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Making The Fine Print Fair!

Citizen Works has launched the Fair Contracts Project, built with a team of law students and lawyer volunteers around the country currently looking athazardous print the fine print and harmful consumer provisions in standard form contracts across several industries. Visit this project at the Fair Contracts website.



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Latest News

Russell Mokhiber, Albert Foer and the Revival of Antitrust, November 20, 2014.

NYT Editorial Board, "Three Bills to Cure Corporate Wrongdoing," November 19, 2014.

Center for Effective Government, IPS, Sarah Anderson, Scott Klinger, "Fleecing Uncle Sam, Growing number of corporations spend more on CEO compensation than federal income taxes," November 18, 2014.

Ralph Nader, "The Incarceration of the American Consumer," October 3, 2014.

John Light, "One Million Americans Want Corporations to Reveal Political Spending," Moyers & Company, Sept. 8, 2014. Citizen Works participates in the Corporate Reform Coalition advocating for an SEC disclosure rule.

David Sirota, "Microsoft Admits Keeping $92 Billion Offshore to Avoid Paying $29 Billion in U.S. Taxes," International Business Times, August 22, 2014.

Citizen Works endorses new report on Equal Access to Justice by the Human Rights Institute & Northeastern University School of Law Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy, July 2014

Coalition tells SEC to Strengthen Rights for Corporate Whistleblowers, here, July 21, 2014.

Linda Kahn, "Thrown Out of Court, How Corporations Became People You Cannot Sue," The Washington Monthly, June/July/August 2014.

Joe Sharkey, "The Value of Unused Tickets? Airlines Won't Say," NYT, 4/22/14

Robert Reich, Raising Taxes on Corporations that Pay their CEOS Royally and Treat Their Workers Like Serfs, 4/21/14.

Making the Fine Print Fair Symposium at Georgetown Law 4/4/14 Livestream Link here.

Save the Date: Making the Fine Print Fair Symposium at Georgetown Law, April 4, 2014, co-hosted with the Georgetown Consumer Law Society.

Theresa Amato, "How Boilerplate Contracts Strip Our Rights," The Nation, January 27, 2014.

RIP Pete Seeger 5.3.1919-1.27.2014.

Sens. E. Warren and T. Coburn introduce "The Truth in Settlements Act" to increase transparency in federal settlements with corporate wrongdoers, Jan. 8, 2014.

Professors L. Bebchuk and R. Jackson, Jr.: The SEC Delays Consideration of Corporate Political Spending Rule
Read this summary. Dec. 2, 2013

Sam Pizzigati, "CEO Pay: A Revealing Retrospective," at,
discusses the Institute for Policy Studies annual reports, Executive Excess, of the last 20 years on annual CEO pay, now at 354 times average
worker pay, September 1, 2013.

Alina Tugend in "Those Wordy Contracts We All So Quickly Accept," in the New York Times, gives two shout outs here, July 12, 2013.

John Wasik in Forbes, "Why Son of Glass-Steagall Deserves to be Born," here, July 12, 2013, explaining 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act introduced by Senators Warren, McCain, King, and Cantwell, to divide traditional banking activities insured by FDIC with riskier investment activities. Senators Tester and Udall Introduce New Constitutional Amendments to Overturn Citizens United, June 18, 2013.

April 29, 2013, Elliot Blair Smith & Phil Kuntz at report CEO Pay 1,795 to 1 Multiple of Wages Skirts U.S. Law.

Citizen Works's Summer Legal Internship is NALP's Public Service Job Directory's "Job of the Day," April 2.  See Careers.

Richard Eskrow on Senators grilling the regulators on the lack of
prosecution of big felonious banks, at Campaign for America's Future,
March 11, 2013.

Swiss voters move to crackdown on executive pay after corporate governance scandals; the BBC reports how institutional shareholders exercise more influence. March 4, 2013. 

The Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Banks, see the Real News
Network's January 29, 2013 report.

January 22, 2013, EU approves Eurozone members to impose speculation stock transaction tax, BBC reports.

January 17, 2013, Washington, DC:  The GAO can't audit the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security because of serious financial management problems.

The Corporate Reform Coalition applauds the Securities and Exchange
Commission’s (SEC) commitment to seek disclosure of all corporate
political spending in response to a historical demonstration of investor
demand for such a rule-making (more than 300,000 people ask SEC to require disclosure of political spending). See press release here.

Corporate Welfare in the Fiscal Cliff Bill, Read Matt Stoller at Naked Capitalism, January 1, 2013, here.

"Ralph Nader on a simple way to avoid the fiscal cliff:  Tax stock trades," here at the Washington Post, November 30, 2012

Fabien Tepper on Strike Debt/Rolling Jubilee's new bailout for the 99%, here at Yes!, November 12, 2012.

John Wasik on Why Sheila Bair should be the next Treasury Secretary, here, November 8, 2012.

European Union experts Issue Liikanen report recommending variety of regulations on large banks, including compensation reform and segregating retail banking from speculation activities, October 2, 2012.

Why the SEC should require companies to disclose their political spending: A paper by Lucian A. Bebchuk and Robert J. Jackson Jr., September 2012.

Part of the Problem: Corporate Fraud Cases Often Spare Individuals NYT, August 7, 2012

Alexander Cockburn 1941-2012, Rage On.

Congratulations to Jacob Harold, former Citizen Works organizing director, who was named President and CEO of Guidestar on July 19, 2012.

Robert Shapiro explains The LIBOR Mess in the Globalist, July 13, 2012.

June 12, 2012, the day before CEO Jamie Dimon is "invited" to testify before Congress on JP Morgan Chase's $2 billion dollar trading loss, Senator Bernie Sanders releases the names of the 18 Federal Reserve Directors whose banks received $4 trillion in low interest post-2008 bailout loans. Common Dreams has the press release here with links.

Post Citizens United, some states are responding with transparency initiatives, see Corporate Reform Coalition Press release and Report, here.

How the mainstream press mostly ignores Occupy, here at NeimanWatchdog, April 15, 2012.

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