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May 31, 2008

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Super-size Trucks Are Unfit For Our Roads!Super-Sized Trucks Are Unfit for Our Roads!
Large trucks pose dangers to the lives of other drivers and our nation's roads and bridges. Now, industry lobbyists are trying to pressure members of Congress to create a trucking demonstration project in six states that would allow trucks weighing nearly 100,000 pounds. Tell your representatives to think of our safety first. 

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eBay Vendor Earns Right to Resell Software. A federal judge has ruled that a California software company's "license agreement" it includes with copies of its products does not prohibit buyers from reselling the software.

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President's View

Pass the Torch. Public Citizen is launching a gift membership campaign called Pass the Torch. For us to maintain our momentum, we need not only the continuing support of our members, but the support of all politically conscious people who care about their communities, want clean energy, call for fair trade policies and demand a fair and open government. At this critical juncture in our nation's history, we need to harness the energy of the country's budding activists so we can continue to successfully represent people in the halls of power. Learn more about the campaign and how you can help.

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Citizen Vox Blog

Actor Dennis Quaid Testifies Before Congress

Hollywood Star Tells Dangers of Mislabeled Drugs, Devices.  Lawmakers got an earful from Hollywood actor Dennis  Quaid recently when he testified about how his twins were almost killed when they received the wrong drug as part of a labeling mixup. Quaid told the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee that people should be able to sue companies over harmful drugs and medical devices even if the Food and Drug Administration approved them. Read more about Public Citizen's involvement as part of Quaid's legal team and his testimony at Citizen Vox.

Watchdog Blog

Controversial FEC Nominee Drops Out

Withdrawal Signals Return to Elections Oversight. Republican Federal Election Commission (FEC) nominee Hans von Spakovsky withdrew himself from the confirmation process after Democrats refused to approve his appointment. With his departure, Congress can begin moving ahead and quickly reinstate the agency as the election season enters its second half. Read more about von Spakovsky and the state of the FEC at Public Citizen's Watchdog Blog.

Eyes on Trade

Public Citizen Sues U.S. Over Clandestine Trade Agreement

U.S. Trade Office Refuses to Release Details to Public. Public Citizen is suing the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative for illegally hiding the details of an international trade agreement. The Bush administration conceded to the agreement after the World Trade Organization protested the U.S. withdrawal of its online gambling market from WTO scrutiny. Public Citizen is attempting to preserve journalist Ed Brayton's right to request unclassified government documents under the Freedom of Information Act. Read more about the Bush administration's attempt to hide its dealings from the public at Eyes on Trade

Press Room

Killer Stoves. If you bought your kitchen stove at Sears, you may be part of a class action settlement worth a half billion dollars. Sears settled a huge class action lawsuit in February that could involve as many as 4 million consumers and cost the retailer as much as $546 million. At last, this settlement is proof positive that the danger of these kitchen stoves is real. Finally, Sears is being held accountable for stoves that can tip over and kill or injure people. Learn more about the settlement

Agency Should Hold Moving Companies AccountableCongress Must Reform Oil Industry, Financial Markets, Public Citizen Tells Subcommittee. Uncompetitive practices by oil companies and manipulation of the market by financial speculators are two culprits behind soaring gas prices, Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen's Energy Program, told a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee in May. As American consumers pay increasingly higher prices at the pump, the five largest oil companies in the U.S. have raked in $586 billion in profits since 2001. Meanwhile, during that time, gasoline prices have risen 160 percent and diesel has gone up more than 210 percent. Learn more

Public Citizen Health Clinic

Ortho-Evra Patch Exposes Women to Dangerous Estrogen Levels, Risk of Blood Clots. Public Citizen filed a petition with the FDA stating that the patch exposes women to dangerous levels of the hormone estrogen, posing a possible two-fold increase in the risk of blood clots. The petition urges market removal of the patch within six months. Read the press release and check out the full petition.

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