Access Denied? The Fight for Corporate Accountability

You are invited to special local screenings of a new documentary short film, Access Denied? The Fight for Corporate Accountability, presented by the Alliance for JusticeM and the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice.

Ann Arbor: March 26, noon-1 pm, University of Michigan Angell B Auditorium. With discussion by Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron and U-M Professor Henry Greenspan

Detroit: March 26, 6-7:30 pm, Wayne State University Welcome Center Auditorium. With discussion by Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron, Wayne State Professors Robert Sedler and Jack Lessenberry, and top Michigan attorney Linda Miller Atkinson

Admission is free, and refreshments will be provided at both screenings.

Access Denied? exposes the steady transformation of our federal courts into institutions that have favored corporate interests over everyday Americans. The film presents the stories of musician Diana Levine, who lost her arm due to poor drug labeling, and Donald Hickey, whose pacemaker malfunctioned, nearly killing him. In both instances the manufacturers claimed that they could not be held accountable for the devastating consequences since the faulty products had been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

On March 4, 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with Diana Levine in a 6-3 decision, rejecting the claim that drug manufacturers who fail to warn consumers of their products’ risks can evade responsibility for the harm they do. This decision was a welcome victory—but the dangers for American consumers do not end with Levine’s vindication. In recent years, U.S. Supreme Court opinions have moved toward using “preemption” to enable federal agencies to override states’ consumer protection laws. Millions of Americans who use medical devices, like Donald Hickey, are still left without recourse if they are injured.

Please help the Sugar Law Center and the Alliance for Justice build public awareness of this issue by attending a screening of Access Denied? on March 26. Discussion following the screenings will focus on how the public can best preserve its rights both in Michigan and nationally.

AFJ and Sugar Law appreciate the assistance and support of the National Lawyers Guild, Michigan Chapter and the Michigan Association for Justice as co-sponsors in organizing these events. To help AFJ and Sugar Law cover the costs of these events, please contact Tova Perlmutter at 313.962.6540 or tperlmutter@sugarlaw.org. We welcome support as a Host (defray costs at $1,000 or more), Sponsor ($500-$999) or Patron ($250-$499).

Alliance for Justice (AFJ) is a national association of advocacy organizations that has worked since 1979 to advance the cause of justice for all Americans, strengthen the public interest community’s ability to influence public policy, and foster the next generation of advocates. AFJ’s award-winning documentary films educate the public about important social justice issues.

The Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice is a national, nonprofit organization based in Detroit, dedicated to using legal and other public advocacy to advance the rights of working people and their communities.

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