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Fair Courts

Our country's state courts do not reflect the racial and gender diversity of the communities they serve.  That is the conclusion of a new study on state supreme court diversity published by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law.

Product Liability Tort Reform: What's the Real Cost?

Corporations that make and sell products that hurt people have zealously fought and lobbied to reduce their liability. They've succeeded, too.  In the past decade or so, most states have enacted some form of product liability tort reform, ranging from non-economic damage caps to statutes that absolve sellers and distributors from any liability at all.  Their most appealing argument has always been that product liability litigation --lawsuits brought by victims who were injured in some way by a defective or unsafe product --are a drag or a drain on our economic system.

Contingency Fees: How You Pay Your Lawyer Matters

In the past few years, big corporations, medical associations, and the insurance industry have urged legislators to put a cap on contingency fees.  These special interests launched their attack against contingency fees through hired lobbyists and PR experts who portrayed the contingency fee as a way to enrich trial lawyers while cutting into the pockets of the victims.  In reality, contingency fees are a valuable part of our civil justice system.

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