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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.

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.

Revoke Banks License to Steal. Stop Forced Arbitration.

Wall Street banks have been granted a license to steal and violate the law.  It’s called forced arbitration.  Buried in the fine print of many bank and credit card contracts are dangerous forced arbitration clauses that eliminate access to justice and replace it with a secretive tribunal rigged in favor of Wall Street.

Take Action: Tell Congress to Protect Veterans & Cancer Victims

This Thanksgiving, Big Asbestos really has something to be thankful for: the U.S. House of Representatives is voting on H.R. 982, a bill, which if enacted, would violate asbestos victims’ privacy and allow asbestos corporations to delay and deny justice until asbestos victims die. Tell Congress to vote NO on H.R. 982!  

Here are the Facts:

Accountability is Key to Strengthening Public Health

AAJ Environmental Lawyer Testifies about Need for Strong State Law, Civil Justice System

Washington, DC—In a U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on the need to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), American Association for Justice (AAJ) member Robin Greenwald testified on the principles that must be upheld to ensure TSCA reform legislation protects the public.  Greenwald, a renowned environmental attorney with the law firm of Weitz & Luxenberg P.C., highlighted how the civil justice system and state laws complement federal regulation, ensure accountability and provide a safety net when federal regulation is insufficient.

Stop Backpedaling BP

BP has orchestrated a campaign to avoid accountability and delay justice for Gulf Coast small business owners for years.  In its latest move, BP has dumped hundreds of thousands of dollars in a PR campaign purchasing full-page color ads in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post that accuses some small businesses of taking money “they don’t deserve.”  

SCOTUS decides corporations can grant themselves a license to steal and violate the law

Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued a major blow to consumer, antitrust, employment and civil rights laws.  In a 5-3 decision in American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, the Court ruled corporations can use the fine print of contracts to grant themselves a license to steal and violate the law.

Forced Arbitration in the Fine Print of H.R. 1773 Should Be Eliminated

Today the U.S. House Judiciary Committee is voting on Rep. Goodlatte’s “Agricultural Guestworker Act” (H.R. 1773). Included in the fine print of this bill is a provision that would allow employers to eliminate access to justice for guestworkers by forcing them into costly arbitration.


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