The Public Good Law Center is a public interest firm dedicated to the idea that the law exists to serve everyone, not just those with means and ready access to the courts.
We seek to influence the development of the law in order to protect the rights of ordinary people. From the right of students to exercise their conscience to the right of consumers to be free from abusive business practices, Public Good is a voice on behalf of the underrepresented.
We file amicus briefs in consumer protection, civil rights, and civil liberties cases. We particularly look for cases that are out of the limelight but that raise issues with potentially far-reaching consequences. It is our mission to ensure that courts are aware of the real-life impact of their decisions.
In addition, Public Good serves as a consultant to federal, state, and local government agencies on a variety of constitutional issues arising from efforts to regulate businesses to protect public health, consumers, and employees. We also submit comments on agency rulemaking on crucial issues.
Since its founding in 2009, Public Good has steadily made a difference. We have:
- Convinced the California Supreme Court to reverse lower court decisions that would have enabled unscrupulous businesses to deceive consumers by falsely advertising – with impunity – that their products were Made in the USA, or organic, or otherwise produced with particular social and environmental benefits.
- Persuaded the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to consider the tobacco industry’s gross history of deception about the hazards of its products in assessing the constitutionality of new restrictions on marketing tobacco products.
- Successfully argued to the United States Supreme Court that the First Amendment does not stand in the way of laws that require businesses to disclose important factual information to consumers – from provisos on law firm advertising to ingredient disclosures by food distributors to warning labels by pesticide manufacturers.
- Convinced the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to amend an opinion that otherwise could have allowed credit card companies to evade statutes of limitations in debt collection cases, giving them the ability to surprise consumers with claims on debts from years or even decades in the past.
- Successfully called on the California Supreme Court to nullify a lower court opinion and thereby uphold a state law establishing consumers’ right to challenge and fix mistakes on their credit reports.
Through these and other amicus interventions, we try to make the rules a little bit fairer, the courts a little bit more accessible, and justice a little bit closer to hand.