Consumer Protection

Is our food safe? What about the drugs we take? The cars we drive and the products we buy? Are the banks, credit card companies and lenders dealing fairly with us? In each case, federal agencies are charged with making sure the answer is “yes.” But examples of unsafe products and unfair practices abound in the marketplace.

For years, General Motors hid from regulators evidence that an ignition switch the company used in its Cobalts, Opels, Pontiacs, and Saturns had such a hair trigger that a light brush by the driver’s hand or knee would shut down the engine, disabling air bags and power steering. The resulting loss of control caused at least 13 fatal accidents. GM's ability to avoid detection for so many years says as much about the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's weak enforcement record as anything.

Other examples abound. From tainted peanut butter to toxic drywall, to lead-laden imported toys, such instances of unsafe food, drugs, automobiles and products are all too dangerous evidence of a failed system of regulation and enforcement. Often the failure is the result of neglect – a lack of political will to spend the money required to conduct meaningful research and enforcement. Sometimes the cause is ideological: a conviction that safeguards interfere unduly with industry profits. Either way, the result is that industry is spared the costs of being accountable for unsafe production practices, shifting those costs instead to consumers in the form of injuries, illness and worse.

Below, see what CPR Members Scholars and staff have had to say about it in reports, testimony, op-eds and more. Use the search box to narrow the list.

Incomprehensibility and the Law

Writing for the Regulatory Review, CPR's Wendy Wagner observes that "Meaningful communication is vital to most legal processes. So when sellers withhold key information from customers, such as high service fees on a cell phone contract, or when companies conceal key information about public health or financial risks from regulators, the law is generally swift to sanction them." So, what happens when sellers disclose information, but do it in a way that's incomprehensible to their customers, as in all those online "terms and conditions" we all click through mindlessly. Wagner has a proposal.

Type: Op-Eds (March 30, 2020)
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Joint Letter to OMB on Civil Enforcement of Regulations

Comments from 14 CPR Member Scholars on the Trump administration’s attempt to further hamstring civil enforcement of agency regulations, and calling instead for strengthened enforcement.

Type: Letters to Agencies (March 16, 2020)
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Did a Federal Ethics Loophole Worsen the Vaping Crisis

The lax federal ethics policies on the revolving door between government and industry may have contributed to the vaping crisis, Matt Shudtz and Jeff Hauser write in an op-ed in The Regulatory Review.

Type: Op-Eds (Dec. 23, 2019)
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Author(s): Matt Shudtz
Webinar: Achieving Social Justice Through Better Regulation

Following up on CPR's June 2019 Regulation as Social Justice Conference, and the subsequent report on it, on December 11, 2019, Anne Rolfes of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade and CPR's Amy Sinden and James Goodwin discussed the future of regulation, and how it can do a better job of serving the interests of the political dispossessed.

Type: Webinars (Dec. 11, 2019)
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Author(s): Amy Sinden, James Goodwin
Regulation as Social Justice: A Crowdsourced Blueprint for Building a Progressive Regulatory System

On June 5, 2019, the Center for Progressive Reform hosted a first-of-its-kind, one-day convening that brought together a diverse group of more than 60 progressive activists and academics. Our purpose was to begin the process of developing a progressive vision of the U.S. regulatory system – one that is not only robust and responsive enough to meet the immediate challenge of protecting people and the environment against unacceptable risks, but that also is institutionally designed to promote the broader social goals of justice and equity. CPR's James Goodwin synthesized the ideas into a report.

Type: Reports (Sept. 25, 2019)
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September 25, 2019, New Report Crowd-Sourced from Advocates Lays Out Progressive Vision for Just and Equitable Regulatory System

A new report from CPR compiles crowd-sourced ideas for making the regulatory system more just and equitable.

Type: News Releases (Sept. 25, 2019)
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Joint letter on the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act (FAIR Act)

Joint letter on the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act (FAIR Act)

Type: Legislative Testimony (Sept. 18, 2019)
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Congress should not manage opioid drug labels

CPR's Tom McGarity urges Congress to exercise care in legislating labeling for opioids.

Type: Op-Eds (July 23, 2019)
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Author(s): Thomas McGarity
The Truth About Torts: Closing the Courthouse Door

In recent years, efforts to rein in excesses of corporations have run head-long into an assault on individuals' right to bring suit against manufacturers whose products or activities cause them harm. This push for what its backers call “tort reform,” has been driven by a seemingly endless stream of thinly fact-checked anecdotes about frivolous lawsuits and by a brazen effort to blame the rising costs of health care on malpractice lawsuits. CPR’s Member Scholars have conducted extensive research on the implications of "tort reform," and in a series of reports have debunked most of industry’s claims about the need for such measures.

Type: Reports (Jan. 1, 2019)
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Joint Letter to Members of Congress from the Clean Budget Coalition urging passage of remaining FY19 appropriations bills without "poison pill" ideological policy riders

Joint Letter to Members of Congress from the Clean Budget Coalition urging passage of remaining FY19 appropriations bills without "poison pill" ideological policy riders, November 13, 2018.

Type: Legislative Testimony (Nov. 13, 2018)
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September 26, 2018, New Report Highlights Importance of Civil Courts in Securing a Fair, Inclusive Economy for All Americans.

September 26, 2018, New Report Highlights Importance of Civil Courts in Securing a Fair, Inclusive Economy for All Americans.

Type: News Releases (Sept. 26, 2018)
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Civil Justice in the United States: How Citizen Access to the Courts Is Essential to a Fair Economy

Americans depend on our civil courts to keep the economy on a fair and firm foundation, but a decades-long campaign to limit access and tamp down awards to injured parties has left courts with diminished power. In an era of rising economic insecurity and inequality that has left many individuals and communities struggling to overcome disadvantages beyond their control, we need legislators and policymakers at all levels of government to take action to promote greater access to justice.

Type: Reports (Sept. 19, 2018)
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Author(s): Sidney Shapiro, Martha McCluskey, Thomas McGarity, Karen Sokol, James Goodwin
Joint Letters to Food Safety Inspection Service re poulty plant line speeds.

Joint Letters to Food Safety Inspection Service re poulty plant line speeds. CPR and 11 other organizations write to oppose requests from four poultry processors (Ozark Mountain Poultry, Peco Poultry, Pilgrim's Pride, Gerber Poultry) for waivers that would allow them to operate their evisceration lines at speeds that pose health and safety risks to workers and consumers. July 31, 2018. 

Type: Letters to Agencies (July 31, 2018)
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Laurie Ristino's testimony to House Committee on Small Business on regulation and agriculture.

Laurie Ristino's June 21, 2018, testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business on regulation and agriculture, June 21, 2018.

Type: Legislative Testimony (June 21, 2018)
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Author(s): Laurie Ristino
Joint Letter to the National Academies on IRIS Process
Joint Letter to the National Academies on IRIS Process
Type: Letters to Agencies (Jan. 30, 2018)
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Author(s): Matt Shudtz
The House Recently Sided with Big Banks Over Consumers

The House Recently Sided with Big Banks Over Consumers, op-ed by Martha McCluskey

Type: Op-Eds (Aug. 5, 2017)
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Author(s): Martha McCluskey
Thomas McGarity, Sidney Shapiro, Rena Steinzor June 8, 2017 letter to Congress re HR 1215 and medical malpractice torts.

Thomas McGarity, Sidney Shapiro, Rena Steinzor's June 8, 2017 letter to Congress re HR 1215 and medical malpractice torts.

Type: Legislative Testimony (June 8, 2017)
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Author(s): Thomas McGarity, Sidney Shapiro, Rena Steinzor
EPA Scientists said 'ban pesticide chlorpyrifos'; Scott Pruitt said 'no'

EPA Scientists said ban pesticide chlorpyrifos. Scott Pruitt said 'no,' by Carl Cranor

Type: Op-Eds (June 7, 2017)
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Congressional Review Act Targets

In the first few months of the Trump administration, Congress invoked a rarely used, little-known law called the Congressional Review Act to repeal a host of health, safety, and environmental regulations adopted during the Obama administration after years of consideration and public input. CPR tracked the congressional assault on our safeguards. See our chart from May 2017 detailing the damage.

Type: Reports (May 25, 2017)
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Author(s): Katie Tracy, James Goodwin
Regulatory Targets: Congressional GOP Takes Aim at Safeguards

In the first four months of his presidency, Donald Trump and his congressional allies used the Congressional Review Act to repeal 14 Obama era health, safety, labor, financial, education, energy, environmental rules. The law allows Congress to block "major" rules within 60 legislative days of adoption, with a joint resolution (not subject to the Senate's normal 60-vote requirement) and president's signature. CPR tracked the damage.

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Author(s): Katie Tracy, James Goodwin
The Truth About Torts: Regulatory Preemption at the Federal Aviation Administration

The Truth About Torts: Regulatory Preemption at the Federal Aviation Administration, CPR Paper 1608, by CPR Member Scholars Thomas McGarity, Nina Mendelson, Sidney Shapiro, and CPR Senior Policy Analyst James Goodwin and CPR Policy Analyst Mollie Rosenzweig

Type: Reports (Nov. 28, 2016)
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Author(s): Nina Mendelson, Thomas McGarity, Sidney Shapiro, James Goodwin, Mollie Rosenzweig
Coalition Comments on 'Significant New Uses of Chemical Substances' Rule

Coalition comments to the Environmental Protection Agency on proposed rules to align its regulations for new chemical uses with OSHA rules.

Type: Letters to Agencies (Nov. 21, 2016)
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Comments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau re its proposal to limit the use of forced arbitration

Comments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau re its proposal to limit the use of forced arbitration from Martha McCluskey, Thomas McGarity, Sidney Shapiro, James Goodwin, and Mollie Rosenzweig, August 22, 2016. 

Type: Letters to Agencies (Aug. 22, 2016)
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Author(s): Martha McCluskey, Sidney Shapiro, Mollie Rosenzweig, James Goodwin, Thomas McGarity
Comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at Stakeholder Meetings on Chemical Risk Evaluation and Prioritization Rulemakings

Comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at Stakeholder Meetings on Chemical Risk Evaluation and Prioritization Rulemakings by Katie Tracy

Type: Letters to Agencies (Aug. 9, 2016)
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Author(s): Katie Tracy
How a hidden clause helps banks and others rip you off

Writing in the Charlotte Observer, CPR's Sidney Shapiro urges the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to do more to combat forced arbitration. May 12, 2016

Type: Op-Eds (May 12, 2016)
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Author(s): Sidney Shapiro
Forced Arbitration Clauses Deny Justice to Consumers

Forced Arbitration Clauses Deny Justice to Consumers

Type: Editorial Memos (May 9, 2016)
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Regulating Forced Arbitration in Consumer Financial Services: Re-Opening the Courthouse Doors to Victimized Consumers
Type: Reports (May 4, 2016)
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Author(s): Martha McCluskey, Thomas McGarity, Sidney Shapiro, James Goodwin, Mollie Rosenzweig
CPR's comments on USDA FY 2017 appropriations

CPR's comments on USDA FY 2017 appropriations

Type: Legislative Testimony (March 15, 2016)
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Author(s): Matt Shudtz
Delving into GM's Crimes

Delving into GM's Crimes, op-ed by Rena Steinzor and Rob Weissman

Type: Op-Eds (Oct. 6, 2015)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor
VW and GM scandals show why regulation matters

VW and GM scandals show why regulation matters, op-ed by Rena Steinzor and Rob Verchcik

Type: Op-Eds (Sept. 30, 2015)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor, Robert Verchick
Verchick And Goodwin Letter to Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management re OIRA

Letter from Robert Verchick and James Goodwin to Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management re the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs

Type: Legislative Testimony (July 15, 2015)
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Author(s): Robert Verchick, James Goodwin
Toxic ignorance and the challenge for Congress

Toxic ignorance and the challenge for Congress, op-ed by Noah Sachs and Matthew Shudtz

Type: Op-Eds (June 26, 2015)
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Author(s): Noah Sachs, Matt Shudtz
Joint Letter from Law Professors and Lawyers re TSCA Reform Bill

Joint Letter from broad group of law professors and lawyers re TSCA Reform Bill

Type: Legislative Testimony (March 16, 2015)
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Bad Feds, Deadly Meds

Bad Feds, Deadly Meds, op-ed by Rena Steinzor

Type: Op-Eds (March 1, 2015)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor
Name a tough prosecutor to succeed Holder

Name a tough prosecutor to succeed Holder, op-ed by Rena Steinzor

Type: Op-Eds (Oct. 14, 2014)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor
Rena Steinzor testimony before Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittees on Oversight and Environment on the Status of Reforms to IRIS


Rena Steinzor's July 16, 2015, testimony before Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittees on Oversight and Environment on the Status of Reforms to EPA's Integrated Risk Information System

Type: Legislative Testimony (July 16, 2014)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor
Gov. Jindal, Don't Sign Away Our Legal Claims

Gov. Jindal, Don't Sign Away Our Legal Claims, op-ed by Rob Verchick

Type: Op-Eds (June 2, 2014)
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Author(s): Robert Verchick
CPR Comments on FDA Generics Rule

CPR Comments on FDA Generics Rule, the Food and Drug Administration’s proposal to revise its regulations governing the procedures for changing product labeling to reflect certain types of newly acquired information in order to extend to generic drug manufacturers the same opportunities afforded “brand name” drug manufacturers.

Type: Letters to Agencies (March 10, 2014)
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Author(s): Sidney Shapiro, Thomas McGarity, James Goodwin
Comments to the FDA on food safety rules for raw produc

Comments to the FDA on food safety rules for raw produce on several CPR Member Scholars and staff

Type: Letters to Agencies (Nov. 15, 2013)
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Author(s): Lisa Heinzerling, Thomas McGarity, Sidney Shapiro, Rena Steinzor, Michael Patoka
Comments to the FDA on preventive controls for human food production

Comments from several CPR Members Scholars and staff to the FDA on preventive controls for human food production, November 15, 2013

Type: Letters to Agencies (Nov. 15, 2013)
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Author(s): Lisa Heinzerling, Thomas McGarity, Sidney Shapiro, Rena Steinzor, Michael Patoka
No mere patch protects nature

No mere patch protects nature, op-ed by Victor Flatt and Catherine Phillips

Type: Op-Eds (Oct. 9, 2013)
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Author(s): Victor Flatt
TSCA Reform: Preserving Tort and Regulatory Approaches

Issue Alert: TSCA Reform: Preserving Tort and Regulatory Approaches, by CPR Member Scholars Emily Hammond,Thomas McGarity, Sidney Shapiro, and Wendy Wagner, and CPR Senior Policy Analyst James Goodwin, CPR Issue Alert 1309, October 2013.

Type: Reports (Oct. 1, 2013)
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Author(s): Wendy Wagner, Sidney Shapiro, Thomas McGarity, James Goodwin
Thomas McGarity's testimony before the Senate Environment and Public Works committee about the Chemical Safety Improvement Act's preemption provisions.

Thomas McGarity's July 31, 2013, testimony before the Senate Environment and Public Works committee about the Chemical Safety Improvement Act's preemption provisions.

Type: Legislative Testimony (July 31, 2013)
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Author(s): Thomas McGarity
Reforming TSCA Progressive Principles for Toxic Risk Regulation

Despite 40 years of regulatory effort, chemical regulation in the United States has been a dismal failure, and our current law – the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) – deserves much of the blame for this regulatory dysfunction. When Congress enacted TSCA, the final legislation reflected a deal under which chemicals then on the market were “grandfathered” in, while new chemicals would be subject to a quick review by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). But experience shows that a vast majority of those reviews are based on inadequate data.

Type: Reports (July 8, 2013)
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Author(s): Noah Sachs, Matt Shudtz
Letter to OIRA re USDA proposal to 'modernize' the poultry inspection system
Type: Letters to Agencies (April 9, 2013)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor, Michael Patoka
Sweeping Corporate Immunity for the Fuel Industry: The Next Front in the 'Corporate Accountability' Wars
Type: Reports (March 27, 2013)
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Author(s): Thomas McGarity, Sidney Shapiro, Nicholas Vidargas
Letter to EPA on industry efforts to stall IRIS toxicological assessment through non-germane comments

Letter to EPA on "filter failure," resulting from industry efforts to stall IRIS toxicological assessment through non-germane comments

Type: Letters to Agencies (Nov. 1, 2012)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor, Matt Shudtz
Letter to EPA Nominating BPA for Fourth Contaminant Candidate List

Letter to EPA Nominating Bisphenol A (BPA) for Fourth Contaminant Candidate List, based on its known adverse health effects

Type: Letters to Agencies (June 22, 2012)
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Author(s): Noah Sachs, Amy Sinden
Letter to EPA re nominees to new advisory committee on IRIS

CPR letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson regarding candidates for scientific advisory committee of Integrated Risk Information System profiles, with particular attention to candidates' conflicts of interest

Type: Letters to Agencies (June 15, 2012)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor, Matt Shudtz
Joint Letter to Food Safety Inspection Service on Poultry Slaughter Inspection. Joint letter from safety advocates, including Rena Steinzor, April 20, 2012.

Joint letter from safety advocates to the Food Safety Inspection Service on Poultry Slaughter Inspection Rule.

Type: Letters to Agencies (April 20, 2012)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor
Comments to FDA on BPA

CPR Comments on the American Chemistry Council's Petition to Remove Approval for Polycarbonate Resins in Infant Feeding Bottles and Certain Spill-Proof Cups Due to the Abandonment of these Uses

Type: Letters to Agencies (April 17, 2012)
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Author(s): Noah Sachs, Aimee Simpson
Protecting the Public from BPA: An Action Plan for Federal Agencies

Protecting the Public from BPA: An Action Plan for Federal Agencies. CPR White Paper 1202, January 2012, by Member Scholars Noah Sachs, Thomas O. McGarity and Rena Steinzor, CPR Policy Analyst Aimee Simpson and Senior Policy Analyst Matthew Shudtz.

Type: Reports (Jan. 25, 2012)
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Author(s): Noah Sachs, Thomas McGarity, Rena Steinzor, Aimee Simpson, Matt Shudtz
Letter to EPA re IRIS toxics database, response to American Chemistry Council misinterpretation

Letter to EPA re Integrated Risk Information System database, in response to American Chemistry Council misinterpretation of IRIS-related riders in recent budget legislation

Type: Letters to Agencies (Dec. 22, 2011)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor, Matt Shudtz
Rena Steinzor's testimony on industry efforts to delay EPA's toxic chemical risk assessments for the IRIS database

Rena Steinzor's July 14, 2011, testimony on industry efforts to delay EPA's toxic chemical risk assessments for the Integrated Risk Information System database

Type: Legislative Testimony (July 14, 2011)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor
Letter to OMB re EPA's Integrated Risk Information System database, responding to American Chemistry Council

Letter to OMB re EPA's Integrated Risk Information System database, responding to American Chemistry Council letter calling for submission of all current IRIS evaluations to be submitted to the National Academy of Sciences, in an effort to "grind this process to a slow walk."

Type: Letters to Agencies (July 8, 2011)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor, Wendy Wagner
Letter to OIRA re Chemicals of Concern listings

Letter to OIRA Administrator Cass Sunstein re Chemicals of Concern listings under TSCA

Type: Letters to Agencies (June 20, 2011)
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Author(s): Wendy Wagner, Rena Steinzor, Noah Sachs
Opening the Industry Playbook: Myths and Truths in the Debate Over BPA Regulation

Opening the Industry Playbook: Myths and Truths in the Debate Over BPA Regulation, CPR White Paper 1107

Type: Reports (May 26, 2011)
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Author(s): Thomas McGarity, Rena Steinzor, Matt Shudtz
Twelve Crucial Health, Safety, and Environmental Regulations: Will the Obama Administration Finish in Time?

Twelve Crucial Health, Safety, and Environmental Regulations: Will the Obama Administration Finish in Time?, CPR White Paper 1106

Type: Reports (April 19, 2011)
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Author(s): Amy Sinden, Rena Steinzor, Matt Shudtz, James Goodwin, Yee Huang
Corrective Lenses for IRIS: Reforms to Improve EPA's Integrated Risk Information System
Type: Reports (Oct. 25, 2010)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor, Wendy Wagner, Matt Shudtz
Plausibility Pleading: Barring the Courthouse Door to Deserving Claimants

Plausibility Pleading: Barring the Courthouse Door to Deserving Claimants, CPR White Paper 1005

Type: Reports (May 11, 2010)
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Author(s): Bill Funk, Thomas McGarity, Sidney Shapiro, James Goodwin
Editorial Memorandum on NHTSA's role in the Toyota Recalls
Editorial Memorandum on NHTSA's role in the Toyota Recalls, by Rena Steinzor and Sidney Shapiro
Type: Editorial Memos (Feb. 22, 2010)
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CPR Member Scholars letter to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Toyota safety recall

CPR Member Scholars Rena Steinzor and Sidney Shapiro's letter to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee re the failure of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration to address in a timely fashion engineering failures in certain Toyota models

Type: Letters to Agencies (Feb. 9, 2010)
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Author(s): Sidney Shapiro, Rena Steinzor
The Truth About Torts: Regulatory Preemption at the Federal Railroad Administration

The Truth About Torts: Regulatory Preemption at the Federal Railroad Administration, CPR White Paper 910

Type: Reports (Oct. 28, 2009)
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Author(s): Nina Mendelson, Bill Funk, Sidney Shapiro, Thomas McGarity, Jennifer Marshall, James Goodwin
CPR Perspective: Tort Reform

CPR Perspective: 'Tort Reform: The Role of Litigation in Protecting Against Threats to Health, Safety and the Environment. CPR's Perspectives Series is a set of monographs by CPR Member Scholars on timely and important health, safety, and environmental topics. Each Perspective provides a thumbnail sketch of the competing arguments concerning a substantive or procedural principle for developing appropriate health, safety and environmental policies, and closes with the Member Scholar-author's proposed approach to the issue.

Type: Reports (Sept. 5, 2009)
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Author(s): Douglas Kysar
CPR Perspective: Medical Malpractice

CPR Perspective: Medical Malpractice: Looking Behind the Tort Reformers' Myths, by Doug Kysar. CPR's Perspectives Series is a set of monographs by CPR Member Scholars on timely and important health, safety, and environmental topics. Each Perspective provides a thumbnail sketch of the competing arguments concerning a substantive or procedural principle for developing appropriate health, safety and environmental policies, and closes with the Member Scholar-author's proposed approach to the issue.

Type: Reports (Sept. 2, 2009)
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Author(s): Douglas Kysar
Thomas McGarity's Testimony on preemption of state tort laws in cases involving medical devices, before the Senate HELP Committee

Thomas McGarity's August 4, 2009, testimony on preemption of state tort laws in cases involving medical devices, before the Senate HELP Committee

Type: Legislative Testimony (Aug. 4, 2009)
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Author(s): Thomas McGarity
Safeguard lawsuits that potentially save lives

Safeguard lawsuits that potentially save lives

Type: Op-Eds (May 9, 2009)
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Author(s): Thomas McGarity
Editorial Memorandum on FDA and Preemption of State Tort Laws: Wyeth vs. Levine

Editorial Memorandum on FDA and Preemption of State Tort Laws: Wyeth vs. Levine, by Thomas McGarity

Type: Editorial Memos (May 6, 2009)
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Editorial memorandum on federally sanctioned false labeling of meat raised on chemicals and pesticides
Editorial memorandum on federally sanctioned false labeling of meat raised on chemicals and pesticides
Type: Editorial Memos (May 6, 2009)
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Editorial Memorandum on the Supreme Court Ruling Against Preemption in Wyeth vs. Levine
Editorial Memorandum on the Supreme Court Ruling Against Preemption in Wyeth vs. Levine, by Thomas McGarity and Nina Mendelson
Type: Editorial Memos (May 6, 2009)
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A Rare Win for Consumers

A Rare Win for Consumers, op-ed by Thomas McGarity

Type: Op-Eds (March 6, 2009)
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Author(s): Thomas McGarity
Protecting Public Health and the Environment by the Stroke of a Presidential Pen: Seven Executive Orders for the President's First 100 Days

Protecting Public Health and the Environment by the Stroke of a Presidential Pen: Seven Executive Orders for the President's First 100 Days, By CPR Member Scholars Rebecca M. Bratspies, David M. Driesen, Robert L. Fischman, Sheila Foster, Eileen Gauna, Robert L. Glicksman, Alexandra B. Klass, Catherine A. O’Neill, Sidney Shapiro, Amy Sinden, Rena Steinzor, Robert R.M. Verchick, and Wendy Wagner, and CPR Policy Analyst James Goodwin

Type: Reports (Nov. 13, 2008)
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The Truth About Torts: Regulatory Preemption at the Consumer Product Safety Commission

The Truth About Torts: Regulatory Preemption at the Consumer Product Safety Commission, CPR White Paper 807.

Type: Reports (Nov. 5, 2008)
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Author(s): Bill Funk, Thomas McGarity, Nina Mendelson, Sidney Shapiro, David Vladeck, Matt Shudtz
Beware Dangers of Roof Crush Rule

Beware Dangers of Roof Crush Rule, op-ed by Nina Mendelson, William Funk, and Sidney Shapiro

Type: Op-Eds (Aug. 4, 2008)
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Author(s): Nina Mendelson, Bill Funk, Sidney Shapiro
The Truth about Torts: Regulatory Preemption at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

The Truth about Torts: Regulatory Preemption at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, CPR White Paper 804

Type: Reports (July 16, 2008)
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Author(s): Bill Funk, Thomas McGarity, Nina Mendelson, Sidney Shapiro, David Vladeck, Matt Shudtz
The danger in defective medical devices

The danger in defective medical devices, op-ed by Thomas McGarity

Type: Op-Eds (Dec. 4, 2007)
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Author(s): Thomas McGarity
The Truth about Torts: Using Agency Preemption to Undercut Consumer Health and Safety

The Truth about Torts: Using Agency Preemption to Undercut Consumer Health and Safety, by William Funk, Sidney Shapiro, David Vladeck and Karen Sokol, White Paper 704

Type: Reports (Sept. 12, 2007)
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Author(s): Bill Funk, Sidney Shapiro, David Vladeck, Karen Sokol
The Truth about Torts: Lawyers, Guns, and Money

The Truth about Torts: Lawyers, Guns, and Money, by Thomas O. McGarity, Douglas A. Kysar, and Karen Sokol, White Paper 603, July 2006.

Type: Reports (July 12, 2006)
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Author(s): Thomas McGarity, Douglas Kysar, Karen Sokol
Bullies Along the Potomac

Bullies Along the Potomac, op-ed by Nina Mendelson

Type: Op-Eds (July 5, 2006)
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Author(s): Nina Mendelson
The Hidden Lesson of the Vioxx Fiasco: Reviving a Hollow FDA

The Hidden Lesson of the Vioxx Fiasco: Reviving a Hollow FDA, by Rena Steinzor and Margaret Clune, White Paper 514, October 2005.

Type: Reports (Oct. 12, 2005)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor, Margaret Giblin
Overcoming Environmental Data Gaps: Why What EPA Doesn't Know about Toxic Chemicals Can Hurt

Overcoming Environmental Data Gaps: Why What EPA Doesn't Know about Toxic Chemicals Can Hurt, by Rena Steinzor, Katherine Baer, and Matt Shudtz, White Paper 510, August 2005.

Type: Reports (July 13, 2005)
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The Truth about Torts: An Insurance Crisis, Not a Lawsuit Crisis

The Truth about Torts: An Insurance Crisis, Not a Lawsuit Crisis, by Thomas O. McGarity, Douglas A. Kysar, and Karen Sokol, White Paper 509, June 2005.

Type: Reports (June 15, 2005)
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Author(s): Thomas McGarity, Douglas Kysar, Karen Sokol
MTBE and the Need for Effective Tort Law

MTBE and the Need for Effective Tort Law, by Thomas McGarity, White Paper 506, March 2005.

Type: Reports (March 6, 2005)
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Author(s): Thomas McGarity
CPR Perspective: The Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment

CPR Perspective: 'The Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment,' by Bill Funk. CPR's Perspectives Series is a set of monographs by CPR Member Scholars on timely and important health, safety, and environmental topics. Each Perspective provides a thumbnail sketch of the competing arguments concerning a substantive or procedural principle for developing appropriate health, safety and environmental policies, and closes with the Member Scholar-author's proposed approach to the issue.

Type: Reports (Jan. 1, 2005)
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Author(s): Bill Funk
Stealth Tort Reform: How the Bush Administration's Aggressive Use of the Preemption Doctrine Hurts Consumers

Stealth Tort Reform: How the Bush Administration's Aggressive Use of the Preemption Doctrine Hurts Consumers, by Margaret Giblin. White Paper 403, October 2004.

Type: Reports (Oct. 13, 2004)
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Author(s): Margaret Giblin
July 22, 2004. New Study Reveals Gaping Holes in Mad Cow 'Firewall'

New Study Reveals Gaping Holes in Mad Cow 'Firewall'

Type: News Releases (July 22, 2004)
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Flimsy Firewalls: The Continuing Triumph of Efficiency over Safety in Regulating Mad Cow Disease Risks

Flimsy Firewalls: The Continuing Triumph of Efficiency over Safety in Regulating Mad Cow Disease Risks, by Thomas O. McGarity with Frank Ackerman. White Paper 402, July 2004.

Type: Reports (July 7, 2004)
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Author(s): Thomas McGarity, Frank Ackerman
Only an Independent Agency Can Safeguard Beef

Only an Independent Agency Can Safeguard Beef, op-ed by Thomas McGarity

Type: Op-Eds (June 5, 2004)
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Author(s): Thomas McGarity
Talk till cows come home, but beef safety takes action

Talk till cows come home, but beef safety takes action, op-ed by Thomas McGarity

Type: Op-Eds (Feb. 12, 2004)
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Author(s): Thomas McGarity
January 14, 2004. CPR Raps USDA’s Veneman for Mad Cow Regs

Letter to Ann Veneman re Mad Cow Disease

Type: News Releases (Jan. 14, 2004)
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Letter to Secretary Ann Veneman re Mad Cow

Letter to Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman asking her to "correct the public record with respect to misleading statements contained in USDA’s December 30 press release on Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (mad cow disease) and to ask [her]to take more effective action to protect U.S. consumers from the risk of contracting variant Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease."

Type: Letters to Agencies (Jan. 13, 2004)
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Author(s): Thomas McGarity
CPR Perspective: The Trade-off Myth of Livestock Grazing on Public Lands

CPR Perspective: The Trade-off Myth of Livestock Grazing on Public Lands: Protecting Public Lands from Overgrazing, by Joe Feller. CPR's Perspectives Series is a set of monographs by CPR Member Scholars on timely and important health, safety, and environmental topics. Each Perspective provides a thumbnail sketch of the competing arguments concerning a substantive or procedural principle for developing appropriate health, safety and environmental policies, and closes with the Member Scholar-author's proposed approach to the issue.

Type: Reports (March 1, 2003)
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Author(s): Joe Feller

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