November 2013 | Take Justice Back

November 2013

Defective Products Ruining Holiday Spirit

With the holiday season in full swing, so begins the busiest shopping period of the year. As millions prepare to line up in hopes of catching that post-Thanksgiving, Black Friday sale or getting started on finding that new gadget their loved one wants for Christmas, consumers across the country will make purchases with the assumption that the products are safe and have been properly tested. 

But is that always the case?

WSJ Highlights Diagnostic Errors

Over 98,000 people die each year as a result of medical errors that could’ve been prevented. Preventable medical errors are the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and cost our country $29 billion a year.

Take Justice Back Turns 1

A year ago this week, the American Association for Justice launched Take Justice Back. The aim of the campaign is simple – to help protect the civil justice system as well as the rights of Americans. When corporations act irresponsibly, they must be held accountable just like anybody else. 

Proposed Bills to Threaten Victims Rights

This week, Congress is devoting one of its first weeks back after recess and the government shutdown to try and mend ties with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  They have scheduled a House floor vote on two U.S. Chamber sponsored bills (H.R. 982 & H.R. 2655).  Debate on the two bills will start Wednesday, Nov. 13th. 

Watch: Today Show Talks Generic Drug Accountability

 

Nearly 80 percent of all prescriptions in the U.S. are filled with the generic version of a drug.  And while the lower prices can be appealing to the consumer and health care providers, the consequences of generic drugs can be dangerous. 

Patients who take generic drugs lose their right to justice. All drug corporations should be accountable for warning patients about the dangers drugs can pose. 

Take Action to Prescribe Justice

Generic drugs make up 80% of all prescriptions filled in the United States. But generic drug manufacturers cannot independently update their labels to warn of new side-effects and cannot be held accountable if their drugs injure or kill Americans.

Take Action: Tell Congress to Protect Veterans & Cancer Victims

This Thanksgiving, Big Asbestos really has something to be thankful for: the U.S. House of Representatives is voting on H.R. 982, a bill, which if enacted, would violate asbestos victims’ privacy and allow asbestos corporations to delay and deny justice until asbestos victims die. Tell Congress to vote NO on H.R. 982!  

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