Washington, DC—Jon Haber, CEO of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), issued this statement upon Congress’ successful passage of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007.
“AAJ commends Congress for today passing a vital piece of legislation that guarantees access to justice for thousands of Americans injured by railroads’ negligence. In the past, railroad operators relied on outdated equipment which often failed, and then expected full immunity from accountability, even if they admitted to being at fault. Today’s actions in Congress guarantee a level playing field for Americans in our courts. This will allow the hundreds of Minot residents poisoned by a chlorine shipment’s derailment five years ago to finally pursue justice for the harm inflicted while they slept. We thank the Congress for their hard work to ensure true accountability across the board, without exceptions for insurance CEOs, industrial polluters or even railroad operators. AAJ will continue to press for access to the courts for all victims of negligence.”