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Wisconsin Bill To Deny Justice for Asbestos Victims

Last week, Jason Johns, executive director of the Wisconsin Asbestos Victims Network, wrote an op-ed in The Cap Times about how Senate Bill 13 will deny justice for people affected by asbestos in Wisconsin.

Hawaii Supreme Court Issues Win for Americans

In a breakthrough win for Americans, the Hawaii Supreme Court sided with high school teacher Michael Siopes over health care conglomerate Kaiser Health.

Constitution Day Special: Brought To You By The 7th

In honor of Constitution Day, we are highlighting seven ways the 7th Amendment has made America safer.

For those of you without a pocket Constitution, the 7th Amendment is your right to a trial by jury.  It allows you to access the civil justice system and hold corporations accountable when they injure and kill innocent Americans, pollute our environment and endanger our children.  As we know all too well, if no one is accountable, no one is safe.

Vulnerable Nursing Home Patients Need Ability to Sue in Court as Government Agencies Fail to Protect Them

This post was originally published on Public Justice’s blog and can be found here.

By Leslie Bailey, Staff Attorney, Public Justice 

According to a new report just released by the Center for Investigative Reporting and reported by KQED, the failure of California regulators to adequately investigate and pursue claims of abuse and misconduct by nursing assistants and health aids is “putting the elderly, sick, and disabled at risk.” In fact, the regulators that are charged with protecting vulnerable patients in nursing homes and assisted living facilities are either conducting “cursory and indifferent” investigations, or simply closing cases without taking any action at all. The report underscores how critically important it is for people to have the ability to sue when loved ones are harmed by nursing home neglect—or worse.

BP Up To Its Old Tricks: Backpedaling & Blaming Victims

Two weeks ago we told you how BP is actually trying to paint themselves as the real victim of their massive oil spill. They underestimated the damage they inflicted on the Gulf, and now they're trying to backpedal out of the oil spill settlement agreement their own corporate lawyers wrote.  

The attacks have continued. BP is blaming the Judge, claims administrator, accountants and lawyers. Worse, BP is blaming the people and businesses of the Gulf. According to BP, the innocent party is BP itself.  

USA Today Piece Highlights Medical Errors

When you go to the hospital, they have your medical records - but does it work in reverse? Do you have your hospital’s safety records? Today’s front page article in USA Today highlights a very scary and real health crisis: 

Accountability for Illegal Asbestos Dumping, but not for Corporations?

Last week, a former construction supervisor was sentenced to six months in jail for not properly handling pipe coated with asbestos during a sewer and water system upgrade in Idaho.

NYT Columnist Smears "Plaintiffs' Lawyers" Because Of Deepwater Horizon Litigation

This post was originally published on Media Matters for America’s blog and can be found here.

Columnist Joe Nocera of The New York Times made a sweeping negative generalization about "mass tort" lawsuits and "plaintiffs' lawyers" because BP is currently paying out more in damages than it expected for the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

BP pled guilty to the felony manslaughter of 11 workers who perished when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in April 2010. In addition, BP pled guilty to lying to Congress about the extent of the resulting environmental catastrophe and agreed to a $4 billion plea agreement - a record sum in criminal penalties. BP also settled in civil proceedings for damage beyond the immediate blowout, such as the extensive economic and medical harm caused to those who depend on a Gulf of Mexico unpolluted by millions of barrels of oil.

Just when you think you have seen it all

The following is a guest post on BP's backpedaling from Joe Rice, co-founding member of Motley Rice.

In the course of 30 years of practicing law I have never seen a corporate defendant backpedal on an agreed-to settlement to the extent BP is attempting to do in the Deepwater Horizon Economic and Property Damages Class Action Settlement. BP still doesn’t understand the law or the facts of this case.  

Locked out of the Courts: A Used Car Buyer's Plight

Catchy Billboard Attracting Public Attention to Used Car Buyer's Plight

Victim of forced arbitration's story on YouTube watched by over 550,000 viewers 

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