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Manhattan's Congestion Pricing Saga Takes a Turn

By Vaidehi Mehta, Esq. | Last updated on

It is true that New York City already has the lowest car ownership compared to other U.S. cities, but it’s probably not as low as you think. Although car ownership in the five boroughs is less than half of the rest of the country, 45% of them…

Poppi Soda Faces Lawsuit Over Probiotic Gut Health Claims

By Vaidehi Mehta, Esq. | Last updated on

If you’re a health food nut or like to shop at stores like Whole Foods, you’ve probably seen the soda aisles lined with the bright pastel cans of Poppi soda, a drink that claims to be “prebiotic” and distinguishes itself from other sugary soft drinks with its…

The CFPB Gets Payback on Buy Now, Pay Later Lenders

By A.J. Firstman | Last updated on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently issued an interpretive rule confirming that buy now, pay later (BNPL) lenders meet enough criteria to be considered credit card lenders under the Truth in Lending Act. The announcement comes more than two years since the…

When Do Therapists Have to Disclose Threats?

By Vaidehi Mehta, Esq. | Last updated on

Mental health professionals typically have a duty to maintain doctor-patient confidentiality with their clients under HIPAA. This confidentiality covers “privileged communications,” which are discussions between two individuals that involve confidential information. State laws generally recognize a doctor-patient privilege, and this extends to psychotherapists as…

Air Travelers Get Payback

By A.J. Firstman | Last updated on

The U.S. Transportation Department recently announced the finalization of two new rules that should make air travel slightly more pleasant ... or at least less aggressively unpleasant than it is today. The new rules are the latest in the Biden Administration’s work to lower consumer…

Consumer Reports Uncovers Lead in Lunchables

By Joseph Fawbush, Esq. | Last updated on

A recent investigation by Consumer Reports has revealed lead in Lunchables and other similar snack packs. The report has alarmed consumers and prompted a lawsuit against Kraft Heinz. How safe are Lunchables? And should we be worried? Clarifying the Science First, let's talk about how lead and other heavy…

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