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November 15, 2004


Justice Talking tomorrow night

Tomorrow night, I'll be doing a taping on National Public Radio's Justice Talking program. The program description follows:

Limiting Lawsuits Tuesday, November 16, 2004 7:30 PM at The National Constitution Center

Multi-million dollar jury awards are being blamed for increasing insurance rates, dampening corporate profits and stifling an economic recovery. Corporate leaders say the system is being abused by too many and must be fixed for the few who are genuinely injured. They welcomed the pledge from the White House to curb awards. But consumer advocates warn against relaxing liability rules that punish corporate negligence and fear for public safety. Corporate credibility has taken a beating as one scandal follows another and Americans, they say, should be wary about cutting awards and punitive damages that let bad actors off the hook.

Obviously, NPR's spin is "corporations vs. consumers." I'll be explaining why that characterization is highly misleading and why our nation's explosion in tort litigation harms the average American as well as our democratic and constitutional fabric.

I'll be debating Arthur Bryant, the Executive Director of the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, a trial lawyer-friendly "public interest" law firm. Our readers in the Philadelphia area can attend the free 80-minute taping by reserving seats here. Anyone can send in questions that may be used in the program by emailing the producers at jt_info -at- justicetalking.org.

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