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The SHIELD ACT will stack the deck against small business, impair innovation

The House Judiciary Committee is holding a subcommittee hearing today on a one-sided bill that would have a chilling effect on innovation and small businesses by unfairly stacking the deck in favor of corporate giants and impairing the value of intellectual property. 

House Judiciary Double Feature Continues Anti-Accountability Campaign

Instead of focusing on issues like the economy and job-creation, today the House Judiciary Committee is continuing its anti-accountability campaign with a double feature of hearings focused on limiting Americans’ access to justice. 

What “Lies” Beneath the Wall Street Journal Asbestos Article, Myths and Facts Exposed

On March 11, 2013, the Wall Street Journal published an article that fits neatly in the play book of Big Asbestos’ campaign to avoid compensating the asbestos victims they deliberately harmed by vilifying the victims and accusing them and their families of “fraud.”  The goal of this campaign, led by asbestos corporations, their insurers and their front groups, is to delay and deny until asbestos victims die.  

Q & A with Col. Adele Connell

Col. Adele Connell served our country for 34 years in the Army and National Guard.  Connell learned she had breast cancer while still active duty and this meant she had no choice on where the surgery would be done or who would do it; it would be handled in a military hospital.  

Who's Behind H.R. 982?

U.S. Chamber / ALEC Asbestos Sponsored Legislation Offensive, Unnecessary

The House Judiciary Committee continued its anti-accountability campaign yesterday with the reintroduction of the so-called “Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2013.”  Do not let the name fool you; this bill has one goal: to aid asbestos corporations in delaying and denying justice until asbestos victims die.  

Will the U.S. Supreme Court deny justice for Karen Bartlett?

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case known as Mutual Pharmaceutical v. Bartlett on March 19, 2013.  It centers around a woman who suffered devastating side-effects after taking the generic drug sulindac for shoulder pain.

House Judiciary Committee Kicks Off Anti-Accountability Campaign

The House Judiciary Committee kicks off its anti-accountability campaign today with a recycled hearing at 2:00 PM entitled “Excessive Litigation's Impact on America's Global Competitiveness.” 

Testifying today is Rocky Flick - the CEO who oversaw the downfall of Blitz USA, the manufacturer of the ubiquitous red gas cans.  Turns out these gas cans are ticking time bombs that Blitz could have made safe for just 4-cents a can.  But Rocky and his private equity firm partners decided that instead of making their products safer, they should attack trial lawyers and the children and families whose lives have been destroyed by their exploding gas containers.  

SCOTUS to Decide if Corporations Can Grant Themselves Complete Immunity from Federal Laws

Corporations want a get-out-of-jail-free card for cheating small businesses and individuals 

Washington, DCThe U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today in a case that could provide corporations with unfettered power to evade federal laws by keeping small businesses and individuals out of the courts and forced into a rigged arbitration process. In the case, American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, SCOTUS will decide if corporations can force arbitration on small businesses and individuals, even when it can be shown that the cost of forced arbitration would make justice unattainable. 

Forced arbitration occurs when corporations insert a clause into the fine print of contracts stating that all disputes must be resolved on an individual basis in a private system designed by the very corporation the claim is against. 

Film Spotlights Denied Justice for Military Members

Rachel Natelson, Legal Director at the Service Women’s Action Network, penned an op-ed for TIME magazine on the Oscar-nominated documentary The Invisible War. This documentary highlights how current law eliminates fundamental Constitutional rights for active duty military. 

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