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Federal Court Grants Public Access to Evidence that Drug Company 'Ghostwrote' Medical Articles About Deadly Hormone Therapy Drug
7/24/2009

Evidence of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals' Ghostwriting Campaign for Prempro Unsealed
A federal judge in Arkansas granted public access today to evidence that Wyeth Pharmaceuticals "ghostwrote" medical articles regarding its hormone therapy drug Prempro, which a national study has shown increase a woman's risk of stroke, heart attack, blood clots, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. 

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Federal Court Rules Nationwide Lawsuit against Cingular/AT&T for Overcharges, Poor Cell Phone Service May Proceed
5/27/2009

A class action lawsuit charging that millions of cell phone users were misled and overcharged when Cingular merged with AT&T Wireless in 2004 may go forward, a federal court ruled on May 26.

In a victory for consumers nationwide, the U.S. District Court for the District of Washington in Coneff v. AT&T struck down a clause in AT&T’s contract that the company argued allowed it to force its customers to bring their claims individually in arbitration proceedings, rather than in a class action in court.  The District Court held that without a class action, the vast majority of AT&T’s customers would never obtain justice—and for that reason refused to enforce the contract provision.
 

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Mountaintop Removal Mine Blocked in Virginia
5/08/2009

Less than a week after Public Justice filed a complaint in federal court and threatened to seek a temporary restraining order, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers suspended its permit that would have allowed A&G Coal Corporation to begin filling nearly three miles of streams with mining waste at its planned 1,291-acre Ison Rock Ridge Surface Mine, which would be within sight of the Derby Historic District that is listed on the National Register.
 
On behalf of the Sierra Club and Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards (SAMS), Public Justice's April 30, 2009 complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia challenges the Corps' conclusions that it could use a streamlined nationwide permit for this huge mine and other similar mines in southwest Virginia and that it had adequately considered historic preservation issues. Nationwide permits can only be used for small projects with cumulatively minimal environmental impacts.

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New Mexico Supreme Court Blasts World Finance’s Arbitration Scheme; Unanimous Decision Favors Borrowers and Consumers Who Were Targeted by One-Sided Clause
4/29/2009

The New Mexico State Supreme Court excoriated a major short-term lender’s one-sided consumer contract, which the company – World Finance – used as license to harass and intimidate its customers, all the while charging exorbitant interest rates for the loans.
 
The April 29, 2009 decision in Cordova v. World Finance brings a measure of justice to hard-pressed borrowers who faced lawsuits if they fell behind on their payments, but who had to rely on arbitration by a third party under contract with World Finance if they were wronged by the lender.

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Alaska Supreme Court Adopts 'Bright-Line Rule' that Spares Workers Substantial Arbitration Costs in Employment Actions
4/03/2009

Court also strikes one-sided appellate review provision as unreasonably favorable to employer 

In a victory for workers who seek to vindicate their rights under the Alaska Wage and Hour Act (AWHA), the Alaska Supreme Court held on April 3 that employers may not require their employees to arbitrate their wage and hour claims unless the employer is willing to pay all of the costs of arbitration.

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U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Federal Preemption Claims in Prescription Drug Labeling, 'Light' Cigarette Fraud Cases
3/12/2009

The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued two resoundingly pro-consumer decisions rejecting federal preemption of state-law claims involving injured consumers. 
 
In a March 4 ruling, the Court held 6-to-3 that federal law does not preempt lawsuits against prescription drug manufacturers for failing to warn of their drug's dangers. Public Justice had filed amici briefs in both cases urging the Court to rule as it did. 
 

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Third Circuit Rules that American Express May Not Escape Liability for Cheating Consumers by Banning Class Actions
2/24/2009

In a triumph for consumers in New Jersey and across the country, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on February 24, held that held that the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) does not preempt—or wipe away—state laws that protect consumers from abusive contract terms. 
  
In Homa v. American Express Company, the court emphatically rejected American Express’s attempt to immunize itself from liability by banning class actions and choosing less protective state law to govern its contracts with its customers.

 

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Egregious Medical Neglect Leads to Another Detainee's Death; Public Justice Joins Lawsuit Battling 'Unconscionable System'
2/05/2009

Public Justice’s reputation for championing immigrant detainees’ rights has brought another in search of justice to Public Justice’s doorstep—the sister of a detainee who died in custody because officials did not respond to her critical medical condition until it was too late.

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Faces of Public Justice

Francisco Castaneda

Francisco Castaneda

Francisco Castaneda's detention in an immigration facility cost him his life.  Public Justice took up his fight against a federal system fast becoming a warehouse of medical neglect.

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Jaye Flood

When she raised concerns about gender inequality at her university, acclaimed volleyball coach Jaye Flood was greeted with consternation and reprisal.  Public Justice successfully sued Florida Gulf Coast University for retaliation and defamation.

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