Ryan Farrick is a freelance writer and small business advertising consultant based out of mid-Michigan. Passionate about international politics and world affairs, he’s an avid traveler with a keen interest in the connections between South Asia and the United States. Ryan studied neuroscience and has spent the last several years working as an operations manager in transportation logistics.


Sandy Hook Parents Pursue Lawsuit Against Newtown and School District

Lawyers for parents of two of the children slain in the Sandy Hook massacre asked that a judge not throw out their lawsuit against Newtown and the local school district. According to the News Times, attorneys for the city want the courts to dismiss the suit. Their argument is that only one individual – Adam


City of Denver Settles in Prisoner Death Lawsuit

The City of Denver agreed to pay $4.6 million to the relatives of a black inmate who was killed during a psychotic episode in 2015. During a mental health breakdown inside a Denver jail, Michael Marshall was suffocated to death while being restrained by deputies. The complaint and untimely demise of Marshall will lead to


Hurricane Survivors Sue EPA Over Delayed Formaldehyde Ban

Survivors of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina are suing the Environmental Protection Agency for upending the enforcement of rules governing the safe use of formaldehyde. An article from The Advocate explains why the issue is so important to some Louisiana residents, including members of the advocacy group “A Community Voice.” “Formaldehyde is so dangerous for our


Bank of America Settles Overdraft Lawsuit for $66m

Bank of America settled an overdraft lawsuit for $66.6 million last week, marking the umpteenth time the institution has been accused of levying illegally high fees on cash-strapped consumers. Reuters reports that the settlement details were disclosed in a San Diego courthouse. The agreement resolves a two-year old lawsuit, in which plaintiffs said Bank of


Woman Who Says She Was Molested By Donald Trump Files Defamation Lawsuit

A woman who accused President Donald Trump of sexual harassment is filing a lawsuit, claiming he defamed her while campaigning for the nation’s highest political office. In a year that’s seen the dismissal and firing of powerful men for misconduct, the allegations against Donald Trump have been largely ignored since his inauguration. Despite scandals bringing



California Legislators to Propose Ban on Confidential Settlements

In the wake of dozens of women accusing film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault, one California legislator is proposing doing away with confidential settlements. California State Senator Connie Leyva says allowing individuals like Weinstein to escape justice by way of confidential settlements enables predators to continue finding new victims without having to



Trump Repeals CFPB Rule on Forced Arbitration, Says He Wishes He Could Fire Cordray

True to a longstanding dislike for the Consumer Financial Protections Bureau, President Donald Trump collaborated with bankers to undo a rule governing forced arbitration. The move brought the commander-in-chief praise from corporate executives, who’d derided the CFPB regulation as unfair and costly. The CFPB measure was intended to stop banks from barring their customers from


Sessions and Trump Say NYC Terror Suspect Saipov Deserves Guantanamo

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that terrorists should expect to be tried in either civilian courts or military tribunals. The comment seems to lend some credence to President Donald Trump’s suggestion that a suspect in last week’s attack in New York could be sent to Guantanamo Bay. Speaking in a roomful of attorneys and law