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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.
New Orleans is finally rebounding from much of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina. But five years later, a big problem remains: blighted neighborhoods. To attract a vibrant middle class, these neighborhoods need to be repaired and restored, or, at the very least, stabilized. Residents who have been unable to rebuild because storm relief grants were too small or unfairly calculated need more help from the city and state.
Elaine R. Jones, retired president and director-counsel emeritus of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF) and Howard University alumna, has been named the recipient of the American Bar Association’s 2011 Thurgood Marshall Award. In 1993, Jones became the first woman and only the fourth person to head LDF, the nation's oldest law firm fighting for equal rights and justice for people of color, women and the poor. LDF was founded in 1940 by former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
On Election Day, voters standing in line to cast their ballots in Harris County, Tex., will be treated to a cool drink courtesy of a group called "the lemonade brigade." But the group has another motive - curbing voter fraud.