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License to Steal: How the U.S. Chamber Forced Arbitration on America

Through the Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), the U.S. Chamber has been at the forefront of a heavily-funded campaign to eliminate corporate accountability. But where a billion-dollar campaign has not succeeded in closing the courthouse door, its more stealthy compatriot - forced arbitration - has gone a long way to shielding corporations from accountability and replacing the courthouse altogether.

Truck Safety Alert: Rising Danger from Trucks and How to Stop It

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the rate of truck accidents and fatalities has begun to creep up after several years of decline. In 2011, the most recent year for which data are available, 3,757 people died in collisions with trucks, an 11.2 percent increase over 2009’s record low. Nearly three times as many people die in truck accidents as die in aviation, boating and railroad accidents combined.

Unequal Harm: The Disproportionate Damage to Women from Dangerous Drugs and Medical Devices

Throughout modern history, women have suffered disproportionately from the effects of dangerous and defective drugs and medical devices.  Women take more medications than men, respond differently to them, and are more likely to suffer adverse drug events.  Because of the recent Riegel v. Medtronic (2008) and PLIVA, Inc. v. Mensing (2011) rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, women injured or killed by dangerous drugs and medical devices may not be able to hold these manufacturers accountable.

Top 10 Ways the U.S. Chamber Hurts Americans

This web feature exposes the U.S. Chamber’s actions to bail out Wall Street, close the court house door on American consumers and businesses, protect polluters and drown elections in corporate money. The list focuses on efforts that have had a direct, negative impact on Americans.  

 

Do As I Say, Not As I Sue: Exposing the Lawsuit-Happy Hypocrites of U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform

The Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), an arm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has the sole mission of restricting the ability of individuals harmed by negligent corporations to access the civil justice system. According to the multinational corporations that finance ILR, American businesses are hindered by too many lawsuits. Yet these same corporations show no hesitation in liberally using the courthouse themselves.

Medical Negligence: The Role of America’s Civil Justice System in Protecting Patients’ Rights

Preventable medical errors kill and seriously injure hundreds of thousands of Americans every year. Any discussion of medical negligence that does not involve preventable medical errors ignores this fundamental problem. And while some would prefer to focus on doctors’ insurance premiums, health care costs, or alternative compensation systems – anything other than the negligence itself – reducing medical errors is the best way to address all the related problems. Preventing medical errors will lower health care costs, reduce doctors’ insurance premiums, and protect the health and well-being of patients.

Playing with Safety: Dangerous Toys and the Role of America’s Civil Justice System

Since 1974, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued more than 850 recalls for toy products, many for hazards like magnets, lead and other dangers hidden in our children’s toys.

 Between 2004 and 2008, toy-related injuries increased 12 percent. Also, The CPSC is woefully under-resourced to cope with the flood of new products entering the U.S. marketplace.

The Chamber Litigation Machine: How the Chamber Uses Lawsuits to Keep Americans Out of Court

For years, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has led the charge to undermine and destroy America’s civil justice system. The Chamber has spent hundreds of millions of dollars financing efforts to close the courthouse doors to American consumers through massive lobbying campaigns, advertising and bankrolling anti-consumer political candidates. It has its own multimillion dollar affiliate, the Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), whose sole mission is to restrict the ability of individuals harmed by negligent corporations to file suit.

Standing Up For Seniors: How the Civil Justice System Protects Elderly Americans

There are many laws and regulations aimed at protecting seniors, yet government agencies, non-profit watchdogs and media organizations consistently report that serious problems exist in our nation’s nursing homes.  

The same is true of insurance companies that mislead and defraud vulnerable seniors. Insurance industry regulators protest that they can do nothing. Even when they do raise their hands, they more often than not strike deals to keep fines to a minimum and settlements secret.

Hazardous to Your Health: How the Civil Justice System Holds Corporate Polluters Accountable

Trial attorneys have long been on the front lines of the environmental movement, opposing corporate plans to wipe out forests, cut down mountain tops, and destroy entire ecosystems.

When corporate acts have resulted in devastation for ecosystems and communities, the initial outcry of politicians and regulators has often died out as time has gone by. However, the attorneys seeking justice for such acts fight on, sometimes over decades and against the most powerful corporations on the planet.

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