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Worst Corporate Conduct of 2017

In 2017, the #MeToo movement forced the country to confront an uncomfortable truth about how women are treated in the workplace. Women across the country began to speak out about being sexually harassed and assaulted at work. This epidemic has remained secret in large part because forced arbitration clauses hidden in the fine print of employment contracts prevent workers from holding their harassers and employers publicly accountable when they create a hostile work environment. Such forced arbitration clauses were brought into the spotlight when former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson bravely shared her story of sexual harassment. In sharing her story, Carlson prompted other women to come forward and share their experiences – uncovering a corporate culture rife with rampant sexual harassment.

Driven to Safety: Robot Cars and the Future of Liability

Robot cars may transform the automobile industry from one based on car ownership to one based on ride-share services. The auto insurance industry may wither, as the idea of personal car ownership slowly disappears. And without human drivers, or insurance policies to match, traditional approaches to liability when there are crashes may have to evolve.

Concussions and the Courthouse

The dangers of traumatic brain injuries in sports have long been known, but it is only recently that widespread change in attitude to such injuries has taken hold, as the civil justice system has begun to hold sports leagues and school districts accountable.

Food Safety and the Civil Justice System

Every year, 48 million people fall sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and at least 3,000 die from foodborne illnesses, costing the nation approximately $77 billion. When food companies put profits before safety, and the regulatory system proves unable to force change, it has fallen to the civil justice system to protect consumers.

Driven to Safety 2014

GM’s fatal ignition switch scandal has once again brought the issue of automobile safety to the forefront. Like so many previous cases, a lawsuit has uncovered what is an unfortunately recognizable pattern: an automobile manufacturer discovers a defective design, but refuses to fix it because it puts profits over people.

License to Steal: How the U.S. Chamber Forced Arbitration on America

Through the Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), the U.S. Chamber has been at the forefront of a heavily-funded campaign to eliminate corporate accountability. But where a billion-dollar campaign has not succeeded in closing the courthouse door, its more stealthy compatriot - forced arbitration - has gone a long way to shielding corporations from accountability and replacing the courthouse altogether. Learn more here.

Truck Safety Alert: Rising Danger from Trucks and How to Stop It

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the rate of truck accidents and fatalities has begun to creep up after several years of decline. In 2011, the most recent year for which data are available, 3,757 people died in collisions with trucks, an 11.2 percent increase over 2009’s record low. Nearly three times as many people die in truck accidents as die in aviation, boating and railroad accidents combined.

Unequal Harm: The Disproportionate Damage to Women from Dangerous Drugs and Medical Devices

Throughout modern history, women have suffered disproportionately from the effects of dangerous and defective drugs and medical devices.  Women take more medications than men, respond differently to them, and are more likely to suffer adverse drug events.  Because of the recent Riegel v. Medtronic (2008) and PLIVA, Inc. v. Mensing (2011) rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, women injured or killed by dangerous drugs and medical devices may not be able to hold these manufacturers accountable. Learn more here

Top 10 Ways the U.S. Chamber Hurts Americans

This web feature exposes the U.S. Chamber’s actions to bail out Wall Street, close the court house door on American consumers and businesses, protect polluters and drown elections in corporate money. The list focuses on efforts that have had a direct, negative impact on Americans.