American Association For Justice NewsHouse Passes Bill to Bully Americans Out of Their Rights
November 14, 2013
Washington, DC-The following is a statement from American Association for Justice President Burton LeBlanc in response to the passage of H.R. 2655 by the U.S. House of Representatives:
"At a time when our courts are already suffering from persistent underfunding, today Congress voted to add unnecessary burdens and delays to the civil justice system.
"H.R. 2655 is little more than a Congressional takeover of the judicial system. It will force our courts and judges down a path that is known to be unnecessary and counterproductive.
"When these rules were in effect from 1983 to 1993, they created additional litigation and added costly hurdles to justice for Americans who were targets of discrimination and civil rights violations.
"Congress should focus efforts on improving access to justice instead of passing legislation that allows corporations to bully Americans out of court and out of vindicating their rights."
House Passes Bill to Grant Handout to Asbestos Corporations
November 13, 2013
Washington, DC-The following is a statement from American Association for Justice President Burton LeBlanc in response to the passage of H.R. 982 by the U.S. House of Representatives:House Considers Bills to Limit Americans' Rights
November 12, 2013
Washington, DC—The following is a statement from America Association for Justice President Burton LeBlanc in response to the passage of H.R. 982 and H.R. 2655 out of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Rules.FDA to Fix Accountability Imbalance for Generic Drug Manufacturers
November 8, 2013
Washington, DC-The following is a statement from American Association for Justice President Burton LeBlanc on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) new proposed rules on generic drug labeling:Federal Courts Should Not be Rigged in Favor of Corporations
November 7, 2013
Washington, DC— The rights of all Americans to access justice and accountability are at risk. American Association for Justice President Burton LeBlanc and other top civil justice advocates will testify today before the Judicial Conference of the United States about proposed changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that would dramatically alter our legal system, making it much more difficult to hold corporations that injure and kill Americans accountable in court.
“These changes would devastate Americans’ access to justice and rig the courts in favor of corporations that violate our rights,” said LeBlanc. “This will further stack the deck against American citizens and small businesses seeking accountability in court.”
The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure establish how civil lawsuits are filed, pursued, and tried in federal courts. The proposed Rules changes would limit discovery, decrease the number and length of depositions and remove incentives to preserve critical documents. This will have a chilling effect on civil rights, employment discrimination, bank fraud and environmental cases because the information needed to prove these types of case is often in the sole possession of the corporation.
These changes will also directly impact taxpayers. Cases that allege fraud in government programs would be more difficult to prove. For example, in a case against Momence Meadows Nursing Home and its owner, Jacob Graff, a whistle-blower claimed Graff and the nursing home defrauded the federal government and the state of Illinois by billing Medicare and Medicaid for services that were done so poorly they were essentially worthless to patients. This case required the review of approximately 350 boxes of patient files and company records, all of which were necessary to prove proper care was not documented or provided. Under the proposed Rules, obtaining these documents would be extremely burdensome, maybe even impossible.
“This will force cases to be decided before all the facts are found and brought to light,” added LeBlanc. “If Americans can’t seek justice in the courtroom, what safety information could corporations hide from the public? If no one is accountable, no one is safe.”
Statement on Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing on Federal Rules of Judicial Procedure
November 5, 2013
Washington, DC- The following is a statement from American Association for Justice CEO Linda Lipsen in response to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing entitled: "Changing the Rules: Will limiting the scope of civil discovery diminish accountability and leave Americans without access to justice?"Forced Arbitration: U.S. Chamber's License to Steal
October 23, 2013
Washington, DC-Most Americans do not realize they have forfeited their legal rights until it is too late. Buried in the fine print of many contracts - from credit card and nursing home contracts to employee handbooks and online user agreements - are dangerous forced arbitration clauses that eliminate access to justice and replace it with a secretive, corporate tribunal. The American Association for Justice released a new primer today detailing how the abusive practice of forced arbitration hurts American small businesses, consumers and employees and how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is spearheading efforts to force arbitration on America.AAJ Response to House Judiciary Committee Approval of H.R. 2655
September 11, 2013
Washington, DC— The following is a statement from American Association for Justice (AAJ) President Burton LeBlanc in response to the House Judiciary Committee approving H.R. 2655:AAJ Statement on House Passage of the REINS Act
August 2, 2013 - Washington, DC
Washington, DC-The following is a statement from American Association for Justice (AAJ) President Burton LeBlanc in response to the U.S. House passing H.R. 367, "Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2013" (REINS Act.)Accountability is Key to Strengthening Public Health Protections against Toxic Chemical Threats
July 31, 2013 - Washington, DC
Washington, DC-In a U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on the need to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), American Association for Justice (AAJ) member Robin Greenwald testified on the principles that must be upheld to ensure TSCA reform legislation protects the public. Greenwald, a renowned environmental attorney with the law firm of Weitz & Luxenberg P.C., highlighted how the civil justice system and state laws complement federal regulation, ensure accountability and provide a safety net when federal regulation is insufficient.