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December 03, 2004

Kudos for Point of Law

Well, we're being useful to somebody! is honored to have been named the "Best of the Web" in the category Civil Justice Reform by the weekly magazine Business Insurance. Their full write-up had some very kind things to say about our site and our editor: is a newcomer among civil justice reform sites, and a welcome one at that. Like, which was recognized as one of the best in its class last year, offers a wealth of information in a Web magazine format. That's hardly surprising, though, given that Walter Olson serves as editor for both sites. Mr. Olson, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a New York-based think tank, has written several books on tort issues. offers an almost unimaginable array of information, starting with straightforward postings dealing with broad areas of tort law, such as asbestos, loser pays and product liability. The site also features a discussion of some tort-related topic each month. This can involve experts reviewing other experts' papers or, as was the case before the election a back and forth among supporters of the presidential candidates regarding their positions on tort reform.

The centerpiece is a forum, updated several times a day, containing tort-related news stories and commentary. The participants do an outstanding job of ferreting out stories oriented to civil justice concerns that a risk manager or benefits manager might lack both the time and resources to pursue.

Like any Web site worth its salt, boasts an impressive array of links and access to Web blogs. The value of the blogs varies greatly -- some are more amusing than informative and can leave a first-time visitor with the feeling that he or she is going deeper and deeper into Alice in Wonderland's rabbit hole.

But that's part of the beauty of a first-rate Web site -- a chance to experience the unexpected -- and surely falls into the first-rate category.

-- By Mark A. Hofmann (online, but link for subscribers only via

In addition to, five other websites have been awarded Best of the Web in civil justice reform over the four years in which Business Insurance has run this series. Each is listed on our links page:

American Tort Reform Association
Common Good
Health Coalition on Liability and Access
RAND Institute for Civil Justice
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform

We're proud to be among such company.

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