Big Numbers Expected at AAJ Convention

As plaintiff lawyers gather in Chicago for their annual convention, there will be a lot more of them than usual. Attendance numbers for the American Association of Justice convention are up significantly, the highest in five years.

This comes on the heels of AAJ’s winter meeting in Miami in 2011 which set a record for the best-attended winter meeting ever.

Why so much growth? CEO Linda Lipsen says the numbers partly reflect AAJ’s progress on a host of issues.

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NYT: ALEC is a fraud on taxpayers

Today the New York Times calls out the shadowy corporate front group known as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) on its tax-exempt status as a nonpartisan charity despite ALEC’s clear pro-corporate, anti-consumer mission.

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Why Replacing the ACA with Med-Mal is an Unconstitutional Assault on Patients’ Rights

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.

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Texas Health Care Ranked Last By Federal Study

Texas is continually touted as the poster child of how to lower health care cost: enact laws that limit patients’ rights to hold negligent care providers accountable.  Study after study continues to show not only have costs not declined, but the quality of health care in Texas was ranked the lowest in the country by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

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BREAKING NEWS: AAJ Response to SCOTUS decision on the Affordable Care Act

 Washington, DC—The following is a statement from the American Association for Justice (AAJ) President Gary M. Paul in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act:

“Today’s Supreme Court ruling is a step forward not only in the fight to expand access to healthcare, but also in the fight to protect patients’ access to justice.

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AAJ: Protect Consumers From Secretive Forced Arbitration

AAJ filed two sets of comments on a forthcoming study encouraging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to fully examine the devastating impact forced arbitration has on the rights of American consumers.

AAJ President Gary M. Paul stated in the comments:

“Corporations’ broad utilization of pre-dispute mandatory arbitration clauses greatly reduces the ability of consumers to enforce their rights and in effect nullifies the protections incorporated in land mark consumer protection laws.”

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Bill introduced to restore workers' rights limited by Wal-Mart v. Dukes

Senator Al Franken has introduced a bill, the Equal Employment Opportunity Restoration Act of 2012 (S. 3317), to restore employees’ rights to bring lass-action lawsuits, which were severely limited by a U.S. Supreme court case, Wal-Mart Stores v. Dukes, last June.

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