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Every day, big banks, big polluters and big tech companies are threatening our economy, our environment and our democracy – sacrificing Main Street Americans and our families on the altar of corporate profits. Public Citizen advocates for ordinary people by taking on corporate interests and their cronies in government.
Prescription drugs are unaffordable and new drugs and devices often are approved without being proven safe and effective. Public Citizen challenges Big Pharma, device manufacturers and federal regulators to make drugs and medical devices safe, effective and accessible to all.
Health care in the U.S. leaves too many people out, costs too much and doesn’t meet acceptable standards of quality. Much of the care that we get is unaffordable, unnecessary or harmful. Public Citizen advocates Medicare for All, stronger oversight of dangerous doctors and safe clinical trials.
Global Trade Watch’s mission is to ensure that in this era of globalization, a majority have the opportunity to enjoy economic security, a clean environment, safe food, medicines and products, access to quality affordable services such as health care and the exercise of democratic decision-making about the matters that affect our lives. Global Trade Watch has led the fight against corporate-rigged “trade” agreements that provide special powers for Big Pharma to raise medicine prices, promote the outsourcing of jobs to low-wage countries and undermine the food safety and other safeguards on which our families rely. For decades, we have fought for progressive alternatives that benefit people and the planet.
The climate crisis is the challenge of our time. We can fix it with solutions that will make us healthier and more economically secure. We must act quickly to make our economy run on renewable power—and ensure that disadvantaged families and displaced workers share equitably in the new economy. We also must fight the corrupting power of fossil fuel companies and ensure that energy regulators are effective and publicly accountable.
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January 22, 2020
Under 6 U.S.C. § 113(g)(2), the Secretary of Homeland Security has the authority to “designate such other officers of the…
January 21, 2020
In 2010, Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act, which created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to administer federal statutes that…
January 16, 2020
Public Citizen represents the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) on appeal in a longstanding Freedom of Information Act case against…
The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) is the administrative body within the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) responsible for…
January 09, 2020
In this case, a consumer sued a loan servicing company for mistakes in the modification of his home mortgage. When…
January 07, 2020
This case presents the question whether parties can settle Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) claims without either judicial approval or…
Congress established Amtrak as a governmental corporation to provide passenger rail services to travelers throughout the nation. In 2018, passengers…
January 06, 2020
In a lawsuit filed in state court against major oil companies, the County of Boulder alleged that the companies had…
January 03, 2020
Facebook used autodialing equipment to contact consumers’ cell phones without consent. One consumer who had not consented to receive such…
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