Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy organization, works hard on a daily basis for the American people. The organization has been on the front lines in such ongoing battles as those to make automobiles safer for consumers and to make drug manufacturers put safety over profits. Public Citizen has fought corporate wrongdoing and abuse on behalf of the American people both before federal regulatory agencies and in the courts. During 2012, Public Citizen accomplished a great deal on several fronts. For example, the organization:
Argued their 61st and 62nd cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Through co-counseling, holding moot courts and writing amicus briefs, our attorneys were involved in roughly one-third of the cases before the Court this year.
Made tremendous progress in the national movement for a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s disastrous ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. As of December 10, 2012, more than 350 cities and towns and 11 states had passed resolutions calling on Congress to overturn Citizens United. And, more than 125 members of Congress – and President Barack Obama – are on record in support of an amendment.
Helped block legislation in the U.S. Congress that would limit patients’ legal rights in federal and state medical negligence cases. Public Citizen worked diligently with their allies to reframe the medical malpractice debate to focus on patient safety. Their efforts inspired news stories, editorials and opinion pieces favorable to the pro-patient position.
Played a lead role in the effort to end forced arbitration in the financial sector. Public Citizen submitted extensive comments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, encouraging it to use its Dodd-Frank authority, legislation Public Citizen helped get passed, to limit or ban forced arbitration in financial contracts.
Lobbied Congress to strengthen regulatory oversight in the Medical Device User Fee Act (MDUFA), which was set to expire on October 1, 2012. Thanks to their work, the bill signed into law by President Obama excluded some of the most troubling proposals urged by industry and included new provisions that will improve medical device safety.
Served as co-counsel in Genesis Healthcare v. Symchyk, a U.S. Supreme Court case that raises the issue whether an unaccepted offer of judgment to a named plaintiff moots a class action or collective action.
I don’t know of any group that has done more good work on behalf of consumers over the past 25 years than has Public Citizen. As we have mentioned previously, Public Citizen has been responsible for a great deal of improvement in automobile safety and has also been instrumental in warning the public about dangerous drugs put on the market. If you would like to know more about Public Citizen and the good work it has done, you can go to Citizen.org for more information.
Source: Public Citizen
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