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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ACS, ACS CAN, and Partner Groups File Lawsuit to Force FDA to Require Graphic Warnings

The 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act required graphic warnings covering the top half of the front and back of cigarette packs and 20 percent of cigarette advertising and gave the FDA until June 22, 2011, to issue a final rule requiring such warnings.

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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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Department of Justice Lawsuit Against the Tobacco Industry

After the massive Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) between states and the tobacco industry regarding fraud associated with the sale and marketing of cigarettes, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) decided to file a similar lawsuit against the tobacco industry.

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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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Affordable Care Act – Tax Credits

ACS and ACS CAN joined with the American Diabetes Association and American Heart Association to file amicus briefs in lawsuits challenging the availability of tax credits to people who buy a health plan in the federal marketplace.

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Affordable Care Act – Individual Mandate

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


ACS, ACS CAN, and Partner Groups File Lawsuit to Force FDA to Require Graphic Warnings

The 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act required graphic warnings covering the top half of the front and back of cigarette packs and 20 percent of cigarette advertising and gave the FDA until June 22, 2011, to issue a final rule requiring such warnings.

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Department of Justice Lawsuit Against the Tobacco Industry

After the massive Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) between states and the tobacco industry regarding fraud associated with the sale and marketing of cigarettes, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) decided to file a similar lawsuit against the tobacco industry.

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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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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, Dentons, 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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