Fighting for Justice Blog

May 4, 2015

Giving Back on Law Day

Posted By: Lisa Blue

On this day, we celebrate Law Day, which symbolizes the assurance of justice and equality under the law for every American citizen. We live in a nation that has benefitted greatly from the cornerstones of our democracy—the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution—crafted and set by our nation’s founders.

For trial lawyers, Law Day is a day to reflect on our efforts to ensure that even the most vulnerable in society have a voice and a fair chance at seeking justice, regardless of the foe’s might and financial power. The American Association for Justice and its members are...

April 20, 2015

Advocates in Action: 2015 WTLC Lobby Days

Posted By: AJ De Bartolomeo

The Women Trial Lawyers’ Caucus (WTLC) Lobby Days is a biennial event for female trial lawyers across the country to come together in Washington, D.C. and advocate for a strong civil justice system. This year’s event will be held in Washington, DC on June 10-11, 2015. As a past participant, I can confidently say that this event is an important, amazing, and empowering experience. I encourage you to join me.

You might think, “I am not a...

March 6, 2015

Ways to Fortify Your Practice

Posted By: Allison Burtka

The March issue of Trial magazine provides guidance on how to strengthen your law practice in several different areas: marketing, managing your email, your approach to your cases, avoiding malpractice, and apps to use for depositions.

In "...

February 27, 2015

The U.S. Chamber’s Latest Attack on Class Actions

Posted By: Michelle Kimmel

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce really doesn't like class actions. Neither do the corporations that fund their efforts. Why? Mainly because corporations and their front groups know that class actions give American workers and consumers the power and ability to level the playing field, even when facing the most powerful corporations in the world. In fact, class actions are often the only way that individuals can hold corporations accountable when they are faced with widespread wrongdoing.

The Chamber’s disdain for class actions was on full display at a hearing in the House Judiciary...

February 19, 2015

Deadly Air Bag Crisis Explodes for Takata, Carmakers

Posted By: Alyssa E. Lambert

TrialNews2015Feb19.jpgSix people have been killed and at least 160 injured by Takata Corp.’s air bags, which can eject shrapnel-like material when they deploy, even in low-impact crashes. Ten automakers have recalled more than 12 million vehicles in the United States and 19 million globally, and now there are problems with the recall and repair process. Yet Takata has failed to identify the defect’s root cause and refused a nationwide recall...

February 6, 2015

February Trial Focuses on Transportation

Posted By: Allison Burtka

The February issue of Trial magazine covers transportation-related litigation, from guardrails to railroads.

It includes articles on: 

- the deadly impact of Takata air bags, by Rob Ammons

- dealing with assumption of risk evidence in railroad cases, by Richard N. Shapiro and Kevin M. Duffan

- defective and dangerous guardrails on roadways, by J. Kent Emison and Brett A. Emison

- malpractice on...

January 22, 2015

Get Up to Speed on Trinity Guardrails

Posted By: Allison Burtka and Anne Doohan

On Thursday, Jan. 22, AAJ Education is holding a rapid response webinar on Trinity guardrail litigation. Participants will learn about the problems with Trinity Industries, Inc.’s guardrails, safety testing, and case selection considerations. To register for Rapid Response: Guardrail Litigation Webinar—Trinity End Terminals, visit

Trinity faces personal injury...

January 21, 2015

Amendment Threatening Citizen Enforcement of Endangered Species Act Blocked

Posted By: Ben Somberg

A key accountability provision in the Endangered Species Act (ESA) came under attack Wednesday in the U.S. Senate, but the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and other groups successfully fought back.

The ESA provides for citizen enforcement suits, which allow individuals to prompt the government to enforce provisions of the law when it has failed to do so. But this important enforcement safeguard came under attack. Senate Amendment 33 to the Keystone XL pipeline bill (...