On March 4, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell. The plaintiffs in this case are challenging the federal government’s ability to provide tax credits to consumers to help offset the cost of health insurance premiums in states that have not set up their own health insurance marketplaces (also known as… Read more »
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On Monday, the Supreme Court heard argument in a prisoner civil rights case, Coleman-Bey v. Tollefson. The issue under review is how best to interpret the “three-strikes” provision of the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA). This statute, passed in 1996 as part of the Newt Gingrich “Contract with America,” sharply limited court access for prisoners… Read more »
In a job interview, a moment when the employer has the upper hand, an applicant should not be forced to raise the issue of a need for special treatment. Employers would be tempted simply to hire someone without any such needs, leading to increased illegal discrimination against religious minorities.
AFJ releases report on Coleman-Bey v. Tollefson The full report is available here WASHINGTON, D.C., February 19, 2015: “The future of inmate justice” is on the line in a case that goes before the United States Supreme Court next week, according to a new report from Alliance for Justice. “Prisoners facing brutality, overcrowding and abysmal… Read more »
“Our courts must be places where even those who feel they are denied a voice in the political process know they will be heard,” the groups wrote in a letter sent today to Congressional leaders. “We reject efforts to silence or diminish those voices.”
Last month’s Senate confirmation hearings showed beyond any doubt that Loretta Lynch will make an excellent attorney general, according to an analysis of those hearings and Lynch’s record released today by Alliance for Justice.
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Alliance for Justice has released a new report spotlighting an important case the US Supreme Court will hear next week. Inmates must overcome huge barriers to sue over conditions behind bars. The biggest roadblock is the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA). The PRLA was intended to weed out petty lawsuits, but has succeeded in barring inmates from justice who have serious grievances about inhumane treatment behind bars, according to the Alliance for Justice report.
Sometimes prisoners sue over bad haircuts and melted ice cream. But it’s often much more serious than that. In recent years, inmate lawsuits have led to reforms that reduced overcrowding, prison violence and the use of solitary confinement. Some inmates, using handwritten petitions, have even successfully brought and won cases before the Supreme Court.
“Whether it is a credit card agreement, Netflix, Verizon, nursing homes—almost everything we buy or purchase—is governed by a contract, which has the fine print language that essentially bars us from going to a state or federal court to get some hearing for the problem,” said Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice, a national association of over 100 public interest and civil rights organizations.
The video tells the story of three everyday people who found themselves trapped in a system rigged to favor corporate wrongdoers and what that did to their lives and livelihoods. Together we can send a clear message that it’s unacceptable for corporations to use forced arbitration to duck accountability for their actions and exempt themselves from the civil rights and consumer laws that are the foundation of a just society.