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U.S. Chamber Sets Agenda to Eliminate Your Rights In New Congress

Katie Gommel
Wednesday, November 5, 2014

While not every race has been called and some ballots are still being counted, one thing is abundantly clear: the U.S. Chamber knows exactly what it wants from a Republican controlled Senate and the focus of its agenda is eliminating your legal rights.

The U.S. Chamber is not known for being transparent or consistent. That's a gross understatement. 

For years, the U.S. Chamber has led the charge to undermine and destroy America’s civil justice system by limiting access to justice for injured patients, small business owners, asbestos victims, and consumers. While at the same time, the U.S. Chamber appears in hundreds of lawsuits a year, entering lawsuits at a rate of twice a week. In almost every case, the U.S. Chamber’s litigation on behalf of corporations comes at the expense of Americans’ health or financial security. The U.S. Chamber is in fact the leading lawsuit hypocrite.

They claim to stand for small businesses but side against them when they have to choose between a small business owner and a multibillion dollar corporation. Just recently, the U.S. Chamber filed an amicus brief in its latest action of unwavering support for BP, a UK-based corporation, which ruined the livelihood of countless American small businesses in the Gulf Coast. 

But on one issue they are pretty clear: they want to eliminate your right to seek justice and accountability in the courts. 

Here's what the U.S. Chamber recently told the National Law Journal about their legislative agenda for the 114th Congress: 

Lisa Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for Legal Reform, was optimistic that a Republican-controlled Congress would move on litigation reform built on bills including the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act and the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act, which both passed the House in 2013. She said she is hopeful plaintiffs' attorneys would face greater scrutiny in Congress.

We will translate that for you:

The U.S. Chamber's wish list on legal issues includes keeping the courthouse doors open for corporations while at the same time limiting the rights of injured patients, small business owners, asbestos victims, and consumers. 

American Association for Justice CEO Linda Lipsen responded:

Regardless of which party is in the majority, we will continue to fight to protect access to justice for all Americans and to ensure that the corporations bankrolling the U.S. Chamber's efforts are legally accountable for any harm they cause.

But we can't do this alone. We need American's to speak out and fight for their rights. If you haven't signed up for the Take Justice Back campaign, do so today. And take action. Your rights are on the line.