Wide Range of Groups Support Effort to Restore Americans’ Basic Legal Protections

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Wide Range of Groups Support Effort to Restore Americans’ Basic Legal Protections 

Recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions that involve seemingly arcane and complex legal procedures have upended years of established precedent, making it much more difficult for everyday Americans to seek justice while allowing negligent corporations to escape accountability.

The two rulings made complaint requirements much more restrictive, essentially overturning 50 years of precedent: Ashcroft v. Iqbal (2009), which built on Bell Atlantic v. Twombly (2007), created irrationally stringent new standards to preclude many Americans from seeking justice in employment, discrimination and other civil cases.

Bills have been introduced in both the U.S. House (H.R. 4115) and Senate (S. 1504) that would restore the pleading standards that keep individuals and corporations on a level playing field inside America’s courts. The follow groups support the legislative effort:
 
Alliance for Justice
American Antitrust Institute
American Civil Liberties Union
American Association for Justice
The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law
Center for Justice & Democracy
Christian Trial Lawyer’s Association
Committee to Support the Antitrust Laws
Community Catalyst
Consumer Federation of America
Consumers Union
Earthjustice
Environment America
Essential Information
The Impact Fund
La Raza Centro Legal
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
National Association of Consumer Advocates
National Association of Shareholder and Consumer Attorneys
National Consumer Law Center
National Consumers League
National Council of La Raza
National Crime Victims Bar Association
National Employment Lawyers Association
National Senior Citizens Law Center
National Whistleblowers Center
National Women’s Law Center
Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project
Public Citizen
Sierra Club
Southern Poverty Law Center
Taxpayers Against Fraud
U.S. Public Interest Research Group

 


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