Legal 3 min read
F. Paul Bland, Jr.
Paul Bland is executive director of Public Justice, an organization which pursues high impact lawsuits to combat social and economic injustice, protect the Earth’s sustainability, and challenge predatory corporate conduct and government abuses. As Executive Director, Paul manages and leads a staff of nearly 30 attorneys and other staff, guiding the organization’s litigation docket and other advocacy. Paul has argued and won more than 30 cases that led to reported decisions for consumers, employees or whistleblowers in six of the U.S. Courts of Appeals and the high courts of nine different states. He has presented at more than 100 continuing legal education or professional conferences in more than 25 states; has testified in both houses of Congress, several state legislatures and administrative agencies; has been quoted in more than 100 periodicals throughout the country and has appeared in several radio and TV stories. Paul is a 1986 cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and a 1983 magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University, where he received a B.A. in Government. Prior to coming to Public Justice, Paul was Chief Nominations Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and worked for nearly seven years with Kieron F. Quinn in Baltimore, Maryland, where he handled consumer and toxic tort class actions, prosecuted qui tam suits and defended libel suits
Articles by F. Paul Bland, Jr.
Home & Family 4 min read
The Nursing Home Industry’s War to Deny Patients Their Day in Court
The proposed “revisions” of an important government rule roll back the prohibition on pre-dispute forced arbitration agreements and allow for forced arbitration as a condition of admission to nursing homes, closing the courthouse doors for many. It's important to make your voice heard on this proposed step backwards by submitting public comments urging that our most vulnerable be protected.
Health 5 min read
Will Congress Give Abusive Nursing Homes a ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ Card?
A group of lawmakers wants to hand the nursing home industry a get-out-of-jail free card, in the form of HR 1215. The bill, which is deceptively titled the “Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017,” would cap the amount of “non-economic” damages a victim could obtain from a nursing home in a lawsuit at just $250,000 per case, no matter how many victims were hurt or how many people (or corporations) are responsible.
Legal 2 min read
Nominations are now open for Public Justice's 2016 Illuminating Injustice Award, which includes a $25,000 check from the Public Justice Foundation for someone who has suffered a catastrophic injury but was unable to get the just compensation they deserved. The award also highlights the importance of the work that trial lawyers do for injury victims and other people harmed by corporate misconduct.
Health 3 min read
Victims of Transvaginal Mesh Devices Finally Get the Justice they Deserve
Two victims of what has been called “one of the biggest U.S. mass torts in history” will finally get some justice, thanks to a ruling issued yesterday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Cisson v. C.R. Bard, Inc. Over 70,000 more cases are waiting in the wings.