This Year’s Five Most “Frivolous” Lawsuits By “Greedy” Trial Lawyers

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Guest blog by Arthur Bryant
Chairman of Public Justice

Corporate America and irresponsible government officials consistently trash lawsuits as “frivolous” and trial lawyers as “greedy.” Why? Because lawsuits and trial lawyers hold them accountable when they abuse their power, break the law, and violate people’s rights.

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Persons Or Property? Why The Sofia Vergara Embryo Lawsuit Matters

Photo: Vanity Fair / Annie Leibovitz.

Photo: Vanity Fair / Annie Leibovitz.

When you hear the term “reproductive coercion”, what springs to mind is a nagging wife who is constantly pressuring her husband to have babies. But, like most gender stereotypes, it’s time to think again. Women are not the only ones trying to coerce their partners into having children. Apparently, reproductive coercion is a common type of domestic violence in heterosexual couples which involves the man forcing the woman into pregnancy by sabotaging her birth control.

Last week, Modern Family star Sofia Vergara’s Continue reading

Could Marriage Inequality Be A Simple Issue Of Sexual Discrimination?

Photo: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

Photo: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

Over the next few months, the Supreme Court is expected to decide whether all 50 states must allow same sex marriage. Arguments were heard on Tuesday, the highlights of which you can listen to here. If the court decides to allow same sex marriage, 13 states will be forced to reverse their bans. The decision won’t really affect the remaining states, which already allow it – except for Alabama Continue reading

“Don’t Misinterpret My Shock!” How One Kiss Summarizes America’s Problem With Ageism, Sexism, and Consent

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When future generations look back upon history’s long list of human achievements, Coachella probably won’t be one of them. While inflatable animals, flower headbands and a lack of pants all have their place, there is such a thing as too much. Having said that, every now and then even Coachella produces something worth noticing. This year, it was a ten-second “surprise” kiss that finished looking like this: Continue reading

Religious Freedom? Or Freedom To Discriminate?

Right now is a confusing and worrying time to be a member of Indiana’s LGBT community. This week has seen a rapid succession of changes to discrimination protection laws, with the state’s new religious freedom law being widely recognized for what it really is – a license to discriminate. Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the law last Thursday, and by Tuesday, Indianapolis’ main newspaper was making Continue reading

Ellen Pao: How One Woman Has Changed Silicon Valley Forever

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Ellen Pao. Photo: therecorder.com

Right now, twelve anonymous American citizens are sitting in a room deliberating the biggest gender discrimination case we’ve seen in a long time. Silicon Valley companies and professional women across the nation (and apparently the whole country of China, too) have been watching with bated breath as ex-junior investing partner Ellen Pao’s lawsuit against venture capital giant Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers draws to a close. After 5 weeks of compelling and Continue reading

Workers Compensation: Are You Really Protected?

Picture: ProPublica

Picture: ProPublica

This month, ProPublica and NPR released a collaborative investigative article that exposed the sickening decline of workers compensation over recent years. It is a compelling and exemplary piece of journalism, and I think every employee in America should read it. Being an investigative report, it is quite lengthy, so I have republished the main points below and added my own commentary, from the perspective of an Continue reading

First Sex, Now Suicide: Is Propecia Worth The Risk?

Suicide victim John Pfaff.

Suicide victim John Pfaff.

John Pfaff was your average 40-year-old Californian man: married, father of two, self-conscious about his hair loss. But two years ago, he took a walk, reached the Amtrak railroad about a block away from his family home, and threw himself in front of an oncoming train.

To an outsider, Pfaff’s suicide was not entirely unexpected. In the months preceding his death, Continue reading

The Truth About Testosterone Replacement Therapy: What Big Pharma Won’t Tell You

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Photo: stpeteurology.com

It’s been a rough year for the testosterone industry. After enjoying a steady rise in product sales – the number of testosterone prescriptions given to American men has increased threefold since 2001 – my law firm filed the first lawsuits in the country against testosterone pharmaceutical companies, and since then, things have just kept getting worse for them. Continue reading