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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is debating a ban on menthol cigarettes as their slightly minty taste can cover up tobacco's harshness. That touched off a firestorm of debate within the African-American community. About 80 percent of black smokers prefer menthol cigarettes compared with 22 percent of white smokers. The civil rights group Congress of Racial Equality says a ban would be unfair, but the NAACP disagrees. Host Michel Martin speaks with John Payton, president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and Deron Snyder who has written about this issue.
In a dispute that could affect consumers nationwide, the Supreme Court took up a case Tuesday revolving around the terms of a cellphone contract and testing when disgruntled customers can file a class-action lawsuit rather than be forced to arbitrate out of court.
NAACP Legal Defense Fund Launches “Redrawing the Lines” Program to Promote Participation in the Upcoming Round of Redistricting11/08/10Related Case or Issue:
(New York) – With the mid-term elections behind us, the nation’s attention is now turned to redistricting which will commence in many places around the country following the release of 2010 Census data. Today the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) announced the launch of an important public education program -- Redrawing the Lines – to promote African American participation in the upcoming round of redistricting.
It hasn't gotten a lot of press, but a case involving AT&T that goes before the U.S. Supreme Court next week has sweeping ramifications for potentially millions of consumers.
If a majority of the nine justices vote the telecom giant's way, any business that issues a contract to customers — such as for credit cards, cellphones or cable TV — would be able to prevent them from joining class-action lawsuits.