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Civil Justice Trustees

James E. Butler
Mark A. Chavez
Brendan J. Donelon
William Coleman Dowden III
Caragh Fay
Joseph W. Fay
Terrell Fay
Thomas Fortune Fay
Andrew S. Friedman
Jonathan E. Gertler
Molly Patricia Hoffman
Annie P. Kaplan
Shannon Liss-Riordan
Gerson H. Smoger
Joel O. Wooten
Workers' Injury Law Group

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Cy Pres Awards

Our thanks to these advocates for recent Cy Pres Awards to Public Citizen:

Jason B. Adkins
Nancy Barron
Daniel E. Birkhaeuser
Robert M. Bramson
James E. Butler
Mark A. Chavez
William H. Crowder
Jeff Fazio
Andrew S. Friedman
Agnieszka Fryszman
Steve Gardner
Melissa Hartnett
Scott R. Jeeves
Bryan Kemnitzer
Richard Koffman
Barry L. Kramer
Steve D. Larson
Dina Micheletti
Jennifer S. Rosenberg
Craig E. Rothburd
Thomas G. Shapiro
Joel O. Wooten

Civil Justice Project

Public Citizen is leading the fight to protect consumers’ access to justice. Through our Civil Justice Project, we use a three-pronged approach — legislative advocacy, litigation and research — to preserve an individual's right to seek redress through the courts.

Our Issues

Fighting Corporate Preemption Theories


Preserving Class Action Fairness

Public Citizen's attorneys have handled several major tort preemption cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Our lobbying team opposes legislation that would preempt consumer remedies and assists in drafting policy proposals that protect consumers' rights under both state and federal law. Class actions often offer the only viable way to hold corporations accountable for practices that harm consumers. Public Citizen defends the right to bring a class action suit in the courts and on Capitol Hill.

Eliminating Forced Arbitration


Defending Medical Malpractice

Public Citizen fights in Congress and through the courts to eliminate forced arbitration clauses in consumer and employment contracts. Each year it becomes more difficult for victims of medical errors to obtain reasonable compensation for their injuries. Public Citizen advocates for patients' rights.

Promoting Real Financial Reform


Improving Workplace Safety

In the wake of the financial crisis, we have intensified our efforts to hold Wall Street accountable for harmful practices and improve the regulation of banks, credit card companies, mortgage lenders and debt collectors. Public Citizen has petitioned the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to set exposure standards for a number of toxic chemicals to which many workers are chronically exposed on the job.

Protecting Workers' Rights


Ensuring Safe Products

Public Citizen defends employees' rights to free speech and a fair workplace. Public Citizen also fights to protect whistleblowers and works to end retaliation against those who speak against wrongdoing by corporations and the government. A recent Public Citizen report shows 10 simple patient safety measures would save an estimated 85,000 lives and $35 billion a year. Public Citizen promotes the safety of consumer products, drugs and medical devices.

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