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Malpractice fix? We should never give up trial right

If there is some “defensive medicine” going on, it is no more unnecessary than is defensive driving. It is done to protect people. Doctors order tests because they do not want to risk their patients’ health. They order tests because they want additional confirmation of a diagnosis before ordering costly, potentially dangerous treatment. They also may want to satisfy their patients’ desire for more certainty.

Cyber Monday Shoppers

The 10 Most Dangerous Toys of All Time

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalls millions of toys every year but is stretched too thin to guard against all dangers.  In the face of such risks, parents have come to rely on consumer groups for warnings and the civil justice system as an enforcement mechanism against negligent corporations.  Here are the ten most dangerous toys of all time:

Accountability Still Needed in Oil Drilling Industry

Just one day after BP agreed to pay the federal government 4.5 billion dollars and criminal manslaughter charges were filed against two BP executives, we have yet another oil industry explosion in the Gulf

It is too early to make a comparison, but it’s clear this is an industry that needs greater accountability.  Unfortunately right now the legislative climate prevents that.  

What We are Up Against.

The “tort reform” movement to shield corporations from accountability by eliminating access to the court for consumers, workers and patients has been in existence for decades. 

Leading the charge are five shadowy front groups founded and backed by some of the largest multinational corporations.  Be sure to check out our Five Corporate Front Groups page to learn more about each of these organizations. 

Top 10 Ways the U.S. Chamber Hurts Americans

The sole mission of the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) is to eliminate the constitutional right to a trial by jury. ILR actively works to close the court house doors to Americans and shield corporations from accountability with they knowingly hurt and mislead consumers.

Exposing the Lie of Tort Reform

Tort reform is a lie. It doesn't benefit the general public and results mainly in stripping Americans of their rights. The laws are pushed by well-funded, anti-consumer groups with friendly-sounding names like "ALEC" and the "U.S. Chamber of Commerce." Their goal is to boost insurance company profits, insulate incompetent doctors from liability and promote propaganda about a non-existent "lawsuit explosion."

Protect Patients' Rights, Protect Patients' Lives

This morning CNN published an op-ed I authored on the preventable medical error crisis that kills 98,000 Americans every year. In my article I focused on patient safety and highlighted the importance of the civil justice system. I also challenged the talking points used by people trying to limit patients’ rights.

PayPal Users Beware!

Starting November 1st, PayPal will be the latest company to include a clause in its user agreement that would eliminate the right to seek justice in a court room. This clause would force consumers into arbitration.

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