Fighting for Justice Blog

December 5, 2016

A Preventable Death

Posted By: Jared Saylor

Kira "Nikki" Gilbert was 22 years old and recently graduated from college. In 2009, she was working at a local orphanage and was planning to go to nursing school. Her biggest health problem was a torn ACL, not exactly a life-threatening condition. Her doctor prescribed her propoxyphene, the generic form of the painkiller Darvon, while she awaited ACL surgery.

Kira died just a few days after she started taking the drug.

Her grieving parents wanted to know what happened and why their precious daughter died so suddenly. They soon discovered that thousands of others had died...

November 8, 2016

Gentle Enough for a Baby? How Talc Has Caused Panic and Yielded High-Dollar Verdicts

Posted By: Carmen S. Scott & Meghan Johnson Carter

Of all recognized minerals, talc perhaps feels the silkiest to the touch. Its smooth, white powder is calming in its familiarity, and its smell often stirs memories of early childhood—perhaps exactly what the manufacturers banked on?

The mineral substance—comprised of magnesium, silicon and oxygen—has been marketed for decades as “talcum powder,” “baby powder,” and “body powder.” Unbeknownst to many consumers...

October 13, 2016

Why I Volunteer for Election Protection

Posted By: Jackie Ollinger

My parents always taught me that voting was an important fundamental right. I remember being so excited to vote in my first presidential election the year I turned 18. I learned over the years that being black and a woman meant something important with regard to voting. I knew that the struggle to vote was historic and often painful, and that the right to vote was something to be cherished, exercised, and protected. For these reasons, I take pride in...

August 2, 2016

The Civil Justice System and Personal Injury Cases

Posted By: Jared Staver

The justice system has been instrumental in American society, and it is essential in navigating a personal injury case. When people think of the American justice system, they often consider the criminal side. However, the American civil justice system is just as important. Although tort reform endeavors to limit aspects of the civil system, our courts are where all people have access to justice and their constitutional rights are upheld. 

Personal Injury Cases Seek Justice

The very definition of justice demands fairness and equality. It is only fair for the...

July 23, 2016

9/11: Remember and Volunteer

Posted By: Julie Braman Kane

We are seven weeks away from the 15th anniversary of 9/11. Many of us were AAJ members in 2001 when we organized Trial Lawyers Care (TLC) to provide free legal help for the people whose lives were devastated by the attacks. I was one of more than 1,100 lawyers who provided pro bono legal work.

On the 15th anniversary of 9/11, I am asking the trial lawyer community to volunteer once again this fall—this time to prevent suffering, through our commemorative effort to save young lives.

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October 2, 2015

October Issue of Trial: Professional Negligence

Posted By: Catherine O’Connor

The October issue of Trial focuses on professional negligence, such as wrongful deaths in cath labs, schools failing to protect students from cyberbullying, holding architects and engineers accountable for unsafe construction, and tips for protecting supervisory attorneys from malpractice. Read the full issue here...

September 2, 2015

When Food Companies Put Profits Ahead of Your Safety

Posted By: David Ratcliff

food-safety-report-cover-image.jpgGetting dinner ready in my house can be a somewhat complicated business. One of my kids is trying to be a vegan, another wants to eat gluten and lactose-free, another is allergic to strawberries, and I myself am supposed to be watching my calories. So there’s a lot to consider when preparing a family meal, and that’s before we get to everyone’s particular likes and dislikes....

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