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January 24, 2020

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Limiting Lawsuits
Last Featured: 4/11/2005

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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 say Americans should be wary about cutting awards and punitive damages that let bad actors off the hook.

James R. Copland is the director for the Center for Legal Policy at the Manhattan Institute and managing editor of the Institute's web magazine, PointOfLaw.com. Copland's opinion columns have appeared in numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal and National Review Online. He has also appeared on television and radio shows. Prior to joining the Institute, Copland was a management consultant with McKinsey and Company in New York. He earlier served as a law clerk for Judge Ralph K. Winter on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He has been a director of two privately held manufacturing companies since 1997.

Arthur H. Bryant is the Executive Director of Trial Lawyers for Public Justice. Bryant began his career as a law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Gabrielle M. McDonald and worked as an associate at the Philadelphia law firm of Kohn, Savett, Marion & Graf. In 1984, Bryant joined TLPJ as its sole staff attorney and has since helped to build the organization into a nationally influential public interest law firm. He has won numerous awards and recognition including a Public Interest Fellowship from Harvard Law School. In 2000, The National Law Journal selected Bryant as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.

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"I was never ruined but twice – once when I lost a lawsuit and once when I won one."

— Voltaire

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