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January 26, 2005
“As a governor, I saw firsthand how an out-of-control, unpredictable legal climate can negatively impact the economic vitality of just about every segment of state commerce, hurting job creation and the well being of families,” said Engler. “The average American family of four pays a ‘litigation tax’ of more than $3,300 a year—in higher prices for the products they buy, insurance rates and health care costs.”
“Mississippi had the worst lawsuit abuse in the country,” said Gov. Barbour. “It was hurting health care and reducing job creation. Working together with the legislature, in which Democrats have majorities in both houses, we enacted the most comprehensive tort reform bill in the country. We’ve put an end to lawsuit abuse in Mississippi.”
“As president of the
“We aggressively pursued change in Michigan during my 12 years as governor and succeeded in passing sweeping reforms to a legal climate that was once hostile to business.
Today, Michigan is a better place to start a business or find a doctor because of the many legal reforms we were able to enact. The court system is working better, with fewer delays and fewer appeals, all because our judicial system—under the leadership of
“The American Justice Partnership brings new vision and new muscle to the fight for legal reform,” said AJP President Dan Pero. “The time has never been better to focus on this issue. Tort reform is a high priority in many states. With President Bush speaking out forcefully on the issue, more and more citizens are beginning to realize the extent of the problem.”
The AJP will work closely with its various partners, consistent with their missions and bylaws, to:
• Support pro-reform candidates for governor, the state legislature, supreme court, and attorney general;
• Enact pro-reform state legislation and adopt court rules that curb frivolous lawsuits; and,
• Enhance public understanding about the importance of legal reform and the need to become more politically involved.
“If, collectively, we can succeed here, we believe a fundamental change in behavior will occur and the process of reversing
AJP partners include the American Tort Reform Association, Washington Legal Foundation, Manhattan Institute, Center for Individual Freedom, American Legislative Exchange Council, Council of State Chambers, and a number of state manufacturing associations and chambers of commerce.