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Civil Justice

Why Advancing the Rule of Law Is Good for Business... and the World

Michael Walsh | Posted 05.25.2016 | Business
Michael Walsh

War zones represent the most extreme lack of rule of law, but not the whole spectrum. According to the United Nations, an estimated 4 billion people live outside the umbrella protection of the rule of law and these people often struggle for basic, human rights. If you're picturing countries outside U.S. borders, think again.

The U.S. Chamber's Defective Litigation Machine

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 04.08.2016 | Business
Joanne Doroshow

In 1998, I founded the first consumer organization in the nation with an exclusive mission to halt and reverse the momentum for so-called "tort reform...

An Unprecedented GOP Effort to Allow Corporations to Run Wild

Paul Bland | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Paul Bland

On Wednesday afternoon, a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on legislation that, if successful, would be a giant step forward for corporate America and an equally giant step backward for consumers.

Justice Takes the Slow Lane

Sara Warner | Posted 04.12.2014 | Los Angeles
Sara Warner

Access to justice in Los Angeles has become more difficult than it is elsewhere, even in much of California. And while I'm not the first to note that whatever happens in California eventually makes its way across the country, that trend is coming to deny access to a courthouse near you.

Chemical Industry Takes Aim at Citizen Suits in 'Reform' Bill

Sidney Shapiro | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Sidney Shapiro

The recent chemical spill disaster in West Virginia has brought into sharp focus the weak measures we have in place for safeguarding people and the environment against exposures to harmful chemicals.

Dan Froomkin

U.S. Ranks Low In Access To Justice Compared To Other Wealthy Nations | Dan Froomkin | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics

Access to justice is a core American value. But a new survey of the rule of law across the globe finds that the U.S. ranks surprisingly low relative t...

Derrick Bell: Changing the Odds for Others

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.20.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Throughout his storied career as a lawyer, law professor, and legal scholar until his death last October at age 80, Derrick Bell was well-known for his willingness to stand up and speak out about the injustices he saw around him, even when it cost him his own positions.

Starbucks: Stop Taking Away Your Customers' Rights

David Arkush | Posted 02.01.2012 | Business
David Arkush

If you're one of millions of Starbucks customers who might buy or receive a prepaid card this holiday season, you might want to take a moment to send Starbucks a message: Don't take away my rights!

Rebuilding Justice

Rebecca Love Kourlis | Posted 12.24.2011 | Denver
Rebecca Love Kourlis

The civil justice system is in jeopardy. It is overloaded, bogged down, politicized and inaccessible. And -- it is now woefully underfunded.

Bill Falls Short on Protecting Patients

Gibson Vance | Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics
Gibson Vance

Congress must put more important priorities, like patient safety, first. H.R. 5 certainly is no answer to addressing the real problems in America's health care system.

U.S. Chamber: Civil Justice Hypocrites

Gibson Vance | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gibson Vance

In a speech delivered earlier this month, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue called litigation "one of our most powerful tools for...

Holding Corporate Polluters Accountable

Anthony Tarricone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Anthony Tarricone

When the environmental movement was born in the 1960s and 1970s, a slew of laws were passed to protect the outdoors. But lax enforcement has left corporations little incentive to comply, hence the need for judicial recourse.

How the Civil Justice System Spurs Auto Safety Innovation

Anthony Tarricone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony Tarricone

Though Toyota's sudden acceleration fiasco is front-and-center today, similar scenarios have unfortunately been repeating themselves for decades. But ...

America Wakes Up to the Importance of Liability and the Stupidity of "Caps"

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

Teachable moments can come almost anytime, from anywhere. The recent history of corporate and professional breakdowns and mess-ups should provide a n...

Our Country's Deadly Energy Combo

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Joanne Doroshow

The corruption of the Minerals Management Service (MMS) is now so legendary that we're practically numb to the findings of yesterday's Interior Depart...

ALEC: Ghostwriting the Law for Corporate America

Anthony Tarricone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony Tarricone

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a group most have never heard of, happens to be one of the most powerful state lobbies in the entire...

New York Times Says: Restore Americans' Access to Courts

Anthony Tarricone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony Tarricone

These new standards will reward negligent corporations that succeed in concealing evidence of wrongdoing while weakening Americans' basic legal protections.

Crime, Punishment and ExxonMobil

Robert Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Weissman

The direct precedential value of the Exxon decision will cast an ominous shadow over state and federal court decisions on punitive damages for years to come.