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Forced Arbitration Steals the Rights of Those Who Serve

When the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces are deployed they should not have to worry about certain burdens at home, such as losing their civilian jobs or suffering abuses and frauds by financial corporations.

A Concussion on the Field Leads to Changes Across the Country

On October 12, 2006, during a middle-school football game, 13-year old Zackery Lystedt made a hard tackle, slamming the back of his head into the ground. He walked off the field on his own, and later returned to play the second half. But just as the game ended, Zackery collapsed. He was airlifted to a Trauma 1 hospital in nearby Seattle, where he was in a coma for the next month. For nine months after, he was unable to move or even blink.

Ending Forced Arbitration at For-Profit Colleges

(The following blog was written by AAJ Communications Intern Harley Payne)

A Move by Congress to Take Away Patients' Rights, Stopped in Its Tracks

Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to the latest research. The Washington Post wrote, “A new study by patient-safety researchers…shows that ‘medical errors’ in hospitals and other healthcare facilities are incredibly common and may now be the third-leading cause of death in the United States – claiming 251,000 lives every year, more than respiratory disease, accidents, stroke and Alzheimer’s.”

In Car Crashes, It's No Accident

Accident: noun – a sudden event (such as a crash) that is not planned or intended and that causes damage or injury.

Crash: verb – to hit something hard enough to cause serious damage or destruction; to damage (a vehicle) by causing it to hit something.

 

BREAKING - CFPB Proposes Landmark Consumer Protection Rule

Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the agency created in the aftermath of the 2008 financial collapse, announced a landmark proposal to curb widespread fraud and abuse on Wall Street by restricting the use of forced arbitration against consumers.  

Want a Shot of Arbitration With That Latte?

 (Editor's note: the following blog was written by J.G. Preston, press secretary at Consumer Attoryneys of California. It is posted here with his permission)

Families Affected by Asbestos tell Senators to Stand with Them, not with Asbestos Companies

Too often, when members of Congress and their staffs hear anything about asbestos, they’re hearing it from the corporations that manufactured asbestos and exposed workers or veterans to it. These companies and their lobbying powerhouse, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, have been championing a bill, the so-called “FACT Act,” that would delay and deny justice to people sickened by asbestos exposure.

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