Jim Spencer

Washington Correspondent
Phone: 202-383-6123
Jim Spencer works in the Star Tribune’s Washington, D.C., bureau. He covers the intersection of Minnesota businesses and industry with national politics, legislation and regulation. Spencer has more than three decades’ experience as a news reporter, columnist, feature writer and sports writer.

Recent content from Jim Spencer

Federal Reserve fights ruling on debit card fees

Fed general counsel Scott Alvarez told U.S. District Judge Richard Leon that the board would not put in place an interim rule to lower fees and stop what Leon believes are illegal charges by banks and credit card companies while the appeal is ongoing.

Updated: August 21, 2013, - 09:06 PM

July 17: Lower health care costs elude hospitals

“Pioneer’’ health systems in a federal pilot program made progress in improving medical care, but most were unable to cut costs.

Updated: August 15, 2013, - 04:50 PM

Judge scolds Fed for its inaction on credit card swipe fees

Federal judge ruled two weeks ago that transaction charges had abused Congress’ intentions.

Updated: August 14, 2013, - 09:27 PM

Judge says federal law blocks Medtronic Infuse suits

A Minneapolis judge’s decision does allow those who sued to re-file their cases with more specific allegations of fraud that involves promotion of non-approved uses of Infuse by Medtronic.

Updated: August 07, 2013, - 09:08 PM

Budget cuts hijack medical device and patent fees

Companies now must battle for relief via legislation in Congress — or perhaps even lawsuits.

Updated: August 04, 2013, - 09:04 PM

Debit card swipe fees inflated, judge rules

Retailers, convenience stores, food sellers and gas stations had sued over the Federal Reserve rule on credit and debit card...

Updated: July 31, 2013, - 09:16 PM

For doctors and med firms, a new era of disclosure

New federal law will expose ties to medical device, drug companies.

Updated: July 28, 2013, - 11:53 AM

Paulsen, others want India to stop ignoring U.S. drug patents

Policies may trump U.S. patents to get drugs and devices to the poor.

Updated: July 27, 2013, - 10:27 PM

Medical device tax receipts now top $1 billion, industry says

The tax on medical device makers’ gross receipts helps fund health care reform as Congress seeks elusive alternatives.

Updated: July 16, 2013, - 10:26 AM

House GOP passes farm bill without food stamps

GOP succeeded in splitting off food stamp program from the bill.

Updated: July 12, 2013, - 12:20 AM

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