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May 2015

We’re With John Oliver

BY David Muraskin Food Safety & Health Attorney Last Sunday, HBO’s John Oliver demonstrated how the corporate juggernauts that control our animal agriculture (and thereby our food) not only exploit workers, but silence their critics through their influence over our representatives in Washington. As Oliver…

Holding Back the Steamroller

By Gabriel HopkinsThornton-Robb Attorney For many plaintiff-side lawyers, the relentless restriction of access to the civil justice system by American judges has been at once depressing, bewildering, and infuriating. The most prominent example of this is, of course, binding pre-dispute arbitration. As the eminent procedure scholar…

Public Justice Joins the Battle Against Big Tobacco

By Leslie Brueckner Senior Attorney For decades, tobacco companies avoided paying any damages to their victims by arguing that consumers assumed the risk of cancer when they decided to smoke cigarettes. That argument went up in smoke when it was discovered that cigarette companies consciously manipulated…

Remembering Mike McIntosh: The Earth Loses a Great Champion

BY Arthur BryantChairman The Earth lost one of its most dedicated, generous and creative advocates on May 7: Michael McIntosh passed away. Mike’s significance and accomplishments are difficult to overstate. Public Justice, its Environmental Enforcement Project, and many of the leading environmental organizations in the…

Settlement with Factory Farm to Ensure Clean Water for Washington Community

An image from the Ericksen Report, submitted by the plaintiffs in this case.  Public Justice and its allies today secured settlements with four industrial mega-dairies in rural Washington responsible for contaminating groundwater. The settlement will ensure clean drinking water for the surrounding community. Four Washington…

Read Paul Bland’s Huffington Post Column on States’ Rights Hypocrisy

Photo via Gerladbrazell on Flickr Talk about cognitive dissonance. On the home page of the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA)’s home page is a video talking about the importance of “states’ rights.” The Attorney General of Georgia even opines in the same piece that expansion…