Fighting for Justice Blog

January 14, 2015

House Passes Bill To Weaken Safety Laws, Block Public Protections

Posted By: Ben Somberg

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a sweeping bill that would make it nearly impossible for federal agencies to issue new standards that protect the public. The bill would effectively weaken a wide range of existing laws that Americans count on, from the Clean Water Act to the Food Safety Modernization Act to the Dodd-Frank financial reform law. No wonder it’s a favorite of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Today, it takes federal agencies years to issue each new or updated rule, delays that harm the public....

January 13, 2015

AAJ President: A Message for the New Year

Posted By: Lisa Blue Baron

I’m always astounded by the speed of the holiday season—and now January is upon us! I hope you will schedule time in the coming year to take part in some AAJ events.

In the last quarter of 2014, I traveled several times to AAJ headquarters to meet with staff. Without a doubt, we’re in for an exciting year.

Now more than ever, lawyers are asking me how they can increase their involvement in AAJ issues.

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January 7, 2015

AutoZone Held Accountable in Pregnancy Discrimination Case

Posted By: Tanea Jackson

In the latest edition of Trial News: A California jury found that an AutoZone worker's supervisor discriminated and retaliated against her because of her pregnancy—and that the corporate office's legal department perpetrated that behavior.

“This is a story of the legal department and its knowing efforts to hide and discredit somebody who had made these claims [of pregnancy discrimination], and that’s horrible,” said  Sacramento, Calif., lawyer and American...

December 5, 2014

Trial News Story and Upcoming AAJ Education Seminar Cover Takata Air Bags

Posted By: Allison Burtka and Anne Doohan

TrialNews_2014Dec4.jpgThe air bag manufacturer Takata Corp. and several automakers have recalled millions of air bags because they may explode—even in low-impact crashes—ejecting shrapnel-like material and turning a crucial safety device into a deadly weapon.

Several months ago, evidence surfaced that Takata and carmakers have known about the defect for years. What has followed is a series of recalls, federal agency investigations, a...

November 26, 2014

Civil Justice in Ohio

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The Ohio Association for Justice (OAJ) just released a new video in connection with their ongoing #RespectOhio #RespectforJuries campaign that advocates for the need for a strong civil justice system. 

The video captures the story of Mr. Hord, a native Ohioan. Following a car wreck, Mr. Hord was given a clean bill of health and released from an Ohio hospital, but he actually was suffering from serious internal injuries. This medical error led to his paralysis. An Ohio jury heard the facts, weighed the evidence, and ultimately granted Mr....

November 25, 2014

Woman Cleared of Charges After Evidence Shows that Crash was Linked to Ignition Switch Defect

Posted By: Tanea Jackson

GM’s fatal ignition switch scandal continues to keep the issue of automobile safety in the forefront. Like so many previous cases, a lawsuit has uncovered what is an unfortunately recognizable pattern: an automobile manufacturer discovers a defective design, but refuses to fix it or even warn regulators because it puts profits before people. 

Today, the New York Times reported that General Motors allowed Candice Anderson from Texas to...

November 20, 2014

Q & A With Robert Habush: Fights That Mattered

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HabushPhoto_online.jpgIn a Trial Q&A available exclusively online, Houston attorney Stacey Burke recently spoke with veteran trial lawyer and former American Association for Justice President (1986-87) Robert Habush after reviewing his biography, Courtroom Avenger. The book originally started out as a memoir for his grandchildren. “My daughter had made me promise that I would put something...