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By / 6.17.2016

This past year, public nuisance lawsuits have spiraled out of control in California. Cities like San Diego, Berkeley and Los Angeles have been convinced to sue U.S. companies for enormous sums. Trial lawyers, looking to win big, scour the state and the nation for potential plaintiffs and then recruit municipalities to partner with them to […]

By / 2.22.2016

In recent years, several states have seen their attorneys general mired in some kind of scandal. Pennsylvania is the most recent example. This trend, while disturbing, is not surprising: The role of the state attorney general has evolved over the past 20 years from mere law enforcer to general policymaker. Today, both Democratic and Republican […]

By / 2.18.2016

WASHINGTON—PPI President Will Marshall today released the following statement after a U.S. federal magistrate ordered Apple to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation unlock the encrypted iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters: “The Progressive Policy Institute has long advocated a forceful U.S. response to the threat of jihadist terrorism. With the rise and […]

By / 9.2.2015

The Supreme Court this month received the first round of briefing in a case that could cure one of the newest, most significant abuses in our civil justice system: massive class actions that lawyers file on behalf of people who are not injured. In these cases, the class action plaintiffs’ lawyers use novel legal theories […]

By / 7.21.2014

At a time when observers across the political spectrum agree that the machinery of American government is broken, the single most powerful mechanism for repair appears to be effectively off the table: the passage of new amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Yet this might be the only solution that could bring about sustained change and […]

Michael Mandel, PPI’s Chief Economist, was interviewed by Dan Weissmann of Marketplace Business to help unwrap Ghetty’s decision to offer 35 million of its protected images to the public for free. Mandel explained why the status quo wasn’t working: If you have content that gets used by somebody else, and it gets used for free, […]

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Progressive Policy Institute senior fellows Hal J. Singer and Ev Ehrlich today released the following statements after a U.S. Court of Appeals struck down rules by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) prohibiting Internet service providers from restricting user access to legal Web content: Hal J. Singer is a senior fellow at PPI: […]

By / 10.30.2013

At a time when gridlock in Washington has been at an all-time high, there is one high-profile issue where Democrats and Republicans are quickly coming together: defeating “patent trolling,” which is a growing area of litigation abuse vexing America’s high-tech economy. In these lawsuits, shell businesses called Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs) game the patent litigation […]