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January 9, 2013

Linda Lipsen to discus the web of tort reform

Posted By: Katie Gommel

AAJ CEO Linda Lipsen will be a guest on the Ring of Fire radio show with Mike Papantonio this weekend as part of a show entitled, “The Web of Tort Reform.” Be sure to listen in on Saturday, January 12th, from 3-6 PM EST. Ms. Lipsen will address our new online campaign,, and talks about how corporations strategically work to undermine your legal rights by limiting access to the civil justice system.

Ring of Fire...

December 20, 2012

An Update on How You Can Help Survivors in NJ, NY, & CT

Posted By: Mary Alice McLarty

The superstorm that hit the Eastern Seaboard less than two months ago means many families are still struggling with putting their homes, businesses, and lives back together during the holiday season. Many of you have asked how you can help. Many have also expressed concern and sorrow over the tragedy in Connecticut. We know many of you give to charities at the end of the year and would urge you to donate those funds to the hurricane relief efforts and the Sandy Hook School Support fund. We have received information about how you can help.

Thanks to the New Jersey Association for...

December 20, 2012

AAJ Response on House Passage of the SMART Act

Posted By: Katie Gommel

The House of Representatives has passed the Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers (SMART) Act, which was co-sponsored by Reps Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Ron Kind (D-WI).

AAJ President Mary Alice McLarty had this to say:

“This bipartisan legislation is a practical solution that will streamline the Medicare Secondary Payer system to ensure that seniors and persons with disabilities get timely assistance and taxpayers are repaid millions of dollars every year.”

For more information, please read our full statement...

November 30, 2012

Special Trial Magazine Preview: The web of tort ‘reform’

Posted By: Susan F. Sandler

In lieu of our traditional Trial preview, below is an excerpt from an article in the upcoming December issue of Trial, the flagship magazine of the American Association for Justice (AAJ).  Be sure to read the full article, The web of tort ‘reform,” here.

The web of tort ‘reform’
Major corporations have launched a concerted attack on the most basic tenets of civil justice. What they...

November 26, 2012

AAJ Resources for Representing Victims of Hurricane Sandy

Posted By: AAJ Education

As many Americans continue to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, AAJ is offering several resources with practical tips and insights for AAJ member and non-member attorneys representing those affected by the storm.

Free Webinar

Join fellow plaintiff trial lawyers from Florida and Louisiana–well versed in handling post hurricane flood and wind claims–at AAJ’s Representing Victims of Hurricane Sandy Webinar: Obtaining Justice From Insurance Companies.

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November 16, 2012

After the Storm: Tips for Consumers Dealing with Insurance Agencies

Posted By: Roxanne DeMarco

The recent snow storm barreling the North East is just the first of many obstacles people affected by Sandy will face as they begin to rebuild their lives.  Some families may be lucky enough to have their claims heard immediately and settled fairly, but this is not always the case; insurance companies are too often eager to profit at the expense of the destitute.  Hurricane Katrina brought many examples of such horrific behavior. While we cannot stop this altogether, we can provide...

November 14, 2012

Improv is no joke

Posted By: AAJ Education
When people hear the word improv, often the first thing that comes to mind is comedy. And true enough, actors and comedians use improvisational techniques to make us laugh. But what you may not realize is that improvisation is more than telling jokes—it’s about navigating change, maintaining poise, and thinking on your feet.
Joey Novick mastered the art of improv as a trained comedian. Also an attorney, he understands how to apply those same skills to his legal practice.  Novick ...
November 13, 2012

AAJ Launches New Campaign to Fight Corporate Efforts to Limit Justice

Posted By: Katie Gommel

AAJ has launched an online, grassroots campaign called “Take Justice Back.”  The campaign hit the ground running with an interactive website that educates Americans about the importance of the civil justice system, motivates the public through real stories of people denied justice, engages consumers through social media, and empowers activism.

Be sure to check it out, and let us know what your favorite feature is....

November 8, 2012

Preview: November’s Trial Magazine

Posted By: Susan F. Sandler
Products of all types can pose dangers to consumers, and AAJ members will want to learn about the range of product liability issues that are tackled in the November issue of Trial, AAJ’s flagship magazine for attorneys and the legal community. Highlights of the November issue include:
  • The Road to Tire Retailer Liability. Tire retailers and dealers may be held liable for defective tires that cause motor vehicle crashes if...