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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.
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…
April 22, 2019
Filed on February 15, 2019, this case challenged the declaration of a national emergency issued by President Trump that same…
Protecting Constitutional Rights & Requirements
March 25, 2019
In March 2019, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the State of New York brought an enforcement action against…
January 22, 2019
In this case, shareholders of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the federally chartered corporations that dominate the secondary mortgage market,…
December 10, 2018
Following her indictment by a grand jury, Jessica Jauch was arrested and put in jail for ninety-six days before she…
September 18, 2018
In this case, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) brought an enforcement action against a payday lending company that the…
April 24, 2018
In 2008, Marlow Humbert was arrested for rape and detained in solitary confinement for over fifteen months, even though the…
September 11, 2017
This case challenged the redistricting plan passed by Wisconsin’s Republican-controlled legislature in 2011. A federal court struck down the plan…
April 03, 2017
PHH Corporation, a mortgage originator and servicer, brought this case against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) challenging the CFPB’s…
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