By Cindy L. Nations –
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.