A new report by the Center for Justice & Democracy champions some of our country’s most important public advocates, the state Attorneys General (AGs). The study focuses on the state AG’s role in targeting corrupt and harmful business practices on behalf of state consumers. Our very own Lisa Madigan and her involvement in several federal lawsuits are highlighted. We at Illinois Deserves the Truth have applauded many actions her office has taken to protect Illinoisans and hold wrongdoers accountable.
The study mentions a number of recent settlements in which Madigan was involved, including those against pharmaceutical companies Purdue Pharma and Organon USA Inc., the selling of defective defibrillators by Boston Scientific Corp., and her work to combat tobacco companies’ misleading business practices.
CJ&D Executive Director, Joanne Doroshow, said,
"We tend to take for granted the important and sometimes understated work of state Attorneys General."Madigan’s work isn't just undervalued, though. State AGs across the country are under attack by corporate special interests.
“A stealth corporate campaign is underway to keep them from accomplishing their job, both by treating with contempt their pro-consumer cases and by attacking their use of outside counsel, which AG's seek out to better protect consumers while saving taxpayers money. If these business groups are successful and prevent AGas from doing their job, the difference could means hundreds of millions of lost reimbursements for states due to corporate wrongdoing, not to mention countless lives."This study just reminds us of the importance of public advocates like Madigan. State AGs and the private counsel helping them do all Illinoisans a service by exposing corporate wrongdoing.
You can find a copy of the report here.
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