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  • AAJ Statement on GM Victim Compensation Fund
    July 2, 2014

    Washington, DC—The following is a statement from American Association for Justice President Burton LeBlanc on the GM ignition switch victim compensation fund:

  • SCOTUS Upholds Rights of Investors to Hold Corporations Accountable for Fraud
    June 23, 2014

    Washington, DC—The following is a statement from American Association for Justice (AAJ) President Burton LeBlanc on today’s United States Supreme Court ruling in Erica P. John Fund, et al., v. Halliburton:

  • How was GM Driven to Safety?
    June 18, 2014

    Washington, DC—A new report, Driven to Safety, released today by the American Association for Justice details the essential role the civil justice system played in uncovering the GM ignition switch scandal and the ways trial attorneys and their clients have spurred improvements in auto safety for over half a century.

  • AAJ’s Trial Lawyers Care Report to Congress Included in National September 11 Museum’s Collection
    May 21, 2014

    Washington, D.C.—When the National September 11 Memorial & Museum officially opens its doors to the public today, the American Association for Justice’s Trial Lawyers Care report to Congress, “Thousands of Heroes, The Rest of Us Could Only Help,” will be part of the museum’s collection.

  • 440,000 Patients are Killed Every Year by Preventable Medical Errors
    May 6, 2014

    Washington, DC—Quanisha underwent a routine surgery to remove a goiter in her neck at a hospital in Little Rock, Ark. But, twelve hours later, Quanisha began to develop a shortness of breath and began to feel her neck tighten. Even though she told nurses about her symptoms and how worried she was, her condition was not appropriately monitored or reported to a physician. Quanisha began having seizures, went into respiratory arrest, and suffered severe brain damage. It was later discovered that a prevantable blood clot was to blame. Quanisha was left bed-ridden and totally dependent on her mother for care.

  • Trial Attorneys Advocate and Educate to End Distracted Driving
    April 30, 2014

    Washington, DC—In support of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the American Association for Justice, along with its grassroots campaign, Take Justice Back, and community service program, Trial Lawyers Care, joined with the nonprofit organization, End Distracted Driving (EndDD), to educate young people about the dangers associated with this growing hazard.

  • Charles Schwab Drops Provision That Eliminated Customers' Rights
    April 25, 2014

    Brokerage firm, Charles Schwab, announced on April 24th that as part of a settlement with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (Finra), Charles Schwab would drop a provision in its consumer agreement that eliminated customers' rights. American Association for Justice President Burton LeBlanc issued the following statement in response:

  • Victory for Consumer Rights: General Mills Drops its Forced Arbitration Clause
    April 21, 2014

    Washington, D.C. - General Mills announced on April 19, 2014 that it removed a forced arbitration clause in its terms of service. Forced arbitration is an abusive practice where corporations force customers into a dispute mill that is rigged and secretive. The corporations pick the arbitrator and the arbitrator's decision is final - you have no ability to appeal or ever go to court. American Association for Justice President Burton LeBlanc issued the following statement:

  • G.M. Recall Scandal Exposed By Civil Justice System After Years of Corporate and Regulatory Failure
    April 1, 2014

    Washington, DC— The following is a statement from American Association for Justice President Burton LeBlanc on today’s hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations regarding the G.M. ignition switch recall.

  • FDA Proposed Rule Would Restore Generic Drug Accountability
    March 13, 2014

    Washington, DC— The American Association for Justice (AAJ) is filing comments in support of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed rule to allow generic drug manufacturers to independently update their warning labels.

  • Rep. Shimkus' Draft Bill Grants Immunity to the Chemical Industry for Poisoning Americans with Dangerous Toxins
    February 28, 2014
    Washington, DC— The following is a statement from American Association for Justice President Burton LeBlanc on Rep. John Shimkus’ (R-IL) draft Chemicals in Commerce Act:

    “Far too often the lives of American families are dangerously impacted by chemicals in our drinking water, children’s toys and consumer products. The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) must be reformed to effectively protect the public, but Rep. Shimkus' draft bill doesn't come close as it eviscerates public health safeguards, preempts state law and grants immunity to the chemical industry.”
     
    “The draft bill completely disregards known concerns of advocates for public health, the environment, consumers and states' rights. Instead, Rep. Shimkus’ bill allows the chemical industry to control the science the EPA uses to regulate chemicals, preempts states from taking action on dangerous toxins, and all the while ensures that chemical manufacturers cannot be held accountable in the civil justice system.”
     
    “The end result is that Rep. Shimkus' draft bill only benefits corporations responsible for poisoning and killing Americans and places the health and safety of American families at risk.”
     
    "Congress must prioritize the health and safety of Americans by passing meaningful and effective TSCA reform, not granting a handout to the chemical industry." 

    How Rep. Shimkus' Draft Bill Immunizes the Chemical Industry
    If enacted, Rep. Shimkus’ draft bill would:
  • Trial Attorneys Help Host City New Orleans During Convention
    February 27, 2014
    Washington, DC — During the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) Winter Convention, held this year in New Orleans, AAJ members gave back to the city by participating in a Habitat for Humanity build, donating school supplies and giving presentations on the importance of ending distracted driving.
  • Proposed Changes to Federal Rules Would Eliminate Access to Justice
    December 20, 2013
    Washington, DC— The Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the United States Courts is considering major changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which would dramatically alter our legal system, making it much more difficult to hold corporations that injure and kill Americans accountable in court.
  • Congress Must Revoke Corporations’ License to Steal
    December 17, 2013
    Washington, DC—The following is a statement from American Association for Justice President Burton LeBlanc on the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing addressing forced arbitration:
  • CFPB Hearing to Address Forced Arbitration, Banks’ License to Steal
    December 12, 2013
    Washington, DC—The following is a statement from American Association for Justice President Burton LeBlanc on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s field hearing and study addressing forced arbitration:
  • House Passes Bill to Bully Americans Out of Their Rights
    November 14, 2013
    Washington, DC—The following is a statement from American Association for Justice President Burton LeBlanc in response to the passage of H.R. 2655 by the U.S. House of Representatives:
     
    “At a time when our courts are already suffering from persistent underfunding, today Congress voted to add unnecessary burdens and delays to the civil justice system.
     
    “H.R. 2655 is little more than a Congressional takeover of the judicial system.  It will force our courts and judges down a path that is known to be unnecessary and counterproductive.
     
    “When these rules were in effect from 1983 to 1993, they created additional litigation and added costly hurdles to justice for Americans who were targets of discrimination and civil rights violations.
     
    “Congress should focus efforts on improving access to justice instead of passing legislation that allows corporations to bully Americans out of court and out of vindicating their rights.”
     
  • House Passes Bill to Grant Handout to Asbestos Corporations
    November 13, 2013
    Washington, DC—The following is a statement from American Association for Justice President Burton LeBlanc in response to the passage of H.R. 982 by the U.S. House of Representatives:
  • House Considers Bills to Limit Americans’ Rights
    November 12, 2013
  • FDA to Fix Accountability Imbalance for Generic Drug Manufacturers
    November 8, 2013

    Washington, DC—The following is a statement from American Association for Justice President Burton LeBlanc on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new proposed rules on generic drug labeling:

  • Federal Courts Should Not be Rigged in Favor of Corporations
    November 7, 2013
    Washington, DC— The rights of all Americans to access justice and accountability are at risk.  American Association for Justice President Burton LeBlanc and other top civil justice advocates will testify today before the Judicial Conference of the United States about proposed changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that would dramatically alter our legal system, making it much more difficult to hold corporations that injure and kill Americans accountable in court.
     
    “These changes would devastate Americans’ access to justice and rig the courts in favor of corporations that violate our rights,” said LeBlanc. “This will further stack the deck against American citizens and small businesses seeking accountability in court.”
     
    The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure establish how civil lawsuits are filed, pursued, and tried in federal courts.  The proposed Rules changes would limit discovery, decrease the number and length of depositions and remove incentives to preserve critical documents.  This will have a chilling effect on civil rights, employment discrimination, bank fraud and environmental cases because the information needed to prove these types of case is often in the sole possession of the corporation. 
     
    These changes will also directly impact taxpayers.  Cases that allege fraud in government programs would be more difficult to prove.  For example, in a case against Momence Meadows Nursing Home and its owner, Jacob Graff, a whistle-blower claimed Graff and the nursing home defrauded the federal government and the state of Illinois by billing Medicare and Medicaid for services that were done so poorly they were essentially worthless to patients.  This case required the review of approximately 350 boxes of patient files and company records, all of which were necessary to prove proper care was not documented or provided.  Under the proposed Rules, obtaining these documents would be extremely burdensome, maybe even impossible.
     
    “This will force cases to be decided before all the facts are found and brought to light,” added LeBlanc. “If Americans can’t seek justice in the courtroom, what safety information could corporations hide from the public?  If no one is accountable, no one is safe.”
     
     
  • Statement on Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing on Federal Rules of Judicial Procedure
    November 5, 2013
    Washington, DCThe following is a statement from American Association for Justice CEO Linda Lipsen in response to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing entitled: “Changing the Rules: Will limiting the scope of civil discovery diminish accountability and leave Americans without access to justice?”
  • Forced Arbitration: U.S. Chamber’s License to Steal
    October 23, 2013

    Washington, DC—Most Americans do not realize they have forfeited their legal rights until it is too late. Buried in the fine print of many contracts – from credit card and nursing home contracts to employee handbooks and online user agreements – are dangerous forced arbitration clauses that eliminate access to justice and replace it with a secretive, corporate tribunal.  The American Association for Justice released a new primer today detailing how the abusive practice of forced arbitration hurts American small businesses, consumers and employees and how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is spearheading efforts to force arbitration on America. 

  • AAJ Response to House Judiciary Committee Approval of H.R. 2655
    September 11, 2013

    Washington, DC— The following is a statement from American Association for Justice (AAJ) President Burton LeBlanc in response to the House Judiciary Committee approving H.R. 2655:

  • AAJ Statement on House Passage of the REINS Act
    August 2, 2013 - Washington, DC

    Washington, DC—The following is a statement from American Association for Justice (AAJ) President Burton LeBlanc in response to the U.S. House passing H.R. 367, “Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2013” (REINS Act.)

  • Accountability is Key to Strengthening Public Health Protections against Toxic Chemical Threats
    July 31, 2013 - Washington, DC

    Washington, DC—In a U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on the need to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), American Association for Justice (AAJ) member Robin Greenwald testified on the principles that must be upheld to ensure TSCA reform legislation protects the public.  Greenwald, a renowned environmental attorney with the law firm of Weitz & Luxenberg P.C., highlighted how the civil justice system and state laws complement federal regulation, ensure accountability and provide a safety net when federal regulation is insufficient. 

  • Burton LeBlanc sworn in as President of National Trial Bar
    July 24, 2013

    Washington, DC—Baton Rouge attorney Burton LeBlanc has been sworn in as the president of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) at the organization’s annual convention in San Francisco, California. AAJ is the world’s largest trial bar, working to make sure people have a fair chance to receive justice through the legal system when they are injured by the negligence or misconduct of others.

  • AAJ Statement on BP’s Campaign to Evade Accountability
    June 26, 2013

    Washington, DC—The following is a statement from American Association for Justice (AAJ) President Mary Alice McLarty:

    “BP pled guilty to causing the worst environmental disaster in US history that resulted in the loss of Americans lives and American business. Now they have launched a PR campaign to evade accountability for the damage they caused and restrain continued shareholder frustration. 

  • Supreme Court Expands Immunity for Big Pharma
    June 24, 2013

    Washington, DC—The U.S. Supreme Court gave pharmaceutical companies another gift today, largely shielding the generic industry from lawsuits for the design of their drugs.  This is the second Supreme Court decision giving the generic drug industry immunity. In 2011, the Court decided generic makers cannot be held responsible for failing to warn about a drug’s side-effects, saying the generic maker is only making a “copy” of the brand drug and must follow the brand drug’s label.

  • AAJ Statement on SCOTUS Decision in American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant
    June 20, 2013

    Washington, DC—The following is a statement from American Association for Justice (AAJ) President Mary Alice McLarty on today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant:

  • AAJ on TSCA Reform: If No One is Accountable, No One is Safe
    June 13, 2013

    Washington, DC—The American Association for Justice (AAJ) sent a letter to members of Congress outlining important legal principles that must be upheld in efforts to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in order to effectively protect public safety. The letter details how the civil justice system and state laws complement federal regulation, ensure accountability and provide a safety net when federal regulation is insufficient.

  • Report Details Rising Dangers from Trucks, Offers Market-Based Solutions
    June 11, 2013

    Washington, DC—An outdated economic model allows unsafe trucking companies to operate on U.S. roads, according to a new report released today by the American Association for Justice (AAJ). “Truck Safety Alert: Rising Danger from Trucks and How to Stop It,” details safety hazards in the trucking industry, including a compensation program that promotes fatigued driving and ignores safety risks, and inadequate insurance limits that shift the cost burden to taxpayers, medical insurance carriers, and Medicare.

  • AAJ: Controversial Asbestos Bill Offensive, Unnecessary and Must be Stopped
    May 21, 2013

    Washington, DC—The following is a statement from American Association for Justice (AAJ) CEO Linda Lipsen in response to the Judiciary Committee markup of H.R. 982, the so-called “Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2013:”

     

  • New AAJ Report Highlights Problem with Unsafe Medical Products and Lack of Accountability for Manufacturers
    May 15, 2013

    Washington, DC—Michelle Garcia (Miami, FL) never thought a simple doctor’s office procedure for birth control would result in the removal of both of her fallopian tubes.  Yet last year Michelle underwent surgery to remove Essure, a medical device marketed as a “surgery-free permanent” birth control procedure. It was supposed to be Michelle’seasy solution for birth control for life; instead, it was her worst nightmare.  One of Michelle’s coils* broke and pierced her abdomen, requiring surgery to remove the coil and both damaged fallopian tubes.

     

  • Elected officials must ensure that equality is not just an idea, but a reality
    May 1, 2013

    Washington, DC— The following is a statement from American Association for Justice (AAJ) President Mary Alice McLarty in honor of National Law Day:

  • Patients’ Legal Rights in Jeopardy with FDA’s Proposal to Reclassify Metal-on-Metal Hips
    April 18, 2013

    Washington, DC—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the agency is set to reclassify several metal-on-metal hips, requiring manufacturers to complete a premarket approval application (PMA) or product development protocol (PDP) in order to receive the agency’s approval.  The reclassification may put patients’ legal rights in question, according to comments submitted today by the American Association for Justice to the FDA.

     

  • AAJ Statement on the Across-Party-Lines Rejection of Senator Portman's Anti-Patient Amendment
    March 23, 2013

    Washington, DC — The following is a statement from American Association for Justice President Mary Alice McLarty, in response to the Senate's across-party-lines rejection of Senator Portman's amendment to limit injured patients' legal rights (S.Amdt. 152):

  • Patient Safety at Risk with SCOTUS Mutual v. Bartlett
    March 18, 2013

    Washington, DC—For the third time in a matter of minutes, Karen Bartlett puts drops in her eyes to substitute for the tears she no longer produces.  Legally blind, Karen's eyes are a noticeable injury from her Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS), a lifetime condition resulting from taking sulindac, a generic drug prescribed for shoulder pain.  

  • AAJ Response to Wall Street Journal Story on Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts
    March 11, 2013

    Washington, DC — The following is a statement from American Association for Justice President Mary Alice McLarty, in response to the Wall Street Journal story “As Asbestos Claims Rise, So Do Worries About Fraud:”

  • AAJ: House Asbestos Bill Offensive, Unnecessary
    March 6, 2013
    Washington, DCThe following is a statement from American Association for Justice (AAJ) CEO Linda Lipsen in response to the reintroduction of H.R. 982, the so-called “Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2013:”
  • AAJ Response to House Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing: “Excessive Litigation's Impact on America's Global Competitiveness”
    March 5, 2013

    Washington, DCThe following is a statement from American Association for Justice (AAJ) President Mary Alice McLarty:

  • Three Legal Chiefs: Safe Access to Justice in Peril
    March 4, 2013

    Washington, DCThe respective leaders of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), the American Bar Association (ABA) and DRI — The Voice of the Defense Bar warned in a joint statement released today that imminent budget cuts through sequestration will impinge access to justice at the state and federal levels and put court petitioners, staff and judges in harm’s way.

  • SCOTUS to Decide if Corporations Can Grant Themselves Complete Immunity from Federal Laws
    February 27, 2013

    Washington, DCThe U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today in a case that could provide corporations with unfettered power to evade federal laws by keeping small businesses and individuals out of the courts and forced into a rigged arbitration process. In the case, American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, SCOTUS will decide if corporations can force arbitration on small businesses and individuals, even when it can be shown that the cost of forced arbitration would make justice unattainable.

  • President Signs Bipartisan Medicare Law
    January 10, 2013

    Washington, DC—The following is a statement from the American Association for Justice (AAJ) President Mary Alice McLarty in response to the President signing the Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers (SMART) Act, which was introduced by Reps. Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Ron Kind (D-WI) in the House and Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Rob Portman (R-OH), Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Richard Burr (R-NC) in the Senate:

  • AAJ Response on House Passage of the SMART Act
    December 20, 2012
    Washington, DC The following is a statement from the American Association for Justice (AAJ) President Mary Alice McLarty in response to the House passage of the Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers (SMART) Act, which was co-sponsored by Representatives Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Ron Kind (D-WI):
  • U.S. Chamber, ALEC Backed Campaign Threatens Justice for Dying Asbestos Cancer Victims
    December 6, 2012

    Washington, DC— Front groups working on behalf of corporations that profited from asbestos, covered-up the dangers of the product, and knowingly killed thousands of Americans have convinced Ohio lawmakers to pass a bill that grants unprecedented legal protections to the asbestos industry.  This is part of a nationwide campaign led by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  The goal is to allow asbestos corporations to deny accountability and delay justice until asbestos cancer victims die. 

  • Trial Lawyers Launch New Campaign to Fight Corporate Efforts to Limit Justice
    November 13, 2012
    Washington, DCThe American Association for Justice (AAJ) launched an online, grassroots campaign called “Take Justice Back” today.  The campaign hit the ground running with an interactive website that educates Americans about the importance of the civil justice system, motivates the public through real stories of people denied justice, engages consumers through social media, and empowers activism.
  • Civil Justice Attorneys Hit the Campaign Trail to Protect the Vote
    November 9, 2012

    Washington, DC—More than one thousand members of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) joined efforts throughout the country to protect the vote this election.

  • Supreme Court Hears Important Consumer Rights Case
    November 5, 2012
    Washington, DCThe U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in a case that could have serious implications for consumers’ access to justice and their right to hold corporations accountable for anti-competitive behavior.
  • Top 10 Ways the U.S. Chamber Hurts Americans
    October 24, 2012
    Washington, D.C. —As the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) holds its annual policy parade on how to eliminate Americans’ rights, the American Association for Justice (AAJ) details the top 10 most notorious ways the U.S. Chamber has hurt Americans.
  • Homeowners Still Without Relief from Chinese Drywall
    September 6, 2012

    Washington, DC— It took more than three years, but a Chinese company’s efforts to evade responsibility for selling defective drywall in the U.S. may slowly be hitting a brick wall.  Taishan Gypsum sold more than 10 million pounds of dangerous drywall, linked to metal corrosion, sulfuric gases, headaches, asthma, and other health problems here in the U.S.  But for homeowners like Bill Morgan and his family, who paid the price for a foreign company’s dangerous product, the battle has been too long.

     

  • Third Circuit Deals Blow to Consumers Forced into Arbitration
    August 24, 2012
    Washington, DC—The Third Circuit issued an opinion in Homa v. American Express this week that wiped out consumers’ hope for meaningful access to justice when faced with a forced arbitration clause.  The court found that when a forced arbitration clause with a class action ban is included in the fine print of a contract, individual arbitration is the consumer’s only remedy – even if a consumer can prove that the cost of arbitration is so high that it is not a viable option. 
  • AAJ Opposes CMS Proposed Rulemaking on Medicare Repayment System
    August 15, 2012

    Washington, DC—The American Association for Justice (AAJ) submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in opposition to the proposed rulemaking on future medical requirements in the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) system.  MSP is a process to ensure Medicare is reimbursed for medical bills that are the responsibility of another party – such as an insurer or negligent party.  The current proposal rulemaking would create further delays in the MSP system for both seniors and beneficiaries who are severely sick or injured.

     

  • AAJ: Mary Alice McLarty as President for 2012-2013
    August 1, 2012
    Washington, DC—Mary Alice McLartywas announced as the new president of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) at the annual convention in Chicago.  McLarty will lead AAJ in its continued mission to protect the legal rights of Americans when they are injured by negligence or misconduct, even when it means taking on the most powerful corporations and interests.
  • AAJ Response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act
    June 28, 2012

    Washington, DC—The following is a statement from the American Association for Justice (AAJ) President Gary M. Paul in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act:

  • AAJ: Protect Consumers From Secretive Forced Arbitration
    June 25, 2012
    Washington, DCThe American Association for Justice (AAJ) applauds the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for its continued work to protect consumers from corporate wrongdoing at a time when the use of forced arbitration clauses by the financial sector has grown tremendously.  In the forthcoming study, the CFPB must fully examine the devastating impact forced arbitration has on the rights of American consumers.
  • Generic Makers Enjoy Wide-Spread Immunity One Year After Supreme Court Ruling
    June 21, 2012
    Washington, DC—Carrie Scott went in to the hospital for abnormal bleeding. Days later she returned home without her hand and forearm.  The generic form of Phenergan was given improperly, apparently from an inadequate warning label. Scott has no legal recourse because a generic drug caused her injury, rather than its brand-name equivalent.
     
  • AAJ Response to House Judiciary Committee Approval of H.R. 4369
    June 8, 2012
    Washington, DCThe following is a statement from American Association for Justice (AAJ) President Gary M. Paul in response to the House Judiciary Committee approving H.R. 4369, the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2012:
  • House to Hold Hearing Tomorrow Morning on ALEC Bill
    May 10, 2012
    Washington, DC Despite a recent cloud of overwhelming, negative attention hovering over the shadowy corporate front group, the American Legislation Excusive Council (ALEC), legislation crafted by ALEC and its corporate financiers has made its way to the U.S. Congress and the Judiciary Committee has scheduled time for a hearing on the legislation tomorrow, May 10, 2012. 
  • AAJ Statement on National Law Day
    May 1, 2012

    Washington, DC —The following is a statement from American Association for Justice (AAJ) President Gary M. Paul in honor of National Law Day:

     

  • AAJ Statement on the Domestic Fuels Protection Act
    April 19, 2012

    Washington, DC — The following is a statement from American Association for Justice (AAJ) President Gary M. Paul in response to the “The Domestic Fuels Protection Act of 2012,” H.R. 4345:

     

  • Congressional Proposal Would Expand Generic Drug Manufacturers’ Duty to Warn
    April 18, 2012

    Washington, DC—Today Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and six co-sponsors introduced the “Patient Safety and Generic Labeling Improvement Act of 2012” (S. 2295), amending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations to allow manufacturers of generic drugs to initiate labeling updates. A companion bill, “Patient Safety and Drug Labeling Act,” (H.R. 4384) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Reps. Bruce Braley (D-IA) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).

  • ALEC Bills Eliminate Accountability, Endanger Americans
    April 12, 2012

    Washington, DC— Florida Special Prosecutor Angela Corey announced yesterday that the State of Florida has taken the first step to achieving justice for Trayvon Martin and his family by filing criminal charges against George Zimmerman. 

     

  • GAO Recommends Improvements to the Medicare Repayment Bureaucracy
    April 4, 2012

    Washington, DC—Today, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report – requested by Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) – analyzing the inefficiencies of the Medicare Secondary Payer system (MSP). 

     

  • AAJ Statement on House Passage of H.R. 5
    March 22, 2012

    Washington, DC—The following is a statement from American Association for Justice (AAJ) President Gary M. Paul in response to the House passage of “medical liability reform bill” H.R. 5:

  • Report: Medical Malpractice Insurers More Profitable Than Top Fortune 500 Companies
    March 20, 2012

    Washington, DC—As the U.S. House of Representatives prepares to vote on an extreme medical liability bill (H.R. 5), a new report reveals that the average profit margin for the top 10 medical malpractice insurers is twice as high as 50 of the most profitable Fortune 500 companies.

  • FDA Must Protect Patients from Defective Generic Drugs
    March 9, 2012

    Washington, DC—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should require generic drug manufacturers to update their warning labels to protect patients from previously unknown side-effects, according to the American Association for Justice.

     

  • AAJ Calls for Transparency of Medical Industry Payments
    February 16, 2012

    Washington, DC—Establishing a reporting requirement that creates transparency of payments from drug and device manufacturers to doctors and hospitals will increase patient safety by reducing conflicts of interest, according to comments submitted today by the American Association for Justice (AAJ) to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). 

     

  • AAJ Response to Carlyle Dropping Forced Arbitration Clause in IPO
    February 3, 2012

    Washington, DC—The Carlyle Group today announced that they are withdrawing the forced arbitration clause that was included in its proposed IPO filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in response to pressure from shareholder rights advocates and lawmakers.  The following is a statement from American Association for Justice President Gary M. Paul:

     

  • AAJ: SEC Should Reject Carlyle’s Attack on Investor Rights
    February 2, 2012

    Washington, DC—The American Association for Justice (AAJ) today called on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to reject The Carlyle Group’s attempt to gut investors’ legal rights as part of their initial public offering.  The private equity buyout firm revised its registration statement earlier this month, adding a forced arbitration clause that would strip investors of their ability to hold Carlyle publicly accountable for fraud, misconduct, or negligence in a court of law.

     

  • AAJ: Oil Pollution Act Claims Procedures Need Reform
    January 30, 2012

    Washington, DC—Clarification of claims procedures under the Oil Pollution Act (OPA) are needed to ensure that victims of oil spills have the right to seek full legal recourse, according to comments submitted today by the American Association for Justice (AAJ) to the U.S. Coast Guard.

  • AAJ Response to SCOTUS Decision in CompuCredit v. Greenwood
    January 10, 2012

    Washington, DC—The following is a statement from American Association for Justice (AAJ) President Gary M. Paul in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in CompuCredit Corp and Synovus Bank v. Wanda Greenwood:

     

  • CMS Guidance a “Win, Win” for Seniors, Businesses, Taxpayers
    December 16, 2011

    Washington, DC—New guidance issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) should significantly streamline the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) system, changes long advocated by a coalition of consumer and seniors groups, insurers and other businesses.  Assuming CMS expands the $25,000 claims threshold as indicated in today’s guidance, this will be a significant improvement to the MSP process. 

     

  • Bipartisan Bill Targets Foreign Corporations That Skirt Federal Safety Standards, Legal System
    December 6, 2011

    Washington, DC—Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL) have reintroduced the Foreign Manufacturers Legal Accountability Act of 2011 (S.1946), requiring foreign manufacturers to have a registered U.S. agent that would accept service of process for civil and regulatory claims.

  • U.S. Chamber’s Hypocrisy Exposed: Do As I Say, Not As I Sue
    October 26, 2011

    Washington, D.C. —As the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) holds its annual summit – a strategy session on eliminating Americans’ access to the civil justice system – a new report exposes ILR’s corporate board members that hypocritically use the courts for their own gain against competitors, customers and even each other.

  • GAO Deals Major Blow to Asbestos Manufacturers
    October 19, 2011

    Washington, DC— Today, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report – requested by House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith – detailing the role and administration of asbestos trusts.  The report refutes claims made by the U.S. Chamber and asbestos manufacturers, finding that the trusts are transparent and have measures in place to prevent fraud.

     

  • Senate Bill Will Streamline Broken Medicare Repayment Bureaucracy
    October 18, 2011

    Washington, DC—In order to steamline the broken Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) system to better serve America’s seniors and taxpayers, Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Rob Portman (R-OH), Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Richard Burr (R-NC) have introduced the bipartisan Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers (SMART) Act. 

  • American Association for Justice Announces Gary M. Paul as President for 2011-2012
    July 13, 2011

    Washington, DC—Gary M. Paul was announced as the new president of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) at their annual convention in New York City. Mr. Paul will lead AAJ in its continued mission to protect the legal rights of Americans when they are injured by negligence or misconduct, even when it means taking on the most powerful corporations and interests.

  • AAJ Response to House Judiciary Committee Approval of H.R. 966
    July 7, 2011

    Washington, DC—The following is a statement from American Association for Justice (AAJ) President Gibson Vance in response to the House Judiciary Committee approving H.R. 966:

  • SCOTUS Ruling in McIntyre v. Nicastro Adds Obstacles to Holding Foreign Corporations Accountable in the U.S.
    June 27, 2011

    Washington, DC—The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in McIntyre Machinery v. Nicastro today makes it more difficult to hold foreign manufacturers accountable in the U.S. court system, according to the American Association for Justice (AAJ).
  • Generic Drug Decision Disastrous to Patient Safety
    June 23, 2011

    Washington, DC—Today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Pliva v. Mensing is a disastrous outcome for patient safety, giving generic drug companies legal immunity when they ignore harmful side-effects of the drugs they manufacturer and profit from.  This decision eliminates any incentive for generic manufacturers to ensure their drug is safe and adequately warn consumers of their drugs’ potential dangers.

     

  • SCOTUS Stacking the Deck against American Workers and Consumers
    June 21, 2011

    Washington, DC —The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent spate of decisions granting immunity to corporate wrongdoers has added almost insurmountable hurdles for Americans to receive justice and hold powerful interests accountable.

  • Widespread Opposition to H.R. 5 Grows
    May 23, 2011

    Washington, DC—Randy E. Barnett, one of the nation’s leading constitutional law scholars and a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, penned an op-ed in the Washington Examiner this weekend slamming H.R. 5, the “Help Efficient, Accessible, Low-Cost, Timely Healthcare (HEALTH) Act of 2011,” as an unconstitutional federal overreach.

     

  • AAJ Response to House E&C Committee Approval of H.R. 5
    May 13, 2011

    Washington, DC—The following is a statement from American Association for Justice (AAJ) President Gibson Vance in response to the House Energy and Commerce Committee approving H.R. 5:

  • Mexican-Based Trucks Should Carry Adequate Insurance
    May 12, 2011

    Washington, DC—A trucking pilot program created as part of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) lacks protections for motorists injured in accidents, allowing Mexican-based trucks to operate in the United States without carrying adequate insurance protections, according to the American Association for Justice (AAJ).  AAJ submitted comments today in response to proposed rules from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the agency responsible for truck safety.

  • AAJ Response to AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion SCOTUS Decision
    April 27, 2011

    Washington, DC —The following is a statement from American Association for Justice (AAJ) President Gibson Vance on today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion:

  • Washington Post Op-Ed: Litigation Spurs Auto Safety Innovations
    April 18, 2011

    This weekend, American Association for Justice President Gibson Vance penned an op-ed in the Washington Post on how the civil justice system has helped make cars safer. The op-ed is tied to a report released this monh from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reporting that traffic deaths have dropped to the lowest levels since the Eisenhower administration, even as people rack up more miles on the road.

     

  • AAJ: Generic Drug Immunity Disastrous for Patient Safety
    March 28, 2011

    Washington, DC—If the U.S. Supreme Court grants the generic drug industry immunity for failing to warn of their drugs’ possible side-effects, patients will face a much greater risk in suffering injuries, according to the American Association for Justice (AAJ) as the Court is set to hear arguments in Pliva v. Mensing on Wednesday.  A result in favor of the drug industry could eliminate any incentive for generic manufacturers to ensure their drug is safe and adequately warns consumers of potential dangers.

     

  • Proposed Trucking Hours of Service Rules Not Adequate to Safeguard Roads
    March 3, 2011

    Washington, DC—Proposed rules for commercial truck drivers do not provide the adequate level of protection needed to prevent driver fatigue, according to comments submitted today by the American Association for Justice (AAJ).   The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has recommended a 10-hour driving time limit, but indicated they are open to maintaining the current 11-hour requirement.   

  • New Primer Separates Myth and Facts of Medical Negligence and Patient Safety
    February 8, 2011

    Washington, DC—As the House Judiciary Committee prepares for tomorrow’s markup of its extreme medical liability bill, the American Association for Justice (AAJ) is releasing an extensive primer to dispel the myths of “tort reform” and underscore the importance of preventing medical errors and improving patient safety.

  • AAJ Response to State of the Union
    January 25, 2011

    Washington, DC—The following is a statement from American Association for Justice (AAJ) President Gibson Vance in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address:

  • AAJ: House Medical Liability Bill “Beyond Extreme”
    January 25, 2011

    Washington, DC—The following is a statement from American Association for Justice (AAJ) President Gibson Vance in response to H.R. 5, a “medical liability reform” bill that was introduced late yesterday in the U.S. House of Representatives:

  • AAJ: Whistleblowers Essential Check on Corporate Fraud
    December 16, 2010

    Washington, DC—Provisions in the new financial reform law to compensate and protect whistleblowers that inform the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of alleged corporate fraud should remain and be made stronger, according to comments submitted today by the American Association for Justice (AAJ).

  • ATRA’s “Hellholes” Report: Corporate Ploy to Duck Accountability
    December 14, 2010

    Washington, DC—Today, the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) again recycled its annual “Judicial Hellholes” report, complete with the same lies and distortions as past editions. The effort is funded by negligent corporations and industries to undermine the civil justice system and prevent American workers and consumers from getting justice.

  • AAJ Statement on Deficit Commission Report
    December 1, 2010

    Washington, D.C.—The following is a statement from American Association for Justice (AAJ) President Gibson Vance on today’s release of the deficit commission report:

  • Unforeseen Hazards Contribute to Toy-Related Injuries
    December 1, 2010

    Washington, D.C.—Unforeseen hazards are still finding their way into toys despite recently improved safety standards, illustrating the need for a strong civil justice system that protects children and holds negligent manufacturers accountable, according to a new report released today by the American Association for Justice (AAJ).

  • AAJ Response to NY Times Magazine Story on BP
    November 5, 2010

    The following is a statement from American Association for Justice President Gibson Vance, in response to the New York Times Magazine story “Cleaning Up: The New Model” by Douglas McCollam

  • U.S. Chamber: Civil Justice Hypocrites
    October 27, 2010

    Washington, D.C.—Earlier this month, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue called litigation “one of our most powerful tools for making sure that federal agencies follow the law and are held accountable.” Yet ironically, the Chamber today holds its annual Legal Reform Summit – an event underwritten by its multinational corporate members that promotes undermining the civil justice system to weaken the basic legal protections of American workers and consumers.

  • Response to Peter Orszag's New York Times Op-Ed
    October 21, 2010

    Peter Orszag writes an op-ed in today’s New York Times about the need to adopt evidence-based guidelines as part of medical malpractice “reform.”  While he is certainly a well-respected and thoughtful economist, he falls short in this op-ed when examining legal issues that affect the health and well-being of patients injured by medical negligence.

  • Civil Justice System Uncovers Abuse and Neglect of Elderly Americans
    October 7, 2010

    Washington, D.C.—A new report released today by the American Association for Justice (AAJ) illustrates how the civil justice system is the most effective force in uncovering abuses by corporate nursing homes and insurance companies that target elderly Americans.

  • AAJ: 510(k) Process Cannot Give Complete Immunity to Negligent Device Manufacturers
    October 4, 2010

    Washington, DC—The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should strengthen post-approval requirements for 510(k) medical devices and increase scrutiny of complex devices – but not give complete immunity to manufacturers when their products are defective, according to comments submitted today by the American Association for Justice (AAJ).

  • AAJ: As BP Points Fingers, Gulf Coast Claimants’ Remedies Must Be Protected
    September 8, 2010

    Washington, DC—A report released today by BP spreads blame for the Gulf Coast disaster across many entities, including Transocean and Halliburton. Meanwhile, news accounts have indicated that final payment protocols for the BP fund / Gulf Coast Claims Facility will require claimants to waive future legal rights against all corporations involved in the disaster.

  • AAJ Statement on Gulf Coast Claims Facility
    August 20, 2010

    Washington, DC— The following is a statement from American Association for Justice President Gibson Vance regarding today's release of protocols for the emergency payments from the BP / Gulf Coast Claims Facility:     

  • House Energy and Commerce Committee Approves Legislation to Help Hold Foreign Manufacturers Accountable for Safety
    July 21, 2010

    Washington, DC – Legislation reported out of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee today will make it easier to hold foreign manufacturers accountable for the safety of their products in the U.S. legal system. 

  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Will Protect Americans from Abusive Forced Arbitrations
    July 21, 2010

    Washington, DC—President Obama will take an important step today toward protecting consumers by signing into law the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), under the just-passed Wall Street Reform Act, to help limit the use of abusive forced arbitration clauses in financial contracts.

  • American Association for Justice Announces C. Gibson Vance as President for 2010-2011
    July 14, 2010

    Washington, DC—C. Gibson Vance was announced today as the new president of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) at the organization’s annual convention.  Vance will spearhead AAJ’s mission of making sure people have a fair chance to receive justice through the legal system, even when it means taking on the most powerful corporations.

  • Decades of Environmental Disasters Show Role of Civil Justice System in Holding Polluters Accountable
    July 7, 2010

    Washington, DC—As the devastation from BP’s oil rig disaster grows, a new report released today by the American Association for Justice (AAJ) illustrates how corporations have evaded U.S. environmental laws for decades, only to be later held accountable and responsible for clean-up through the civil justice system.

  • AAJ Statement on House Passage of SPILL Act
    July 1, 2010

    Washington, DC—The U.S. House of Representatives today passed crucial Gulf Coast disaster liability legislation, the “Securing Protections for the Injured from Limitations on Liability Act” (SPILL Act / H.R. 5503).  The following is a statement from American Association for Justice President Anthony Tarricone:

  • SPILL Act to Provide Justice for Oil Rig Disaster Victims
    June 23, 2010

    Washington, DC—The House Judiciary Committee today voted out crucial Gulf Coast oil spill legislation that would amend the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) to more fairly compensate the families of the workers who died in the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion.

  • AAJ Response to Jackson v. Rent-a-Center SCOTUS Decision
    June 21, 2010

    Washington, DC—The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled in Jackson v. Rent-a-Center, a case that challenges the validity of forced arbitration clauses and whether they must be decided by the arbitrator instead of the courts. The following is a statement from American Association for Justice President Anthony Tarricone:

  • Foreign Manufacturers Must be Held to Same Legal Standards as U.S. Businesses
    June 16, 2010

    Washington, DC—The American Association for Justice (AAJ) today called for quick passage of the Foreign Manufacturers Legal Accountability Act (S. 1606 / H.R.4678), as the U.S. House Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection today hears oral testimony on the legislation.

  • AAJ Response to President Obama’s Address on Gulf Oil Spill
    June 15, 2010

    Washington, DC—The following is a statement from American Association for Justice President Anthony Tarricone on President Obama’s plan to establish a third-party administered claims process:

    “In the aftermath of the Gulf Coast spill, the civil justice system will be essential in ensuring residents and businesses can receive justice and hold BP and other corporations accountable.

  • AAJ: Compensation Program Must Protect Gulf Coasters, Not Shield BP
    June 15, 2010

    Washington, DC—As President Obama prepares to address the nation this evening and detail efforts to help Gulf Coasters, the American Association for Justice (AAJ) today outlined steps the White House and Congress should follow to ensure residents and businesses quickly receive fair compensation while ensuring that negligent parties, not taxpayers, pay the full cost of recovery.

     

  • Current Law Prevents Oil Rig Victims’ Families from Holding Wrongdoers Fully Accountable
    June 8, 2010

    Washington, DC—Congress must amend the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) so families of workers who died aboard the BP rig can seek full recourse, said the American Association for Justice (AAJ) today as the Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on liability issues surrounding the Gulf oil spill.

  • Maritime Laws Protecting BP, Not Gulf Coast Residents
    May 27, 2010

    Washington, DC—Twenty-eight-year-old Gordon Jones was working as a mud engineer aboard the Deepwater Horizon when the rig exploded, leaving his widow Michelle to care for their two young sons, one born just two weeks ago.

  • Consumers Need More Disclosure, New Safeguards to Improve Vehicle Safety
    May 19, 2010

    Washington, DC—Congress should increase civil penalties for safety violations, improve disclosure of “early warning” data, and mandate both “black box” event recorders and brake-override systems in all new vehicles, the American Association for Justice (AAJ) said today as the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee holds a hearing on pending auto safety legislation.

  • Report Lifts Veil on ALEC’s Pro-Corporate, Anti-Consumer Mission
    May 18, 2010

    Washington, DC—The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has secretly taken millions of dollars in corporate money to infiltrate state legislatures and push legislation that, amongst other anti-consumer measures, would give complete immunity to asbestos manufacturers and undermine recently-passed health care reform, according to a new report released today.

  • Linda Lipsen Named AAJ CEO
    May 3, 2010

    Washington D.C.—The American Association for Justice (AAJ) has named Linda Lipsen, who has led the trial lawyers’ advocacy and lobby team since 1993, as its new chief executive officer.

  • Civil Justice System Spurs Auto Safety Innovation
    April 22, 2010

    Washington D.C.—As the fallout from Toyota’s sudden acceleration fiasco continues, a new report released today by the American Association for Justice (AAJ) illustrates how similar vehicle design defects, when brought to light by the civil justice system, have spurred innovations in auto safety.

  • AAJ: Increase Pilot Training to Improve Aviation Safety
    April 8, 2010

    Washington, DC—The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) should require more rigorous training for second in command pilots to ensure air travel is safer for passengers, according to comments submitted today by the American Association for Justice (AAJ). The comments are in response to the FAA’s Advance Notice on Proposed Rulemaking regarding pilot certifications.

  • Chinese Drywall Ruling in Favor of Homeowners Might Be Difficult to Collect
    April 8, 2010

    Washington, DC – Today, U.S. District Court Judge Eldon Fallon ruled seven families are entitled to a combined total of $2.6 million for the damage Chinese drywall, made by Taishan Gypsum, had done to their homes.  Unfortunately, Taishan Gypsum, a company owned by the Chinese government, has repeatedly failed to respond to the case.

  • Device Manufacturer’s Guilty Plea Shows Need for Medical Device Safety Act
    April 6, 2010

    Washington, DC—Yesterday’s admission by Guidant that the company suppressed critical safety information from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding two defibrillators shows why Congress must pass the Medical Device Safety Act so patients can hold manufacturers accountable for their defective products.

  • U.S. Chamber “Lawsuit Climate” Survey: Another Corporate Bailout
    March 22, 2010

    Washington, DC–After its policies drove our country to economic collapse, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce wants more of the same. The annual “lawsuit climate” rankings released today by its Institute for Legal Reform are yet another call for less oversight and accountability for the Wall Street, drug, and insurance companies that fund this corporate front group.

  • AAJ: FDA 510(k) Device Approval Process Not Protecting Health and Safety of Patients
    March 18, 2010

    Washington, DC—The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should require post-market surveillance of 510(k) medical devices and have the power to repeal clearances if new safety data becomes available, according to comments submitted today by the American Association for Justice (AAJ).  The comments are in response to the FDA’s on-going efforts to strengthen the medical device approval process.

  • Foreign Manufacturers Account for 83% of 2009 Recalls
    February 25, 2010

    Washington, DC—Eighty-three percent (312) of the 377 recalls announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in 2009 were from foreign manufacturers, according to an analysis by the American Association for Justice (AAJ). 

  • AAJ to Lawmakers: Remember Injured Patients
    February 24, 2010

    Washington, DC—As President Obama and Congressional leaders prepare for tomorrow’s health care summit, the American Association for Justice (AAJ) is today reminding lawmakers to remember the 98,000 patients killed every year by preventable medical errors and how restricting their legal rights will not fix America’s broken health care system.

  • Two Years After Riegel, Patients Still Without Legal Recourse
    February 18, 2010

    Washington, DC—With the two-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Riegel v. Medtronic approaching Saturday, thousands of patients still have no legal recourse when they have been injured by faulty medical devices. 

  • AAJ: Drywall Manufacturers Should Register with CPSC; Have Strict Labeling Requirements
    February 17, 2010

    Washington, DC—Recent hazards associated with drywall show the need for greater labeling and registration requirements, according to comments submitted to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) by the American Association for Justice (AAJ).  The comments are in response to the agency’s notice seeking guidance regarding identifying labels for drywall.

  • Illinois Malpractice Cap Ruled Unconstitutional
    February 4, 2010

    Washington D.C.—Illinois’ cap on malpractice damages was today ruled unconstitutional, illustrating why federal efforts to place arbitrary limits on the amount injured patients receive won’t fix America’s broken health care system.

  • AAJ: 2010 Dawning of New “Decade of Corporate Accountability”
    January 11, 2010

    Washington, DC—With the last ten years marred by a culture of protecting negligent corporations, the worst financial crisis in a generation, and a constant assault on the rights of workers and consumers, the American people will increasingly demand stronger consumer protections and resist big business attempts to undermine the civil justice system, said American Association for Justice (AAJ) President Anthony Tarricone at a press briefing today.

  • Studies Show FDA Lacks Rigorous Scientific Evidence to Approve Cardiovascular Devices
    January 4, 2010

    Washington, DC— Recently released studies show the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lacks stringent scientific standards to evaluate cardiovascular devices and underscores the need to pass the Medical Device Safety Act (MDSA), according to the American Association for Justice (AAJ).  Currently, device manufacturers have complete immunity from product liability if their devices prove unsafe or defective because of the Supreme Court decision in Riegel v. Medtronic.

     

  • Congress Votes to Protect Sexual Assault and Discrimination Victims From Defense Contractor Forced Arbitrations
    December 19, 2009

    Washington, DC—A landmark provision in the Department of Defense Appropriations Act (H.R. 3326) – passed by the U.S. Senate today – will protect defense contractor employees who have been victims of sexual assault, harassment, or other forms of discrimination and then forced into one-sided arbitration proceedings by their employer.

  • ATRA’s “Hellholes”: Bankrolled by Insurance, Tobacco, Big Pharma
    December 15, 2009

    Washington, DC—The American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) today peddled its debunked and recycled “Hellholes” annual report – an effort bankrolled by insurance, tobacco, and drug companies to attack the civil justice system and gain complete immunity for their negligent behavior.

  • Report: State Tort Reforms Don't Lower Premiums For Doctors or Patients
    December 10, 2009

    Washington, DC—State tort reforms have provided a boon to insurance companies, leading to record profits while physician and patient premiums continue to skyrocket.

  • Deadline Looms for Chinese Drywall Homeowners
    December 1, 2009

    Washington, DC – After tomorrow, those who find hazardous Chinese drywall manufactured by Knauf Plasterboard (Tianjin) in their homes will have little legal recourse, underscoring why Congress must pass legislation that more easily allows Americans to hold foreign corporations accountable.

  • AAJ Statement on JPMorgan Removing Forced Arbitration Clauses from Credit Card Contracts
    November 20, 2009

    Washington, DC—Today, JPMorgan Chase & Co., the biggest credit card lender, will remove clauses from its contracts that force consumers into arbitration.  Numerous reports and studies have shown these forced arbitrations are largely stacked against consumers.

  • AAJ Calls on Congress to Restore Americans’ Basic Legal Protections
    November 19, 2009

    Washington, DC—A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives today will restore standards required to file court cases and strengthen Americans’ basic legal protections.  The “Open Access to Courts Act of 2009,” introduced by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA), and House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-MI), will address recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions – Bell Atlantic v. Twombly (2007) and Ashcroft v. Iqbal (2009) – which irrationally raised the bar for Americans seeking justice in employment, discrimination, and other civil cases.

     

  • Stories Highlight Need to Protect Patients’ Rights in Health Care Debate
    November 9, 2009

    Washington, DC - Blake Fought, 19, was about to be released from the hospital after recovering from an illness that required a central line IV.  Unfortunately, the nurse had never been trained to remove the IV and did not follow proper procedures, causing bubbles to enter Blake’s brain, heart and blood vessels. He died in front of the nurses and his own parents – who were at the hospital to take their son home.

  • New Paper Debunks Malpractice Myths
    November 4, 2009

    Washington, DC—As enemies of health care reform spread lies and mistruths about medical negligence, a new white paper tackles the issue head-on, debunking the most common myths with sound science and research while refuting the hyperbole and empty rhetoric.

  • New Data Shows Tort Law Changes Won’t Reduce Malpractice Premiums
    October 29, 2009

    Washington, DC—Tort law changes have failed to reduce malpractice insurance costs, and states with caps on damages often have higher premiums than states without caps, according to an analysis of just-released liability data.

  • Toys to Toxic Waste: New Report Details Corporations that Skirt Responsibility and Shun Consumer Safety to Save Money
    October 28, 2009

    Washington, DC—As the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform holds their annual summit – an event dedicated to championing corporate misconduct and evading accountability – a new report released today details true stories of corporations that knew their products were dangerous, yet failed to act and protect consumers.

  • Justice Denied: SCOTUS Rulings Block Americans’ Access to Courts
    October 27, 2009

    Washington, DC - A broad coalition of civil rights, consumer, legal and employment groups are urging Congress to restore standards required to file court cases, as two recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions suddenly reversed a 50-year-old federal court rule by erecting troubling and unreasonable barriers for Americans to receive justice.

  • AAJ Statement on Congressional Budget Office Findings on Malpractice Costs
    October 9, 2009
    Washington, DC--“Today’s Congressional Budget Office (CBO) findings reiterate what we’ve always known:  that medical malpractice claims have almost no effect on overall health care spending.  Along with the CBO’s numbers and countless other academic assessments, the vast majority of empirical evidence suggests that there are only miniscule savings to be found in reforming our nation’s civil justice system.
  • House Judiciary Committee Hands Servicemembers Victory in Fight for Justice
    October 7, 2009
    Washington, DC – Men and women of our armed forces injured by medical negligence are a step closer to the restoration of their legal rights today, following the House Judiciary Committee’s approval of the Carmelo Rodriguez Military Medical Accountability Act (H.R. 1478 / S. 1347), sponsored by Rep. Maurice D. Hinchey (D-NY) and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY).
  • Sexual Assault & Discrimination Victims Protected From Defense Contractor Forced Arbitrations
    October 6, 2009
    Washington, DC— Jamie Leigh Jones was raped, drugged, beaten, and then confined to a shipping container by KBR/Halliburton employees while working in Iraq.  Because of a clause placed in her employment contract, KBR forced her to submit to a binding, secret, non-appealable arbitration.  Jamie had to fight to obtain access to the justice system because she unknowingly signed an arbitration clause as part of her 18-page employment contract.
  • Medical Malpractice Insurers Earning More Than Ever
    October 6, 2009
    Washington, DC—As Congress debates nationwide health care reform, a new analysis reveals malpractice insurers have long-played a cruel hoax on legislators and the public.  By systematically distorting profits and losses, insurers created phony “financial crises,” so lawmakers would limit the legal rights of injured patients.  Today, while premiums and health care costs skyrocket, malpractice insurers have average profits higher than 99 percent of Fortune 500 companies.
  • “Defensive Medicine” Explored in New White Paper
    September 30, 2009
    Washington, DC—The vast majority of academic and government research has uncovered little evidence that health care providers run more tests due to liability concerns; rather, patient safety or profit motives are the real reasons for conducting medical procedures.  That key finding is from a new white paper by the American Association for Justice (AAJ) exploring a topic that has been subjected to myths and distortions during the health care debate.
  • Chinese Drywall Default Ruling Shows Need to Hold Foreign Manufacturers Accountable in U.S. Justice System
    September 24, 2009
    Washington, DC – Today, U.S. District Court Judge Eldon Fallon held Taishan Gypsum, a Chinese manufacturer of drywall, in default for failing to respond to a putative class action brought by builders that used the Chinese company’s drywall in homes.   
  • New AAJ Ad Campaign Tells Congress: “Put Patients First”
    September 22, 2009
    Washington, DC—The American Association for Justice (AAJ) today launched the first phase of a nationwide ad campaign to educate lawmakers about the epidemic of preventable medical errors and how tort law changes won’t lower costs or cover the uninsured.  The ads are running in opinion-leading Washington publications and influential online news sites.
  • AAJ Statement on White House / HHS Medical Liability Memo
    September 17, 2009
    Washington, DC—“Any changes to the malpractice system must focus on patient safety and preventable medical errors, not limiting patients’ legal rights.
  • AAJ Statement on Jamie Leigh Jones Forced Arbitration Case
    September 16, 2009
    Washington, DC—“Jamie has been through a terrible ordeal, but finally, she will have her day in court.  Her case underscores how powerful corporations use forced arbitrations to evade accountability, even in the most egregious of circumstances.
  • AAJ Outlines Solutions for Real Health Care Reform
    September 9, 2009
    Washington, DC—Continuing to push back against the rhetoric and mistruths in the health care debate, the American Association for Justice (AAJ) today outlined three pillars of its efforts to educate lawmakers and the public on real solutions for reform.
  • AAJ Response to President Obama's Healthcare Address to Congress
    September 9, 2009
    Washington, DC—“Tonight, President Obama made clear that our current health care system is broken, and reform is needed to provide coverage for the uninsured and lower health care costs for all Americans.
  • AAJ: “Patients’ Rights Aren’t Bargaining Chips”
    September 4, 2009
    Washington, DC—The American Association for Justice (AAJ) today blasted the rhetoric and mistruths in the public debate on health care reform and made clear to Congress that a final bill must decrease the number of medical errors, not bargain away the legal rights of injured patients.
  • Labor Day Holiday Travel Alert: New Analysis of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Data Shows Over 28,000 Motor Carrier Companies Have Safety Reg Violations
    August 26, 2009
    Washington, DC― As nearly 30 million Americans travel U.S. roads during the Labor Day holiday, a new analysis of government data reveals that more than 28,000 motor carrier companies have violated federal safety regulations, operating over 200,000 trucks. 
  • AAJ Statement on Bank of America’s Announcement That It Will Halt Forced Arbitration
    August 13, 2009
    Washington, DCOn August 13, Bank of America Corp. announced that it would no longer participate in forced arbitration proceedings.  The decision follows the recent settlement between the Minnesota Attorney General and the National Arbitration Forum, in which the NAF agreed to no longer conduct consumer forced arbitrations, and the decision by the American Arbitration Association  to halt debt collection arbitration proceedings pending revised guidelines.  In July, JPMorgan Chase also announced that it would no longer submit consumer disputes for arbitration.
  • Legislation Would Aid Consumers in Holding Foreign Manufacturers Accountable for Dangerous Products
    August 7, 2009
    Washington, DC–Foreign manufacturers today are able to skirt the law, exporting billions of dollars of their products to the U.S. without facing accountability for product defects that injure or kill Americans.  One example is the 500 million pounds of drywall, made in China, which is plaguing homeowners throughout the country because of the sulfuric gases the drywall emits.  Homeowners face multiple obstacles holding the Chinese manufacturers responsible for the destruction the drywall is causing.  
  • AAJ: Treat Trial Attorneys Like Other Small Businesses; Bipartisan Legislation Will Clarify IRS Tax Code
    August 6, 2009
    “The American Association for Justice strongly supports bipartisan legislation that will correct inequities regarding trial attorney expenses.  Recently, there has been inaccurate and purposefully misleading reporting regarding this legislation.
  • Senate Hearing Highlights Victim’s Medical Device Nightmare, Asks Congress to Hold Manufacturer Accountable
    August 4, 2009
    Washington, DC—Two years ago, Michael Mulvihill of Bettendorf, Iowa, was driving with his wife across the Midwest to visit his son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren when he saw a blue light flash before his eyes.  He felt his body shaking and thought it was from hitting road debris.  He soon realized his heart defibrillator was malfunctioning and sending electrical shocks throughout his body while he was driving on the interstate. 
  • Prominent Advocates for Justice to Lead National Trial Bar
    July 30, 2009
    Washington, DC—Members of the world’s largest trial bar elected new executive officers to a one-year term during the American Association for Justice (AAJ) annual convention in San Francisco, Calif. AAJ is dedicated to preserving the civil justice system and making sure that powerful special interests are held accountable when they engage in misconduct or negligence. The executive officers have served as lead counsel in some of the biggest consumer liability cases in the nation’s judicial history and have handled hundreds of unsafe product lawsuits nationwide.
  • American Association for Justice Announces Anthony Tarricone as President for 2009-2010
    July 30, 2009
    Washington, DC—During the American Association for Justice (AAJ) annual convention, the world’s largest trial bar announced Anthony Tarricone as President for 2009-2010. As a top civil justice attorney, Tarricone will lead the organization’s fight to ensure every American can seek justice through our courts.
  • Trial Attorneys Share Stories of Selflessness & Service
    July 28, 2009
    Washington, DC— The American Association for Justice (AAJ) gathered in San Francisco, Calif. last week to recognize extraordinary contributions to the civil justice system. The five-day convention culminated with an awards ceremony to honor individuals who have worked to protect the constitutional right of all Americans to a trial by jury.
  • Legislation Critical In Settling Arbitration Landscape
    July 22, 2009
    Washington, DCYesterday evening, the American Arbitration Association (AAA) announced it would stop participating in debt collection forced arbitration proceedings until "new guidelines are established."  This follows Sunday's settlement between the Minnesota Attorney General and the National Arbitration Forum (NAF), in which the NAF agreed to no longer conduct any consumer forced arbitrations.
  • NAF Settlement Underscores Need for Congress to Pass Arbitration Fairness Act
    July 20, 2009
    “The appalling business practices of the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) illustrate how forced arbitration fails to protect consumers from predatory financial lenders and other negligent corporations.
  • Consumer Financial Protection Agency Bill is Right to Address Forced Arbitration, Says Coalition
    July 14, 2009
    Washington, DC – “The new Consumer Financial Protection Agency should provide a critical check on the unscrupulous practices of the financial industry that have inflicted economic hardship on American families. 
  • Senate Bill Introduced to Restore Rights of Injured Servicemembers
    June 25, 2009
    Washington, DC—The legal rights of servicemembers injured by medical negligence would be restored under legislation introduced yesterday in the U.S. Senate.
  • Questions about FDA Oversight of Medical Devices Leave Patients Vulnerable
    June 18, 2009
    Washington, DC—Patients’ health and safety should not  be compromised because of the on-going questions surrounding the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and their oversight of medical devices, according to the American Association for Justice (AAJ). 
  • AAJ Response to President Obama’s Comments at the AMA
    June 15, 2009
    “It’s clear America’s health care system is in crisis.  Over 40 million people are without health insurance and costs are skyrocketing.  President Obama is right that health care reform is needed now and patient safety should be the top priority.
  • Loophole in the Courts Leaves Dangerous Products on the Market; Car Tires and Contact Lens Solution Just Two Examples
    June 4, 2009
    Washington, DC── Over the past year, Bausch & Lomb has quietly settled over 600 contact solution lawsuits, with more cases still pending.  The contact solution was reported to cause fungus infections, blinding many patients that used the solution. 
  • Obama Memo on Complete Immunity Preemption Makes Clear Rule of Law Prevails Over Rule of Politics
    May 20, 2009
    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.
  • Chinese Drywall Highlights Hurdles to Holding Foreign Producers Responsible for their Products
    May 19, 2009
    Washington, DC–Chris Whitfield is just one of the families who lost his home to Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana’s St. Bernard Parish. Just a few years later, his family now faces another uncertain future upon finding Chinese drywall in their new Picayune, Mississippi home.  The drywall is corroding his appliances, and causing an egg-like smell that he has no idea what effect it will have on his families’ health or home. 
  • Servicemembers Injured By Medical Negligence Step Closer to Receiving Justice
    May 19, 2009
    Washington, DC ─  Military men and women injured by medical negligence will be a step closer to having their legal rights restored, as the House Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee is today expected to approve the Carmelo Rodriguez Military Medical Accountability Act (H.R. 1478).  Sponsored by Rep. Maurice D. Hinchey (D-NY), the bill restores the protections of the civil justice system to the men and women of our armed forces.
  • Hearing Highlights Victims' Nightmares with Medical Devices
    May 12, 2009
    Washington, DC—Two years ago 35-year-old Bridget Robb awoke from a sound sleep by what she describes as the feeling of  “cannons repeatedly being shot at her chest at close range,” followed by a strong electrical current racing through her body.  The episode was not a dream, but a nightmare because the lead to Bridget’s defibrillator fractured, sending 31 dangerous shocks to her heart and throughout her body.
  • AAJ: New Roof Crush Regulation a Good Start
    April 30, 2009
    Washington, DC – Today’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Transportation requiring vehicle roofs to withstand three times the weight for vehicles weighing up to 6,000 pounds is a good start, but does not go far enough to protect consumers, according to the American Association for Justice (AAJ). The roof crush standard addresses the safety of vehicles’ roofs to withstand pressure when involved in rollover accidents.
  • Poll: Americans Oppose Forced Arbitration, Demand Corporations Be Held Accountable
    April 29, 2009
    Washington, DC – Americans widely oppose corporations using mandatory binding arbitration clauses in the fine print of consumer and employment contracts, according to national polling of likely voters conducted by Lake Research Partners and available here.
  • Removing Speed Bumps to Consumer Safety on the Road
    April 28, 2009
    Washington, DC─ Today, as lawmakers focus on the nation’s ailing transportation system, Congress must strengthen its commitment to reducing highway fatalities and injuries by focusing on enhancing critical safety measures for the commercial vehicle industry, according to the American Association for Justice (AAJ). 
  • AAJ: Transportation Agencies Need to Quickly Enact Safety Standards
    April 23, 2009
    Washington, DC—The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently concluded driver fatigue, and the lack of federal safety standards protecting passengers on buses, contributed to the death and severity of the injuries sustained in the 2008 Utah bus rollover which killed nine and injured 43.  In response, the American Association for Justice (AAJ) is calling on transportation regulators to review pending pre-Obama administration regulations and open new rulemaking proceedings to enhance commercial transportation safety measures for both trucks and buses. 
  • FDA "Internal Meeting" on Devices Shows Patient Safety at Risk
    April 22, 2009
    Washington, DC—A report in The New York Times this morning indicating the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is holding a rare “all-hands meeting” to discuss strategic issues in the medical device division of the agency is a further indication that safety approval of medical devices has been compromised, putting patients’ health and safety at risk according to the American Association for Justice (AAJ).
  • AAJ Calls on New FRA Administrator to Address Rules Limiting Rights of Consumers
    April 21, 2009
    Washington, DC – In response to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee’s nomination hearing of Joseph Szabo as the new administrator to lead the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the American Association for Justice (AAJ) calls on the agency to review Bush administration regulations that weaken safety protections for consumers injured in railroad accidents. 
  • AAJ Statement On Insurance Industry 2008 Financials
    April 9, 2009
    Washington, DC–Today, the insurance industry reported a profit of $2.4 billion in 2008, a decrease from $61.9 billion in the prior year.
  • AAJ Calls on New NHTSA Chief to Address Roof Crush Standard
    April 9, 2009
    Washington, DC–In response to the Obama administration naming Charles Hurley as the new administrator to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the American Association for Justice (AAJ) calls on the agency to quickly address the roof crush standard and ensure consumers have access to the courts when they have been harmed.
  • What Do A Former Major League Umpire, A Kindergartner, and A Former Quality Assurance Tech for the Medical Device Industry Have in Common?
    March 30, 2009
    Washington, DC—On Tuesday, March 31, 2009, victims harmed by dangerous medical devices and their families will be in Washington, DC, to meet with members of Congress about The Medical Device Safety Act (MDSA), legislation that would restore the right of thousands of Americans who have suffered or even died because of defective medical devices, like heart defibrillators, artificial valves, and prosthetic knees and hips, to seek justice through the civil justice system. 
  • Carmelo Rodriguez Military Medical Accountability Act Will Restore Rights of Servicemembers Injured By Medical Negligence
    March 23, 2009

    Washington, DC ─ After Marine Sgt. Carmelo Rodriguez served his country with honor for nearly a decade, including a tour of duty in Iraq, he lost his life not on the battlefield, but as a result of preventable medical negligence.  While most Americans could pursue justice through our courts, servicemembers like Rodriguez and his family do not have this same right.  The Carmelo Rodriguez Military Medical Accountability Act (H.R. 1478), introduced by Rep. Maurice D. Hinchey (D-NY), would restore the protections of the civil justice system to the men and women of our armed forces.

  • OMB Process Should Embrace Supreme Court’s Wyeth Decision;
    March 16, 2009

    Washington, DC – The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) should embody the principles stated in the U.S. Supreme Court’s majority decision in Wyeth v. Levine in its regulatory review process, according to comments submitted today to the agency by the American Association for Justice (AAJ).  
  • AstraZeneca Hides Behind Court Secrecy to Leave Consumers in the Dark
    March 12, 2009

    Washington, DC—The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) might be denied access to vital information regarding the safety of the drug Seroquel, manufactured by AstraZeneca, because of court documents the company refuses to make public. The FDA advisory panel meeting scheduled for April 8 is set to determine if AstraZeneca can market Seroquel XR to patients for major depression and anxiety disorders, extending the market share to approximately 20 million more patients.  The drug is currently approved for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

  • Real Life David v. Goliath: Parents of Injured Five-Year-Old Girl v. Medical Device Manufacturers
    March 5, 2009

    Washington, DC—Patients, including parents of a five-year-old girl that suffered injuries from a defective medical device, will be able to hold manufacturers accountable in state courts through new legislation introduced today, according to the American Association for Justice.

  • Most Vulnerable Americans Protected By Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act
    March 5, 2009

    Washington, DC—The most vulnerable Americans and their families will no longer be forced to give up their legal rights and sign one-sided mandatory binding arbitration clauses under new legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate. 

  • Statement on Supreme Court Decision in favor of Diana Levine
    March 4, 2009

    Washington, DC—The U.S. Supreme Court in a 6-3 decision upheld a Vermont jury’s decision that Diana Levine, the plaintiff in the Supreme Court case Wyeth v. Levine could hold the drug manufacturer accountable for the injuries she suffered—which included the loss of her arm—after taking one of Wyeth’s medicines.

  • Consumers No Longer Forced to Sign Away Their Rights Under Arbitration Fairness Act
    February 12, 2009

    Washington, DC – Countless Americans will no longer be forced to give up their legal rights and enter unfair arbitration agreements under bipartisan legislation introduced today in the U.S. House.

  • New Analysis Rejects "Medical Liability = Fleeing Docs" Myth
    February 5, 2009

    Washington, DC – Insurance companies and tort reform groups have sidetracked countless health care debates via the “medical liability” red herring.  But an analysis of new American Medical Association data rejects the myth that tort reform attracts more doctors, adding to a growing body of research that proves physicians are not fleeing the profession because of medical liability.

  • AAJ Calls on Congress to Restore Consumer Rights Undone by Midnight Regulations
    February 4, 2009

    Washington, DC— The Bush administration tried to eliminate consumers' right to civil justice in some last minute regulations, and proposed even broader restrictions to civil justice in proposed regulations, according to the American Association for Justice (AAJ).  As pending regulations with anti-consumer language are under review by the Obama administration, AAJ calls on Congress to help restore consumers' access to the courts to hold wrongdoers accountable.

  • FDA Globalization Act Will Help Ensure Greater Safety in Nation’s Food and Drug Supply
    January 29, 2009

    Washington, DC—Congressman John Dingell’s plan to update the Food and Drug Administration would help ensure the safety of the nation’s food, drugs, medical devices and cosmetics and help restore confidence in the safety of the nation’s products, according to the American Association for Justice.

  • Ledbetter Act Delivers Justice for Working Americans, Says AAJ
    January 29, 2009

    Washington, DC— American Association for Justice President Les Weisbrod issued the following statement on the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act:

  • Immediate Stay Memo Helps People Like Kimberly Gueldenzoph
    January 21, 2009

    Washington, DC – If you tried to guess how Kimberly Gueldenzoph from Lambertville, Michigan, was changed yesterday, it would be doubtful you would guess the immediate stay memorandum issued by President Obama’s Chief of Staff.  But that is exactly the reason. 

  • Dismissal of Medtronic Defibrillator Cases Leaves Thousands Injured without Justice
    January 15, 2009

    Washington, DC— Last week’s dismissal of cases involving a recalled, faulty medical device leaves thousands of people injured and unable to get justice, according to the American Association for Justice (AAJ).  AAJ calls on Congress to act swiftly in light of U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle’s opinion which cites Congressional action as the only way for those injured to receive justice.

  • Midnight Regulation Gives Negligent Corporations Immunity from Railroad Accidents
    January 13, 2009

    Washington, DC—The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) last-minute regulation deals a shocking blow to consumers injured by railroads that transport hazardous materials, according to the American Association for Justice (AAJ).   The final rule, designed to enhance crashworthiness of rail tank cars for transportation of dangerous materials, includes language that would preempt state tort law claims.

  • AAJ Sends Obama Team Strategies to Reverse Bush "Complete Immunity" Regulations
    January 12, 2009

    Washington, DC—– Today the American Association for Justice (AAJ) is asking the Obama administration to reverse Bush-era regulations that have given complete immunity to negligent corporations and “preempted” the right of Americans to hold wrongdoers accountable through the civil justice system. 

  • U.S. Chamber Hypocrisy Reaches Historic Heights
    January 7, 2009

    Washington, DC—Exactly one year ago at its annual “State of American Business” event, U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue predicted that the economy would “dodge the bullet” of a recession, strenuously objected to “a bailout of investors who made the wrong bet,” and complained that American business was being strangled by too much regulation and oversight.  What a difference a year makes.

  • ATRA's "Judicial Hellholes" Early Gift for Corporate CEOs
    December 16, 2008

    Washington, DC−The American Tort Reform Association’s "judicial hellholes" is an early holiday present for its tobacco and insurance financers.   The recycled annual report, widely debunked and ridiculed in past years, is funded by negligent corporations and industries to undermine the civil justice system and the rights of everyday Americans.

  • Midnight Regulation Watch: Bush Administration Gives Gift that Keeps on Giving—Corporate Immunity for Negligence
    December 16, 2008

    Washington, DC—The American Association for Justice (AAJ) continues to watch for last minute regulations that could weaken consumer safety protections and limit the ability to hold manufacturers responsible for defective and harmful products.   Regulations published in the Federal Register this week could have 30 days to take effect before Bush leaves office on January 20, 2009.

  • AAJ Lauds U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision to Uphold Consumers’ Rights in State Courts
    December 15, 2008

    Washington, DC—The American Association for Justice (AAJ) today lauded a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Altria v. Good to deny immunity for cigarette manufacturers who violate state consumer protection laws with false claims of lowered tar and nicotine.

  • U.S. Chamber "Lawsuit Abuse" Campaign Bankrolled By Negligent Corporations
    December 8, 2008

    Washington, DC—U.S. Chamber today spoke of “faceless corporations” that have apparently been victimized by so-called “abusive suits.”  In reality, they are not so faceless: U.S. Chamber’s own financial disclosures reveal that its Institute for Legal Reform is funded by corporations notorious for their negligence and misconduct.

  • AAJ Challenges NHTSA's School Bus Safety Rule; Anticipates Long-Delayed Roof Crush Standard Next Week
    December 4, 2008

    Washington, DC — A final rule put forth by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) doesn’t go far enough to curb injuries associated with the nearly 2,000 school bus accidents each year, according to the American Association for Justice (AAJ).  The association will file a petition for reconsideration with NHTSA tomorrow, challenging the agency’s final rule on school bus safety.

  • NHTSA Effort to Strengthen Safety of Motorcycle Helmets Spoiled by Preemption Language
    December 1, 2008

    Washington, DC— In an effort to strengthen the safety of motorcycle helmets, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) proposed rule on motorcycle helmets still gives corporations a “get out of jail free” pass, according to comments submitted to the agency today by the American Association for Justice (AAJ).

  • Bush Administration Uses Midnight Regulations to Give Railroads Corporate Immunity Handout
    December 1, 2008

    Washington, DC— Confirming American Association for Justice’s concern about midnight regulations, the Bush Administration rammed through a final rule that could give railroad corporations complete immunity from lawsuits.

  • Consumer Justice Groups File Petition Challenging NHTSA's Seating Position Rule;
    November 25, 2008

    Washington, DC— In the first step towards filing a legal challenge to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) final rule on designated seating positions, the American Association for Justice (AAJ), joined by Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Pennsylvania  Association for Justice, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America-New Jersey, and Consumer Attorneys of California filed a Petition for Reconsideration with NHTSA on language included in the final rule that would attempt to diminish consumers’ legal right to hold vehicle manufacturers accountable through the civil justice system.

  • Midnight Regulations Could Be “Nightmare” for Consumers; AAJ Keeping Eye on 21 Regulations that Could Limit Consumers’ Safety
    November 20, 2008 Washington, DC—With the deadline approaching for regulations to have 60 days to go into effect before President Bush leaves office, the American Association for Justice (AAJ) will be keeping an eye out for 21 possible regulations that have yet to be finalized that could prove devastating to consumers’ safety and their right to hold corporations accountable for producing dangerous products.
  • Consumer Advocates Release “Ten Worst Toys” List; Foreign Manufacturers Produce Overwhelming Majority of CPSC’s Recalled Products in 2008, according to AAJ Analysis
    November 18, 2008

    Attached is W.A.T.C.H.’s (World Against Toys Causing Harm) annual “Ten Worst Toys” list, released today at a press event in Boston.  W.A.T.C.H. is made up of American Association for Justice (AAJ) members Edward and James Swartz.  According to a brief analysis prepared by AAJ, a large majority of products—85 percent— recalled so far this year by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) were produced in foreign countries. 

  • NHTSA’s Proposed Motorcycle Brake System Rule Stops Consumers Legal Right to Justice System
    November 17, 2008

    Washington, DC—In a rule designed to give consumers an updated standard for motorcycle brakes, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) attempts to diminish consumers’ legal right to hold manufacturers accountable through the civil justice system, according to comments filed by the American Association for Justice (AAJ) today

  • Foreign Manufacturers of Dangerous Goods Enjoy Favorable Status in US Markets; Society Pays Heavy Price
    November 13, 2008

    Washington, DC—Foreign manufacturers easily evade responsibility and accountability for producing hazardous products which can cost consumers and other third parties billions of dollars for a single product sold in the United States according to new analyses to be released Friday.

  • NHTSA Once Again Misses the Mark On Securing Child Passengers
    November 12, 2008

    Washington, DC—NHTSA’s new proposed rule does nothing to protect children from being injured in car crashes according to the American Association for Justice (AAJ.)  AAJ filed comments today advising National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to remove language stating that its rule could potentially preempt state law.

  • Insurance Company Tactics Add to Americans' Financial Hardships
    November 12, 2008

    Washington, DC—Insurers are increasingly using tough tactics against cash-strapped consumers to boost profits, according to a new report that investigates claims data, policies, and news accounts.

  • Media Advisory—Hazardous Products: Accountability, Expenses Highlight Problems with Dangerous and Foreign Products
    November 11, 2008

    New Data Illustrates Enormous Costs Associated with Dangerous Products
    When:  Friday, November 14, 2008, 9 am – 2 pm (lunch provided)
    Where:  American University Washington College of Law
                   4801 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Room 603
    What:   Release of research, panel discussion

  • Federal Agency Gives Free Ride to Negligent Railroad Corporations
    November 10, 2008

    Washington, DC—In a proposed rule requiring railroads to report more information about train accidents and injuries the agency responsible for promoting safe rail transportation has once again undercut consumer health and safety by granting negligent railroad companies immunity from liability. 

  • AAJ Statement on Wyeth v. Levine Supreme Court Case
    November 3, 2008

    Washington, DC—The following is a statement from American Association for Justice President Les Weisbrod:

  • Statement from AAJ President Les Weisbrod on Passing of Fred Baron
    October 31, 2008

    It is with great personal sadness that I must inform you that my neighbor, friend, mentor, and ATLA past president Fred Baron passed away yesterday after a valiant struggle with cancer at the all too young age of 61. 

  • FDA’s “BPA” Assessment Shows Agency Alone Cannot Protect Consumers;
    October 31, 2008

    Washington, DC—This week’s finding that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ignored scientific evidence in the decision to say bisphenol A (BPA) is safe shows exactly why we need a strong civil justice system—to complement the agency’s work to protect consumers from hazardous products, according to the American Association for Justice (AAJ). 

  • U.S. Chamber’s Donohue Brags About Filing Lawsuits at “Legal Reform Summit”
    October 29, 2008

    Washington, DC— U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue today bragged about the number of lawsuits the corporate lobby files every year to pursue its own narrow agenda.  Never shy about its hypocrisy, Donohue made the comments at U.S. Chamber’s own conference dedicated to eliminating the legal system for everyday Americans.

  • Bush Administration Forced FDA To Make Complete Immunity for Negligent Corporations a Top Priority
    October 29, 2008

    Washington, DC—The Bush Administration’s efforts to ignore and override the objections of career Food and Drug Administration (FDA) staff to include complete immunity preemption in FDA regulations is further confirmed in a report released today by the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  American Association for Justice (AAJ) released a comprehensive report this month with similar findings, detailing the Bush regulatory strategy called preemption.

  • U.S. Chamber Rejects Reality, Blames Lawsuits for Self-Inflicted Financial Meltdown
    October 24, 2008

    Washington, DC—U.S. Chamber now claims "lawsuit abuse" led to the current economic crisis, ignoring their own storied history of pushing less oversight, regulation and accountability on behalf of corporate wrongdoers.

  • AAJ Calls NHTSA's School Bus Rule 'Hypocritical' in Effort to Ensure Passenger Safety
    October 16, 2008

    Washington, DC—The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) new rule on school bus safety is “hypocritical,” requiring one thing for safety on small school buses, recommending another for large school buses, and then granting blanket immunity from civil justice should any injuries arise, according to the American Association for Justice (AAJ).

  • FOIAs Reveal How Bush Administration Made Complete Immunity for Negligent Corporations a Top Priority
    October 15, 2008

    Washington, DC—In a stealth effort coordinated at the highest levels of the Bush administration, multiple federal agencies were repeatedly ordered to usurp state law and undermine consumer protections, according to documents obtained through repeated FOIA requests by the American Association for Justice (AAJ).  The documents released today detail how helping corporations escape accountability for dangerous products has been the administration’s top priority.

  • NHTSA’s Seatbelt Rule Straps Consumers’ Legal Rights
    October 8, 2008

    Washington, DC—In a rule designed to give consumers added seatbelt protection, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today diminished consumers legal right to hold vehicle manufacturers accountable through the civil justice system, according to the American Association for Justice (AAJ). NHTSA’s final rule released today on designated seating positions includes specific language that would preempt state tort law claims related to seatbelt positions.

  • NHTSA’s Further Delay on Long-Awaited Roof Crush Standard Unacceptable
    October 2, 2008

    Washington, DC—The nation’s agency dedicated to achieving the highest standards of excellence in motor vehicle and highway safety failed its mission once again by further delaying the final rule on roof crush standards, according to the American Association for Justice (AAJ). 

  • U.S. Chamber Created Current Financial Crisis, New Report Says
    September 30, 2008

    Washington, DC—The current financial crisis was caused by U.S. Chamber’s aggressive lobbying to eliminate accountability and oversight, says a new issue brief that also exposes payments from bailed-out AIG to the Washington corporate lobby.

  • FDA Shields Drug Companies from Responsibility for Harmful Over-the-Counter Drug Ingredients
    September 17, 2008 Washington, DC—The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has gone beyond its statutory authority by including language in a proposed rule on over-the-counter drug ingredients that would give manufacturers complete immunity from lawsuits, according to comments filed today by the American Association for Justice (AAJ).
  • Legislation Eliminates Mandatory Binding Arbitration as a Shield for Negligent Nursing Home Corporations
    September 11, 2008

    Washington, DC—Today, the Senate Judiciary passed the Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act (S.2838), moving Wisconsin resident David Kurth and his family one step closer to getting justice.  David Kurth testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in June about the tragic death of his father, William F. Kurth who died due to severe neglect of care while in a nursing home facility.  When the Kurth family tried to hold the nursing home corporation accountable they were told that Mrs. Kurth, who was 82 at the time, unknowingly signed an arbitration clause.

  • AAJ: FDA Again Sides with Drug Companies
    August 27, 2008

    Washington, DC—Drug and device manufacturers will have immunity from lawsuits even if they fail to update warning labels to include dangerous side effects for pregnant and breast-feeding women if a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed rule is made final.  The American Association for Justice (AAJ) today submitted comments on the new label requirements.

  • AAJ on FDA Supplemental Labeling Rule: “Irrational and designed to assist the manufacturers”
    August 21, 2008

    Washington, DC—AAJ President Les Weisbrod, reacting to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) final rule on supplemental applications for prescription drug and device labels, called the FDA action “irrational and designed to assist the manufacturers.”

  • Latest Proposal on Railroad Crossings Has Deadly Consequences
    August 8, 2008

    Washington, DC—The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has proposed a dangerous blanket policy to require yield or stop signs at every railroad crossing in America.

  • Highway Safety Agency “Comes to Its Senses” on Immunity for Manufacturers of Children’s Booster Seats
    August 5, 2008

    Washington, DC—Families with young children riding in booster seats will be protected by both federal safety regulation as well as state law, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in a final rule put out today.  The original draft of the NHTSA rule on child booster seats used language to bar families harmed by defective booster seats from bringing suit against the manufacturers. 

  • Medical Device Patients Would Be Protected Under New Safety Legislation
    August 1, 2008

    Washington, DC—Bridget Robb, who received 31 unnecessary shocks to her heart by a defective Medtronic defibrillator, would have access to justice under legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate today.

  • Corporations Are Hiding Secrets That Could Kill You
    July 31, 2008

    Washington, DC—Americans would be shocked and angered to learn that when they go to the store some of the products they purchase may be hiding dangerous secrets.  When businesses settle unsafe product liability suits in which their products have harmed people, they often demand that individuals agree to keep secret, dangers uncovered through the court system.  This practice is called court secrecy.

  • Consumers Guaranteed Right To Hold Corporations Accountable for Hazardous Products
    July 31, 2008

    Washington, DC—Consumers who have been tragically harmed by dangerous products secured their right to hold irresponsible corporations accountable, under legislation expected to pass the House of Representatives this evening.

  • Seniors Move Closer to Being Protected From One-Sided Mandatory Arbitration in Long-Term Care
    July 30, 2008

    Washington, DC—Seniors and their families who have been harmed by mandatory arbitration in nursing home contracts have overcame another hurdle in the fight to seek justice from negligent nursing home corporations.

  • Latest U.S. Chamber PR Stunt Puts Corporate Greed Over American Families
    July 28, 2008

    Washington, DC—A U.S. Chamber of Commerce front group today announced a multi-million dollar public relations stunt that puts big corporations ahead of American families.

  • U.S. Chamber Shields CEOs at Expense of Shareholders, Economy
    July 24, 2008

    Washington, DC—The following is a statement from American Association for Justice CEO Jon Haber in response to a new U.S. Chamber of Commerce report on securities class-actions.

  • Trial Attorneys Share Stories of Selflessness & Service in Philadelphia
    July 22, 2008

    Washington, DC—The American Association for Justice (AAJ) gathered in Philadelphia, PA, the birthplace of America, last week to recognize extraordinary contributions to the civil justice system. The five-day convention culminated with an awards ceremony to honor individuals who have worked to protect the constitutional right of all Americans to a trial by jury.

  • Prominent Advocates for Justice to Lead National Trial Bar
    July 16, 2008

    Washington, DC—Members of the world's largest trial bar elected new executive officers to a one-year term during the American Association for Justice (AAJ) annual convention in Philadelphia, PA.

  • American Association for Justice Announces Les Weisbrod as President for 2008-2009
    July 16, 2008

    Washington, DC—During the American Association for Justice (AAJ) annual convention, the world's largest trial bar announced Les Weisbrod as President for 2008-2009. As a top civil justice attorney, Weisbrod will lead the organization's fight to ensure every American can seek justice through our courts.

  • Allstate Ranks as Worst Insurer for Consumers
    July 9, 2008

    Washington, DC—Allstate ranks as the worst insurer for consumers, according to a comprehensive investigation of thousands of legal documents and financial filings.

  • Leading Scholars Find Pacific Research Claims "Highly Dubious"
    July 2, 2008

    Washington, DC—An analysis by three leading academics has found Pacific Research Institute's (PRI) "tort tax" claims are "without scientific merit and present a very misleading picture of the American tort system and its costs."

  • NHTSA Ordered to Go Back to the Drawing Board on Roof Crush Rule
    July 1, 2008

    Washington, DC—Congress ordered the National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) to go back to the drawing board to improve a weak roof crush standard that endangers rollover accident victims and attempts to give negligent car manufacturers complete immunity.

  • Statement from AAJ President Kathleen Flynn Peterson on Exxon v. Baker Supreme Court Decision
    June 25, 2008

    Washington, DC—"Today's Supreme Court decision reaffirms that judges and juries in maritime cases may hold wrongdoers accountable for egregious misconduct by permitting significant punitive damages to punish the company and deter its reoccurrence."

  • AAJ Praises U.S. Supreme Court Decision Upholding Fundamental Right of Each Person to Seek Justice in the Courtroom
    June 12, 2008

    Washington, DC—In Taylor v. Sturgell, No. 07-371, a unanimous Supreme Court sided with the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) amicus argument upholding the fundamental right of each person to seek justice in court.

  • Preemption Dangers Highlighted by NY Times' "Researchers Fail to Reveal Full Drug Pay"
    June 10, 2008

    Washington, DC—A June 8 New York Times front-page article reported that world-renowned researchers failed to disclose consulting fees from drug companies, bolstering arguments against preemption of state law and giving corporations total immunity from all lawsuits.

  • Negligent Nursing Home Corporations Hide Behind Mandatory Arbitration
    June 10, 2008

    Washington, DC—Recent news stories have highlighted the problems with mandatory binding arbitration in credit card contracts but even more egregious is the increasing use of mandatory arbitration in nursing home contracts. These clauses force families to take their case to an arbitrator even when a loved one is seriously injured or dies.

  • Senators Discourage Preemption in Roof Crush Standards
    June 4, 2008

    Washington, DC—During a subcommittee hearing today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was blasted for issuing a rule that fails to protect drivers and passengers from being injured in a rollover crash.

  • Vioxx Reversal Illustrates the Danger of Federal Preemption
    May 29, 2008

    Washington, DC—Today's ruling overturning a jury’s verdict against Merck & Co., the makers of withdrawn painkiller Vioxx, shows how harmful federal preemption is to victims who are harmed by negligent drug companies.

  • Federal Rules Give Railroads Complete Immunity
    May 29, 2008

    Washington, DC—New rules issued by the Federal Railroad Administration and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration would give negligent corporations complete immunity from lawsuits in railroad injury cases, according to testimony given today before the agencies.

  • VA Rule is A Victory for Veterans Rights
    May 22, 2008

    Washington, DC—Today, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued a final rule removing proposed red tape, which would have made it much tougher for veterans to get a lawyer. The VA clarified the rule stating, "with respect to attorneys, that a law degree, bar membership in good standing, and CLE in veteran’s benefits law and procedure is the best method to fulfill congressional intent."

  • New Poll: Americans Say “No Thanks” To Binding Arbitration
    May 19, 2008

    Washington, DC—Americans generally disapprove of binding arbitration provisions in consumer contracts as an alternative to civil legal proceedings involving a judge or jury, according to a recent national poll by survey firm Peter D. Hart Research Associates Inc.

  • AAJ on Robert Bork Settling Slip-And-Fall Lawsuit
    May 9, 2008

    Washington, DC—According to the Associated Press, "One-time U.S. Supreme Court nominee Robert H. Bork has settled a lawsuit against the Yale Club after he fell stepping onto a platform to speak." The terms of the deal are confidential. Bork had sued for $1 million, including punitive damages.

  • Manhattan Institute's Latest Industry-Funded Research: "Laughable"
    May 7, 2008

    Washington, DC – The following is a statement from American Association for Justice CEO Jon Haber: "Manhattan Institute's latest attack on the civil justice system follows the mold of its previous reports: fictitious, imaginative and laughable

  • Manhattan Institute's Latest Industry-Funded Research: "Laughable"
    May 7, 2008

    Washington, DC—The following is a statement from American Association for Justice CEO Jon Haber: "Manhattan Institute's latest attack on the civil justice system follows the mold of its previous reports: fictitious, imaginative and laughable.  Read the release

  • Congressional Legislation Targets Foreign Producers Who Skirt U.S. Law
    May 1, 2008

    Washington, DC—Legislation being considered today by the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law would make it easier to hold foreign manufacturers accountable when their products injure or even kill Americans.

  • Amaya Smith Joins AAJ Communications Team as Press Secretary
    April 28, 2008

    Washington, DC—The American Association for Justice (AAJ) today announced the addition of Amaya Smith as Press Secretary.  Amaya will play a key role in AAJ’s effort to educate the media and public on the increasingly important role of our nation’s civil justice system in the face of new corporate attacks on Americans’ rights.

  • AAJ’s Letter to Today Show on Dr. Synderman’s Comments Attacking the Civil Justice System
    April 24, 2008

    Washington, DC—The Today Show’s Health segment on April 24, 2008 with Matt Lauer and Dr. Nancy Synderman, Dr. Synderman attacked our civil justice system by calling for tort reform in order to increase life expectancy. The connection between the two issues is haphazard at best and also mimics attacks by big business pharmaceutical companies.

  • Product Defects To Be Disclosed Under House Anti-Secrecy Bill
    April 23, 2008

    Washington, DC—Companies would be compelled to disclose product defects, under legislation introduced today. The Sunshine in Litigation Act, introduced by U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL) and U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), would make settling lawsuits with secrecy agreements more difficult, ensuring that life saving information is not kept hidden.

  • AAJ: U.S. Chamber’s Phony “Rankings” Serve Extreme Corporate Agenda
    April 22, 2008

    Washington, DC—Tomorrow the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will release an updated “study” that supposedly ranks the best and worst state legal systems in America. The “study” is based on a survey of corporate defense lawyers from multi-million dollar corporations who are paid to avoid accountability for their misconduct and negligence.

  • AAJ: U.S. Chamber “Study” Part of Extreme Corporate Agenda to Destroy Civil Justice System
    April 22, 2008

    Washington, DC—Tomorrow the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will release an updated “study” that supposedly ranks the best and worst state legal systems in America.  The “study” is based on a survey of corporate defense lawyers from multi-million dollar corporations who are paid to avoid accountability for their misconduct and negligence.

  • AAJ Demands FDA Protect Patients Instead of Industry Marketers
    April 21, 2008

    Washington, DC—New Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidance will put patients at risk from off-label uses of drugs and medical devices, said the American Association for Justice in comments sent today to the agency.

  • AAJ Statement on President’s Preemption / Climate Change Comments
    April 16, 2008

    Washington, DC—This afternoon President George W. Bush made the following comments in his address about climate change.

  • AAJ Announces Support of Legislation to Stop Abusive Nursing Home Practices
    April 10, 2008

    Washington, DC—Today, American Association for Justice announces support of legislation to stop abusive corporate practices that put nursing home residents at risk. The Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act will ensure that the decision to arbitrate be made voluntarily and after the dispute has arisen. With this legislation, corporations will not be able to manipulate the arbitration system in their favor and at the expense of nursing home residents and their families.

  • AAJ: Insurance Companies Taking In More, Handing Back Less
    April 9, 2008

    Washington, DC—Today, the Insurance Information Institute announced a near-record $61.9 billion 2007 profit for the industry. Insurance companies have made an unprecedented $169 billion profit since Hurricane Katrina.

  • AAJ: FDA Warning to Glaxo Highlights Dangers of Preemption
    April 9, 2008

    Washington, DC—As reported in today's Wall Street Journal, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a serious warning to GlaxoSmithKline after discovering the drugmaker did not inform the agency about clinical trials it was conducting on the diabetes drug Avandia between 2001 and 2007.

  • Arbitration Fairness Act Protects Americans From Abusive Corporate Practices
    April 2, 2008

    Washington, DC—The following is a statement from American Association for Justice CEO Jon Haber on the Arbitration Fairness Act of 2007 (H.R. 3010 / S.1782) and U.S. Chamber's latest attempts to avoid corporate accountability while denying people justice through the legal system.

  • AAJ Demands NHTSA Remove Preemption from Roof Crush Rules
    March 27, 2008

    Washington, DC—American Association for Justice (AAJ) today sent comments to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) demanding the agency remove the roof crush resistance rule’s preemption language.

  • AAJ: Latest Medtronic Device Failure Highlights Dangers of Preemption
    March 19, 2008

    Washington, DC—A new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) public health notification shows a higher death rate after five years among patients treated for abdominal aortic aneurysm with Medtronic Inc.’s Aneu-Rx stent-graft system than among those treated through conventional surgery.

  • AAJ Urges FDA to put Patient Safety First
    March 17, 2008

    Washington, DC—The American Association for Justice today sent comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concerning a proposed rule that would give immunity to drug companies for failing to warn patients of potential drug hazards.

  • PRI's Corporate-Funded Tort Reform Study Proves Tort Reform Doesn't Work
    March 12, 2008

    Washington, DC—Pacific Research Institute's (PRI) new study proves what independent experts have said all along: "tort reform" does not work. PRI's own rankings show there is no correlation between tort reform and "costs."

  • Statement From AAJ CEO Jon Haber
    March 3, 2008

    Washington, DC—“We appreciate the honesty of ATRA spokesman Darren McKinney."

  • Statement From AAJ CEO Jon Haber on Warner-Lambert v. Kent Decision
    March 3, 2008

    Washington, DC—Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a one-line decision affirming the lower court’s ruling in Warner-Lambert v. Kent. This decision will allow certain Michigan residents to hold drug manufacturers accountable for their negligence. This decision does not apply broadly to all state tort claims.

  • AAJ Seeks Legislative Action to Stop Court Secrecy
    March 3, 2008

    Washington, DC—The Senate Judiciary Committee passed S. 2449, the Sunshine in Litigation Act, out of committee today. The bill seeks to restore public accountability in the judicial system by restricting court secrecy on matters that affect public health and safety. Invoked in countless legal settlements, secrecy provisions prevent people from finding out about dangerous products.

  • Statement From AAJ CEO Jon Haber
    February 25, 2008

    Washington, DC—“Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a case about a unique Michigan law."

  • Statement From AAJ CEO Jon Haber On Riegel v. Medtronic, Inc. Supreme Court Decision
    February 20, 2008

    Washington, DC—“Today’s Supreme Court decision in Riegel v. Medtronic limits the rights of people to receive justice through the legal system when they are injured by the negligence or misconduct of others. This decision should be narrowly viewed as applying only to certain medical device cases and should not serve as precedent for cases involving drugs and other consumer products.

  • AAJ Statement On Latest Robert Novak Column
    February 19, 2008

    Washington, DC—Contrary to Robert Novak’s 2/18/08 column, the trial bar did not lobby on the wiretapping bill or request support of either side.  Mr. Novak’s lack of fact checking cheapens the debate over our national security.

  • Latest News on H.R. 3010, the Arbitration Fairness Act
    February 13, 2008

    Washington, DC—This week before the House Education and Labor’s Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee, the issue of mandatory pre-dispute arbitration clauses in employment contracts was front and center during its hearing on “Protecting American Employees from Workplace Discrimination.”

  • AAJ Statement On Upcoming ATRA White Paper Propaganda
    February 11, 2008

    Washington, DC—The American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) is set to release a new white paper tomorrow that will undoubtedly attempt to distort the truth and push the agenda of giant corporate CEOs who fund this front group.

  • AAJ Statement On Upcoming ATRA White Paper Propaganda
    February 11, 2008

    Washington, DC—The American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) is set to release a new white paper tomorrow that will undoubtedly attempt to distort the truth and push the agenda of giant corporate CEOs who fund this front group.

  • Statement From AAJ CEO Jon Haber On Riegel v. Medtronic, Inc. Supreme Court Decision
    January 20, 2008

    Washington, DC—“Today’s Supreme Court decision in Riegel v. Medtronic limits the rights of people to receive justice through the legal system when they are injured by the negligence or misconduct of others. This decision should be narrowly viewed as applying only to certain medical device cases and should not serve as precedent for cases involving drugs and other consumer products."

  • AAJ Statement On Latest Robert Novak Column
    January 19, 2008

    Washington, DC—Contrary to Robert Novak’s 2/18/08 column, the trial bar did not lobby on the wiretapping bill or request support of either side.  Mr. Novak’s lack of fact checking cheapens the debate over our national security.

  • AAJ Demands FDA Withdraw Rule Allowing Drug Companies to Claim Immunity for Failing to Warn Patients of Potential Drug Hazards
    January 16, 2008

    Washington, DC—The American Association for Justice (AAJ) today demanded the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) withdraw a proposed rule that would allow drug companies to claim immunity for failing to warn patients of potential drug hazards.

  • AAJ Responds to Supreme Court Decision
    January 15, 2008

    Washington, DC—“AAJ is encouraged by the narrowness of the Court’s decision.  The Court clearly stated that defrauded investors still have an avenue for recourse under this country’s securities laws.  It was very careful to make the distinction between secondary actors involved in the financial spheres, as opposed to the goods and services industry."

  • Cecelia Prewett Joins American Association for Justice in Key Role
    January 14, 2008

    Washington, DC—The American Association for Justice (AAJ) has appointed Cecelia Prewett to the newly created position of Vice President, Strategic Communications. Prewett will manage the day-to-day operations of the War Room and will be AAJ’s chief communications strategist.

  • Statement from AAJ President Kathleen Flynn Peterson on ATRA’s Latest Attack on Civil Justice Attorneys
    January 10, 2008 Washington, DC—The American Tort Reform Association’s (ATRA) and the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest’s (CMPI) so-called study on legal websites is laughable at best.  ATRA and CMPI should be ashamed to issue a report whose dubious methodology consists of nothing but Google searches.

  • Statement by Kathleen Flynn Peterson
    January 8, 2008

    Washington, DC—The Defense Department Inspector General’s action today declining to investigate the case of former Halliburton/KBR employee Jamie Leigh Jones smacks of a conspiracy to keep the truth locked away in a proverbial shipping container—just as she was.

  • Congress: Adopt Tough Measures to Stop Corporations From Evading Accountability for Unsafe Foreign Toys, AAJ Urges
    November 14, 2007

    Washington, DC—More than 13 million foreign-manufactured toys have been recalled in the past two months, with the latest the Chinese-manufactured “Aqua-Dots,” recalled last week because it contains a chemical that converts into the date rape drug GHB when ingested.

  • Illinois Damage Caps Declared Unconstitutional
    November 14, 2007

    Washington, DC—On November 13th, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Diane J. Larsen declared the 2005 Illinois medical malpractice “reform” statute, which capped noneconomic damages, violated the Illinois Constitution. The ruling came in the case of Lebron v. Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, which had been designated as the lead case for challenges to the law.

  • Significant Win For Trial Attorneys
    November 13, 2007 Washington, DC—A 2005 Illinois law establishing caps on medical malpractice awards caps was declared unconstitutional on November 13th. 

  • Illinois Damage Caps Declared Unconstitutional
    November 13, 2007

    Washington, DC—On November 13th, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Diane J. Larsen declared the 2005 Illinois medical malpractice “reform” statute, which capped noneconomic damages, violated the Illinois Constitution.

  • Merck Settles with Victims of Deadly Drug Vioxx
    November 9, 2007

    Washington, DC—American Association for Justice (AAJ) CEO Jon Haber made the following statement today, following the announcement that an agreement between drugmaker Merck and attorneys for thousands of Vioxx victims has been reached.

  • "Can’t Protect the Safety of Children" (CPSC) Chair Nancy Nord Should Resign
    November 8, 2007

    Washington, DC—Failing to protect the safety and health of America’s children, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chair Nancy Nord should immediately resign, the American Association for Justice said today.

  • Administration Assault on Railroad Safety Must End, AAJ Declares
    November 5, 2007

    Washington, DC — The American Association for Justice (AAJ) today declared that the Bush Administration must end its effort to prohibit railway accident victims from pursuing legal action against railroad companies responsible for their injury or death. The latest proposed federal railroad safety regulations continues an unprecedented assault on state safety standards, directly challenging Congressional intent and jeopardizing public safety and victims’ access to justice.

  • Binding Mandatory Arbitration Victim Deborah Williams and others to testify at hearing on Arbitration Fairness Act of 2007
    October 24, 2007

    Washington, DC—When Annapolis couple Deborah Williams and Richard Welshans invested more than $1 million in 2004 into starting up their Coffee Beanery franchise coffee shop, buried deep in contract with the Michigan corporation was a clause that all disputes would be settled by “Binding Mandatory Arbitration” a non-judicial but legally binding process that robs individuals of their Seventh Amendment right to settle disputes in a court of law.

  • AAJ Demands FRA Withdraw Preemption Language from New Railroad Safety Regulation
    October 1, 2007

    Washington, DC—The American Association for Justice (AAJ) today demanded the Bush Administration halt its effort to prohibit railway accident victims from pursuing legal action against railroad companies responsible for their injury or death.

  • New Report Says “Health Courts” Bureaucracies Offer Big Financial Burdens and Loss of Patient Rights
    September 27, 2007

    Washington, DC— A groundbreaking new report on health courts by Case Western Reserve University professors Max Mehlman and Dale Nance finds that health courts would be burdensome, prohibitively expensive and would come at the expense of injured patients.

  • AAJ Commends New Report Revealing Bush Administration’s Stealth Campaign to Weaken Health and Safety Standards While Protecting Corporate Wrongdoing
    September 12, 2007

    Washington, DC—The American Association for Justice today commended a new report exposing the Bush Administration’s unprecedented campaign to preempt state authority, weaken regulatory scrutiny, and protect corporate wrongdoing.

  • AAJ Report Reveals “Pattern of Greed” Katrina Victims Abused by Insurance Companies As Profits Soar
    August 28, 2007

    Washington, DC—Two years after Hurricane Katrina decimated the homes of thousands of Gulf Coast residents, the American Association for Justice (AAJ) today released a report exposing how insurance companies systematically denied paying policyholders fair and just claims following this and other natural disasters.

  • Congress Passes Legislation Protecting Victims of Railroad Negligence
    July 27, 2007 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.

  • Flynn Peterson Elected President of the American Association for Justice
    July 19, 2007

    Washington, DC—Minneapolis attorney Kathleen Flynn Peterson, one of the nation’s top litigators in the field of medical malpractice, has been elected President of the American Association for Justice for 2007– 2008.

  • AAJ Hosts Presidential Forum
    July 15, 2007

    Washington, DC—Five candidates for the Democratic nomination for President appeared today at a forum hosted by the American Association for Justice. The five candidates – Senator Joseph Biden (D-Delaware), Hillary Clinton (D-New York), former Senator John Edwards, Senator Barack Obama (D-Illinois), and Governor Bill Richardson (D-New Mexico) made individual remarks to the organization’s membership at a luncheon.

  • New Poll Reveals Voter Anxiety about Corporate Misconduct, Support for Strong Civil Justice System to Ensure Accountability and Fairness
    July 12, 2007

    Washington, DC—A national poll of 2008 voters by Peter D. Hart Research Associates, Inc. reveals significant anxiety concerning corporate misconduct and large support among voters for a strong civil justice system to ensure corporate accountability and fairness.

  • Statement from AAJ on Arbitration Fairness Act of 2007
    July 12, 2007

    Washington, DC—Jon Haber, CEO of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), issued this statement upon today’s introduction of the Arbitration Fairness Act of 2007.

  • AAJ Commends Fair Verdict in “Pants” Case
    June 25, 2007

    Washington, DC—Following the verdict in favor of the Chung family, American Association for Justice (AAJ) CEO Jon Haber issued this statement:

  • U.S. Supreme Court Affirms Investors’ Right to Corporate Accountability
    June 21, 2007

    Washington, DC—American Association for Justice (AAJ) Chief Executive Officer Jon Haber today issued a statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision in Tellabs Inc. v. Makor Issues and Rights Ltd.

  • President Bush Sides with Corporations over Investors
    June 13, 2007

    Washington, DC—President Bush betrayed investors and damaged American markets by pressuring Solicitor General Paul Clement to steer clear of a pending U.S. Supreme Court case that may still provide shareholders with enhanced tools to hold negligent CEOs accountable for misconduct.

  • New Report Shows Malpractice Insurers Price-Gouging Doctors and Driving Up Cost of Care
    May 24, 2007

    Washington, DC— The American Association for Justice (AAJ) today released a report revealing the medical malpractice insurance industry has been price-gouging doctors through excessive premiums and needlessly contributing to the growing cost of healthcare.

  • Statement from AAJ President Lewis S. “Mike” Eidson on Baroody Withdrawal
    May 23, 2007 Washington, DC—Lewis S. “Mike” Eidson, President of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), issued this statement upon the announcement by President Bush that the nomination of Michael Baroody to serve as chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission has been withdrawn.

  • AAJ Calls For Reconsideration of NHTSA Roll Stability Control Rule: Claims Agency Failed To Consider Available Data
    May 23, 2007 Washington, DC—The American Association for Justice (AAJ) has called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to reconsider its decision not to require automobile manufacturers to install roll stability control in motor vehicles in light of the device’s potential to reduce hundreds of highway fatalities annually.

  • Disciplinary Investigation Called for in Dry Cleaners Case
    May 8, 2007 Washington, DC—The American Association for Justice (AAJ) today called for a disciplinary investigation of District of Columbia Administrative Law Judge Roy Pearson Jr., who brought a $65 million lawsuit against a family-owned dry cleaning business for losing his pants.

  • AAJ Calls On U.S. Chamber of Commerce to Halt False, Unfair and Deceptive Advertisements
    May 7, 2007

    Washington, DC—The American Association for Justice today demanded that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce immediately halt a series of false, unfair and deceptive print and broadcast advertisements promoting its ongoing campaign to weaken the nation’s civil justice system.

  • Bogus National Chamber “Study”: Propaganda Attack Against Civil Justice System
    April 25, 2007

    Washington, DC—A bogus study released today by the national Chamber of Commerce claiming to rank so-called “anti-business” state legal systems is yet another baseless attack on the nation’s civil justice system in its campaign to eliminate corporate accountability for wrongdoing and negligence.

  • Senate Overwhelmingly Upholds Strong Rules on Corporate Accountability
    April 25, 2007

    Washington, DC—American Association of Justice Chief Executive Officer John Haber issued the following statement today:

    “We applaud Senators Chris Dodd, Richard Shelby and other members of the Senate who rejected the DeMint amendment to S. 761 (the America Competes Act) by a 62-35 margin yesterday."

  • William Schulz Appointed AAJ Vice President of Communications
    April 24, 2007

    Washington, DC—The American Association for Justice today announced the appointment of William Schulz as Vice President, Communications.

  • AAJ Calls On Greedy Insurance CEOs to Defend Record Profits
    April 24, 2007

    Washington, DC—The American Association for Justice (AAJ) today called on insurance industry CEOs to defend how they continue to abandon Gulf Coast policyholders after reporting last week the largest profits ever - $63.7 billion. This follows the Insurance Information Institute (III) release yesterday of property casualty insurers’ 2006 numbers.

  • AAJ Urges U.S. Senate to Oppose Bush’s Nomination of Anti-Consumer Shill to Key Public Safety Post
    April 19, 2007

    Washington, DC—The American Association for Justice (AAJ) today urged the U.S. Senate to stop President Bush’s nomination of long-time anti-consumer shill Michael Baroody to head the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the federal government’s chief consumer protection agency. The U.S. Senate will hold the nomination hearing on May 3rd.

  • Consumer Groups Ask Senate Committee to Side with Investors’ Rights over Corporate Interests
    April 17, 2007

    Washington, DC—A group of pro-consumer organizations (consisting of Consumer Federation of America, Consumer Action, U.S. Public Interest Research Group, Consumers Union and the American Association for Justice) will tomorrow issue a joint letter to the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, focusing on the positive influence of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in protecting shareholders’ interests


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