A very uncivil war

The Lawyer (UK)
Monday, November 22, 2004

But what do the plaintiff lawyers and consumer groups, which have spent the last few months fighting Bush’s presidency, make of the prospect of ‘four more years’?

“The moral value of ‘equal justice before the law’ is dear to Americans of every faith, and this is what we work for every day – the legal rights of every American family,” comments Todd Smith, ATLA president. “How is penalising the patients most seriously injured by medical malpractice or disarming consumers, workers, or shareholders ripped off by corrupt corporations consistent with America’s moral values? Yet these are the ultimate goals of those special interest groups who invoke moral values as they work to undermine our civil justice system.”
Joanne Doroshow, executive director of the New York-based consumer rights group the Centre for Justice & Democracy…is also digging in. “We expect to be facing a lot of fights on this over the next four years,” she says. “It’s just going to be constant. Groups like ours and people who are injured and need to use the legal system are going to have our hands full trying to protect the system from those who want to destroy it.” It is going, she says, to be brutal.
For a copy of the complete article, contact CJ&D.

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