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Now that you know….

That the tobacco industry knew for years that cigarettes were associated with lung cancer, heart disease and other serious side effects and failed to warn the public until the government and the trial lawyers made them do so…

That the pharmaceutical industry has manufactured numerous drugs that have had significant, even deadly, harmful side effects, has wined and dined members of congress and contributed heavily to their campaigns, has concealed evidence about certain dangerous drugs and only revealed that evidence because trial lawyers forced them to in litigation….

That the insurance industry tried to deny impoverished premium paying customers/victims of Hurricane Katrina of their vital life-saving homeowners benefits by calling the damages "flood" damages rather than "storm" damages until trial lawyers called them on it, sued them and beat them in court…

That Toyota covered up its sudden acceleration problems in its vehicles, deceived the public, and considered the resulting serious accidents as "minimal" enough to avoid disclosure and recall until the government and the trial lawyers got involved…

That BP’s lack of implementing safety devices at minimal cost will cause billions in damage to the environment, damage to businesses that rely on the natural resources of the Gulf, damage to tourism in the region, environmental clean up. Will BP be held responsible for the damage that they have caused? The government says that BP will be held accountable; the trial lawyers are committed to assuring that BP will be held accountable….

On these issues of public safety, public awareness, and public protection, these major industries and corporations have failed and neglected, even cheated and lied to the American people. And who has held them accountable and made them tell the truth? The trial lawyers, that’s who.

So, the next time you hear that the civil justice system is out of control, that it is in need of "reform", consider who you are hearing it from: The "Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse" groups are the brainchild of the U S Chamber of Commerce, which represents the national interests of large corporations all over the United States. These are not "citizens groups" at all. Surprise, surprise! You are being lied to (again and again) by corporate interests. And who is trying to protect you from these phony attempts to reform the system and limit your access to safety measures? The trial lawyers, that’s who.

Now that you know, who should you trust with safety issues and the long term protection of your families and your way of life? Big corporations who have lied to you, over and over again? Or trial lawyers who, in the face of criticism, jokes, hatred and corporate abuse, toil for your individual rights against powerful corporate interests, and have done so since our country was founded?

Now that you know, who do you trust?

Mark Bello has thirty-three years experience as a trial lawyer and twelve years as an underwriter and situational analyst in the lawsuit funding industry. He is the owner and founder of Lawsuit Financial Corporation which helps provide cash flow solutions and consulting when necessities of life funding is needed during litigation. Bello is a Justice Pac member of the American Association for Justice, Sustaining and Justice Pac member of the Michigan Association for Justice, Business Associate of the Florida, Tennessee, and Colorado Associations for Justice, a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan and the Injury Board.

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