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Watch out for the fine print when you order your new iPhone!

The new iPhone is out and over 10 Million were sold in the first weekend of the release. For consumers looking for the latest and greatest in tech gadgets this is good news, but what you may not know when you sign your new cell phone contract with Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, or AT&T is that buried in the fine print are dangerous forced arbitration clauses.

Voter Protection Action Campaign Aims to Protect the Right to Vote

The Voter Protection Action Committee (VPAC) campaign, recently launched by the American Association for Justice (AAJ), was created to organize lawyers, paralegals, and law students around the country to volunteer at polling places, work in call centers, and join election protection legal teams for the upcoming Election Day.

Happy Constitution Day!

The U.S. Constitution was signed on this day 227 years ago. Since then, 27 amendments have been added to the Constitution, and today we have a document that serves not only to affirm that the government of the United States exists to serve its citizens but to also grant essential rights to individuals. One right that has ensured accountability and justice and has made our country safer is the right to a trial by jury in civil cases – the 7th Amendment.

What Happens When Preventable Medical Errors Go Unreported?

How many preventable medical errors occur in your local hospital? 

Court Records in Trinity Guardrail Whistleblower Case May Be Unsealed

By Leah Nicholls & Leslie Brueckner

Today we have both good news and bad news about our motion to unseal the court records in Harman v. Trinity, a federal whistleblower case involving defective highway guardrails.

First, the good news:

Asbestos Corporation and Its Defense Lawyers to Face Justice for Destroying Evidence

Asbestos victims have been granted access to justice after presenting evidence that a corporate defense firm enabled its client to hide and destroy documents that showed their product contained deadly asbestos, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on September 3, 2014. 

Patients Cut Off from Key Hospital Safety Information

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken a troubling step backwards this month that could put all patient’s safety at risk. From now on, CMS will no longer publicly report eight conditions Americans can develop due to poor care called: “hospital acquired conditions” (HACs). 

These conditions include:

When Archaic Laws Limit Accountability, Americans at Risk

It was a cold and snowy day in western Pennsylvania. The family minivan carrying 10 year-old Davanna was stopped at a red light. Without warning, the sound of a semi-truck’s horn pierced the air. But it was too late.

Read more of Davanna's story here.

Huffington Post Not So Progressive Anymore – Adds Forced Arbitration to Terms of Service

When The Huffington Post launched in 2005, it was embraced as a progressive alternative to conservative online media.  Now, following its sale to AOL, the liberal answer to Drudge has officially gone corporate.

Court Holds Garlock Accountable for Reckless Disregard of Americans’ Health and Safety in Decades-Long Asbestos Cover-up

Dayton Dexter worked as a pipefitter for almost forty years, and nearly every work day, he was exposed to asbestos manufactured by Garlock Sealing Technologies. As a result, he developed lung cancer, which he tragically succumbed to in 2004.

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