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Congress Applauds Victim’s Attorney for Exposing G.M. Cover Up of Deadly Ignition Switch Defect

Prompted by evidence uncovered by a victim’s attorney during litigation, the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives held hearings this week to examine G.M.’s misconduct related to a deadly ignition switch defect that caused the deaths of at least 13 people and lead to the recall of more than 2.6 million G.M. vehicles. Before the scandal emerged, G.M. had been quietly settling civil actions brought by the 13 known victims, which included gag-orders in an attempt to bury its wrongdoing from the public. 

Parents Advocated for Restoring Access to Justice for Generic Drug Patients

Tammy and John Gilbert traveled from Cincinnati, Ohio to Washington, D.C. this week to speak with lawmakers and attend the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing addressing the FDA’s proposed changes to
generic drug warning labels. 

NYT: Updated Warnings Needed for Generic Drugs

Today in an editorial, The New York Times declared its support for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed rule allowing makers of generic drugs to independently update safety labels when new risks are known.

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GM Fallout Highlights Need For Civil Justice System

As the fallout over G.M. continues, we are now seeing that this corporate cover-up, which may have cost an additional 26 American’s their lives, is the quintessential example of why we need a strong civil justice system.

20,500+ Consumers Support Restoring Justice for Injured Generic Drug Patients

Today, Tammy Gilbert is submitting a petition with over 20,500 signers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) supporting their proposed rulemaking to allow generic drug makers to independently update their warning labels when new side-effects are known.

Dangerous Nursing Homes Must Be Held Accountable To Protect Seniors

A new study out this week from the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Health and Human Services details that one-third of nursing home residents have suffered a medication error, infection or other medical injury within 35 days of admittance. 

Legal Accountability Critical To Women’s Health

As you know, Take Justice Back is commemorating March as Women’s History Month by highlighting how forced arbitration eliminates access to the courts where women can assert their rights and replaces our civil justice system with Big Businesses’ own dispute mill. In addition to preserving landmark laws advancing women’s rights, access to the civil justice system is critically important to protecting women’s health.  

West Virginia Spill Highlights Problems with TSCA Reform Bill

The recent chemical spill in West Virginia illustrates why we must update the outdated Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which has failed for decades to appropriately regulate dangerous chemicals.  However, the current industry-approved bill being considered in the U.S. Senate, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (S. 1009) (CSIA), poses serious problems for the safety of all Americans.

Hypocrites in the News

You can’t get more hypocritical than Rep. Trent Franks, who votes to limit Americas’ access to court every chance he gets, but has no qualms against using the courts when it is in his political interest. Now, he’s threatening to sue the Obama Administration over the Affordable Care Act and a host of other issues. 

Proposed Bills to Threaten Victims Rights

This week, Congress is devoting one of its first weeks back after recess and the government shutdown to try and mend ties with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  They have scheduled a House floor vote on two U.S. Chamber sponsored bills (H.R. 982 & H.R. 2655).  Debate on the two bills will start Wednesday, Nov. 13th. 

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