April 2013 | Take Justice Back

April 2013

Tell Congress to End Forced Arbitration!

Do you know what is hidden in the fine print of the contracts you routinely agree to?  Chances are you have signed away your right to access the courtroom and didn’t even know it!  

Included in many everyday consumer contracts are dangerous forced arbitration clauses that take away your right to go to court and instead force you into a private arbitration tribunal designed by the very corporation you have a dispute against.  The process is secretive, costly and rigged so that corporations cannot be held accountable!

Demand that Schwab Drop Forced Arbitration

Public Citizen is running an important petition against Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. for its use of forced arbitration in contracts.  If you are a private investor doing business with Schwab, you should consider registering your complaint by signing this petition.   

CISPA Limits Incentives for Corporate Responsibly

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), H.R. 624, last week and the bill is set to be taken up by the Senate quickly.  

While there is across-the-board agreement on the need to update the nation’s cybersecurity laws, CISPA contains broad provisions that eliminate the ability of harmed individuals and business to hold corporations accountable that have acted recklessly or negligently after receiving cyber threat information. 

Legal Rights in Question with FDA Action on Metal Hips

Taxpayers and patients could pay the price for faulty metal-on-metal hips when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reclassifies 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.

Study: Hospitals Benefit Financially from Medical Errors

A new study out yesterday from the Journal of the American Medical Association shows private hospitals profit more from their own surgical errors than from treatments without complications.  These results indicate that hospitals do not have a financial incentive to improve patient safety.

Take Action to Protect your Medicine Cabinet!

Generic drugs make up 80% of all prescriptions filled in the United States, and roughly 53 billion dollars in sales.  Despite that, the U.S. Supreme Court recently held in Pliva v. Mensing that generic drug manufacturers have no responsibility to update their warning labels when they learn of new side-effects.  As a result, generic drug makers cannot be held accountable, even if their drug injures or even kills someone. The Supreme Court left it to Congress to change the law.  

Read the real story of Camille Baruch to learn how the access of justice has been denied for generic drug patients.  

Congress needs to amend the law to allow both generic and brand manufacturers to be responsible for their drugs’ safety.  Send a message to your member of Congress today!

Your Help is Needed Today: Tell Congress to Stand up for Asbestos Victims!

In honor of National Asbestos Awareness Week, help protect asbestos victims’ rights by urging Congress to oppose legislation that threatens to delay and deny justice until asbestos victims die.  Your action will make a difference!

National Asbestos Awareness Week: The Epidemic and Fight for Justice Continue

Washington, DC—At 61, Carlos Stapleton of Cumming, Ga., was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a deadly cancer with one known cause: exposure to asbestos. He died less than a year later. Carlos is among the hundreds of thousands of Americans killed by asbestos. In honor of National Asbestos Awareness Week, Take Justice Back is highlighting the stories of Carlos and three other asbestos victims and the fight to protect access to justice.

What Justice for Victims of Oklahoma Dentist?

As some 7,000 patients of a Tulsa dentist now face the real possibility that they have been exposed to HIV or hepatitis in his care, they also face harsh limits on their access to accountability and justice.