A new report published by the American Association for Justice (AAJ) points out the hypocrisy of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in working to block justice for everyday Americans while frequently litigating in support of its own agenda. The report is titled “The Chamber Litigation Machine: How the Chamber Uses Lawsuits to Keep Americans Out of Court.” The report notes that the Chamber is one of the most aggressive litigators in Washington, filing its own lawsuits and entering into the fray of others’ lawsuits more than 130 times a year. At the same time, the Chamber has spent hundreds of millions of dollars financing efforts to close the courthouse doors to ordinary Americans through lobbying campaigns, advertising, and aggressive support of anti-consumer political candidates.
The Chamber represents the interests of large multi-national corporations. The Chamber has aggressively worked to further the interest of those corporations through support of pro-business political candidates, massive lobbying campaigns, advertising, and participation in lawsuits supporting corporate interests. The AAJ report notes that the Chamber’s efforts have routinely come at the expense of ordinary Americans’ health or financial security. The AAJ report notes that the Chamber has:
The Chamber appeared in 131 cases in 2009. At the same time, the Chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform spent more than $40 million in efforts to reduce litigation and to prevent injured Americans from pursuing justice in the courtroom.
Visit the AAJ’s website to review the report, “The Chamber Litigation Machine: How the Chamber Uses Lawsuits to Keep Americans Out of Court,”and press release.