Fighting for Justice Blog

September 3, 2013

USA Today LTE: Accountability Keeps Americans Safe

Posted By: Katie Gommel

More than 98,000 people die every year because of preventable medical errors–making it the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

Despite this serious epidemic, corporate front groups are working hard in the U.S. Congress and state legislatures throughout the country to limit accountability and access to the civil justice system when patients are harmed or killed by medical errors.

Today, USA TODAY published a letter to the editor from American Association for Justice President...

August 22, 2013

In Memoriam: Ron Motley

Posted By: Linda Lipsen

We lost a giant today.

Ron Motley was one of the most creative, fearless lawyers I’ve ever known. He took the impossible cases no one else would take, delivering justice to families devastated by a litany of harmful products including asbestos, lead paint, and tobacco, just to name a few. Ron was one of the best courtroom lawyers EVER— a bold and dramatic legal pioneer. He literally created an avenue of redress for thousands who otherwise would have...

August 22, 2013

AAJ's Trial Magazine Wins Apex Award

Posted By: Allison Torres Burtka

AAJ’s Publications Department is happy to announce that Trial magazine has won an Apex Award of Excellence for its October 2012 issue on Representing the Elderly. Trial is the journal of the American Association for Justice, and each issue of the magazine focuses on a different theme.

Articles in the winning issue include:

  • Find the hidden evidence of nursing home ownership, Kenneth L. Connor and C. Caleb...
June 11, 2013

AAJ Highway Safety Advocates Take to the Hill

Posted By: Katie Gommel

Every year over 3,000 people died in trucking accidents in the U.S.  Today, members of AAJ’s trucking litigation group traveled to Washington, D.C. to advocate for their clients who are killed and injured in trucking accidents and call on Congress to improve safety in the trucking industry.  

In one-on-one meetings, AAJ’s attorneys asked Members of Congress to raise an outdated 30 year old insurance limit on tractor trailers.  Fatal truck crashes costs approximately $4.3 million in direct costs today, but the insurance minimum for trucks has remained at $750,000 since 1980.  Without...

May 21, 2013

Helping Tornado Victims in Oklahoma

Posted By: Katie Gommel

A massive tornado has ripped through a suburb of Oklahoma City, leaving dozens dead and injured. Many AAJ members have emailed, asking how they can help. Here are some suggestions.

AAJ member and Oklahoma resident Noble McIntyre reports that he has contacted the local Red Cross and it will use his office as a drop-off point for donations. In addition, those who are able to make financial contributions to the recovery effort can make checks out to the American Red Cross*.

Checks can be mailed to:

McIntyre Law, P.C.

8601 South Western Ave.

Oklahoma City, OK...

May 1, 2013

Elected officials must ensure that equality is not just an idea, but a reality

Posted By: Michelle Widmann Kimmel

Happy National Law Day! This year’s theme is “Realizing the Dream: Equality for All.”

AAJ President Mary Alice McLarty comment on this year’s theme:

“A cornerstone of equality and civil rights in America is the Constitutional right of individuals to have their claims heard by an impartial judge and jury through the civil justice system. This gives all Americans the power and ability to ensure their rights are upheld. As President John Adams said, 'Representative government and trial by jury are the heart and lungs of liberty...

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