A new report released by the American Association for Justice announced that the United States Chamber of Commerce (“Chamber”) enters two lawsuits weekly to advance its own agenda while blocking justice for everyday Americans. Earlier this month, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO referred to litigation as “one of our most powerful tools for making sure that federal agencies follow the law and are held accountable.” However, just this week, the Chamber held its yearly “Legal Reform Summit” where it schemes attempts to undermine the civil justice system and weaken the basic protects of everyday American workers and consumers. The annual Chamber event is underwritten by its multinational corporate members.
The American Association for Justice hits the target in addressing the Chamber’s hypocrisy in blocking justice for everyday Americans while simultaneously using the civil justice system liberally for its own pro-corporate agenda. The report exposes that the Chamber is one of the most aggressive litigators in our nation’s capital city, filing pro-corporate lawsuits at a rate of over twice weekly! AAJ President described that the Chamber has one rule for corporations and another rule for everyone else, which comes at the “expense of ill-treated workers, defrauded investors, and injured consumers.” The Chamber willingly and frequently spends millions of dollars in the courtrooms to prevent citizens from holding wrongdoers accountable in those same courtrooms! The Chicago injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti could not agree more!
Some examples of the Chamber’s litigation on behalf of corporations, and at the expense of Americans’ health or security, include: defending the most conceited and worst behaved corporate CEOs and their excesses; trying to force workers rather than employers to pay for their safety equipment; filing multiple actions opposing any move to combat climate change; and spending years defending big tobacco, asbestos, and other companies accused of significant product liability. The Chamber has to face the truth that the right to justice belongs to all Americans, not just the companies with the biggest pocketbooks.
To read the entire American Association for Justice report on the Chamber of Commerce’s hypocrisy, follow the link.