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Take the Tort Quiz

3. The median damage award in tort cases is:

a. $1 million

b. Between $500,000 and $1 million

c. Between $100,000 and $500,000

d. Less than $100,000

The web of tort ‘reform’

This week, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is holding its annual States and Nation Policy Summit in D.C.  ALEC’s Civil Justice Task Force will meet to discuss new ideas on how to limit your right to access the courts.  ALEC is among the top corporate front groups pushing the tort “reform” movement, especially at the state level.  Below is an excerpt from an article in the upcoming December issue of Trial, the flagship magazine of the American Association for Justice (AAJ).

Malpractice fix? We should never give up trial right

If there is some “defensive medicine” going on, it is no more unnecessary than is defensive driving. It is done to protect people. Doctors order tests because they do not want to risk their patients’ health. They order tests because they want additional confirmation of a diagnosis before ordering costly, potentially dangerous treatment. They also may want to satisfy their patients’ desire for more certainty.

Cyber Monday Shoppers

The 10 Most Dangerous Toys of All Time

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalls millions of toys every year but is stretched too thin to guard against all dangers.  In the face of such risks, parents have come to rely on consumer groups for warnings and the civil justice system as an enforcement mechanism against negligent corporations.  Here are the ten most dangerous toys of all time:

Top 10 Ways the U.S. Chamber Hurts Americans

The sole mission of the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) is to eliminate the constitutional right to a trial by jury. ILR actively works to close the court house doors to Americans and shield corporations from accountability with they knowingly hurt and mislead consumers.

Exposing the Lie of Tort Reform

Tort reform is a lie. It doesn't benefit the general public and results mainly in stripping Americans of their rights. The laws are pushed by well-funded, anti-consumer groups with friendly-sounding names like "ALEC" and the "U.S. Chamber of Commerce." Their goal is to boost insurance company profits, insulate incompetent doctors from liability and promote propaganda about a non-existent "lawsuit explosion."

Protect Patients' Rights, Protect Patients' Lives

This morning CNN published an op-ed I authored on the preventable medical error crisis that kills 98,000 Americans every year. In my article I focused on patient safety and highlighted the importance of the civil justice system. I also challenged the talking points used by people trying to limit patients’ rights.

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