On May 24 and 25, the Women Trial Lawyers Caucus descended on Capitol Hill to lobby Congress to beat back legislation designed to close the courthouse doors on our clients. Overall, 150 women from 41 states attended over 250 Congressional meetings.
Women trial lawyers stormed the Hill armed with their clients’ stories to oppose H.R. 1215—a draconian medical malpractice/drug, device, and nursing home bill and H.R. 985—a bill that would virtually end class actions and multidistrict litigation, and make it much harder for asbestos victims to obtain compensation through asbestos trusts.
These bills are just two out of more than 300 congressional bills AAJ is tracking so far this year. Each of these bills is harmful to consumers, patients, or workers, in some way. AAJ is always on the lookout for bills that infringe on civil justice. Among the bills AAJ is currently tracking is one that would have a profound effect on civil rights litigation by limiting the rights of victims of law enforcement violence.
September 5, 2012 – Something is amiss. For 2 decades, the American public has been deluged by a massive public relations campaign funded by big business interests. They have used stories, half-truths, and sometimes outright lies to convince the American people that our juries are out of control, the courts are backed up with frivolous lawsuits, and our civil justice system desperately needs reform. Big businesses, like tobacco, pharmaceutical and insurance companies have poured tremendous amounts of money and energy into this campaign … and with what purpose? To limit your access to the court system – the one and only place where an average citizen can go up against the powerful corporations and still have a chance for justice.
It’s time to take back your rights. As trial lawyers, we go up against the big corporations and fight for the rights of our clients. But tort reform has spread like a plague across this country. Laws have been changed, juries are biased, even some courts are biased. Your legal rights have been stripped away while big business gains more and more power.
As a plaintiff’s lawyer, prosecuting a case limited by tort reform is like entering a battlefield unarmed. The law and the civil justice system are our weapons. Weapons that we use to fight for your rights when someone has harmed you. Take away our weapons and there’s little we can do.
Let’s join forces and take back what is rightfully yours. Join the Hot Coffee movement. Learn more and see how you can help. Go to www.hotcoffeethemovie.com. Together we can make a difference.
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