For Immediate Release: May 20, 2009
Contact: Cecelia Prewett or Jen Fuson
202-965-3500, ext. 369
Obama Memo on Complete Immunity Preemption Makes Clear Rule of Law Prevails Over Rule of Politics
Statement of American Association for Justice President Les Weisbrod
WASHINGTON, DC—“On behalf of the thousands of people whose cases have been affected by complete immunity preemption, we are heartened by the Presidential Memo released today.
The Obama Memo on regulatory preemption makes clear that the rule of law will once again prevail over the rule of politics. The memo overturned actions taken by Bush administration bureaucrats who were influenced by powerful, well-connected corporations who wanted to re-write and re-interpret Congressional legislation, undermine the Constitutional system of checks and balances and put the public at risk and compromise laws designed to give Americans basic rights to hold wrongdoers accountable.
However, horrendous injuries and deaths are still happening from dangerous products. For that, we look to Congress to remedy those wrongs and they can start by passing the Medical Device Safety Act.”
To see a list of preemptive regulations issued during the Bush administration, click here.