Federal Preemption

Corporate wrongdoers sometimes argue that they can’t be sued, even if they acted outrageously, because a federal statue, regulation, or action preempts (wipes out) all lawsuits and state laws that could hold them accountable. They claim they are immune from suit and free to do harm while their victims have no remedy at all.

What Public Justice Is Doing

We have been Counsel of Record before the Supreme Court in many preemption cases and have helped defeat preemption across the country in cases involving unsafe cars and boats, pesticides, drugs and medical devices, HMOs, banks, mortgage brokers, phone companies and more.

For thirty years, through litigation and education, we have been fighting federal preemption and preserving access to justice throughout the federal and state court systems.