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Sovereign Immunity

Paul Ryan And Top Aide Sued Over Car Accident

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 03.12.2015 | Politics

Two men whose car was rear-ended last year by the chief of staff to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) are suing both the congressman and his top aide for neglig...

The Price of Oil: Speculation, Manipulation Or a Deeply Broken System

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 09.07.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Will it be a serious and searching probe of the malevolent formation of prices in the oil industry, costing American and world consumers billions, or just a cursory headline in the manner of the now discredited 'The Oil and Gas Price Fraud Working Group.'

Millbrook v. U.S.: Holding the Government Accountable for Misconduct by Law Enforcement Officials

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.02.2013 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

At a time when the courts are increasingly giving deference to the police and prioritizing security over civil liberties, the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Millbrook v. United States is a glimmer of hope in a sea of gloom.

Disarming Republican Anarchists

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Multiple excuses have been offered for the difficulty of enacting gun control legislation, but the most obvious problem has not been mentioned: the U.S. contains millions of Republican anarchists.

The Price of Gasoline and the Patently Absurd Application of Our Sovereign Immunity Law

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 04.26.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

We have an anomaly in our courts, irresponsibly supported by the executive and legislative branches of our government, in the manner that our courts interpret Sovereign Immunity and, in turn, its impact on our day to day lives.

NOPEC ('No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act'): A Presidential Issue and a Test of Political Integrity

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 11.09.2012 | Politics
Raymond J. Learsy

Is the Obama administration as pathetically submissive to OPEC and oil industry pressures as the Bush administration? How would they deal with this issue if they were given "four more years." And not to be left out, how would a Romney administration handle this hot potato?

The Supreme Court Applies Immunity to Prevent Suits

Brad Reid | Posted 06.10.2012 | Politics
Brad Reid

Federal law preempted state law tort claims of negligence and fraud against the Army contractors that the heirs had sued. Consequently, the public policy question to consider is how broadly to extend immunity from suits?

Tribal Sovereign Immunity Applies to Commercial Transactions

Brad Reid | Posted 04.24.2012 | Business
Brad Reid

The U.S. District Court in Colorado recently held that Miami Nations' tribal sovereign immunity applied to both governmental and commercial activities...

Immunity: Disastrous Decisions in 2007 Return to Haunt 2012

Peter Van Buren | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

It was the 2007 Nisour Square Blackwater killings, not Wikileaks, that derailed plans for U.S. troops to stay on in Iraq.

Oil Cartels and Venezuela -- A Moment of Truth for the Obama Justice Department

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

The proceedings in the ongoing United States vs. CITGO Petroleum Corporation clearly reveal our government's abject alliance with the machinations of the OPEC cartel.

Elena Kagan's Strange Bedfellows

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Raymond J. Learsy

Kagan's nomination brings up again the issue of "Sovereign Immunity," and what it portends to our safety.

New Justice Department Policy Signals Hope for Justice in Vieques

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

Dropping the sovereign immunity defense in the Vieques environmental case would demonstrate the Obama administration's commitment to ending the overzealous use of national defense claims.

'Justice for Vieques': Resolutions Passed by Both Houses of Puerto Rican Legislature

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

In the government's twisted logic, warning people about the impending bombing that will contaminate their air, water, soil and bodies could harm these citizens more.

The Doctrine of "Sovereign Immunity" Presents a Grave Danger to Our Security

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Raymond J. Learsy

Sovereign Immunity has its roots in old English law postulating that neither the sovereign nor the sovereign state can commit a legal wrong. It is an anachronism of another time and poses a great danger to our security.

U.S. Launches Complaint at WTO Over Chinese Export Curbs While Giving OPEC/Saudi Arabia a Free Pass

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Though Obama has enough on his plate, if time and energy can be directed at China because of export trade constraints, then certainly action against the OPEC cartel is long overdue.

Obama Must Live Up to Campaign Pledge on Vieques Cleanup

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

President Obama should instruct all relevant federal agencies to live up to his stated commitment to address the health crisis in Vieques immediately, pursue an "environmentally acceptable" clean-up for Vieques, and work toward a fair and complete resolution to the ongoing litigation.

Love Your Neighbor, Love the Earth

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jim Wallis

We cannot claim to care for the poor while we turn our backs on our role in the destruction of the most basic resources our neighbors need for survival.