“Decades of environmental disasters show role of civil justice system in holding polluters accountable”
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
A report from the American Association for Justice shows how “trial attorneys were the ones who sought justice for communities destroyed by corporate polluters” in the 1960s and 70s. The report, “Hazardous to Your Health: How the Civil Justice System Holds Corporate Polluters Accountable,” details efforts through the civil justice system to deal with oil spills, dumping toxic chemicals, dirty air, contaminated water and poisoning the poor.
“Time and again we have seen corporations avoid responsibility for the pollution and environmental devastation they have caused,” said AAJ President Anthony Tarricone. “Without the civil justice system, many corporate polluters would never have been held accountable for the disaster they caused.