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Congress to Vote on Several Anti-Civil Justice Bills

Posted on behalf of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Mar 09, 2017 in Personal Injury

house of representativesThis week, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on several bills that could have a severe impact on consumers’ right to file lawsuits regarding corporate and other wrongdoing.

Each of these pieces of legislation will make it more difficult for victims of corporate negligence to seek justice through our legal system. The bills include:

  • The Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act (H.R. 732) – If passed, the bill would prohibit non-profit and charity organizations from receiving compensation from corporations that caused widespread harm to the public.
  • The Innocent Party Protection Act (H.R. 725) – This would make it easier for corporate defendants to move cases into forums that are more favorable to them. A vote on this bill is scheduled for today.
  • The Protecting Access to Care Act (H.R. 1215) – This would take away the right of ordinary individuals to file certain healthcare claims when they suffer injuries due to medical malpractice, dangerous drugs, dangerous medical devices, or nursing home abuse or neglect.
  • The Furthering Asbestos Claims Transparency Act (H.R. 906) – This bill makes it easier for the asbestos industry to delay or deny compensation to people dying of asbestos disease and infringes on the privacy of victims and their families.
  • The Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act (H.R. 720) – This forces courts to sanction attorneys who bring novel legal cases.
  • The Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act (H.R. 985) – This would take away the right to file consumer, worker or civil rights class action lawsuits against corporations.

Filing a lawsuit is often the only way for individuals harmed by corporate and other healthcare misconduct to hold these entities and individuals accountable and obtain compensation for the damages they have suffered. These lawsuits can also serve as a deterrent to prevent other corporations and individuals from acting negligently and harming consumers.

Through its grassroots campaign Take Justice Back, the American Association for Justice strongly opposes the attempts of these bills to limit consumers’ rights.

The Association is encouraging individuals to take action by emailing or calling their Congressman to voice their opposition to these bills. 

The personal injury attorneys at D’Amico & Pettinicchi are staunch supporters of the rights of ordinary Americans to pursue justice when they are victims of corporate and other negligence.