April 2014 | Take Justice Back

April 2014

Trial Attorneys Advocate and Educate to End Distracted Driving

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. 

Why A-Rod made me love the Constitution more

The following piece was written by AAJ Leaders Forum member Marion Munley. It was originally published in the Scranton Times-Tribune on Sunday, April 27.

Alex Rodriguez, one of the most polarizing figures in baseball’s history and third baseman for the New York Yankees, withdrew his federal lawsuit against Major League Baseball, its commissioner, Bud Selig, and the players’ union in February. According to Rodriguez, he withdrew his lawsuit because of his desire to rest both physically and mentally as well as to prepare for the 2015 baseball season.

Schwab Drops Anti-Investor Provision

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.

 

In the News: General Mills Forced Arbitration Scandal

After a groundswell of pushback from consumers and attention in the media, General Mills dropped its forced arbitration clause and apologized to its customers.

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.

The clear message here is that customers expect corporations to be accountable for their products and services and to respect our rights to access justice.

Victory for Consumer Rights: General Mills Drops its Forced Arbitration Clause

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.

 

Why is General Mills Trying to Hide Behind Forced Arbitration?

General Mills, owner of grocery staples including Cheerios, Betty Crocker and Pillsbury, has quietly updated its electronic terms of service to include a forced arbitration clause that will eliminate many of its customers’ rights to hold the corporation accountable in court. The April 2 change means that people who purchase General Mills products with coupons, turn in box tops or even just visit their website won’t be able to bring the corporation to court.

Documents Reveal G.M. Knew Yet Fail to Act on Defects

As more documents were released last week revealing General Motors (G.M.) negligence for nearly a decade, it’s clear the manufacturer knew, yet failed to act on, several defects that put thousands of consumers at risk. 

Joy Cardin Discusses Dangers Harmful Drugs Pose to Women on NPR Show

Women suffer disproportionately from the effects of dangerous and defective drugs and medical devices. Women take more medications than men, respond differently to them, and are more likely to suffer adverse drug events.

Mother Shares Personal Story of Losing Daughter After She Took Generic Drug

Tammy and John Gilbert recently traveled from Cincinnati, Ohio to Washington, D.C. to speak with lawmakers and attend the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing addressing the FDA’s proposed changes to generic drug warning labels. 

The Gilbert’s lost their daughter, Kira, when she passed away on April 9th, 2009, from acute cardiac failure eight days after she began taking generic Darvocet. She had no previous history of heart conditions.

In the above video, Tammy shares a personal story about her experiences.  

G.M.'s Fine Shows More Lack of Accountability

Surprise! General Motors continues to avoid accountability for the ignition switch recall. 

According to an article in the New York Times, federal safety regulators have fined G.M. $28,000 for not providing much of the information requested for an investigation into the recent recall. The deadline for that information was due by Thursday, April 3.