Fighting for Justice Blog | Page 4 | The American Association For Justice Archive

Fighting for Justice Blog

November 26, 2014

Civil Justice in Ohio

Posted By:

The Ohio Association for Justice (OAJ) just released a new video in connection with their ongoing #RespectOhio #RespectforJuries campaign that advocates for the need for a strong civil justice system. 

The video captures the story of Mr. Hord, a native Ohioan. Following a car wreck, Mr. Hord was given a clean bill of health and released from an Ohio hospital, but he actually was suffering from serious internal injuries. This medical error led to his paralysis. An Ohio jury heard the facts, weighed the evidence, and ultimately granted Mr....

November 25, 2014

Woman Cleared of Charges After Evidence Shows that Crash was Linked to Ignition Switch Defect

Posted By: Tanea Jackson

GM’s fatal ignition switch scandal continues to keep the issue of automobile safety in the forefront. Like so many previous cases, a lawsuit has uncovered what is an unfortunately recognizable pattern: an automobile manufacturer discovers a defective design, but refuses to fix it or even warn regulators because it puts profits before people. 

Today, the New York Times reported that General Motors allowed Candice Anderson from Texas to...

November 20, 2014

Q & A With Robert Habush: Fights That Mattered

Posted By:

HabushPhoto_online.jpgIn a Trial Q&A available exclusively online, Houston attorney Stacey Burke recently spoke with veteran trial lawyer and former American Association for Justice President (1986-87) Robert Habush after reviewing his biography, Courtroom Avenger. The book originally started out as a memoir for his grandchildren. “My daughter had made me promise that I would put...

November 11, 2014

Honor Our Service Members by Restoring Their Rights: Stop Forced Arbitration!

Posted By: Sarah Jones

This Veterans Day, we honor the service and sacrifice of the brave men and women of the U. S. Armed Forces by issuing a call to preserve and strengthen laws promoting their financial security by stopping forced arbitration. Take Action 

When members of the military are serving our country, they should not be burdened by financial stress back at home, but their financial security is threatened by forced arbitration – an...

November 5, 2014

Products Liability in November's Trial Magazine

Posted By: Allison Burtka

AAJ Nov 2014 Cover.jpgThe November issue of Trial magazine includes articles on a variety of products liability topics, as well as a display of 50 years of Trial magazine covers to celebrate the magazine’s 50th year.

The article "Switched Off," by Lance Cooper and Patrick Dawson, delves into GM's ignition switch defects and how the whole problem came...

November 5, 2014

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

Posted By: Katie Gommel

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...

October 24, 2014

My Commitment to Protect Justice in the Courtroom and at the Ballot Box

Posted By: Calvin S. Tregre, Jr., Esq.

As a trial attorney and a member of the American Association for Justice, I am committed to ensuring that all people can seek justice in our nation’s courtrooms.  The right to trial by jury is a fundamental right.  Another fundamental right is the right to vote. 

Every day in Ohio, I see more and more attacks aimed at limiting voters’ access to the ballot box.  In 2012, I witnessed intimidation through billboards...

October 24, 2014

Fact Sheet: Class Actions Are Critical to Remedy Workplace Gender Discrimination

Posted By: Joanne Doroshow

When Lilly Ledbetter discovered she had been paid significantly less than her male counterparts for the very same work at Goodyear’s Gadsen, Alabama plant, she filed a lawsuit and was awarded more than $3 million by a jury. After the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the decision, ruling that Ledbetter had waited too long to file her case, Congress passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the first bill President Obama signed into law.[1] This law supplemented other important federal laws passed by Congress to remedy pay discrimination, particularly Title VII of the Civil Rights Act...

October 22, 2014

The Truth about Nursing Home Lawsuits

Posted By: Michael A. Brusca

The nursing home industry is now big business. As baby boomers begin to need nursing home facilities, profit-focused corporate chains have dominated the market. This increase in residents and emphasis on profits has led to a distressing rise in neglected and abused seniors.

To be clear, nursing homes are primarily paid by Medicaid, and also Medicare to a small extent. That is, our tax dollars fund these institutions. They are paid to...

October 22, 2014

Fact Sheet: Class Actions Are Critical to Remedy Workplace Racial Discrimination

Posted By: Joanne Doroshow

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination “against any individual with respect to … compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.”  Yet discrimination persists.  In 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reported that of the 93,727 workplace discrimination charges it received in 2013, 33,068 or 35.3 percent involved racial discrimination.[1]  Title VII litigation has been critical not only to remedy past and prevent future racial discrimination...