corporate personhood

Posted on July 1, 2014 by Jeff Reifman

Hobby Lobby: Latest in Evolution of Corporate Consitutional Rights

The History of Corporate Constitutional Rights In light of this week’s Hobby Lobby ruling that corporations are persons under the law which can hold religious beliefs, I thought it would be good to revisit the origin and evolution of corporate personhood and corporate constitutional rights. While the word corporation never appears in the Constitution, the Supreme Court has been Read More

Posted on November 4, 2013 by Jeff Reifman

How Things Change as Constitutional Rights Contract and Expand for People and Corporations

People often ask whether a proposed Seattle law such as Initiative 103 could actually impact the Supreme Court’s interpretation of corporate personhood and speech rights. Well, it wouldn’t be the first time a law from Washington State turned the tide of Supreme Court precedent and history in the process. In 1935, a Wenatchee chambermaid Elsie Parrish Read More

Cost of Third Party Seattle City Legal Fees in Phonebook Lawsuit
Posted on March 1, 2013 by Jeff Reifman

Phonebook Lawsuit Cost Seattle $264,503 in Legal Fees

Update: Seattle Weekly reports that the city has announced a $517,500 settlement with the phonebook companies. The total cost of the settlement and legal fees to the city therefore is $781,503. City says phonebook opt-out service will be taken offline soon. In response to my public records request, the City of Seattle reports it has paid Read More

Posted on February 26, 2013 by Jeff Reifman

Why You Should Care About Seattle’s Phonebook Debacle

Update: In response to my public records request, the City of Seattle reports it has paid $264,503 in outside legal fees during the Yellow Pages Lawsuit. Reading through the comments on BoingBoing about Seattle’s proposed $500,000 settlement with phonebook companies highlighted for me how misunderstood the issues of corporate influence are and how predictable our responses are as concerned citizens Read More

Posted on August 5, 2012 by Jeff Reifman

Good Activism Breaks Law

Update: The Stranger published a shorter version of this on August  15. Last week, The Stranger called Initiative 103 “an unconstitutional waste of time,” but constitutionality isn’t the right benchmark to measure social change efforts. In 1873, after suffragist Susan B. Anthony was arrested for voting, The New York Times wrote, “Miss Anthony is not in Read More

Posted on July 11, 2012 by Jeff Reifman

How Phonebook Companies Are Wasting Seattle Taxpayers’ Money

Thud… Thud… Thud! That’s the sound of phonebooks you opted out from landing on your porch in the near future if Seattle loses a lawsuit brought by phonebook publishers. The case is a perfect example of big business using “corporate personhood” to waste taxpayer money and intimidate the city council from passing common sense regulation. Since Read More

Posted on May 12, 2012 by Jeff Reifman

Initiative 103 Provides Tools Seattle Needs to Protect Our Community

    Issue after issue in Seattle pits corporate power and influence peddling against residents and our environment. Initiative 103’s Community Bill of Rights provides the tools residents need to protect and manage what happens in our city.     Take a quick look at some of the issues emerging in Seattle to see how I103 seeks Read More

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