Tom Ramstack

Tom Ramstack

Tom Ramstack is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist and attorney. Prior to writing for The Well News, he covered transportation and legal affairs for The Washington Times and founded The Legal Forum, a news service for Washington’s legal community that also offers legal services for nonprofit organizations. His work has been featured in Reuters and other publications.

Ramstack notes that as a licensed Washington, D.C., lawyer, he occasionally works on short-term document review projects on a pay-per-project basis for established law firms. He also receives no payment from subscribers or advertisers from The Legal Forum.

You can reach him on LinkedIn and through his website.

Recent Work

September 6, 2019
by Tom Ramstack
Reporter’s White House Press Pass Reinstated by Judge After Altercation

WASHINGTON - A federal judge reinstated the White House press pass of Playboy magazine reporter Brian Karem Tuesday after it... Read More

WASHINGTON - A federal judge reinstated the White House press pass of Playboy magazine reporter Brian Karem Tuesday after it was taken away by the Trump administration’s press secretary. Karem lost his press pass in July after a loud altercation in the Rose Garden with former... Read More

August 27, 2019
by Tom Ramstack
Trump Aide Testifies Against Attorney Accused of Foreign Lobbying Violations

WASHINGTON - Federal prosecutors accused a high-powered Washington, D.C. lawyer in court this week of engaging in illegal foreign lobbying... Read More

WASHINGTON - Federal prosecutors accused a high-powered Washington, D.C. lawyer in court this week of engaging in illegal foreign lobbying by helping to craft a report critical of the Ukraine’s former prime minister. Gregory Craig, White House counsel during the Obama administration, says his law firm's... Read More

August 21, 2019
by Tom Ramstack
Maryland Marijuana Case Sets Standard For Police Searches Of Crime Suspects

A ruling last week by Maryland’s highest court is likely to help redefine the criminal law of marijuana possession as... Read More

A ruling last week by Maryland’s highest court is likely to help redefine the criminal law of marijuana possession as states nationwide search for new legal standards. A unanimous Maryland Court of Appeals ruled that police who smell marijuana can use the odor to justify a... Read More

August 20, 2019
by Tom Ramstack
Federal Appeals Judge Removed from Case After Dispute Over Climate Change Seminar

A Washington, D.C. federal appeals court judge was removed from an upcoming high-profile environmental case last week after a dispute... Read More

A Washington, D.C. federal appeals court judge was removed from an upcoming high-profile environmental case last week after a dispute with a second judge over what was supposed to be a harmless invitation. It started with a simple advisory email from one judge telling others about... Read More

August 16, 2019
by Tom Ramstack
State Attorneys General Sue To Block New Immigration Rule

The attorneys general from 13 states filed a lawsuit this week to block a new Trump administration rule that makes... Read More

The attorneys general from 13 states filed a lawsuit this week to block a new Trump administration rule that makes it harder for immigrants receiving public assistance to get green cards for permanent residency. The lawsuit is pending in federal court in the state of Washington.... Read More

August 5, 2019
by Tom Ramstack
States Sue Trump Administration Over Lower Fuel Efficiency Penalties

Twelve states are suing the Trump administration over its decision to deeply roll back potential penalties against automakers that violate... Read More

Twelve states are suing the Trump administration over its decision to deeply roll back potential penalties against automakers that violate federal fuel efficiency standards. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposes a 61 percent reduction in penalties for violations of motor vehicle average fuel economy standards... Read More

July 23, 2019
by Tom Ramstack
Equifax Agrees to $700 Million Settlement After Huge Hacking Incident Hit Consumers

WASHINGTON - Credit reporting giant Equifax Inc. signed a settlement Monday in which it agreed to pay as much as... Read More

WASHINGTON - Credit reporting giant Equifax Inc. signed a settlement Monday in which it agreed to pay as much as $700 million to resolve government and consumer complaints resulting from a data breach that exposed the personal financial information of most of the U.S. adult population.... Read More

July 16, 2019
by Tom Ramstack
Washington Legal Advocates, Lawmakers Want Immigration Procedures Changed

WASHINGTON -- Some of Washington’s prominent legal organizations and lawmakers are scrambling to address the nation’s illegal immigration crisis while... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Some of Washington’s prominent legal organizations and lawmakers are scrambling to address the nation’s illegal immigration crisis while courts confront a hopeless backlog of cases. They are proposing new procedures to manage the flood of illegal immigrants being held in detention centers while seeking... Read More

July 8, 2019
by Tom Ramstack
DC-Area Radio Station Registers As Foreign Agent of Russians

WASHINGTON - The Russian government paid a middleman company more than $1.4 million to broadcast propaganda for the past two... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Russian government paid a middleman company more than $1.4 million to broadcast propaganda for the past two years on Washington, D.C., area radio station WZHF 1390, according to recently-released foreign agent registration records. The registration by Florida-based RM Broadcasting LLC was ordered by... Read More

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With Trump Jury Selection Completed, Attorneys Prepare for Trial Next Week

NEW YORK — The full contingent of jurors and alternates needed for the hush money criminal trial of former President... Read More

NEW YORK — The full contingent of jurors and alternates needed for the hush money criminal trial of former President Donald Trump was reached Friday in a New York courtroom. The jury selection procedure ended around 1:30 p.m., about the... Read More

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WASHINGTON — The press face many challenges, ranging from violence and treachery perpetrated against reporters to public figures diminishing the... Read More

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House Advances International Aid Bills, Setting Up Final Vote on Saturday

WASHINGTON — The House handily advanced legislation on Friday that would send military and other aid to Ukraine, Israel, Gaza... Read More

WASHINGTON — The House handily advanced legislation on Friday that would send military and other aid to Ukraine, Israel, Gaza and the Indo-Pacific, despite rumblings among some Republicans that such a move would spell curtains for Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La.... Read More

Biden Administration Restricts Oil and Gas Leasing in 13M Acres of Alaska's Petroleum Reserve

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Biden administration said Friday it will restrict new oil and gas leasing on 13 million... Read More

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Biden administration said Friday it will restrict new oil and gas leasing on 13 million acres (5.3 million hectares) of a federal petroleum reserve in Alaska to help protect wildlife such as caribou and polar... Read More

EPA Designates Two Forever Chemicals as Hazardous Substances, Eligible for Superfund Cleanup

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday designated two forever chemicals that have been used in cookware, carpets and firefighting... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday designated two forever chemicals that have been used in cookware, carpets and firefighting foams as hazardous substances, an action intended to ensure quicker cleanup of the toxic compounds and require industries and others... Read More

AP Decision Notes: What to Expect in Pennsylvania's Presidential and State Primaries

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump will go before voters Tuesday in Pennsylvania’s presidential primaries, a prelude to the... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump will go before voters Tuesday in Pennsylvania’s presidential primaries, a prelude to the November general election, when the commonwealth is expected to once again play a critical role in the race for the... Read More

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