A sophisticated, big money effort shakes the civil justice system
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Commonweal Institute: An important report shows how the tort “reform” movement has enjoyed unprecedented success in influencing federal and state legislation and policies by: 1) using organizations perceived by the public as independent, 2) repeating the anti-tort message as consistently as possible through multiple channels, 3) employing sophisticated communications methods, 4) following a coherent long-term plan, and 5) coordinating both ideologically and tactically with the Right’s network of advocacy organizations. The pool of potential jurors has been inundated with tort reform messages to the point where these ideas are taken as conventional wisdom. Jurors — even when it runs against their own personal interests as consumers — are exercising personal tort reform by finding against plaintiffs.
Category: Civil Justice System;