Corporations rank Mississippi courts unfairest

National Underwriter
Tuesday, March 8, 2005

Senior corporate attorneys believe that Delaware's legal system is currently the fairest to U.S. businesses while Mississippi is biased against them, a poll has found.
The study was released today by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for Legal Reform, which has launched public relations, lobbying and legal campaigns to reduce the cost of litigation for America's businesses.
The Center for Justice & Democracy, a liberal consumer group, called the study “completely unwarranted, unfair and contrary to the opinion of business leaders in the states.”
The Center said the study criticizes certain state business climates “based on nothing more than corporate lawyers' views of a state's legal system.”
Joanne Doroshow, CJ&D Executive Director, said, “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has no business going around the country attacking individual states' business climates at the same time these states are achieving great success attracting businesses
She added, “The U.S. Chamber should be promoting businesses in these states, not hurting them.”
Ms. Doroshow said that, “to the extent that readers could decipher the details of this ‘survey,' it seems clearly designed to test responses to a set of arguments reflecting the Chamber's political agenda to limit lawsuits and the liability of corporate wrongdoers.”  
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