Breazeale v. Victim Servs., Inc., 2017 WL 6601779 (9th Cir. Dec. 27, 2017) is an important decision with potentially broad consequences for litigation involving the commercialization of the criminal justice system. The court held that the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. § 1, et seq., does not apply to agreements between individuals and private contractors acting on behalf of the government, at...
National Housing Law Project Partners with National Consumer Law Center to host the Digital Green Book
National Housing Law Project (NHLP) has partnered with the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) to offer the 5th edition of HUD Housing Programs: Tenants’ Rights on NCLC’s digital library. NHLP has wanted to bring the Green Book online for years, but it took the expertise and generosity of NCLC. The new digital format will allow users to copy and paste text and citations, bookmark, highlight, and will provide live links to companion materials. The digital platform also makes the Green Book much more portable and available on cell phones and laptops. The digital format will allow NHLP to update the manual much more frequently, to fix inevitable errors and to provide to our readers even more extensive and accessible companion materials.
As described in this article, two dramatic changes to consumer credit reporting become effective this summer, scaling back reporting of tax liens, civil judgments, and medical debt. The result will be improved accuracy and higher credit scores for millions of consumers.