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Leading the Fight Against “Ag Gag” Laws

In recent years, more and more state legislatures have – at the urging of lobbyists representing factory farm operations and industrial food producers – taken up “Ag Gag” laws that essentially shroud the operations of these mega-farms in secrecy and make holding them accountable difficult, if not impossible. At Public Justice, we believe everyone has the right to know where their food came from, how it was produced and the health and environmental ramifications of the factory farm industry’s operations. That’s why our Food Project has led the way in challenging these laws in court.

Taking on Congress to Preserve Class Actions

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed H.R. 985, the so-called “Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act.” This sweeping legislation would make it virtually impossible to bring a class action lawsuit, effectively locking the courthouse doors to millions of Americans. The final vote in the House represented a very narrow victory (220 – 201), setting the stage for a real battle in the United States Senate.

Taking on Trump: Where We Stand

The Trump Administration and lawmakers in Congress have proposed dangerous nominees, and alarming policies, that would roll back progress on consumer protection, civil rights, fighting climate change and access to the courts. Here’s how Public Justice is responding.

  • Public Justice Announces Opposition to EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt

    For the first time in its 35-year history, Public Justice has announced it will officially oppose a cabinet-level nomination. The organization has called on Senators to vote ‘no’ on the nomination of Scott Pruitt to lead the Envrionmental Protection Agency.

  • Teaching Schools About Title IX

    Public Justice client Kamaria Downs ensured pregnant students’ rights were respected at her college In an NBC News story today, former Claflin University student Kamaria Downs tells her story of being kicked off campus for being pregnant while attending Claflin University, a South Carolina college…

  • Anne McGinness Kearse Becomes Public Justice President

    Public Justice’s new President, Anne Kearse, began her path to becoming one of the country’s leading plaintiffs’ attorneys on the front lines of the public interest movement researching and advocating for the New York Public Interest Research Group while working on her undergraduate degree in Consumer Studies.

    Later, she worked as a litigation researcher and paralegal, first, for law firms representing school districts and building owners in litigation to remove deadly asbestos-containing products from their buildings. She then represented workers who developed deadly diseases as a result of working with these asbestos-containing products— a job that was both personally fulfilling and helped to build and hone her litigation skills.

Public Justice Files Motion to Protect Workers at Hanford Nuclear Site from Serious Illness

Public Justice, on behalf of Hanford Challenge, UA Local 598 Plumbers and Steamfitters, and alongside WA Attorney General Bob Ferguson, has asked a federal court to compel the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractor, Washington River Protection Solutions, to provide vapor monitoring, supplied air, and other enhanced safety measures in order to protect the health of workers at the Hanford Nuclear Site in southern Washington State.

Paul Bland Comments on Takata Airbag Recall

Paul Bland recently spoke to the Sinclair Broadcasting Group about the Takata airbag recall, which affects over 17 million cars. In some airbags, the device becomes defective and causes sharp shards to explode in the face of the passenger during a crash. These airbags have been linked to 13 deaths and more than 100 injuries.