• Jennifer Taub is a legal scholar and advocate who’s testified as a banking law expert before Congress and appeared on MSNBC and CNN. 
  • The following is an excerpt from her new book, “BIG DIRTY MONEY: The Shocking Injustice And Unseen Cost of White Collar Crime.”
  • In it, she examines white collar crime, its history, and why these offenders fail to face the consequences that street level criminals do from Congress and the Supreme Court.
  • She explains how the country’s biggest crimes — like the financial crisis in 2008 to the ongoing opioid epidemic — have taken a toll in its citizens on a systematic level and the US can do better moving forward. 
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America, we have a big dirty money problem.

The corporate crime, elite impunity, and public corruption disease did not infect us overnight, though. We’ve been exposed now for so very long that we are almost immune. Almost.

If you still get angry when you see prosperous predators get away with it, we still have a chance to fight back. I’m ready to speak up about what’s broken and promote specific, significant, and enduring fixes. At the end of this chapter, following these proposed solutions, I’ll explain why and how you can join this effort.

You don’t need a law degree or a lobbyist’s contact list to exert influence. There are more honest people in America who believe that when we get big money out of politics and when big businesses and the elite are made to obey the law, we are all safer and our society is more just. 

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“BIG DIRTY MONEY: The Shocking Injustice And Unseen Cost of White Collar Crime,” By Jennifer Taub.

Courtesy of Penguin Random House

In a nutshell, here’s the problem:

The extremely wealthy and

Banana Republic made a tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg by re-releasing her iconic “dissent collar” necklace two weeks after her death at age 87 due to complications from metastic pancreatic cancer.

The fashion retailer announced Friday that the famous collar would be available for a limited time and renamed the “notorious necklace.”

The famous accessory was originally gifted to the former Supreme Court justice at Glamour magazine’s 2012 “Women of the Year” gala.

She wore it and several others on various occasions as collars became part of her statement look.

PHOTO: The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court gather for a formal group portrait, Nov. 30, 2018. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP, FILE)

Banana Republic’s notorious necklace sold out almost immediately, but the company is working hard to restock as quickly as possible according to the company’s website.

“The Notorious Necklace is officially sold out,” Banana Republic wrote in a post. “Thank you all for the overwhelming love and positive support.”

“Please add more!! I have been checking constantly!!! (Missed today, dang it!),” @besty_davies wrote in a comment. Banana Republic advised in a reply that customers can preorder. However, the item is on backorder for many.

Banana Republic has also pledged to donate 100% of proceeds to the International Center For Research on Women which is a global research institute whose mission is to empower women, advance gender equality and fight poverty.

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“This is my dissenting collar,” Ginsburg told Yahoo in 2014 about her iconic Banana Republic piece. “It looks fitting for dissent.”

In 2019, the clothing company previously re-released the dissent collar necklace and said the response to it selling out in a few hours was “tremendous” and “heartwarming.”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s iconic ‘dissent

Banana Republic has re-released Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s iconic collar necklace, just two weeks after the late Supreme Court justice died at 87.

The clothing retail company announced on Friday it would be bringing back Justice Ginsburg’s black “Dissent Collar” for a limited time, but with a new name: “The Notorious Necklace.”

“You asked, we answered. The notorious necklace, as worn by the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is coming back with a limited reissue,” Banana Republic announced on Instagram.


Ginsburg first received the stylish accessory from the VIP gift bag distributed at Glamour magazine’s “Women of the Year” gala in 2012 and has worn it many a time since.

“It looks fitting for dissents,” Ginsburg told Katie Couric of her so-called “dissenting” collar during a 2014 interview, according to ABC.

In 2019, a previous limited-edition release of her iconic “dissent” collar-style necklaces reportedly flew off Banana Republic’s online shelves before they even went on sale, as she was recovering from early-stage lung cancer.

After the “Notorious Necklace” was announced last weekend, Banana Republic said the accessory had already sold out.

“Thank you all for the overwhelming love and positive support,” the company wrote on Instagram.


To aid in Ginsburg’s mission of supporting women’s equality, Banana Republic said it is donating 100% of proceeds from the sales of the collar — which retails for $98 — to the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW).

A representative from the company said that following a positive response from consumers, the brand is working on updates