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  •  This gives very little power (3+ / 0-)
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    BoxNDox, SoCalSal, erush1345

    and I hope this is not what people are counting on.  First the President can only:

    1. "remove the discharge:

    OR

    1. "mitigate or prevent the threat of discharge."

    This gives no authority to pay lost wages or loss of income.  It only allows to "remove the discharge" or prevent a threat of future discharge.  

    Furthermore it only says "direct ...actions" and seems to have no enforcement penalties.  So the president can say "clean it up" and that is about it.  

    •  The Justice Department should be able (3+ / 0-)
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      slinkerwink, blueoasis, moosely2006

      to initiate either class action suits on behalf of the States or on behalf of the individuals, or even both.

      Until we break the corporate virtual monopoly on what we hear and see, we keep losing, don't matter what we do.

      by Jim P on Sun Jun 13, 2010 at 02:48:55 PM PDT

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      •  Can the Justice Department sue on behalf (1+ / 0-)
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        erush1345

        of anyone other than the federal government?

        It hardly seems reasonable that one party in a private dispute should suddenly find that its opponent is no longer represented by a private law firm but is instead being represented (presumably for free) by the Justice Department.

        •  On the other hand, it hardly seems (0+ / 0-)

          reasonable that a company violating their own risk assessment, the federal rules, sound procedures, and other norms and laws of the human community can thereby ruin the lives of — what? hundreds of thousands, hundreds of millions if you consider the effect on food prices — and get away with it.

          I'm sure that, given the myriad of laws, executive orders, and regulations, that someone with a will can make an interpretation which permits whatever the fuck we need to get justice.

          Until we break the corporate virtual monopoly on what we hear and see, we keep losing, don't matter what we do.

          by Jim P on Sun Jun 13, 2010 at 07:04:10 PM PDT

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