8 episodes

Sick of the echo chamber? Do you find yourself nodding off to the same shows saying the same things over and over again? Plaintiff’s lawyer Jay Edelson has made his reputation ignoring conventional thinking. For that, the American Bar Association has recognized him as one of the “most creative minds in the legal industry.” Racking up over $3 billion in settlements and verdicts, he has been called a "titan of the plaintiff’s bar,” a “transformational lawyer,” and, according to the New York Times, law’s “baby-faced boogieman.” His podcast explores new ways of looking at issues ranging from law and politics to movies, sports and art.  He and his guests will cut through the tribalism that is increasingly defining our society and deliver a show that is completely non-compliant.

Non-Compliant Jay Edelson

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Sick of the echo chamber? Do you find yourself nodding off to the same shows saying the same things over and over again? Plaintiff’s lawyer Jay Edelson has made his reputation ignoring conventional thinking. For that, the American Bar Association has recognized him as one of the “most creative minds in the legal industry.” Racking up over $3 billion in settlements and verdicts, he has been called a "titan of the plaintiff’s bar,” a “transformational lawyer,” and, according to the New York Times, law’s “baby-faced boogieman.” His podcast explores new ways of looking at issues ranging from law and politics to movies, sports and art.  He and his guests will cut through the tribalism that is increasingly defining our society and deliver a show that is completely non-compliant.

    Episode 8: The One Where We Ask if Big Tech Has Infiltrated Public Interest Privacy Organizations

    Episode 8: The One Where We Ask if Big Tech Has Infiltrated Public Interest Privacy Organizations

    Most people assume that the battle lines are clearly drawn in the fight over our privacy. On one side, we have Big Tech and the Chamber of Commerce. On the other side, we have governmental actors, the plaintiff’s bar, and public interest organizations. Well, not so fast. In this challenging episode of the show, we talk to Joe Jerome, a veteran of the public interest world. And Joe is immediately put on the hot seat. While most public interest organizations (like the ACLU, EPIC, etc.) are what they purport to be, Jay argues that some are the proverbial wolves in sheep’s clothes. Is it true that Big Tech has started financing these organizations and even infiltrated their boards? Is that why these organizations often argue for “compromise” privacy legislation that really is just a collection of Big Tech’s wish lists? Hear both sides of the argument in the newest episode of Non-Compliant.

    • 38 min
    Episode 7: The One Where Award Winning Journalist Dan Levine Reports That The "Public" Court System is Less Public Than We All Thought

    Episode 7: The One Where Award Winning Journalist Dan Levine Reports That The "Public" Court System is Less Public Than We All Thought

    In past episodes, we have explored the under-reported inner workings of high stakes plaintiff’s law. This time, we have the perspective of one of the nation’s top journalists. Reuters reporter Dan Levine comes on the show to discuss his award-winning series, “Hidden Justice.” Based on a systematic review of some of the major cases of the day, Dan’s reporting concludes that the court system often seals from public view facts that directly impact the health and safety of our citizens. Dan argues that, instead of shining a light on issues ranging from cars with rollover problems, to prescription medication that have life threatening side effects, key court documents revealing these issues often aren’t made publicly available for years (if ever). Who, if anyone, shares responsibility for this? And will proposed federal legislation fix this? Tune in for an exciting discussion.

    • 53 min
    Episode 6: The One Where Illinois State Representative Ann Williams Takes The Fight to Big Tech (and others)

    Episode 6: The One Where Illinois State Representative Ann Williams Takes The Fight to Big Tech (and others)

    In Episode 6, we speak with Illinois State Representative Ann Williams. We all know that the political climate is toxic and broken. The federal government simply isn’t working for regular Americans. While some of us give up, Representative Williams sees unique opportunities at the state level. Williams takes us through some of the hardest fought political fights over privacy and explains how to battle back against Big Tech and the endless resources they have to shut down even an honest discussion. We don’t like to throw around the word “visionary” loosely, but Williams shows how important it is for politicians to be thinking years ahead, whether it comes to privacy, the environment, or protecting women’s reproductive rights in a potentially post-Roe world. If anyone thinks politicians are only concerned about themselves, this episode will change your mind.

    • 48 min
    Episode 5: The One Where Elizabeth Chamblee Burch Takes on the Mass Tort Bar

    Episode 5: The One Where Elizabeth Chamblee Burch Takes on the Mass Tort Bar

    Mass torts are big business. From suits about defective hip implants, to claims that Big Pharma has injured or killed thousands of people, to litigation over the concussions suffered by football players, mass personal injury suits take up a significant portion of the federal and state dockets. And they often lead to tremendous results, with multi-billion-dollar settlements and industry-wide reforms. But law professor and author Elizabeth Chamblee Burch argues that all is not calm beneath the surface. In her electrifying new book, Mass Tort Deals: Backroom Bargaining in Multi-District Litigation (https://www.elizabethchambleeburch.com/), Burch takes on the plaintiff’s bar over claims of self-dealing and hardball tactics. And she names names. In this episode of Non-Compliant, Burch demonstrates that she is not afraid of a robust conversation with Jay, who has spent two decades fighting corporate America, including through the multi-district litigation procedures. Heck, Jay is lead counsel in the NCAA concussion cases, litigating issues Burch writes about extensively. While Jay is happy to both concede that the plaintiff’s bar is far from perfect, he also pushes back at some of Burch’s underlying theories. This all makes for a fun and substantive conversation around a topic that is extremely under-reported.

    • 39 min
    Episode 4: The One Where the FBI Spied on A Community for Four Decades

    Episode 4: The One Where the FBI Spied on A Community for Four Decades

    In Episode 4 we meet with Filmmaker Assia Boundoui and human rights attorney Christina Abraham to discuss the award-winning documentary "The Feeling of Being Watched". (http://www.feelingofbeingwatched.com/). After spending the beginning of her career as a journalist for BBC, VICE, and CNN, Assia discusses her transition to filmmaker and her first project—looking into the FBI surveillance of her own Bridgeview, Illinois community. Assia takes us through her investigation, including uncovering tens of thousands of FBI documents proving that her Arab-American community was the subject of one of the largest counterterrorism investigations, code-named “Operation Vulgar Betrayal”, conducted on U.S. soil before 9/11. She then leads us on her journey to end the government’s secrecy over their four decade investigation and discusses the impact that constant surveillance – something Big Tech is racing to make happen -- has on individuals.  Is Judge Richard Posner correct when he argued that “privacy is mainly about trying to improve your social and business opportunities by concealing the sorts of bad activities that would cause other people not to want to deal with you?”  Or does being constantly monitored take away some quintessential truth about the American experience? 

    • 48 min
    Episode 3: The One Where Author Todd Henderson Argues that Tech Companies are Ushering In a New Era of Trust and Cooperation

    Episode 3: The One Where Author Todd Henderson Argues that Tech Companies are Ushering In a New Era of Trust and Cooperation

    In Episode 3, we take a break from the law and sit down with author Todd Henderson to discuss his new book, The Trust Revolution: How the Digitization of Trust Will Revolutionize Business and Government (https://www.amazon.com/Trust-Revolution-Digitization-Revolutionize-Government/dp/1108714196). Henderson argues that with the advent of companies like Lyft, AirBnB, and others fueling the “sharing economy,” we are in the middle of a new era in trust and cooperation that promises to forever change the world. After all, ten years ago no one would have thought to rent a random person’s house in a foreign country, use another person's car to travel while there, and drop off her dog for the week at yet another stranger’s pet-sitting service. Henderson argues that individual reviewers serve as “micro-regulators” giving us faith that the service or product we are getting will be safe and useful.

    None of this goes down too easy for Jay, who has spent the last two decades taking on BigTech and does not view it as the paradigm of trustworthiness. But, one thing that Jay is forced to concede is that Henderson’s newest book made him rethink how he views the world.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

chanchanleezy ,

A must listen

Such a great podcast! Love learning about how the “sausage is made” from some of the best legal minds. Keep up the awesome work!

benjamin__t ,

Good for legal and general audiences

If you enjoy NPR-interview-style podcasts and are interested in topical legal issues, chances are good you’ll enjoy this podcast too. So far the interviews are varied, well-produced, and independently interesting. While legal practitioners will get the most mileage out of this one, there’s really something here for a general audience as well. (Try the Todd Henderson interview, for example. Could just as easily be a subject for Freakonmics or TAL.)

Rockstar0215 ,

Informative legal podcast

Interesting insight into mass tort and class action litigation.

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