Before the ink was even dry on the Supreme Court ruling in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) case, numerous Members of Congress argued repeatedly and publicly to repeal and replace the ACA with a federal medical malpractice proposal that relies on the Commerce Clause for constitutional authority. This legislation would decimate the legal rights of patients injured by negligence, nursing home abuse, or defective drugs and devices and eliminate any incentive improve patient safety.
Why is Victor Schwartz Hiding Ties to ALEC?
A major player in the shadowy corporate front group, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), is now denying his ALEC membership. The Private Sector Chair of ALEC’s Civil Justice Task Force, corporate lobbyist Victor Schwartz, told a reporter that “neither he nor his law firm, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, are members of ALEC” and then declined to comment further.
CNN aired a story on the Feres doctrine, an outdated 1950 U.S. Supreme Court decision that prevents active duty military from holding the government accountable for negligent conduct. CNN highlighted the problems with Feres, including how it takes away accountability in military hospitals and, as a result, leaves servicemembers and their families with substandard health care.
In his latest column for The Atlantic, Andrew Cohen provides additional commentary on the expansion of the Feres doctrine by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Florida, as reported last week by The Military Times.
Idaho is just the latest state to introduce American Legislative Executive Council (ALEC) model legislation aimed at providing immunity for Crown Holding, a major ALEC financial backer. This bill, if enacted, would leave little recourse for those suffering from the deadly effects of asbestos, shielding Crown from any accountability.
Today the U.S. Chamber is hosting its annual State of American Business event, where President and CEO Tom Donohue will outline the Chamber’s policy and political agenda for this year. One key question going into the address is which U.S. Chamber will show up? The lawsuit-happy Chamber, or the Chamber intent on closing the courthouse door on American employees and consumers? Or will this hypocrisy even faze the Chamber?
Well it’s a new year. And with a new year comes a new lawsuit threat from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
This is not an uncommon occurrence. In fact, despite creating their own Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) with the sole mission of making it more difficult for individuals harmed by negligent corporations to access the civil justice system, the U.S. Chamber has no problem liberally using the civil justice system to protect its own corporate financiers.
Today the U.S. Chamber of Commerce filed a lawsuit against the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). This is not an uncommon occurrence; in fact, the U.S. Chamber is actually one of the most aggressive litigators in Washington, D.C., entering lawsuits at a rate of twice weekly. Instead, this is just the latest example of the U.S. Chamber’s “one rule for corporations, another rule for everybody else” motto.