Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Report Shows Lawsuit Abuse Still Widespread

/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following statement from Lisa Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), is a response to the Judicial Hellholes 2008/2009 report released today by the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA):

"While the majority of Americans understand there are too many frivolous and unfair lawsuits in our country, the Judicial Hellholes report reveals that lawsuit abuse remains alive and well in many jackpot jurisdictions.

"States with jackpot jurisdictions are branded as having unfriendly environments in which to work and do business, as confirmed by the low scores they received in ILR's report, Lawsuit Climate 2008. During this global economic downturn, we encourage state leaders to commit to reforming these trial lawyer-dominated jurisdictions that are driving away local jobs, revenue and opportunity.

"We commend ATRA for helping shine a spotlight on efforts by the trial bar to slip liability expanding measures in bills before Congress and state legislatures. During a 2008 election night poll, voters overwhelmingly opposed these trial lawyer earmarks, saying that giving lawyers more opportunity to sue would only hurt our already struggling economy."

ILR seeks to promote civil justice reform through legislative, political, judicial, and educational activities at the national, state, and local levels. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business federation, representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) report is flawed.

ATRA’s report indicates Pennsylvania has drastically improved. Nothing could be further from the truth. ATRA’s report simply mirrors newspaper and press release fodder–not researched evidence. For example, the report only repeats what the Pennsylvania Supreme Court reports: the number of medical malpractice cases by year. But the Supreme Court only counts cases–not the number of Doctors and Hospitals and Others sued within those cases.

The Pennsylvania Department of State shows far different numbers as it actually reports numbers of litigants within those cases–and the Department’s numbers demonstrate that Pennsylvania still suffers from rampant lawsuit abuse.

Both sides–the trial lawyers, and the vicitims of lawsuit abuse have good reason to question ATRA’s report.