New Report Questions Sincerity of U.S. Chamber of Commerce Tort Reform Advocates

When most people hear the words “tort reform” or “damage caps” they usually associate it with medical malpractices lawsuits. It is true that many medical interests and medical insurers are working hard to take away certain legal rights of medical victims so that they do not have to pay for the consequences of their actions. However, many are going well beyond calling for changes in the medical malpractice context, and pushing for curtailing the rights of victims of all kinds of neglect-including the rights of Illinois nursing home abuse victims.

Building on their apparent “success” in protecting themselves from accountability from those that they harm, many of the nation’s biggest and most powerful interests have expanded their advocacy efforts to as many areas as possible. It is safe to say that the rights of no negligence victim are completely secure from the efforts of some groups to unjustly protect themselves from basic legal exposure.

This sad attempt to curtail the rights of all citizens in the name of increased profit margins should be enough to incense most community members. However, it is justifiable to get even more upset when reading the latest American Association of Justice Report on the hypocrisy of some of the largest corporate interests who actively use the justice system to protect their own interests while working tirelessly to take away those same rights for ordinary people. The new report, entitled “Do As I Say, Not As I Sue” is aimed at better understanding the ways that the ten members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Institute for Legal Reform” (ILR).

For example, the report explains how one board member, Honeywell International, takes its own competitors to court, year after year, to protect what it considers its own legal interests. However, at the same time the corporation wants to change the law so that regular consumers don’t have the same rights to bring them to court when they are careless-such as when they distribute defective body armor to police officers or downplay asbestos consequences. After losing a case in Illinois for their dangerous conduct related to asbestos, the company used the opportunity to publically ridicule the state for its judicial practices.

Our Illinois personal injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti are proud to work on behalf of all victims throughout our state who have suffered harm because of the carelessness or recklessness of others. We respect the vital role that the civil justice system has played in our country since before its founding. That is why we will stand up to all efforts on the part of deep-pocketed interests to savage the system that has stood strong for so many years. No matter what, we will continue to work on behalf of regular community members harmed in a variety of settings, including assisted living facilities. If you or a loved one has been harmed in one of these facilities, please get in touch with an Illinois nursing home abuse lawyer and learn how the justice system can protect your rights, hold those wrongdoers accountable for their misconduct, and urge changes to spare others similar harm.

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