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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…

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…

Morris Dees: With Justice for All in a Changing America

By Arthur BryantChairman The 2015 Dean A. Robb Public Interest Lecture at Wayne State University Law School by Morris Dees, held April 13, was our most successful yet. Adding to the evening’s excitement were the introductory remarks by a Public Justice Founder and past president,…

CFPB’s Proposed Payday Lending Rules: A Big Step in the Right Direction

Photo via Scurzuzu on Flickr By Sarah BeltonCartwright-Baron Attorney  Reckoning day for payday lenders has finally arrived. To quote President Obama’s prepared remarks for his speech in Birmingham, Ala., “if you’re making a profit by trapping hard-working Americans in a vicious cycle of debt, then you…