Fighting for Justice Blog

August 28, 2014

Patients Cut Off from Key Hospital Safety Information

Posted By: Katie Gommel

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken a troubling step backwards this month that could put all patient’s safety at risk. From now on, CMS will no longer publicly report eight conditions Americans can develop due to poor care called: “hospital acquired conditions” (HACs). 

These conditions include:

  • pressure ulcer stages III and IV; 
  • falls and trauma; 
  • surgical site infection after bariatric surgery, certain orthopedic procedures, and bypass surgery; 
  • vascular-catheter associated infection; 
  • catheter-...
August 15, 2014

Rebuilding Homes in New Jersey

Posted By: Kristin Loiacono

When New Jersey trial lawyer Chris Placitella saw what remained of the Union Beach neighborhood after Superstorm Sandy, he knew he wanted to help. 

“It’s only a couple of miles from my office. Homes were completely gone – swept into the ocean. It felt right to help there,” says Placitella. Placitella called his friend Wade Martin. The two friends previously worked together after the attacks on September 11,...

August 5, 2014

Happening Today: AAJ Members Participate in Law360's Twitter Chat on Products Liability

Posted By: Katie Gommel

AAJ members Jonathan Shub, Mark Chalos, and Mike Andrews will be participating in an hour-long live Twitter chat about product liability cases starting at noon EST. Be sure to follow the chat by searching the hashtag #Law360chat (

The Product Liability Landscape: What Do You Need To Know?
By Greg Ryan

August 4, 2014

Mindful of Where We Are Going

Posted By: Lisa Blue Baron

I joined the American Association for Justice right out of law school in 1980, and I never imagined that I would one day serve as an officer. I am deeply honored to lead AAJ this year as your president.

While Dallas is my current home, my roots lie in Atlanta, where I was born in 1952. It was a time of tremendous prejudice and a place where the Ku Klux Klan terrorized residents. When I was 12, my family’s synagogue was bombed. My father was one of the first doctors in Atlanta to integrate his practice, and as a result, many white patients left. Growing up, all around me I saw acts...

July 17, 2014

Asbestos on the Hill: Reminder of Congressional Inaction

Posted By: Tanea Jackson

ADAO President Linda Reinstein penned an op-ed in today in The Hill calling on Congress to take action and draft legislation on asbestos issues, which continue to have an overwhelmingly negative affect on Americans.

On Thursday, July 10, the U.S. Capitol Building was forced to temporarily quarantine the House side because of an “asbestos-related incident.” I can imagine the shock and fear of members of Congress, their staff, and building employees upon learning that this invisible killer had surrounded them in their workplace. Ironically, many of these same...

June 24, 2014

Hospital Errors Remain Too Common Because of Doctor Deficiencies

Posted By: Patrick A. Malone

The high rate of hospital medical errors has been acknowledged in all quarters of the health-care industry, and we’ve certainly done our share of blogging about it (“Why Can’t Hospitals Clean Up Their Medical Errors?”). Certain measures, such as the federal government’s error-reporting systems have been developed to address the problem.

But they’re not working, or at least not well enough,...

June 10, 2014

How the CFPB Can Protect America’s Financial Security by Stopping Forced Arbitration

Posted By: Sarah Jones
In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, Congress created The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to address the obvious and overdue need for greater transparency and accountability from America’s powerful financial institutions. 
Now, Wall Street and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are making every attempt to abolish the watchdog bureau so that big banks can continue pillaging from American consumers. What’s worse, the financial services industry has ensured that those cheated customers can’t ever fight them in court. 
For more...
June 5, 2014

Thank You, General Mills

Posted By: Anthony Leone

On a typical morning, 6:30 a.m. rolls around and the kids head downstairs. My daughter and I will often grab a box of Chex cereal for breakfast. Many of the Chex cereals have become a favorite in our house because most of them are both nut free and gluten free. You see, my daughter has a nut allergy, and I cannot eat gluten. With these food restrictions, it can be difficult to find foods that our whole family can enjoy, and ...

June 5, 2014

Access to Justice at Stake with Federal Rules Changes

Posted By: Arthur Bryant

The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure matter. They can determine who wins and who loses. And they have been changing in the wrong direction for some time.  Now, proposed rule changes are moving forward and three things are clear: they are much better than what was originally proposed, they are still disturbing, and they demonstrate the critical importance of the Federal Rules process and access to justice advocates’ participation in it.

Last year, Professor Arthur Miller, perhaps the nation’s premier expert on federal civil procedure, published a landmark article, ...