Published: November 2017

Groups strongly reject any loss of legal rights for consumer, small businesses

Advocates struck back at the concept that lawsuit abuse harms small businesses and job creators—pointing out instead that this tact almost always steals the right to justice away from consumers.

Consumer Action joined dozens of ally organizations in a letter to Rep. Charles E. Grassley, Chairman, and Rep. Dianne Feinstein, Ranking Member, of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary in advance of the committee's Nov. 8 hearing, “The Impact of Lawsuit Abuse on Small Businesses and Job Creators." The groups complained that while the rights of everyday Americans continue to be limited by courts and Congressional action and inaction, major corporations enjoy unfettered access to the courts... If there is any 'lawsuit abuse' in the system, it is laws and practices that prevent consumers and small businesses with legitimate claims from vindicating their rights in court."

Other Organizations

AFSCME |A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project | Alliance for Justice | American Association for Justice | Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization | Center for Biological Diversity | Center for Justice & Democracy | Center for Responsible Lending | Church State Council | Committee to Support the Antitrust Laws | Communication Workers of America | Consumer Action | Consumer Federation of America | Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety | DC Consumer Rights Coalition | Daily Kos | Demand Progress | Earthjustice | Family Farm Defenders | Florida Consumer Action Network | Food & Water Watch | Home Owners for Better Building | Homeowners Against Deficient Dwellings | Impact Fund | Interfaith Alliance of Colorado | International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) | Mobilization for Justice | NAACP | National Association of Consumer Advocates | National Consumer Law Center (on behalf of its low income clients) | National Consumers League | National Employment Law Project | National Employment Lawyers Association | National Family Farm Coalition | National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association | Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance | Pesticide Action Network North America | Progressive Congress Action Fund | Public Citizen | Public Justice Center | Public Law Center | | SEIU 775 | South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center | Texas Watch | U.S. PIRG | Washington Community Action Network | Woodstock Institute | Workplace Fairness

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Groups strongly reject any loss of legal rights for consumer, small businesses   (SenateJudiciaryCoalitionLtr2017F2.pdf)




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