Bush Administration Watched by AAJ for Last-Minute Anti-Consumer, Pro Corporation Regulations
The American Association for Justice (AAJ) is keeping an eye on the Bush Administration as it pushes through last minute consumer safety regulations with preemptive language that could reduce protection for American consumers and restrict their ability to hold manufacturers accountable for defective and harmful products.
Federal preemption allows corporations to defend themselves against defective and dangerous product claims by allowing these corporations to “preempt” or trump state or local regulations which are typically more strict than standards set at the federal level or through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
By relaxing the authority of these regulations, the Bush Administration is putting profit over safety, granting these large corporations “complete immunity.”
On December 16, 2008, Keith Oberman from MSNBC featured The AAJ’s press release, “Midnight Regulation Watch: Bush Administration Gives Gift that Keeps on Giving – Corporate Immunity for Negligence” on his Hit List Countdown. You can watch a video of the feature below: