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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.

The Hidden Cost of Cyber Monday Deals: Forced Arbitration

As Forbes reported this week, “Forget Cyber Monday, It's Cyber Week.” Many companies are extending their online sales all week long, with new deals being introduced every day. But Even the best cyber deals can come with a shockingly hefty price – your constitutional right to hold the retailer accountable in court if it cheats you, delivers a bad product, or loses your personal information in a data breach.  

Civil Justice in Ohio

The Ohio Association for Justice (OAJ) just released a new video in connection with their ongoing #RespectOhio #RespectforJuries campaign that advocates for the need for a strong civil justice system. 

Woman Cleared of Charges After Evidence Shows that Crash was Linked to Ignition Switch Defect

GM’s fatal ignition switch scandal continues to keep the issue of automobile safety in the forefront. Like so many previous cases, a lawsuit has uncovered what is an unfortunately recognizable pattern: an automobile manufacturer discovers a defective design, but refuses to fix it or even warn regulators because it puts profits before people.

Petition Delivered to PNC Financial and Wells Fargo Calling on the Banks to “Revoke Their License to Steal”

Most of the Nation’s Biggest Banks Are Using Forced Arbitration to Block Ripped-Off Consumers From Their Day in Court; CFPB Can Write a Rule

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