The Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys is dedicated to the improvement of the trial practice, and preservation of the jury system. The Association provides quality continuing legal education and is active in the legislative process insofar as it impacts upon justice in Nebraska. The membership of the Association is open to all lawyers,and law students. The resources of the Association are committed to providing advocacy-related services to members and sponsoring, supporting or opposing legislation as needed to protect rights of citizens to recover for wrongs inflicted upon them and maintaining the integrity of the legal system.
NATA's quarterly publication, The Prairie Barrister is an electronic only publication. Volume 25, Number 1, Spring 2019 is available for Download.
NATA is pleased to offer a workshop with a step-by-step approach to ERISA Subrogation and reimbursement claims. The seminar will be presented by nationally known attorneys Eric Buchanan and David Abney. Topics will include an overview of ERISA subrogation and reimbursement in the Supreme Court and under federal law; finding out the rules in an ERISA subrogation claim; how to get the benefits owed in ERISA long term disability claims and other ERISA welfare benefits; an update on ERISA claims regulations that apply to ERISA benefits; and the fundamental rules and ethics of ERISA subrogation and reimbursement claims. Register online or download a brochure.
NATA's Summer Meetings offer members an opportunity to help plan NATA's future. In addition to the morning business meetings we have planned several social events to enjoy with your colleagues including a reception at The Prairie Club, a tubing trip on the scenic Niobrara River, and a Red, White & Boots chuck wagon dinner. For details, download a NATA 2019 Summer Meeting Packet.
Linda Lipsen, CEO American Association for Justice
We witnessed the introduction on February 28 of fantastic, new legislation to end forced arbitration and restore the rights of consumers, patients, and employees. This comprehensive bill (introduced in past congressional sessions under a different name) is now known as the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act. Congressman Hank Johnson of Georgia introduced the bill in the House of Representatives, and Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut is taking the lead in the Senate. As of this writing the House bill has 155 co-sponsors and the Senate bill has 33.
As you know, arbitration is a one-sided, rigged system that takes away Americans’ constitutional right to trial by jury. That’s why AAJ has been working diligently with congressional leaders in the newly-elected pro-civil-justice majority to make a big push in Congress to draw attention to this important bill and build momentum toward getting it passed.
The press conference for the bill’s introduction featured a number of AAJ members’ clients. Forced arbitration had taken away these clients’ rights—and voices; but at the press conference, these clients had the chance to be heard. They told their stories, and the media listened. you can find a recording of our Facebook livestream of the entire event at www.Facebook.com/JusticeDotOrg.
The stories told at the press conference helped explain why forced arbitration must end. Media outlets such as The Hill, Politico, The Los Angeles Times, Slate, and others, published stories about the bill and the clients. Some also cited a recent nationwide poll that shows broad bipartisan support for legislation to end forced arbitration. Pollster Geoff Garin of Hart Research was on hand to present the compelling results.
You can help build support for this bill by writing your senators and representative to ask them to co-sponsor the FAIR Act. Visit AAJ’s public education and grassroots site www.TakeJusticeBack.com and scroll down to the “take action” picture/button. The more co-sponsors we gain, the greater chance we will see a vote.
We are planning other opportunities related to this bill: additional actions items, op-eds, advertising, and more. I will share further news concerning this bill and others, as we move forward.