Center for American Progress

ADVISORY: How Corporate Campaign Cash Skews Courts in Favor of Big Business
Press Advisory

ADVISORY: How Corporate Campaign Cash Skews Courts in Favor of Big Business

May 15, 2013, 12:00pm ET – 1:30pm ET

Washington, D.C.— On the heels of a recent study finding that the current Supreme Court is significantly more pro-business than its predecessors, the Center for American Progress will host a panel discussion on the influence of big business on judges around the country.

In recent decades corporations and special-interest groups have invested millions of dollars in campaign cash to elect judges who ruled against injured plaintiffs and instead for the same corporations that supported them. Big business is winning the political battle over laws that limit the damages plaintiffs can get in personal injury lawsuits, which is playing out in particularly stark ways in state supreme courts. These courts are increasingly becoming an unfriendly place for injured consumers and workers to hold negligent corporations accountable.

The panel of experts will discuss how these trends are affecting consumers, workers, and patients and will analyze the results of Legal Progress’s new report, which illustrates how corporate campaign cash has tilted the law in favor of big business.


Welcoming remarks:
Lori Lodes
, Senior Vice President, Campaigns and Strategy, Center for American Progress

Joanne Doshorow, Executive Director of the Center for Justice & Democracy
Dan O’Neil, Attorney at Thompson & O’Neil, P.C.
Joann Wirtz, Ohio advocate for injured workers
Bill Putnam, Texas advocate

Billy Corriher
, Associate Director of Research, Legal Progress, Center for American Progress

May 15, 2013
12:00pm ET – 1:30pm ET
A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.


Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005


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