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August 2016
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Dear Beth Panaccione,

Here are four remarkable stories of people who courageously took on long odds to make a difference in protecting the safety and legal rights of all Americans. Take a look and use the survey link below to tell us which story impacts you the most.

Accountability and the Opioid Epidemic
While 2017 was a tough year for civil justice, as you will read in this month's newsletter, here is one bright spot. Those who see and deal with the devastation of opioid addiction firsthand are now turning to the justice system. So far 10 states and dozens of cities have sued opioid drug makers, alleging that these companies helped trigger the opioid epidemic by minimizing the risk of addiction and overdose. The hope is that these lawsuits will spur changes in the opioid industry just as they did in the tobacco industry, providing resources for prevention and treatment programs nationwide.
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2016 Justice Served Awards: Reader Survey

Heroes Step Up to Protect the Safety, Rights of All Americans

Tina Meg Allie
Tina Meier fights cyberbullying in memory of daughter Megan (center).

Motivated by a passion to help others, our nominees for the 2016 Justice Served Awards have stepped up to make America a safer, more just nation:

  • Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a young pediatrician, put the welfare of children ahead of politics in Flint, Mich.
  • U.S. Senator Al Franken advocates for every American’s right to a day in court as a leader in the fight against forced arbitration.
  • Daniel Carder and his research team at West Virginia University proved to the world that Volkswagen lied to customers while causing irreparable ecological damage.
  • Tina Meier travels the country to fight cyberbullying after her daughter Megan committed suicide.

Read their stories and take our reader survey.  >>>

BY THE NUMBERS /
27,000
Children
Lead poisoning from drinking water in Flint, Mich., has been found in 27,000 children, exposing them to potential learning and behavioral disabilities.
1/3 of
Workers
Thirty-six million employees, or one-third of the U.S. nonunion workforce, have forced arbitration clauses in their employment contracts.
35x
EPA Safe
Researchers studying diesel auto emissions found that software installed by Volkswagen covered up nitrous oxide levels up to 35 times EPA standards.
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Al FrankenNo Judge, No Jury: No Justice?

U.S. Senator Al Franken speaks to CNN about the rigged system of mandatory arbitration clauses. View video.

Tina MeierRemembering Megan Meier

Tina Meier tells the story of losing her daughter Megan to cyberbullying and suicide. View video.

Lead SafetyAmerica’s Water Crisis Goes Beyond Flint

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), only nine states have safe levels of lead in their water supply. View video.

Which Story Touched You Most?

Share your thoughts about our 2016 Justice Served nominees and win a free, one-year subscription to Consumer Reports.

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Lessons From a Fight to Fix Flint’s Water Supply

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha talks about her battle with politicians to save kids from toxic drinking water.

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