November 5, 2014

A Good Election Night for Legal Reform

The National Law Journal quotes ILR President Lisa A. Rickard in a story examining how last night’s election results will impact Congressional activity on several key issues, including legal reform.

Rickard, notes the Journal, is “optimistic that a Republican-controlled Congress would move on litigation reform built on bills including the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act and the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act, which both passed the House in 2013. She said she is hopeful plaintiffs’ attorneys would face greater scrutiny in Congress.”

Linda Lipsen, head of the plaintiffs’ lawyer’s lobbying organization, responded by stating her organization’s commitment to fighting legal reform efforts in Congress — showing the need for ILR and the business community to remain vigilant.

Overall, in addition to the election of several new pro-legal reform members of Congress, it was a good night for the election of pro-legal reform and liability-restraining candidates in statehouses, governors’ mansions and courts across the country.

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