A range of proposed changes to the civil justice system under the Trump administration would threaten the rights of plaintiffs in personal injury cases; deprive US citizens of their Seventh Amendment right to a trial by jury; and make it far more difficult for individual workers and consumers to hold large corporations accountable in court.
Most concerning, the agenda could include a series of restrictive and invasive procedures and litigation requirements for clients in class actions, pharmaceutical cases, and asbestos cases. The proposed legislation would require that trusts established to fund asbestos claims would be required to report any payments made to plaintiffs, putting personal and financial information at risk. A push to make it harder for plaintiffs to keep cases in state courts would also infringe on the rights of personal injury plaintiffs.
We encourage all citizens to pay attentions to these developments and let your representatives know your opinions on them.