There is a serious, well-funded push by many business organizations and chambers to demonize lawsuits and the lawyers who bring them. This is because a lot of lawsuits are brought against businesses who harm ordinary people -- and those are the businesses that make up these organizations and they hate the parts of the legal system that mean that a regular person can force a business to account and be responsible for harms it causes, no matter how much more power and money the business has. They especially hate class actions because class actions are the only practical way for ordinary folks ripped off for small amounts of money can make the business answer for doing so.
The war on lawsuits and class actions, campaigns for immunity laws, and the relentless media propaganda against the jury system is fundamentally anti-American -- the Founders thought that access to the jury for civil trials was so important that it's the 7th Amendment to the Bill of Rights.
Nice to see someone doing a serious study that shows the other side of the story, about the lawsuits that protect us all.
The Center for Justice & Democracy at New York Law School (CJ&D) released today Lifesavers 2021: CJ&D’s Guide to Lawsuits that Protect Us All. The study describes over 125 lawsuits that have led to major safety improvements benefiting large numbers of people, spanning well over 50 years. According to co-author Emily Gottlieb, CJ&D’s Deputy Director for Law & Policy:
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