Aliso Canyon gas leak

Public Justice is working on a critical new case, and the facts will alarm you. Over the course of four months in late 2015 and early 2016, a natural gas well in California released thousands of tons of methane and other chemicals into the air. To put the seriousness of this event into context, consider…

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By Richard Newman & Tom Lebert The world is becoming increasingly driven by large corporations and those who would benefit from them as wealth inequality skyrockets and antitrust law is seldom used. The tort law system we celebrate at the American Museum of Tort Law has helped to protect the people from the wrongdoings of…

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By Tom Lebert Pharmaceutical company Bayer announced on July 20, 2018 that a controversial device for permanent birth control, Essure, will be taken off the market amid reports of injury and death. The device was taken off the market in England, Canada, and France, among other countries, but has still been sold in the United…

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So there’s this gimmick, see? A special interest group of one sort or another goes before a legislature somewhere – a State Capital, or Washington D.C., and says, “We’re so important, but at the same time so helpless, that you must preserve and protect us, by making us immune from lawsuits.” It’s a clever gimmick,…

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Tort law, as noted historian Eric Foner put it, is the “weapon of the weak.”  It lets the wrongfully injured hold wrongdoers accountable.  It is a centuries–old mechanism whereby juries – regular people like you and me –  decide how much money will fairly compensate someone who has been devastated by the wrongful, harmful act…

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There is an interesting article in the New York Times, today, “$16 Million vs. $4: Why Payouts in Police Shootings Vary Widely,” written by Timothy Williams and Mitch Smith, (A version of this article appears in print on June 29, 2018, on Page A10 of the New York edition with the headline: “The Value of…

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July 4th – Independence Day – commemorates our declaration of independence from the tyranny of King George III, and stands as a national day of celebrating our freedom, liberty and patriotism. But, this nation is still very much a work in progress. Freedom, justice and liberty have not come equally, or at the same time…

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We’ve all heard about them – frivolous lawsuits – that are allegedly plaguing the courts, bedeviling the civil justice system, making jurors skeptical. First, let’s be clear:  The fact that a lawsuit is lost does NOT mean that the case was frivolous. Lawsuits are adversarial, meaning that when a case goes to trial, one side…

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You think that bad stuff just happens? In 2016, 42,000 Americans died because of opioids. 40 percent of those deaths were due to prescription opioids. That is a lot. A lot of dead Americans. But that’s just one year. “Over the past two decades, more than 200,000 people have died in the United States from…

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