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December 16, 2003

Consumer Names Kept Confidential Despite Lawyers’ FOIA Ploy

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 6:29 pm

power plug  The 7th Circuit decided today that the Federal Trade Commission does not have to give the names of consumers who have submitted complaints about “cramming” to lawyers who want potential clients for a class action suit. (The Lakin Law Firm, P.C. v. Federal Trade Commission (12/16/03 USCA 7th Cir.)).  (Thanks to Marcia Oddi at the Indiana Law Blog for the pointer; as usual, Marcia has ably summarized the decision.)


Under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, the FTC gave The Lakin Law Firm (of Wood River, Illinois) information on 1400 complaints of “cramming” — “the shady practice of putting bogus charges on a person’s bill (usually a monthly credit card statement) in the hope that the consumer will pay the inflated balance without noticing that he has been duped” — but withheld names and addresses of the complainants.   


The Commission said:

 “[t]his information is exempt from release  under FOIA Exemption 6, 5 U.S.C.

Haiku Coup for Our Readers

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 1:56 pm


I am very pleased to announce that Jim Kacian, a central figure in the world of English-language haiku, has generously offered to preview his upcoming haiku primer/how-to book at this website.

Tentatively called “First Thoughts–A Haiku Primer,” Jim’s book will appear in monthly installments here at haikuEsq, with the first installment now available here.  You can always reach it quickly from our right-margin navigation bar, by clicking “Jim Kacian’s How-to Primer.”

  • Jim wouldn’t want me gushing over his credentials as an editor, publisher and author of haiku.   Nonetheless, the least I can say is that Jim is the editor/founder of the venerable Red Moon Press, whose annual Anthologies have won many awards and much praise.  He is also co-founder of the World Haiku Society; and editor of frogpond (journal of the Haiku Society of America).

Here’s the chance to painlessly learn from a master the delights of haiku — what it is, its history and future, and how to become a skilled reader and author of the genre.   Jim is hoping that our readers — that’s you! — will give him feedback on the Primer, by clicking on the “discuss this message” link at the end of each installment.

I know my readers are too intelligent (and insightful) to pass up this opportunity.

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