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Let America Know: April Edition

The April issue of the Let America Know newsletter highlights the dangers harmful drugs pose to women. To check out the full version of the issue, click here

VIDEO: McCaskill Demands Answers in G.M. Hearing

Last week, General Motors CEO Mary Barra was on Capitol Hill to testify on the recent ignition-switch recall. 

CNN's Michael Smerconish Reflects on the Importance of Civil Justice System

If there has ever been a clearer answer to why we need a strong civil justice system, look no further than the G.M. ignition switch recall

VIDEO: MSNBC's Chris Hayes Discusses GM's Fallout

How much can a corporation get away with? That's the question MSNBC's Chris Hayes asks in response to the fallout surrounding General Motors. 

 

Forced Arbitration Penalty On Oakland Raiders

On NFL Sundays, penalties and mistakes could potentially cost your favorite team a win. 

For the Oakland Raiders, a franchise that has been a non-factor in the NFL for the past 10 years, they’re not only making mistakes on the field of play, but also violating established employment laws. 

VIDEO: Linda Reinstein Sounds Off on TSCA Reform

On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives held a hearing on the draft legislation “Chemicals in Commerce Act.” In short, the bill would eliminate federal regulations and state laws that protect citizens from toxic chemicals and grants immunity to the chemical industry when they poison and kill Americans.

Where’s the accountability?

Generic Drug Threatens Life, Education Dreams

Generic drugs have provided low cost prescription drugs to consumers, but they also can also have dangerous consequences because patients who take generics inadvertently give up their right to justice.

That’s exactly what Sophie experienced. While in college working on her Environmental Studies degree, she began taking two generic drugs prescribed to help clear her complexion. However, instead of a clear skin, Sophie experienced multiple pulmonary emboli, serious blood clots in the lungs, and almost died. 

AAJ CEO Discusses Malpractice Caps With Mike Papantonio

American Association for Justice CEO Linda Lipsen was recently a guest on the Ring of Fire Show with Mike Papantonio to discuss how malpractice caps, specifically California’s Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA), harm patients. 

Preventable medical errors kill up to 444,000 people every year. This is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and carries a $29 billion a year price tag for taxpayers.

Despite this serious epidemic, corporate front groups have been working hard in the U.S. Congress and state legislatures throughout the country to limit accountability and access to the civil justice system when patients are harmed or killed by medical errors.

GM Recall A Knew-And-Failed-To Issue

General Motors has become the latest corporation to issue a recall for a product that poses a significant safety risk for the public. 

On Tuesday, the AP reported that GM is recalling 1.6 million small cars to fix faulty ignition switches linked to multiple fatal crashes. The recall says a heavy key ring or jarring from rough roads can cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position and shut off the engine and electrical power. That can knock out power-assisted brakes and steering and disable the front air bags. 

This safety hazard has been linked to 31 crashes and 13 front-seat deaths. 

The alarming fact is that according to reports GM knew about the problem for 10 years, but made no effort to alert the public know or issue a recall even though there were deaths. 

This is another case of "Knew-And-Failed-To."

CVS To Halt Cigarette Sales

Three cheers for CVS!

On Wednesday, the drugstore made the decision to take cigarettes off the shelves of its 7,600 stores. 

According to reports, CVS is the first national chain to eliminate tobacco products in what could be a precedent-setting move if other stores make a similar decision to follow suit. 

Sales are projected to end by Oct. 1. 

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