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AAJ: House Asbestos Bill Offensive, Unnecessary
March 6, 2013
Washington, DCThe following is a statement from American Association for Justice (AAJ) CEO Linda Lipsen in response to the reintroduction of H.R. 982, the so-called “Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2013:”
AAJ Response to House Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing: "Excessive Litigation's Impact on America's Global Competitiveness"
March 5, 2013

Washington, DCThe following is a statement from American Association for Justice (AAJ) President Mary Alice McLarty:

Three Legal Chiefs: Safe Access to Justice in Peril
March 4, 2013

Washington, DCThe respective leaders of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), the American Bar Association (ABA) and DRI — The Voice of the Defense Bar warned in a joint statement released today that imminent budget cuts through sequestration will impinge access to justice at the state and federal levels and put court petitioners, staff and judges in harm’s way.

SCOTUS to Decide if Corporations Can Grant Themselves Complete Immunity from Federal Laws
February 27, 2013

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.

President Signs Bipartisan Medicare Law
January 10, 2013

Washington, DC—The following is a statement from the American Association for Justice (AAJ) President Mary Alice McLarty in response to the President signing the Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers (SMART) Act, which was introduced by Reps. Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Ron Kind (D-WI) in the House and Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Rob Portman (R-OH), Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Richard Burr (R-NC) in the Senate:

AAJ Response on House Passage of the SMART Act
December 20, 2012
Washington, DC The following is a statement from the American Association for Justice (AAJ) President Mary Alice McLarty in response to the House passage of the Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers (SMART) Act, which was co-sponsored by Representatives Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Ron Kind (D-WI):
U.S. Chamber, ALEC Backed Campaign Threatens Justice for Dying Asbestos Cancer Victims
December 6, 2012

Washington, DC— Front groups working on behalf of corporations that profited from asbestos, covered-up the dangers of the product, and knowingly killed thousands of Americans have convinced Ohio lawmakers to pass a bill that grants unprecedented legal protections to the asbestos industry. This is part of a nationwide campaign led by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The goal is to allow asbestos corporations to deny accountability and delay justice until asbestos cancer victims die.

Trial Lawyers Launch New Campaign to Fight Corporate Efforts to Limit Justice
November 13, 2012
Washington, DCThe American Association for Justice (AAJ) launched an online, grassroots campaign called “Take Justice Back” today. The campaign hit the ground running with an interactive website that educates Americans about the importance of the civil justice system, motivates the public through real stories of people denied justice, engages consumers through social media, and empowers activism.
Civil Justice Attorneys Hit the Campaign Trail to Protect the Vote
November 9, 2012

Washington, DC—More than one thousand members of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) joined efforts throughout the country to protect the vote this election.

Supreme Court Hears Important Consumer Rights Case
November 5, 2012
Washington, DCThe U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in a case that could have serious implications for consumers’ access to justice and their right to hold corporations accountable for anti-competitive behavior.