April 2012

Apr 23, 2012 12:57 PM

MSNBC on Big Oil's Dream Bill

This weekend MSNBC’s Up with Chris Hayes called out the Domestic Protection Fuels Act (H.R.4345) for shielding big oil companies, like BP, from accountability when their products harm consumers and damage the environment.

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House Hearing on Big Oil's Dream Immunity Bill

The Environment and Energy Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing today on the Domestic Fuels Protection Act (H.R.4345). This bill grants sweeping immunity to every entity in the petroleum chain of commerce from fuel designers and distributors to engine manufacturers and vehicle retailers. In fact, although the bill is being sold as renewable fuels legislation, there is a lot more to H.R. 4345 than first appears.

Congressional Proposal Would Expand Generic Drug Manufacturers’ Duty to Warn

Today, the Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation that would fix the current discrepancy between holding generic and brand name manufacturers accountable for the safety of their drugs.

This legislation would allow generic manufacturers to initiate changes to their labels to reflect current health and safety information under the same circumstances that apply to manufacturers of branded drugs; ensuring brand and generic manufacturers have the same responsibility to adequately warn the public of their drugs’ risks.

ALEC Bills Eliminate Accountability, Endanger Americans

Yesterday, the State of Florida took the first step to achieving justice for Trayvon Martin and his family by filing criminal charges against George Zimmerman. The Martin family’s fight for basic access to justice has been delayed and jeopardized by Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” immunity law that grants complete criminal and civil immunity, regardless of the facts, when individuals take the law into their own hands.

WSJ LTE: Forced arbitration limits the rights' of investors

Today’s Wall Street Journal featured a letter to the editor from AAJ President Gary M. Paul illustrating the full story about the Carlyle Group’s attempt to use forced arbitration as an abusive tactic to limit the rights’ of investors.

AAJ Members Alerting the Public to the Dangers of Distracted Driving

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Distracted Driving occurs when drivers take their full attention away from the road and instead attempt to either multi-task or focus on texting, talking on a cell phone, grooming, adjusting a radio, or attempting other activities.

Distracted Driving is an all too common occurrence in our society today. And it is a dangerous issue that must be address immediately. In fact, studies indicate that each year Distracted Driving results in thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of injuries.

Preview: April’s Trial Magazine

Trial, AAJ’s flagship magazine for attorneys and the legal community, features the essential topic of damages in the April issue. Trial examines damages from a variety of angles, including: