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

February 7, 2024
by Tom Ramstack
Conservatives Tell Congress ‘Zuckerbucks’ Threaten the Integrity of Elections

WASHINGTON — A conservative public policy advocate told a congressional panel Wednesday that charitable grants to fund local elections pose... Read More

WASHINGTON — A conservative public policy advocate told a congressional panel Wednesday that charitable grants to fund local elections pose a risk of shifting votes toward liberal special interests. “We have allowed the private takeover of government election offices by partisan oligarchs and their armies of... Read More

February 6, 2024
by Tom Ramstack
FAA Administrator Grilled in Congress Over Aviation Safety Lapses

WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration’s new administrator pledged more aggressive safety oversight during a congressional hearing Tuesday to avoid... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration’s new administrator pledged more aggressive safety oversight during a congressional hearing Tuesday to avoid disasters like the near-miss last month aboard an Alaska Airlines flight. FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker said the watchdog agency is shifting to a strategy that anticipates... Read More

February 2, 2024
by Tom Ramstack
EPA Adds More ‘Forever Chemicals’ to List of Hazardous Substances

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday proposed adding nine PFAS, or "forever chemicals," to its list of hazardous... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday proposed adding nine PFAS, or "forever chemicals," to its list of hazardous materials. The "hazardous" designation under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act means PFAs will get tougher regulatory scrutiny. They were found in nearly half the nation's... Read More

February 1, 2024
by Tom Ramstack
Trump Lawsuit Over Steele Dossier Dismissed by Judge in London

LONDON, U.K. — A judge in London dismissed a lawsuit Thursday that former President Donald Trump filed against the British... Read More

LONDON, U.K. — A judge in London dismissed a lawsuit Thursday that former President Donald Trump filed against the British intelligence agent who wrote the "Steele Dossier" describing his questionable links to the Russian government. Trump’s lawsuit called the accusations lies that hurt his reputation. Judge... Read More

January 31, 2024
by Tom Ramstack
Fair Housing Advocates Ask Congress for Protection From AI Abuses

WASHINGTON — Computer engineers have controlled artificial intelligence in the financial sector so far but now lawyers and regulators need... Read More

WASHINGTON — Computer engineers have controlled artificial intelligence in the financial sector so far but now lawyers and regulators need to oversee the emerging field to avoid injustices, according to housing industry experts at a congressional hearing Wednesday. Otherwise, algorithms that can be blind to abuses... Read More

January 30, 2024
by Tom Ramstack
Policy Advisor Warns Against Strong US Military Response in Red Sea

WASHINGTON — An international policy advisor told a congressional panel Tuesday the United States appears to be walking into a... Read More

WASHINGTON — An international policy advisor told a congressional panel Tuesday the United States appears to be walking into a trap with its military strategy in the Red Sea, possibly causing long-term economic and foreign relations damage. The U.S. military response to attacks on cargo ships... Read More

January 29, 2024
by Tom Ramstack
Walmart Sued in Class Action Over Alleged Pricing Deception

WASHINGTON — Walmart is being sued over allegations it charges higher prices for products at the checkout stands than it... Read More

WASHINGTON — Walmart is being sued over allegations it charges higher prices for products at the checkout stands than it advertises on its shelves. The consumer class action lawsuits started in Chicago, Illinois, but are spreading, most recently to a court filing last week in Washington,... Read More

January 26, 2024
by Tom Ramstack
Justice Department Joins Lawsuit Against NCAA Transfer Rule

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department joined a lawsuit this week opposing the National Collegiate Athletics Association’s restrictions on student athletes... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department joined a lawsuit this week opposing the National Collegiate Athletics Association’s restrictions on student athletes transferring between schools. Called the “transfer eligibility rule,” it allows student-athletes to begin playing their sports immediately when they transfer to a new Division I school.... Read More

January 24, 2024
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Told How Climate Change Is Threatening World’s Oceans 

WASHINGTON — A geoscientist described for a Senate panel Wednesday a devastating scenario if the U.S. government fails to consider... Read More

WASHINGTON — A geoscientist described for a Senate panel Wednesday a devastating scenario if the U.S. government fails to consider how climate change is damaging the oceans. The world is close to a “critical threshold,” when the ill effects of climate change on oceans will accelerate... Read More

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February 26, 2024
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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court seemed skeptical Monday of two state laws that could redraw social media companies’ right to decide what sort of content is displayed on their platforms. The tech companies say the Florida and Texas laws that... Read More

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