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May 8, 2017

ALI’s Recent Insurance Liability Project Exemplifies Institute’s Effort to Stray from Intended Mission

ALI is on the verge of finalizing a project that “appears to be a Restatement mostly in name only” writes Glenn Lammi for Forbes.

The project began in 2011 as a “Principles project,” a type of endeavor in which ALI identifies and promotes changes that are needed in an area of law. Then, in 2014, ALI converted the Liability Insurance Principles project into a Restatement project – “a highly unusual move.”

The Restatement project recommends “substantial changes to insurance-liability law” that would “undoubtedly tilt the litigation playing field toward some plaintiffs in the short term.”

“If ALI continues down its present path of seeking law reform that foments legal disputes and stimulates the litigation industry, instead of fostering clarity in the law, its credibility will soon disappear,” concludes Lammi.

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