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"We will be on the offense"

That's ATLA lobbyist Linda Lipsen, talking about the next Congress:

The change in Congress means that "instead of being on the defense, we will be on the offense," said [Lipsen].... Some ATLA issues were very close to passage when the Democrats last controlled Congress, she said, noting the proposed Patients' Bill of Rights, elimination of the antitrust exemption for the insurance industry and enhanced monitoring of federal agencies' enforcement of safety regulations.

Meanwhile, the John Conyers-led House Judiciary Committee is likely to push "civil rights legislation to reverse recent U.S. Supreme Court restrictions on gender, disability and age discrimination lawsuits"; Conyers also favors legislation that would authorize the filing of stateside antitrust lawsuits against OPEC oil producers notwithstanding the governmental nature of that international cartel. Wouldn't it be fun if trial lawyers' urge to insert themselves into disputes between sovereign nations got us into an actual war one of these days? For much more, see Marcia Coyle's NLJ roundup.



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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