Public Citizen

Public Citizen is a national, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization founded in 1971 to represent consumer interests in Congress, the executive branch and the courts.

Releases by this organization

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Federal Agencies Have Stymied Access to Records Showing Impact of Texas-Mexico Border Wall
Federal officials are illegally withholding documents that would allow the public to determine the full impact of the 700 miles of fence being built along the Texas-Mexico border, Public Citizen argued in a suit filed in U.S. district court today on behalf of a member of the University of Texas (UT) Working Group on Human Rights and the Border Wall.
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Monday, March 09, 2009
Joan Claybrook Receives Lifetime Achievement Award for Standing Up for Whistleblowers and Accountability
Joan Claybrook, the former president of Public Citizen, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award today during a gathering of whistleblowers and advocates for her decades of fighting to protect employees who report wrongdoing.
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Monday, March 09, 2009
Safety Advocates Ask Court to Overturn Bush ‘Midnight Regulation’
The Teamsters, Public Citizen, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, and the Truck Safety Coalition asked an appeals court today to review a dangerous Bush-era regulation that increased the amount of time truck drivers can spend behind the wheel. The groups also sent a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood asking him to begin work on a new regulation that would reduce truck crashes caused by fatigue.
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Friday, March 06, 2009
Medical Device Maker’s Brazen Manipulation of Approval Process Shows Need to Reform FDA
Today, The Wall Street Journal described how Regen Biologics manipulated the pre-market review process at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to win approval for its device, the Menaflex Collagen Scaffold, an implant that replaces damaged knee cartilage. Public Citizen was the only group to testify at the Nov. 14 FDA advisory committee meeting on this product.
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Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Supreme Court Correct to Uphold Right of Injured Patients To Sue Drug Companies
We are extremely gratified that the U.S. Supreme Court today in Wyeth v. Levine upheld the traditional right of patients harmed by defective and mislabeled drugs to sue drug companies to recover compensation for their injuries.
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Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Transparency Fight Over CVS Caremark Contracting Practices Escalates With Lawsuit for Release of Univ. Drug Benefit Contract
Change to Win today sued Ferris State University, seeking the release of a government contract between the university and CVS Caremark, a pharmacy benefit management (PBM) company, among other documents. Change to Win is represented by Margaret Kwoka, an attorney at Public Citizen, a nonprofit organization with a history of fighting for government transparency, and by attorney Ted Iorio of the Michigan firm Kalniz, Iorio & Feldstein. The case was brought under the Michigan Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in Mecosta County Circuit Court.
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Thursday, February 26, 2009
President Obama Must Include Single-Payer Advocates In National Health Care Debate
This morning, President Obama announced he will create a $634 billion reserve fund over the next decade to provide a down payment for expanding health coverage. The announcement comes a week before a White House health care summit that marks the beginning of the first serious effort to reform health care since the Clinton task force in 1993.
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Ending the Insanity of Failed State Health Insurance Reforms
Albert Einstein once said "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." In this case, the insanity of doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is the 20-year history of state health insurance reform legislation in the United States, detailed at the end of the report being released today and involving nine different states.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Federal Appeals Court’s Decision on New York Fast-Food Menu Rule Is a Major Victory in the Fight Against Obesity
Public Citizen is delighted that a federal appeals court has decided to uphold New York City's landmark fast-food menu rule , which requires chain restaurants to disclose calorie information on their menus. Today's decision is a major victory in the fight against the obesity epidemic. It protects consumers' right to know important nutritional facts and make informed and healthy choices when they eat out.
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Thursday, February 12, 2009
Congress Must Level Playing Field Between Consumers and Corporations, Pass Arbitration Fairness Act
With the re-filing today of the Arbitration Fairness Act, Congress again has the opportunity to empower victims of predatory, fraudulent and abusive practices. The Arbitration Fairness Act, sponsored by Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), would end the practice of forcing consumers, employees and franchise owners to sign away their rights to take disputes to court.
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