Bush Campaigning To Curb Consumer Suits: Report

Law360, New York (October 15, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A trial lawyers' association has accused the Bush administration of rewriting a slew of federal rules to preempt state laws that protect consumers, as part of a campaign to shield corporations from product liability lawsuits.

The American Association For Justice released a report Wednesday on Bush's “regulatory strategy” of preemption, which includes correspondence revealing that the White House influenced federal agencies' regulations.

Seven federal agencies have released 60 proposed or final rules with “preemption” clauses since 2005, according to AAJ. This preemption language indicates that products...
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