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September 22, 2014

Today’s unanimous terrorism funding verdict a historic day for justice

Posted By: Joe Rice

Almost 10 years since my partner and friend Ron Motley said to me, “Joe, we can make a difference, this is a cause no one else will do,” a Brooklyn, N.Y. jury today returned a unanimous verdict in favor of the plaintiffs in Linde et al. v. Arab Bank PLC, finding Arab Bank responsible for terrorist financing – the first time that a financial institution has been brought to trial under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA).

Using the fundamentals of the U.S. civil justice system to...

September 17, 2014

AAJ Honors Constitution Day, Highlights Importance of the 7th Amendment

Posted By: Katie Gommel

The U.S. Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787, 227 years ago. Since then, 27 amendments have been added to the Constitution, and today we have a document that serves not only to affirm that the government of the United States exists to serve its citizens but to also grant essential rights to individuals. One right that has ensured accountability and justice and has made our country safer is the right to a trial by jury in civil cases – the 7th Amendment.

“The ...

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,...