American Association For Justice NewsNew AAJ Report Highlights Problem with Unsafe Medical Products and Lack of Accountability for Manufacturers
May 15, 2013
Washington, DC-Michelle Garcia (Miami, FL) never thought a simple doctor's office procedure for birth control would result in the removal of both of her fallopian tubes. Yet last year Michelle underwent surgery to remove Essure, a medical device marketed as a "surgery-free permanent" birth control procedure. It was supposed to be Michelle'seasy solution for birth control for life; instead, it was her worst nightmare. One of Michelle's coils* broke and pierced her abdomen, requiring surgery to remove the coil and both damaged fallopian tubes.Elected officials must ensure that equality is not just an idea, but a reality
May 1, 2013
Washington, DC- The following is a statement from American Association for Justice (AAJ) President Mary Alice McLarty in honor of National Law Day:Patients' Legal Rights in Jeopardy with FDA's Proposal to Reclassify Metal-on-Metal Hips
April 18, 2013
Washington, DC-The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the agency is set to reclassify several metal-on-metal hips, requiring manufacturers to complete a premarket approval application (PMA) or product development protocol (PDP) in order to receive the agency's approval. The reclassification may put patients' legal rights in question, according to comments submitted today by the American Association for Justice to the FDA.AAJ Statement on the Across-Party-Lines Rejection of Senator Portman's Anti-Patient Amendment
March 23, 2013
Washington, DC - The following is a statement from American Association for Justice President Mary Alice McLarty, in response to the Senate's across-party-lines rejection of Senator Portman's amendment to limit injured patients' legal rights (S.Amdt. 152):Patient Safety at Risk with SCOTUS Mutual v. Bartlett
March 18, 2013
Washington, DC—For the third time in a matter of minutes, Karen Bartlett puts drops in her eyes to substitute for the tears she no longer produces. Legally blind, Karen's eyes are a noticeable injury from her Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS), a lifetime condition resulting from taking sulindac, a generic drug prescribed for shoulder pain.AAJ Response to Wall Street Journal Story on Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts
March 11, 2013
Washington, DC — The following is a statement from American Association for Justice President Mary Alice McLarty, in response to the Wall Street Journal story “As Asbestos Claims Rise, So Do Worries About Fraud:”AAJ: House Asbestos Bill Offensive, Unnecessary
March 6, 2013
March 5, 2013
Washington, DC—The following is a statement from American Association for Justice (AAJ) President Mary Alice McLarty:Three Legal Chiefs: Safe Access to Justice in Peril
March 4, 2013
Washington, DC—The respective leaders of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), the American Bar Association (ABA) and DRI — The Voice of the Defense Bar warned in a joint statement released today that imminent budget cuts through sequestration will impinge access to justice at the state and federal levels and put court petitioners, staff and judges in harm’s way.SCOTUS to Decide if Corporations Can Grant Themselves Complete Immunity from Federal Laws
February 27, 2013
Washington, DC—The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today in a case that could provide corporations with unfettered power to evade federal laws by keeping small businesses and individuals out of the courts and forced into a rigged arbitration process. In the case, American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, SCOTUS will decide if corporations can force arbitration on small businesses and individuals, even when it can be shown that the cost of forced arbitration would make justice unattainable.
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