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The U.S. Chamber’s Latest Attack on Class Actions

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce really doesn’t like class actions. Neither do the corporations that fund their efforts. Why? Mainly because corporations and their front groups know that class actions give American workers and consumers the power and ability to level the playing field, even when facing the most powerful corporations in the world. In fact, class actions are often the only way that individuals can hold corporations accountable when they are faced with widespread wrongdoing.

Top 10 Myths On Forced Arbitration You Will Likely Hear From The U.S. Chamber’S Lawyer

Hidden in the fine print of many consumer contracts - from credit cards and cell phone contracts to nursing home care and employment contracts - are dangerous forced arbitration clauses. Consumers and employees are often forced to sign these clauses in order to receive services or get hired and often don't know they've signed-away their legal rights until it is too late.

Acts of Love: What Color Wristband Would you Wear?

Joel’s Story:

I remember sending pink roses to my daughter Casey for Valentine’s Day. Pink was her favorite color.

On World Cancer Day, U.S. House of Representatives Holds Hearing on Bill That Violates Asbestos Cancer Victims’ Privacy

Yesterday was World Cancer Day, which was established in 2008 with the primary goal of significantly reducing illness and death caused by cancer by 2020. Several Members of Congress recognized World Cancer Day, but certain members of the House Judiciary Committee chose to mark the occasion by holding a hearing on a bill that insults and injures victims of cancer caused by asbestos. 

Congress Reintroduces Bill that Delays Compensation for Asbestos Victims, Puts Privacy at Risk

On January 26, 2015 two members of the U.S. House of Representatives reintroduced a controversial piece of legislation that delays compensation for asbestos victims and puts victims' privacy at risk. The so-called "Furthering Asbestos Claims Transparency (FACT) Act" (H.R. 526), is supported only by the asbestos industry, their insurers, and the corporate front groups working on their behalf.

Looking Ahead in 2015 with the Promise to Practice Safety on the Road

The American Association for Justice (AAJ) launched its new Safe Driving Policy initiative to encourage AAJ members, their law firms, and their staff to promote safe driving practices on a professional and personal basis. The AAJ Safe Driving Policy was developed by AAJ member, Joel Feldman, who created the End Distracted Driving (EndDD) campaign after his daughter was killed by a distracted driver.

Change.org Drops Forced Arbitration!

Change.org prides itself on “empowering people everywhere to create the change they want to see,” and now it’s leading by example. 

The popular online petition website has just dropped its forced arbitration clause from its terms and conditions.  This means that if a user has legal dispute with the company, Change.org will answer for itself in court rather than in a rigged forced arbitration system. 

According to the message on its website:

Indiana Family Fights to End Arbitrary Caps on Damages

The civil justice system plays a vital role in our country as it provides people with an avenue to seek accountability. But when access to the civil justice system is denied or limited through legislation such as arbitrary caps on damages, we all suffer.

Don't Be Duped By ATRA's "Hellholes" Report

Every year, the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) releases a new edition of its “Judicial Hellholes” report. As you can see below, this has been widely ridiculed and debunked.

SCOTUS Ends BP's Attempt to Evade Accountability for Gulf Coast Oil Spill

Since the devastating 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, BP has orchestrated a campaign to avoid accountability and delay justice for Gulf Coast small business owners by trying to backpedal on an agreement it wrote, signed, and asked the Court to approve.  BP continues to throw hundreds of thousands of dollars in an attempt to halt payments to Gulf Coast businesses it harmed.

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