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Four Who Made a Difference
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Diane Flaherty
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Let America Know’s 2011 Justice Served Awards
Four Civil Justice Struggles
That Are Shaking Up America

Stella Liebeck was vilified for taking on fast-food giant McDonald’s. Colin Gourley fought all the way to the Nebraska Supreme Court over caps on damages for medical malpractice. Justice Oliver Diaz nearly lost his freedom trying to protect the integrity of statewide judicial elections. And Jamie Leigh Jones battled six years for her day in court to overcome a forced arbitration clause in her employment contract with a subsidiary of corporate giant Halliburton. Our nominations for the 2011 Justice Served Awards feature these four extraordinary cases from the blockbuster documentary Hot Coffee. Now it’s your job to select this year’s winner.
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2011 Justice Served Awards nominees: clockwise from upper left, Justice Oliver Diaz, Stella Liebeck, Jamie Leigh Jones and Colin Gourley (shown left of twin brother Connor).

By The Numbers
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$17 Billion Problem

Six million injuries and 187,000 deaths from medical errors cost America $17 billion every year. Yet nearly 30 states have passed damage caps on medical negligence, penalizing the injured rather than preventing such injuries from happening in the first place.

Sources: April 2011; Volume 30, Issue 4, Health Affairs

$35 Million to Buy Justice?

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce spent “nearly $35 million” in 2008 on pro-business candidates, including state Supreme Court judges. The Chamber is also ranked first among top 10 “Super Spenders” on state judicial elections, 2000 to 2009.

Sources: Assault on Justice, Huffington Post; The New Politics of Judicial Elections, 2000-2009, Brennan Center for Justice


68 to 30
Against Forced Arbitrations

When a major defense contractor denied an employee her day in court after an alleged rape by a coworker, the U.S. Senate voted 68 to 30 in favor of a law prohibiting forced arbitration clauses in Defense Department contracts.

Source: Senate Passes Franken Amendment, MinnPost

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Flashback to the 2010 Justice Served Awards
Browse more cases that made a difference as highlighted in the 2010 Justice Served Awards, courtesy of the American Association for Justice (AAJ). AAJ’s mission is to support attorneys and their clients in their efforts to protect those injured by the misconduct or negligence of others.

 
Justice Served Awards Survey
The Justice Served Awards celebrate clients and their attorneys who make a difference. Vote for your favorite case and you could win a DVD copy of Hot Coffee!
Fighting Mandatory Arbitration
Jamie Leigh Jones tells how the legal loophole known as forced arbitration denied her a day in court for six years.
 

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