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American democracy is in jeopardy, from the disastrous Citizens United ruling that flooded our politics with corporate cash to the immoral assault on voting rights and the corporate authoritarian in the White House. We work every day to defend against these threats and advance bold reforms.
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The U.S. government should work for the public, not corporations or industry. It should safeguard consumers, workers and the environment, and be funded well enough to do so. The budget process must not be obstructed by partisanship.
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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.
Litigation can remedy or deter wrongdoing, impact policy and meaningfully slow abuses of power. Whether suing on behalf of our members to ensure the honest functioning of government, or representing individual consumers seeking redress in court, our litigation draws on our expertise in administrative law, constitutional law, and government transparency.
May 12, 2020
As originally enacted, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) required individuals to obtain health insurance coverage and imposed…
April 10, 2020
In 2015, the Supreme Court held in Obergefell v. Hodges that the United States Constitution prohibits bans on same-sex marriage,…
March 30, 2020
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department (SLMPD) caused the warrantless seizure of a vehicle suspected of involvement in a hit-and-run…
February 26, 2020
Delaware’s constitution provides that all members of its three highest courts—the Supreme Court, Superior Court, and Court of Chancery—must be…
December 31, 2019
The State of Rhode Island filed a lawsuit against major oil companies, alleging that the companies concealed the climate hazards…
December 20, 2019
This action sought declaratory and injunctive relief with respect to President Trump’s Executive Order on “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory…
October 15, 2019
Respondents Hector Lopez and Enrique Montijo are inmates who were left to suffer in their cells for days with severe…
October 07, 2019
In 2013, a Miami prison doctor reassigned Ms. Fior Pichardo de Veloz, a Dominican activist and grandmother, from a women’s…
September 11, 2019
We were co-counsel for Plaintiff Erlin Mencias in a case brought in federal court under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against…
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