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THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION SOCIETY

ACS promotes the U.S. Constitution and the values it expresses: individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice and democracy.

PUBLIC CITIZEN

This national, nonprofit consumer advocacy group seeks to ensure that all citizens are represented in the halls of power. The organization has five policy groups: Congress Watch, Energy, Global Trade, Health Research and Litigation.

CENTER FOR JUSTICE AND DEMOCRACY

This national consumer rights organization strives to raise public awareness about the value of the U.S. civil justice system, protect legal rights and hold wrongdoers accountable in order to make the world a safer place.

TEXAS WATCH

This organization conducts research and public education activities on consumer law, consumer protection and civil justice issues.

OCONNOR JUDICIAL SELECTION INITIATIVE

Lead by former US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and launched at The Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) at the University of Denver, this group seeks to change selection methods for state court judges. The IAALS site includes a map of the US showing how judges are selected in each state.

TERMINOLOGY

Tort - A civil wrong which can be redressed by awarding damages.

Damages - In tort law, a remedy in the form of monetary compensation to the harmed party.

Compensatory Damages - Money damages recovered as compensation for economic loss, such as medical bills and lost wages.

Punitive Damages - Considered punishment or a deterrent and are awarded when the defendant's conduct is found to be intentional or reckless; they are very rare and are not awarded in the context of a breach of contract claim.

Adapted from Wex, a community-built, free legal dictionary and encyclopedia hosted by the Legal Information Institute (LII) and Cornell University Law School.

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