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Outdated Insurance Standards Leave Crash Victims Out in the Cold

Claude, a Montana native, was incredibly excited because he just got a great deal on a new pickup truck in Portland, Oregon. Claude was planning a one-way bus ride to collect his new truck, but Claude never got the chance to drive the truck off the lot. The bus Claude was riding was traveling upwards of 65 mph on roads that had been described as “ice skating rinks,” when it hit a patch of black ice, rolled, and landed in a median on U.S. Interstate 90. 

Outdated Trucking Law Hurts Crash Victims

Tracy Morgan along with two other passengers injured in a truck crash last month in New Jersey have filed a lawsuit to hold Walmart, the operator of the truck, accountable in court. This crash has elevated public and lawmakers’ awareness of unsafe trucking industry practices. Last night on The Last Word some of these unsafe practice were discussed.

House Side of U.S. Capitol Closed Today Because of Asbestos

For the public and lawmakers who believe the dangers of asbestos are in the past, today’s Washington Post story is a stark reminder that Americans are still being exposed to deadly asbestos in their homes, offices, and in our nation’s schools. 

Asbestos is still legal and lethal in the U.S. In fact, to this day, diseases linked to asbestos exposure kill at least 10,000 Americans every year. 

GM Victim Compensation Fund

The civil justice system exposed GM’s decade-long corporate cover-up and as the public and Congress demand full accountability, GM must honor its commitment 'to do the right thing' by fully compensating all victims for their losses and not impeding victims’ access to justice through the courts.

Speaker Boehner Lawsuit Hypocrisy

Speaker John Boehner has no problem using lawsuits to his political advantage, but when it comes to the American people, Speaker Boehner echoes the hypocrisy of: Do as I say, not as I sue.  As Speaker, he has voted to close the courthouse doors to asbestos victims, veterans, injured patients, and individual Americans. 

Every American should have equal access to the civil justice system when they are injured by the negligence or misconduct of others. 

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Trial Attorneys are Committed to Public Safety

When corporations act irresponsibly and government regulatory agencies fail to protect the public, the last resort for Americans to seek accountability is in our courts. The American civil justice system is in place to enforce safety standards, reveal dangerous defects, and hold corporations accountable when their products kill and injure Americans.

Raising Awareness to Protect the Elderly

The International Network for Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations launched World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, 2006. It was instituted to help raise awareness in communities around the world about how people are vulnerable to suffer from abuse and neglect as they age.

Access to Justice at Stake with Federal Rules Change

The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure matter. They can determine who wins and who loses. And they have been changing in the wrong direction for some time. Now, proposed rule changes are moving forward and three things are clear: they are much better than what was originally proposed, they are still disturbing, and they demonstrate the critical importance of the Federal Rules process and access to justice advocates’ participation in it.

New Legislation to Put Public Safety Over Corporate Interest

For nearly a decade, General Motors (GM) hid the deadly dangers it knew about its ignition switches.  Months since the civil justice system broke the GM ignition switch scandal, it has come to light that GM evaded public accountability for years by also hiding the ball in the courts. Additional lives were needlessly lost as the public was kept in the dark. 

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