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May 1, 2014

In Memoriam: Leonard Schroeter

Posted By: Linda Lipsen

Dear Colleagues,

It deeply saddens me to report that longtime American Association for Justice Board member and former President of the Washington State Association for Justice Leonard Schroeter—a man of great vision who was a crusader for his clients and a lifelong advocate for constitutional rights—died on Monday.

Leonard’s roots in the law and his quest for equality and justice formed early. By the 1940s, he was an active advocate for civil rights, organizing lunch counter and bus protests. He was arrested for this work, but persisted, and helped to establish the Congress...

April 28, 2014

Why A-Rod made me love the Constitution more

Posted By: Marion Munley

The following piece was written by AAJ Leaders Forum member Marion Munley. It was originally published in the Scranton Times-Tribune on Sunday, April 27.

Alex Rodriguez, one of the most polarizing figures in baseball’s history and third baseman for the New York Yankees, withdrew his federal lawsuit against Major League Baseball, its commissioner, Bud Selig, and the players’ union in February. According to Rodriguez, he withdrew his lawsuit because of his desire to rest both physically and mentally as well as...

April 24, 2014

Schwab Drops Anti-Investor Provision

Posted By: Burton LeBlanc

Brokerage firm, Charles Schwab, announced on April 24th that as part of a settlement with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (Finra), Charles Schwab would drop a provision in its consumer agreement that eliminated customers' rights.

We are encouraged by Charles Schwab's decision to remove a controversial provision from its consumer agreement that eliminated the rights of investors to join together to seek accountability in court. Charles Schwab's move signals that corporations are beginning to yield to the groundswell of public outrage at their anti-consumer policies...

April 20, 2014

Victory for Consumer Rights: General Mills Drops its Forced Arbitration Clause

Posted By: Burton LeBlanc

General Mills announced on April 19, 2014 that it removed a forced arbitration clause in its terms of service. Forced arbitration is an abusive practice where corporations force customers into a dispute mill that is rigged and secretive.  The corporations pick the arbitrator and the arbitrator's decision is final - you have no ability to appeal or ever go to court.

We applaud General Mills for responding to the outcry of its customers by abandoning the abusive practice of forced arbitration. This sends a clear message to every corporation that attempts to evade the law through...

April 15, 2014

Distracted Driving Prevention in the Workplace

Posted By: John Bair

As our usage of smart phones and other handheld electronics continues to increase, so too do the efforts to curb their use while driving. AT&T’s It Can Wait campaign has produced memorable videos about the implications of sending or reading text messages while driving.  Who can forget the girl who texted her sister the word “yeah”—and never spoke to her again?  Other...

April 1, 2014

WORKPLACE SAFETY IN TRIAL MAGAZINE

Posted By: Allison Torres Burtka

The April issue of Trial magazine focuses on issues of workplace safety, including FELA and the taxability of railroad workers’ recoveries, how the Affordable Care Act might change whether people are covered by ERISA, third-party liability in workplace injury cases, equipment rental companies, and sexual harassment in the workplace. This issue also includes an article by Ralph Nader and Theresa Amato on “...

March 26, 2014

GM IGNITION SWITCH DEFECT LAWSUITS ON THE RISE

Posted By: Allison Torres Burtka
This week's Motor Vehicle Law Reporter takes a look at the lawsuits that have piled up against GM. As the probe into GM’s recall of about 1.37 million U.S. passenger cars for a deadly ignition switch defect continues, families who previously thought their loved ones died in accidents caused by driver error are filing lawsuits alleging the defect was to blame. Meanwhile, an auto safety group found more than 300 possible fatalities—far more than the 13 fatalities GM has acknowledged so far—and trial lawyers say that...
March 5, 2014

TRIAL MAGAZINE EXPLORES GENDER EQUITY IN THE LAW

Posted By: Allison Torres Burtka

 

Gender equity in the law: What’s your role in it? March is women’s history month, and this issue of Trial magazine tackles subjects such as the pay gap between male and female lawyers, the lack of women in leadership positions in litigation, and young lawyers “leaning in.” The articles offer suggestions that both men and women can put to use.

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March 4, 2014

Forced Arbitration – The Stealth War on Women’s Rights

Posted By: Sarah Jones

While working for now-defunct retailer Circuit City, Tia Holloman was subjected to two months of appalling sexual harassment that included her supervisor exposing his genitals to her, grabbing her and parading her around the store when she tried to escape his abuse — an event that was recorded by the store’s surveillance camera. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found in Tia’s favor, but despite a mountain of evidence against Circuit City and her supervisor, Tia’s sexual harassment case was thrown out of court because of a...

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