Fighting for Justice Blog

October 22, 2014

The Truth about Nursing Home Lawsuits

Posted By: Michael A. Brusca

The nursing home industry is now big business. As baby boomers begin to need nursing home facilities, profit-focused corporate chains have dominated the market. This increase in residents and emphasis on profits has led to a distressing rise in neglected and abused seniors.

To be clear, nursing homes are primarily paid by Medicaid, and also Medicare to a small extent. That is, our tax dollars fund these institutions. They are paid to...

October 22, 2014

Fact Sheet: Class Actions Are Critical to Remedy Workplace Racial Discrimination

Posted By: Joanne Doroshow

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination “against any individual with respect to … compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.”  Yet discrimination persists.  In 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reported that of the 93,727 workplace discrimination charges it received in 2013, 33,068 or 35.3 percent involved racial discrimination.[1]  Title VII litigation has been critical not only to remedy past and prevent future racial discrimination...

October 16, 2014

Fact Sheet: Class Actions Are Critical To Remedy Financial Discrimination Against Minorities

Posted By: Joanne Doroshow

Predatory lending and discriminatory practices by financial institutions are critical civil rights issues.  Minority communities are often targeted for the worst kind of fraud and abuse. Private litigation has been critical not only to remedy past and prevent future fraud and discrimination by financial institutions but also to compensate those who have been defrauded.

Yet there are many reasons why filing an individual lawsuit against a bank, lender or insurance company (as opposed to joining a class action) is an unrealistic option for anyone experiencing financial fraud and...

October 1, 2014

Only in America

Posted By: Michael Elsner

Arab Bank was found liable for knowingly providing material support to Hamas which substantially assisted Hamas in carrying out 24 separate terrorist attacks killing and injuring hundreds of American citizens. This case marked the very first time a financial institution has ever been tried in the United States for violating the Anti-Terrorism Act.

This verdict is not only about Arab Bank and Hamas and what happened in 2004 – it’s also just as much about the nature of international relations and terrorist threats today. It has never before been so critical to make sure organizations...

October 1, 2014

34 Days until Election Day – Sign Up to Protect the Vote

Posted By: John Bowman

There are 34 days left until Election Day and AAJ needs all trial lawyers to help protect the right to vote.  This election is critically important.  Opponents of civil justice will do anything to restrict the right to trial by jury and prevent our candidates from being elected. 

During the midterm election, there will be low turnout and attempts made to confuse voters and...

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

Posted By: Allison Torres Burtka

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. ...