The Downside Of Tort Reform

Law360, New York (October 7, 2011, 1:26 PM EDT) -- In recent years, the country has been rightfully concerned with the emerging “lawsuit crisis,” the glut of lawsuits that have overburdened our courts and, more importantly, hurt our businesses. Companies are more cautious due to fear of litigation, and their balance sheets are awash in legal fees, diverting money that would otherwise go to hiring and capital investment.

To combat this problem, many state governments have, over the past decade, begun pushing for tort reform. Tort reform can, in some cases, make a plaintiff’s burden in...
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