Big Business backs 'grassroots' tort 'reform' efforts, report says President's message

Trial Magazine
Sunday, October 1, 2000

Moving on to good legal journalism, which happily does exist, a recent report published by two consumer groups should go a long way toward exposing the myths that have been perpetrated on the public by those great friends of billboard advertising, the so-called Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) organizations.
The authors of The CALA Files: The Secret Campaign by Big Tobacco and Other Major Industries to Take Away Your Rights, relying on extensive research and documents discovered in the national tobacco litigation, trace the flow of millions of dollars of tobacco industry funds to these so-called "grassroots organizations." The authors provide significant documentary proof for their conclusion that the local chapters of CALAs that have sprung up around the country over the last several years are little more than front groups for some of America's largest corporations and are largely organized and directed through the offices of the American Tort Reform Association in Washington, D.C.
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