Jay W. Belle Isle

Before becoming LegalReader's Editor-in-Chief, Jay W. Belle Isle worked as a freelance copywriter with clients on four continents. Jay has a degree in Business Administration from Cleary University and a Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Jay has also worked as a contracts administrator for a DOD contractor specializing in vehicle armor.


TPP Turns Healthcare into Wealthcare

Image courtesy of LifeWorld 5/8/2015 Welcome to the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, hailed as the best piece of secret policy making since Moses’ conversation on a mountaintop. This week, I’m focusing on how the TPP turns healthcare into wealthcare. You should be afraid, very afraid. It’s profits before people (again!) with Big Pharma coming out the


U.S. Government Guilty of Hate Crime if Gay Marriage is Legalized

5/7/2015 Texas, it would seem, is afraid that the SCOTUS is going to give the go ahead to gay marriage. The Texas Senate committee on State Affairs is considering Senate Bill 2065 which would allow, among other things, churches the right to refuse to marry gays without fear of civil or criminal repercussions if doing


Tort Reform Does Not Lower Insurance Premiums

Image: Public Domain 5/6/2015 Last week, we talked about the original goal of tort “reform.” This week, we’ll cover how it missed its mark because tort reform does not lower insurance premiums. The proponents of this ultimately useless effort insist that by reducing tort filings and limiting what they call “jackpot justice” or inflated damages



Texas State Rep Thinks Women Should Carry Dead Fetuses to Full Term

5/5/2015 Matt Schaefer, a Republican Texas state rep thinks women should carry dead fetuses to full term. To the effect, he proposed an amendment last week that would prevent abortions after twenty weeks even if the fetus “has a severe and irreversible abnormality” up to and including death. Some of Schaefer’s own Republican cronies got


Nevada Public Health Officials Silence Research on Impact of Natural Asbestos Deposits on Residents’ Health

Image: Public domain 5/5/2015 Nevada public health officials silence research on impact of natural asbestos deposits on residents’ health in what may be the most shocking instance of scientific censorship in recent history. Brenda Buck and Rod Metcalf, both professors at UNLV, discovered natural asbestos deposits approximately five years ago. Since that time, the pair


Senator Wants Television Coverage of U.S. Supreme Court Hearings

5/4/2015 The new chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee (the first non-lawyer to hold the position), Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), announced his plans to once again try to get television coverage of U.S. Supreme Court hearings. His latest effort, co-sponsored by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), is the Cameras in the Courtroom Act of 2015, which


SCOTUS Will Examine Businesses’ Attempt to Curb Consumer Suits

Image: Public domain 5/4/2015 SCOTUS will examine businesses’ attempt to curb consumer suits in Spokeo v. Robins during the October term. If the justices side with Spokeo, Inc., an information firm that creates personal dossiers based on public information, business will have succeeded in further “corporatizing” law in America. Several federal statutes will be impacted


Vermont Law on GMO Labeling Stands

Image: SustainablePulse.com 5/1/2015 Vermont may well be drawing the line in U.S. soil regarding genetically modified food. U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss rule that the Vermont law on GMO labeling stands. The law, effective July 1, 2016, requires that all foods containing GMO ingredients be labeled as such. Needless to say, the Grocery Manufacturers


Medtronic Plc Agrees to Consent Decree with the FDA

5/1/2015 Pending approval from U.S. district court in Minnesota, Medtronic Plc agrees to consent decree with the FDA regarding its SynchroMed implantable drug pump. The company will correct problems that cause the pumps to deliver either too little or too much medication. The pumps are used for treating cancer and chronic pain patients and those