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Mesh Survivors Call on Texas AG for Full Accountability

Perhaps more than any other product in history, vaginal mesh implants demonstrate the real harm that can occur when corporate greed and lax regulatory oversight combine. The early iterations of this device date back to the “womb supporters” of the 1800s and were known for the pain they caused and the difficulty doctors had in removing them. They were even featured in First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt’s 1933 exhibit “America’s Chamber of Horrors.” 

Outdated Trucking Law Hurts Crash Victims

Tracy Morgan along with two other passengers injured in a truck crash last month in New Jersey have filed a lawsuit to hold Walmart, the operator of the truck, accountable in court. This crash has elevated public and lawmakers’ awareness of unsafe trucking industry practices. Last night on The Last Word some of these unsafe practice were discussed.

House Side of U.S. Capitol Closed Today Because of Asbestos

For the public and lawmakers who believe the dangers of asbestos are in the past, today’s Washington Post story is a stark reminder that Americans are still being exposed to deadly asbestos in their homes, offices, and in our nation’s schools. 

Asbestos is still legal and lethal in the U.S. In fact, to this day, diseases linked to asbestos exposure kill at least 10,000 Americans every year. 

Speaker Boehner Lawsuit Hypocrisy

Speaker John Boehner has no problem using lawsuits to his political advantage, but when it comes to the American people, Speaker Boehner echoes the hypocrisy of: Do as I say, not as I sue.  As Speaker, he has voted to close the courthouse doors to asbestos victims, veterans, injured patients, and individual Americans. 

Every American should have equal access to the civil justice system when they are injured by the negligence or misconduct of others. 

Speaker Boehner voted YES on: 

New Legislation to Put Public Safety Over Corporate Interest

For nearly a decade, General Motors (GM) hid the deadly dangers it knew about its ignition switches.  Months since the civil justice system broke the GM ignition switch scandal, it has come to light that GM evaded public accountability for years by also hiding the ball in the courts. Additional lives were needlessly lost as the public was kept in the dark. 

How was GM Driven to Safety?

GM put over 2.6 million dangerous cars on the road endangering American lives and causing at least 13 deaths. But if GM had its way, the public would never have known about its deadly ignition switch scandal because GM insisted on court secrecy.

The danger was finally exposed by grieving parents and their attorney.

Put Safety over Secrecy - Take Action: Support the Sunshine in Litigation Act!

If Device Manufacturers are Not Accountable, Women’s Health is at Risk

Gender-specific devices are a multi-billion dollar industry and often plagued by corporate neglect and serious health risks. For decades, manufacturers have put thoughts of health concerns to the side as they marketed their products to women.

National Women’s Health Week and the Civil Justice System

Women are often exposed to dangerous medical products and medical errors at a higher degree than men.  Some medical errors are unique to women, like obstetrical or gynecological errors, and too often women across the country have suffered tremendously from defective, gender-specific drugs and devices.  

Meningitis Victims Hold Unscrupulous Drug Maker Accountable

The civil justice system is in place to hold negligent corporations accountable when they injure and kill Americans. One such corporation is the New England Compounding Center (NECC), which produced and sold compounded drugs contaminated by fungal meningitis. The tainted drugs caused 64 deaths and sickened an additional 751 people. Marjorie Norwood of Tennessee was one of those severely sickened by the carelessness of NECC.


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