Debate on 'lawsuit abuse' waged on dueling web sites

Columbus Dispatch
Tuesday, September 26, 2000

Ohio Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse has launched an Internet web site to promote its efforts to limit damages in civil suits, a movement known in legal circles as tort reform.
"We believe that by raising awareness and educating the public about the issue of lawsuit abuse, there will be a change in understanding, attitude and behavior,'' said OCALA Director Dana Smith.
The site includes links to other organizations that contend out-of-control jury verdicts threaten the economy's well-being.
Meanwhile, the Center for Justice and Democracy, which opposes damage award limits, issued a press release calling state groups formed under the lawsuit-abuse mantle as "front-groups for major industries seeking immunity from lawsuits.''
The Center has a Web site to promote its side of the argument -- www.

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