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The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on police brutality and racial profiling on Wednesday, June 10 at 10am. AAJ member Ben Crump, a civil rights attorney representing the Floyd family, testified and AAJ's President Bruce Stern submitted a written statement. Read the statement.
For more than 50 years, the unjust ‘qualified immunity’ doctrine has shielded law enforcement officers from lawsuits when they violate the civil rights of the people they are sworn to protect. AAJ is working to change that.Read AAJ's Statement
Congress has passed COVID-19-related legislation. Important provisions apply to your practice and business operations during this difficult time. AAJ has developed several resources to inform trial lawyers on critical aspects of the legislation.
Our team was able to successfully push back demands for broad immunity but expect as the challenges of this pandemic unfold, our opponents will continue to seek immunities and bailouts. We will be ever vigilant.
ICYMI: Media Coverage Impacting Your Cases and Clients
Blanket Business Immunity
- Mitch McConnell Should Not Use This Crisis to Advance His ‘Tort Reform’ Agenda, Editorial Board, Washington Post, May 3, 2020.
- Republicans Should Reject Trump's Divisive Approach to Pandemic, Chris Coons and William Kristol, USA Today, May 7, 2020.
- The Absolute Absurdity of Blanket Corporate Immunity, Alexander Sammon, The American Prospect, May 8, 2020.
- Public Opposed To COVID-19 Business Immunity, Poll Finds, Y. Peter Kang, Law 360, May 6, 2020.
- Business Immunity for Coronavirus Is Not the Solution to Trump's Reopening Fiasco, Editorial Board, The Boston Globe, May 15, 2020.
- McConnell's Rush to Protect Business Endangers Everyone Else, The Editorial Board, The New York Times, May 15, 2020.
- Amid Coronavirus, Blanket Legal Immunity Will Prolong Pandemic, Bruce Stern, USA Today, May 18, 2020.
- Why is Mitch McConnell Protecting Nursing Homes, Tobias Millrood, The New York Times, May 20, 2020.
- Health and Business Concerns Clash in Debate over COVID-19 Liability, Rollcall, July, 22, 2020.
- AAJ's statement following the Senate Judiciary Committee's “Examining Liability During the COVID-19 Pandemic” hearing
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The Senate Judiciary Committee held the “Examining Liability During the COVID-19 Pandemic” hearing on May 12. Instead of focusing on how to best support unemployed Americans, small businesses, and the medical response to the pandemic, some lawmakers are using the COVID-19 pandemic to push blanket immunity policy and their long-standing tort-reform agenda. AAJ is working to protect workers, consumers, and the public and make sure that blanket immunity does not become the law of the land. Read the Testimony
Rest assured that AAJ PAC continues to support friends and allies in Congress and remains focused on the upcoming November elections and supporting pro-civil-justice candidates. Campaigns are relying on AAJ PAC now more than ever as we all adapt to these challenging times.Learn More