Although the Supercommittee failed to recommend a plan to save $1.2 trillion over 10 years, President Obama could achieve that goal by taking a few simple steps which cost virtually nothing, add no new taxes, and require no congressional action

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
"Occupy Wall Street" [OWS] protesters who plan to "shut down" Wall Street and more could be subject to massive civil liability for torts ranging from false imprisonment to civil tort conspiracy, says public interest law professor John Banzhaf

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
Although the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review "Obamacare", it is quite possible that it will not rule upon the law's constitutionality during its current term and before the 2012 elections, says public interest law professor John Banzhaf

By Professor of Law John Banzhaf
Catholic U has issued a statement expressing regret over a complaint, now being formally investigated, charging that it unlawfully refused to permit Muslim students to form a student association like the Jewish one which already exists on campus.

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
Fox News reports that: "The Washington, D.C. Office of Human Rights confirmed that it is investigating allegations that Catholic University violated the human rights of Muslim students by not allowing them to form a Muslim student group"

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
The Chairman of the House Transportation Committee has termed the TSA's "behavior detection" program an expensive "idiotic mess," but there is an alternative effective search enhancement technique based upon well-established mathematical principles

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
The President of Catholic University, John Garvey, has been directed to respond to new charges of illegal discrimination at his university -- against both Muslims and women -- and to do so in writing by next Thursday

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
In the wake of the first criminal indictment of a Catholic Bishop, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, has been charged with violations of the Human Rights Act for allegedly discriminating against Muslims and women at Catholic U

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
Netflix, yielding to public pressure, has abandoned plans to separate its DVD and streaming-video services into two separate companies, a move which could weaken its position in a legal proceeding in which it is charged with violating human rights

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
"Campus Covered in 'Co-Ed' Graffiti Protest" blares the headline in today's issue of Catholic University's [CUA] student newspaper, while another report makes it clear that the "vast majority of CUA students do not want to live in single sex dorms."

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
Netflix has been charged with violating human rights in a complaint which alleges that willfully refusing to provide closed captioning on most of the programs it transmits over the Internet constitutes illegal discrimination against the handicapped

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
"Benchslapping" has been turned around in a scathing piece in the New York Times in which Justice "Nino Scalia" is castigated for "poking his nose in a local legal wrangle" involving Catholic U's sex-segregated dorms which might come before him.

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
NYTimes food columnist Mark Bittman is only the latest expert to acknowledge the addictive nature of many fast foods, and to recommend political action -- not just education -- to counter the second biggest cause of unnecessary health care costs.

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
A just-released IIHS report on the safety of SUV's failed to include vital life-saving information buyers should be given, says a public interest law professor who has successful brought legal actions related to vehicle safety

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
At that time, Garvey will be asked to explain why requiring students to live in sex-segregated dormitories does not constitute illegal sex discrimination under a statute which permits discrimination only when it is absolutely necessary.

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
A class action law suit which has been filed against food giant ConAgra for labeling its cooking oils as "All-Natural" could open the floodgates to litigation against many food companies which make "Natural," "All-Natural," or "100%-Natural" claims

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
A multi-million dollar class action law suit filed against ConAgra for labeling its foods as "all natural," is reminiscent of another very successful law suit over McDonald's claim that its french fries were cooked in "100% Pure Vegetable Oil"

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
The TSA has begun testing "chat downs" before mandating them nationwide, even though they apparently lack statistical or scientific validity, while ignoring effective search enhancement techniques based upon well-established mathematical principles

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
Cigarette companies claiming that it's unconstitutional to require them to advise the public with graphic health warnings seem to forget that this is exactly what happened more than 40 years ago

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
A new study showing that people on vacation to the U.S. gain about eight pounds, more than when visiting any other country, helps confirm that the U.S. has an environment which tends to cause obesity -- fortunately, there are effective remedies

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
The same law professor who has filed a sex discrimination complaint over Catholic University's move to all sex-segregated dorms just scored a major victory when Congress acquiesced by providing a female restroom adjacent to the House floor

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
Female House members will now enjoy the same easy access to restroom facilities adjacent to the House floor long enjoyed by their male counterparts, thanks to the filing of a sex discrimination complaint by a public interest law professor.

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
Although served with a formal legal complaint charging illegal sex discrimination by forcing all on-campus students to reside in sex-segregated dorms, CU has refused repeated requests from the media to justify their legal position

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
The Transportation Safety Administration [TSA] has suggested it will begin focusing on individual passenger characteristics – sometimes called terrorism profiling – to increase the effectiveness of its screening in deterring terrorist incidents

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
Catholic University's President John Garvey has been served with a notarized formal legal complaint charging that his plan to segregate all of CU's dormitories on the basis of gender constitutes illegal sex discrimination under the Human Rights Act

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
An administration which is concerned enough to issue official warnings about al-Quida's plans to surgically implant bombs in suicide passengers may want to reconsider its reluctance to adopt terrorist profiling, says legal expert

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
The administration's warning to governments and airlines that terrorists might attempt to board planes with explosives concealed in their bodies could accelerate a movement to engage in terrorist profiling, including religion and ethnicity

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
The George Washington University Law School, in a remarkable coincidence, has been tied to three famous (or infamous) law suits against McDonald's, as well as three different movies, one of which is premiering on HBO Monday evening.

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
Texas has revived a bill that would make it illegal for TSA agents to engage in “intrusive touching” without probable cause, but the bill could be made stronger by using tort law now that courts have seemingly upheld suits against the agency,

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration [FDA] will announce what the new enhanced warnings on cigarette packs will look like. A very recent comprehensive report provides the best available information for the media and others.



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