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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Releases State Liability Systems Ranking Study
[By Anique Gonzalez]
The United States Chamber of Commerce, on behalf of its affiliate, the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, recently released the 2007 State
Liability Systems Ranking Study. The study surveyed 1,599 in-house general counsel and corporate senior litigators to determine how fair business
organizations feel each state’s tort-liability system is. According to the results, California, and Los Angeles and San Francisco in particular, are believed
to have tort systems that unfairly favor plaintiffs at the expense of corporations.




President and CEO of the United States               systems is yet another baseless attack on the       advertising campaign aimed at highlighting
Chamber of Commerce Thomas Donohue                   nation’s civil justice system in its campaign       how tort reform would positively impact
stated at a Washington, DC, press conference         to eliminate corporate accountability for           California’s economy. In fact, the
that “California is a haven, people believe,         wrongdoing and negligence.”                         Chamber and the Civil Justice Association
for class-action lawsuits and other litigation.                                                          of California, a tort-reform group, are
Plaintiffs choose to go to California because        Jon Haber, chief executive officer of the           collaborating to persuade the state’s
they have a better chance of getting their           organization, further elaborated, “This latest      legislature to make changes to the legal
point across.”                                       propaganda is a made-up survey primarily            system in order to decrease the number of
                                                     of corporate lawyers earning millions of            class-action lawsuits.
The surveyed group, a countrywide sampling           dollars defending their CEOs from being
of attorneys who represent companies with            held accountable. The Chamber will stop at          The bill, AB 505, is currently backed by
minimum annual revenues of $00 million,             nothing to destroy the civil justice system         Assemblywoman Nicole Parra, a moderate
named West Virginia as the state with the            in America, which protects the rights of            Democrat from the Central Valley. The first
most unfair litigation system for businesses,        consumers, employees, and shareholders              hearing before the Judiciary Committee is
with Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama             against corporate wrongdoing and                    scheduled for May.
following close behind; California ranked            negligence.”
45th. The survey took into consideration                                                                 On the net
                                                     The group also released a report entitled
amounts of punitive damages awarded,
                                                     “The Ten Worst States to Get Sick or Injured
juries’ fairness, and judges’ neutrality.                                                                United States Chamber of Commerce
                                                     In,” which calls attention to states that
States that were believed to have the fairest                                                            www.uschamber.com
                                                     have laws that limit the amount of damages
systems and, subsequently, were considered
                                                     that can be awarded in personal injury
the most favorable for corporations included                                                             2007 U.S. Chamber of Commerce State
                                                     lawsuits. For example, according to the
Delaware, Minnesota, and Nebraska.                                                                       Liability Systems Ranking Study
                                                     study, “[i]t doesn’t matter how seriously
                                                                                                         www.instituteforlegalreform.com/
                                                     an individual is injured; Alabama law limits
In response to the study’s release, the                                                                  lawsuitclimate2007/index.cfm
                                                     restitution for every injury or death caused
American Association for Justice, a
                                                     by the government to what’s available under
nationwide group for trial lawyers, said in a                                                            American Association for Justice
                                                     workers’ comp.”
statement, “A bogus study released today by                                                              www.atla.org
the national Chamber of Commerce claiming            The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s study
to rank so-called ‘anti-business’ state legal        paved the way for the introduction of its




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