Unforeseen Hazards Contribute to Toy-Related Injuries
December 1, 2010
Washington, D.C.—Unforeseen hazards are still finding their way into toys despite recently improved safety standards, illustrating the need for a strong civil justice system that protects children and holds negligent manufacturers accountable, according to a new report released today by the American Association for Justice (AAJ).
House Energy and Commerce Committee Approves Legislation to Help Hold Foreign Manufacturers Accountable for Safety
July 21, 2010
Washington, DC – Legislation reported out of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee today will make it easier to hold foreign manufacturers accountable for the safety of their products in the U.S. legal system.
Foreign Manufacturers Must be Held to Same Legal Standards as U.S. Businesses
June 16, 2010
Washington, DC—The American Association for Justice (AAJ) today called for quick passage of the Foreign Manufacturers Legal Accountability Act (S. 1606 / H.R.4678), as the U.S. House Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection today hears oral testimony on the legislation.
Civil Justice System Spurs Auto Safety Innovation
April 22, 2010
Washington D.C.—As the fallout from Toyota’s sudden acceleration fiasco continues, a new report released today by the American Association for Justice (AAJ) illustrates how similar vehicle design defects, when brought to light by the civil justice system, have spurred innovations in auto safety.
Chinese Drywall Ruling in Favor of Homeowners Might Be Difficult to Collect
April 8, 2010
Washington, DC – Today, U.S. District Court Judge Eldon Fallon ruled seven families are entitled to a combined total of $2.6 million for the damage Chinese drywall, made by Taishan Gypsum, had done to their homes. Unfortunately, Taishan Gypsum, a company owned by the Chinese government, has repeatedly failed to respond to the case.
Foreign Manufacturers Account for 83% of 2009 Recalls
February 25, 2010
Washington, DC—Eighty-three percent (312) of the 377 recalls announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in 2009 were from foreign manufacturers, according to an analysis by the American Association for Justice (AAJ).
Deadline Looms for Chinese Drywall Homeowners
December 1, 2009
Washington, DC – After tomorrow, those who find hazardous Chinese drywall manufactured by Knauf Plasterboard (Tianjin) in their homes will have little legal recourse, underscoring why Congress must pass legislation that more easily allows Americans to hold foreign corporations accountable.
Chinese Drywall Highlights Hurdles to Holding Foreign Producers Responsible for their Products
May 19, 2009
Washington, DC–Chris Whitfield is just one of the families who lost his home to Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana’s St. Bernard Parish. Just a few years later, his family now faces another uncertain future upon finding Chinese drywall in their new Picayune, Mississippi home. The drywall is corroding his appliances, and causing an egg-like smell that he has no idea what effect it will have on his families’ health or home.
Hearing Highlights Victims' Nightmares with Medical Devices
May 12, 2009
Washington, DC—Two years ago 35-year-old Bridget Robb awoke from a sound sleep by what she describes as the feeling of “cannons repeatedly being shot at her chest at close range,” followed by a strong electrical current racing through her body. The episode was not a dream, but a nightmare because the lead to Bridget’s defibrillator fractured, sending 31 dangerous shocks to her heart and throughout her body.
Consumer Advocates Release “Ten Worst Toys” List; Foreign Manufacturers Produce Overwhelming Majority of CPSC’s Recalled Products in 2008, according to AAJ Analysis
November 18, 2008
Attached is W.A.T.C.H.’s (World Against Toys Causing Harm) annual “Ten Worst Toys” list, released today at a press event in Boston. W.A.T.C.H. is made up of American Association for Justice (AAJ) members Edward and James Swartz. According to a brief analysis prepared by AAJ, a large majority of products—85 percent— recalled so far this year by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) were produced in foreign countries.
Foreign Manufacturers of Dangerous Goods Enjoy Favorable Status in US Markets; Society Pays Heavy Price
November 13, 2008
Washington, DC—Foreign manufacturers easily evade responsibility and accountability for producing hazardous products which can cost consumers and other third parties billions of dollars for a single product sold in the United States according to new analyses to be released Friday.
Media Advisory—Hazardous Products: Accountability, Expenses Highlight Problems with Dangerous and Foreign Products
November 11, 2008
New Data Illustrates Enormous Costs Associated with Dangerous Products
When: Friday, November 14, 2008, 9 am – 2 pm (lunch provided)
Where: American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Room 603
What: Release of research, panel discussion
Consumers Guaranteed Right To Hold Corporations Accountable for Hazardous Products
July 31, 2008
Washington, DC—Consumers who have been tragically harmed by dangerous products secured their right to hold irresponsible corporations accountable, under legislation expected to pass the House of Representatives this evening.
Congressional Legislation Targets Foreign Producers Who Skirt U.S. Law
May 1, 2008
Washington, DC—Legislation being considered today by the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law would make it easier to hold foreign manufacturers accountable when their products injure or even kill Americans.
Congress: Adopt Tough Measures to Stop Corporations From Evading Accountability for Unsafe Foreign Toys, AAJ Urges
November 14, 2007
Washington, DC—More than 13 million foreign-manufactured toys have been recalled in the past two months, with the latest the Chinese-manufactured “Aqua-Dots,” recalled last week because it contains a chemical that converts into the date rape drug GHB when ingested.
"Can’t Protect the Safety of Children" (CPSC) Chair Nancy Nord Should Resign
November 8, 2007
Washington, DC—Failing to protect the safety and health of America’s children, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chair Nancy Nord should immediately resign, the American Association for Justice said today.
AAJ Urges U.S. Senate to Oppose Bush’s Nomination of Anti-Consumer Shill to Key Public Safety Post
April 19, 2007
Washington, DC—The American Association for Justice (AAJ) today urged the U.S. Senate to stop President Bush’s nomination of long-time anti-consumer shill Michael Baroody to head the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the federal government’s chief consumer protection agency. The U.S. Senate will hold the nomination hearing on May 3rd.
Driven to Safety: How Litigation Spurred Auto Safety Innovations