Judicial Advocacy Initiative (JAI)

This initiative identifies lawsuits and regulatory actions that impact the fight against cancer and files "friend of the court" briefs or comments to advocate on behalf of cancer patients and survivors, and all people touched by this terrible disease. The work accomplished by the Judicial Advocacy Initiative is made possible by law firms who are recruited by ACS CAN and who donate services to support its mission.

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American Meat Institute v. USDA

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (the “DC Circuit”) will be deciding an important case regarding the authority government agencies have to require accurate disclosures on foods and other regulated products, such as tobacco.

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Blog: Celebrating Five Years of Judicial Advocacy

This month ACS CAN is celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Judicial Advocacy Initiative (JAI), a highly-successful program for which law firms donate their services to ACS CAN to help in the fight against cancer.…

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Providence, RI Ban on Discounts and Flavored Tobacco Products

The City of Providence passed new tobacco control ordinances in 2012. These ordinances moved tobacco control forward in two different ways: 1) the "price ordinance" bans all licensed vendors of tobacco products from accepting or redeeming any coupons that result in a discounted tobacco price; and 2) the "flavor ordinance" bans the sale of any flavored tobacco products except for menthol outside of a tobacco bar.

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Access to Care


Blog: Celebrating Five Years of Judicial Advocacy

This month ACS CAN is celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Judicial Advocacy Initiative (JAI), a highly-successful program for which law firms donate their services to ACS CAN to help in the fight against cancer.…

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Medical Necessity in California

ACS CAN believes that cancer patients should have the ability to work with their treating physician to determine appropriate care. Health insurance to cover these treatments should be adequate, available, affordable, and administratively simple.

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Affordable Care Act

When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law, numerous lawsuits were filed to invalidate it. After thorough consideration, ACS and ACS CAN decided to join with the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association in filing an amicus brief in federal appelate courts and at the Supreme Court of the United States to support the patient protection provisions of ACA.

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Tobacco Litigation


American Meat Institute v. USDA

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (the “DC Circuit”) will be deciding an important case regarding the authority government agencies have to require accurate disclosures on foods and other regulated products, such as tobacco.

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Providence, RI Ban on Discounts and Flavored Tobacco Products

The City of Providence passed new tobacco control ordinances in 2012. These ordinances moved tobacco control forward in two different ways: 1) the "price ordinance" bans all licensed vendors of tobacco products from accepting or redeeming any coupons that result in a discounted tobacco price; and 2) the "flavor ordinance" bans the sale of any flavored tobacco products except for menthol outside of a tobacco bar.

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FSPTCA Litigation on FDA Graphic Warnings

In June 2011, the FDA published a final rule including nine textual and graphic warnings it would require under the FSPTCA on 50% of the front and back of every cigarette pack. These images included a diseased lung, a cadaver bearing chest staples on an autopsy table and other similar pictures, along with textual warnings such as “WARNING: Cigarettes cause cancer.”

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Quality of Life


Protecting Cancer Survivors Against Discrimination

Cancer patients and survivors deserve a workplace free from discrimination. To that end, ACS CAN responded to an EEOC request for comments on its regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments of 2008.

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Medical Research


Comments Submitted on Common Rule Sought to Ease Administrative Burden for Medical Researchers

The Office of Human Research Protections at the Department of Health and Human Services is considering changes to the Common Rule, which governs the conduct of medical research funded by 15 different federal agencies.

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Our Supporters

The JAI receives pro bono assistance from 4 multi-national law firms, K&L Gates, LLP; Kilpatrick Townsend, LLP, McKenna, Long & Aldridge, LLP, and Sherman & Howard, L.L.C. Their donated services leverage a multi-sector partnership for the common good. They provide specialized expertise in monitoring and reviewing cases, as well as crafting briefs. Their commitment to JAI indicates that respected professionals in the legal establishment believe the program can make a difference.

Initiative Priorities

Court decisions can have a major impact on the fight against cancer. Issues range from the employment rights of cancer patients to the tobacco industry's efforts to circumvent federal law. The JAI Initiative takes the fight against cancer to the courts, protecting the interests of the cancer community.

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