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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 healthy 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.
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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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February 01, 2021
Public Citizen sued the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over its failure to respond to a Public Citizen citizen petition,…
December 18, 2017
In Medtronic, Inc. v. Lohr, 518 U.S. 470 (1996), the Supreme Court held that the express preemption provision of the…
January 11, 2016
In this products liability action, a woman sued a medical device manufacturer that promoted its product for an unapproved use…
June 23, 2014
This case arose from Medtronic’s failure to inform physicians and patients about a known risk of a medical device, which…
February 19, 2013
This case arose in 2007, when Thomas Lamere, who had been implanted 19 years earlier with a heart valve manufactured…
October 30, 2012
In this case, a panel of the Ninth Circuit held that a “guidance document” issued by the Food and Drug…
January 21, 2011
In this products liability action, a Mississippi woman is sued a medical device manufacturer whose product malfunctioned in the course…
February 20, 2008
After suffering serious injury when a balloon catheter burst while he was undergoing an angioplasty procedure, Charles Riegel and his…
October 11, 2005
In this case, we served as Supreme Court co-counsel for the plaintiff in a petition for certiorari that posed the…
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