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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.

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day to all our veterans.  Thank you for your service and for protecting our country, rights and freedom.

On this Memorial Day, Take Justice Back is shining a spotlight on the fact that even though our servicemembers have fought for our rights, many of theirs have been limited.  They deserve their justice, because they have fought for ours.  This week we are focusing on four issues that affect the rights of active duty military and veterans: medical negligence in the military, sexual assault in the military, forced arbitration, and asbestos.

Legislation Grants Handout to Asbestos Corporations

Take Justice Back highlights six additional asbestos victim stories

David served as an electrician’s mate in the U.S. Navy for 20 years. During his tenure, he was exposed to asbestos-containing equipment and materials. From this asbestos exposure David developed mesothelioma cancer so severe he was forced to sleep in a chair because he could no longer breathe lying down.  Shortly before his 50th wedding anniversary, David died. 

Instead of protecting people like David, Congress is fast-tracking legislation that would grant a handout to the very same corporations that knowingly exposed millions of Americans to this deadly toxin.  Today the U.S. House Judiciary Committee is marking up H.R. 982: The FACT Act.  This bill threatens to delay justice and deny accountability until asbestos victims die.  It also publicly reveals extensive personal information about asbestos victims, inviting invasions of privacy and potential identity theft.

Tell Congress No Handouts for Corporations that Kill Americans

Congress is fast-tracking legislation that would grant a handout to corporations that knowingly exposed millions of Americans to the deadly toxin – asbestos.  Previously, during a House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing, Chairman Spencer Bachus promised to hear from victims who oppose this bill.  That request has gone unfulfilled. 

Legislation Will Revoke Corporations’ License to Steal

Buried in the fine print of everything from credit card, cell phone and nursing home contracts to employee handbooks and online user agreements are dangerous forced arbitration clauses that take away your right to go to court. Instead you are forced into a private arbitration tribunal designed by the very corporation that broke the law. The process is secretive, costly and rigged so that corporations cannot be held accountable. By removing access to justice, it grants corporations a license to steal and violate the law.

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