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G.M.'s Fine Shows More Lack of Accountability

Surprise! General Motors continues to avoid accountability for the ignition switch recall. 

According to an article in the New York Times, federal safety regulators have fined G.M. $28,000 for not providing much of the information requested for an investigation into the recent recall. The deadline for that information was due by Thursday, April 3.

ESPN Highlights Personal Oakland Raiderette Story

In an April 2 feature story in ESPN The Magazine, former Oakland Raiderette, Lacy, shares her personal story about pursuing legal action against the Raiders' organization for serious violations of state and federal wage laws. However, the Raiders are attempting to evade these laws through a forced arbitration clause in the cheerleaders’ employment contract. 

Let America Know: April Edition

The April issue of the Let America Know newsletter highlights the dangers harmful drugs pose to women. To check out the full version of the issue, click here

VIDEO: McCaskill Demands Answers in G.M. Hearing

Last week, General Motors CEO Mary Barra was on Capitol Hill to testify on the recent ignition-switch recall. 

Gender Wage Gap Will Continue Until Forced Arbitration is Stopped

Dawn Souto-Coons loved working for Sterling Jewelers and rose to become her store’s top seller, but her passion for the job waned when she discovered that her male colleagues – who had no previous retail jewelry experience—were being paid $1.50 more per hour than the store’s female employees. As it turned out, Dawn and her female coworkers were victims of the retailer’s rampant and illegal pay discrimination. 

CNN's Michael Smerconish Reflects on the Importance of Civil Justice System

If there has ever been a clearer answer to why we need a strong civil justice system, look no further than the G.M. ignition switch recall

U.S. Surgeon General Applauds ADAO Supporters for Global Fight to End Asbestos Diseases

On April 4-6, 2014, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) held its 10th Annual Asbestos Awareness Conference in Washington, D.C. The three-day event brought together people living with asbestos diseases and the families of those who lost their battles, as well as experts in environmental science, advocacy, public health, and medicine.

G.M. Recall Scandal Exposed By Civil Justice System After Years of Corporate and Regulatory Failure

The escalating fallout over the G.M. ignition-switch recall scandal should be a wake-up call to all Americans as to why the civil justice system is essential to ensuring our families are safe from dangerous products.

G.M. knew of the fatal ignition-switch defect as far back as 2004 – the year the first Chevy Cobalt rolled off the lot – and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration learned of the defect in 2007.  But the danger was only exposed in 2013 by a lawsuit brought by a victim’s family. 

Access To Justice For Service Members

When our service members are deployed they should not have to worry about burdens at home, such as losing their jobs or suffering abuses and frauds by financial service providers. Although several federal laws exist to protect them, including the Service member Civil Relief Act (SCRA), the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), and the Military Lending Act (MLA), an alarming number of our service members come home to discover that they are unable to enforce these rights because of legal maneuvering that allows corporations to evade these laws. 

VIDEO: MSNBC's Chris Hayes Discusses GM's Fallout

How much can a corporation get away with? That's the question MSNBC's Chris Hayes asks in response to the fallout surrounding General Motors. 

 

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