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The Mead Generation

It is one of the most frequently used quotes to describe the efforts of citizens, movements and determined individuals to impact change. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world,” anthropologist Margaret Mead said, “indeed, it’s the only thing…

New Book Explores Precedent Setting Public Justice Case

On June 1st, 1981 two political activists, Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes, were murdered in their union hall in Seattle. Ten years later a federal court found Ferdinand Marcos, the former dictator of the Philippines, liable for the murders. Led by two courageous women, Terri…

Cause for Celebration: Idaho “Ag-Gag” Statute Struck Down

  Image via Bluestem Farm on Flickr  First such law to be ruled unconstitutional By Leslie BruecknerSenior Attorney In a landmark ruling issued today, an Idaho federal court struck down the State’s controversial “ag-gag” statute on federal constitutional grounds, holding that it violates the First Amendment…

An Interview with our Illuminating Injustice Award Winner

On Friday evening, Washington’s FOX 5 News featured an interview with Public Justice’s Executive Director, Paul Bland and Rosa Moreno, the winner of our 2015 Illuminating Injustice Award. Following the Public Justice Gala in Montreal, Rosa traveled to Washington to speak out about the need…

Victims of Bullying Speak Out: Show Your Support

Graffiti photographed by security at Pine Bush High School A story just published on the NBC News website features the harrowing words of victims of systemic and virulent anti-Semitic bullying in the Pine Bush school district in New York’s Hudson Valley. Public Justice was proud to…

This Year’s Five Most “Frivolous” Lawsuits by “Greedy” Trial Lawyers

By Arthur BryantChairman Corporate America and irresponsible government officials consistently trash lawsuits as “frivolous” and trial lawyers as “greedy.” Why? Because lawsuits and trial lawyers hold them accountable when they abuse their power, break the law, and violate people’s rights. Want proof? Just look at…

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…