CHARLESTON, WV, Feb. 3, 2003 – The United States Chamber of Commerce today joined with the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce in urging state lawmakers to pass significant legal reform legislation. The chambers unveiled a full-page newspaper ad asking for WV citizens to repair the state’s flawed legal system.
“Today, we are drawing special attention to one of the most important issues facing the state in this decade – the need for real and meaningful legal reform in West Virginia,” said U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue at a press conference at the state’s Capitol building.
The West Virginia legislature has already made strides with medical liability reform, but the business community wants lawmakers to expand reforms that will help end the kind of lawsuit abuse that harms companies and deters economic growth.
“This may be a local problem, but it has national and even international consequences,” Donohue added. “We hope West Virginia’s elected officials will change the law to restore fairness to its legal system, stimulate economic development, and create more jobs.”
West Virginia’s liability system was ranked 49th by over 800 corporate general counsels and senior litigators in a U.S. Chamber-commissioned survey. Humphrey Taylor, Chairman of The Harris Pollï¿½ at Harris Interactive, said at todayâÄ