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Will Congress Give Abusive Nursing Homes a ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ Card?

A group of lawmakers wants to hand the nursing home industry a get-out-of-jail free card, in the form of HR 1215. The bill, which is deceptively titled the “Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017,” would cap the amount of “non-economic” damages a victim could obtain from a nursing home in a lawsuit at just $250,000 per case, no matter how many victims were hurt or how many people (or corporations) are responsible.

Transgender Rights – From Trump Tower to America’s Schools

President Trump, who appointed Jeff Sessions to lead the Justice Department, once famously said that Caitlyn Jenner – the Olympic gold medalist who recently came out as transgender – is welcome to use the women’s restroom at Trump Tower. That same standard of acceptance should apply to all transgender people, whether they are an Olympic champion, like Jenner, or a transgender student, like Gavin Grimm. Every person in this country should be able to live their lives, without fear of discrimination.

Challenging a Federal Court Decision Shutting the Courthouse Door on Consumers, Because Privacy Invasion Supposedly Wasn’t an “Injury”

In a case called Romero v. Department Stores National Bank, for example, a consumer received literally hundreds of robocalls from the banks that issue Macy’s-branded credit cards, despite the fact that she repeatedly told them to stop calling her. The consumer sued the banks for violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act—a statute that prohibits unwanted robocalls to cell phones. But the trial court held that the consumer lacked standing to bring her lawsuit.