Fighting for Justice Blog

September 25, 2014

Are You Committed to Strengthening Our Democracy? Join AAJ's Voter Protection Action Campaign to Protect the Right to Vote!

Posted By: Tanea Jackson

The American Association for Justice (AAJ) launched its Voter Protection Action Committee (VPAC) campaign to organize lawyers, paralegals, and law students around the country to volunteer at polling places, work in call centers, and join election protection legal teams on Election Day.

VPAC is a program that was established by AAJ in response to various attempts made to suppress the vote in the 2008 and 2010 elections. Through VPAC, AAJ aims to protect the rights...

September 25, 2014

Trial Magazine on Protecting the Vulnerable

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The September issue of Trial focuses on something AAJ members do every day: working to protect vulnerable people and preserve their access to justice. Articles discuss the ethical pitfalls involved when representing nursing home residents and their families; handling cases in which the victim was hazed, including tips on where to look for evidence of organizations’ abusive practices; emerging obstacles when dealing with Social Security disability claims; and how to prove damages when your client is a brain-injured child. ...

September 25, 2014

Ridesharing is here to stay, but insurance gaps must be addressed

Posted By: Seth Price

If you’ve ever waited on a hot, smelly city street for a cab in the middle of summer, or called in vain for a taxi to pick you up in the suburbs, you will no doubt understand the near immediate and overwhelming popularity of ridesharing apps like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar. 

Though most of us refer to these companies as ridesharing apps, their official name or term is...

September 22, 2014

National Law Journal Op-Ed: A Formidable Tactician and One of Washington's Good Guys

Posted By: Katie Gommel

Below is an excerpt from a tribute by AAJ CEO Linda Lipsen to the late Tommy Boggs, originally published in the National Law Journal. Be sure to read the full text here

Tommy was much more than a consultant. He was a tremendous listener, a captivating storyteller and a true believer in the importance of the civil justice system. Tommy was also my dear friend.

I knew him long before I began my advocacy work at AAJ...

September 22, 2014

Today’s unanimous terrorism funding verdict a historic day for justice

Posted By: Joe Rice

Almost 10 years since my partner and friend Ron Motley said to me, “Joe, we can make a difference, this is a cause no one else will do,” a Brooklyn, N.Y. jury today returned a unanimous verdict in favor of the plaintiffs in Linde et al. v. Arab Bank PLC, finding Arab Bank responsible for terrorist financing – the first time that a financial institution has been brought to trial under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA).

Using the fundamentals of the U.S. civil justice system to...

September 17, 2014

AAJ Honors Constitution Day, Highlights Importance of the 7th Amendment

Posted By: Katie Gommel

The U.S. Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787, 227 years ago. Since then, 27 amendments have been added to the Constitution, and today we have a document that serves not only to affirm that the government of the United States exists to serve its citizens but to also grant essential rights to individuals. One right that has ensured accountability and justice and has made our country safer is the right to a trial by jury in civil cases – the 7th Amendment.

“The ...

August 28, 2014

Patients Cut Off from Key Hospital Safety Information

Posted By: Katie Gommel

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken a troubling step backwards this month that could put all patient’s safety at risk. From now on, CMS will no longer publicly report eight conditions Americans can develop due to poor care called: “hospital acquired conditions” (HACs). 

These conditions include:

  • pressure ulcer stages III and IV; 
  • falls and trauma; 
  • surgical site infection after bariatric surgery, certain orthopedic procedures, and bypass surgery; 
  • vascular-catheter associated infection; 
  • catheter-...
August 15, 2014

Rebuilding Homes in New Jersey

Posted By: Kristin Loiacono

When New Jersey trial lawyer Chris Placitella saw what remained of the Union Beach neighborhood after Superstorm Sandy, he knew he wanted to help. 

“It’s only a couple of miles from my office. Homes were completely gone – swept into the ocean. It felt right to help there,” says Placitella. Placitella called his friend Wade Martin. The two friends previously worked together after the attacks on September 11,...

August 5, 2014

Happening Today: AAJ Members Participate in Law360's Twitter Chat on Products Liability

Posted By: Katie Gommel

AAJ members Jonathan Shub, Mark Chalos, and Mike Andrews will be participating in an hour-long live Twitter chat about product liability cases starting at noon EST. Be sure to follow the chat by searching the hashtag #Law360chat (

The Product Liability Landscape: What Do You Need To Know?
By Greg Ryan