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The Consumer Choice Center supports reform of the tort law system in the United States.

Overall, this is much progress when it comes to reform of the criminal justice system. At the same time, abuse in tort law has led to massive harm for consumers and citizens, resulting in bogus lawsuits and payouts that lead to higher costs to both taxpayers and consumers. We believe there should be just as much focus on legal reform when it comes to tort law as criminal justice.

Les principaux outils par lesquels nous avons diffusé ce message comprennent des articles d'opinion écrits dans les principaux médias, des communiqués de presse, des campagnes et des graphiques sur les réseaux sociaux, des interviews à la radio et à la télévision, l'organisation d'événements locaux et des soumissions écrites aux autorités gouvernementales.

We’ve heard from consumers that want sensible legal reform, want to ensure the legal system is used for legitimate purposes: righting civil wrongs.

Overall, we advocate for reforms that will help citizens and consumers benefit from a juster and more equitable legal system.

Les points importants:

  • Frivolous lawsuits raise costs for consumers
  • Consumers are being hosed, milked, and misled by ambulance-chasing big-city lawyers
  • Bad class-action lawsuits elevate bad science that harms and misinforms consumers
  • Lawyers are putting out misleading information to boost their bogus lawsuit payouts and consumers are forced to pay higher prices

We recommend:

  • Capping the payments from exorbitant and often bogus lawsuits
  • Actually defining who can be a defendant in class action cases
  • Establishing what is legitimate science in our courtrooms

Sign the petition for legal reform in your state today!

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Le Congrès veut copier certaines des pires règles alimentaires de l'UE. C'est une mauvaise idée

There is simply no argument in favor of copying EU food regulations. Legislation looming in the US Congress could emulate European food standards by copying European agricultural regulation. PACTA (Protect America’s Children from Toxic Pesticides Act), legislation sponsored by Senators Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, and Bernie Sanders would outlaw any pesticide...

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Public-nuisance lawsuits stifle innovation, and consumers ultimately foot the bill

With arcane rule changes and different policies on absentee voting, we are bracing for lawsuits and recounts that could keep both presidential candidates’ legal teams busy until New Year’s. For once, thankfully, it will not be Florida’s fault. This is another reminder of how much we have allowed our...

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Miami Herald

Public-nuisance lawsuits stifle innovation, and consumers ultimately foot the bill

With arcane rule changes and different policies on absentee voting, we are bracing for lawsuits and recounts that could keep both presidential candidates’ legal teams busy until New Year’s. For once, thankfully, it will not be Florida’s fault. This is another reminder of how much we have allowed our...

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Le coronavirus va faire exploser notre système juridique, mais un bouclier de responsabilité aidera

As customers slowly trickle back into stores and workers punch back in at reopened businesses, there’s one thought on all our minds: caution. Protective plastic shields and screens, face masks and gloves are a new reality, and it is a small price to pay for coming out of state-mandated...

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Waco Tribune-Herald

GOP bill would deter frivolous COVID lawsuits

As customers slowly trickle back into stores and workers punch back in at reopened businesses, one thought dominates all our minds: caution. Protective plastic shields and screens, face masks and gloves are a new reality, and it is a small price to pay for coming out of state-mandated lockdowns....

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RESPONSIBLE BUSINESSES AND SCHOOLS NEED COVID-19 LIABILITY SHIELDS

A Liability Shield For Small Businesses And Schools Part of this proposal is a liability shield for small businesses and schools, to protect them from unreasonable lawsuits related to COVID-19. Consumer Choice Center Deputy Director Yaël Ossowski responded: “The nature of the virus means it is almost certain that someone,...

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The Detroit News

Responsible businesses need COVID-19 liability shields

As customers slowly trickle back into stores and workers punch back in at reopened businesses, there’s one thought on all our minds: caution. Protective plastic shields and screens, face masks and gloves are a new reality, and it is a small price to pay for coming out of state-mandated...

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Burned Tort Lawyers Plead Guilty to $200 Million Extortion Racket

Late last year, we covered the criminal case against Virginia-based attorney Timothy Litzenburg and his partners. He was accused of approaching an international agrochemical company, presumably Bayer, the parent company of Monsanto, and threatening to weaponize the media and courts against them unless they gave his law firm $200...

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Miami Herald

America loves lawsuits. So why can’t you sue a cop for excessive force?

Across the country, people of all backgrounds are in the streets to seek justice. They feel let down by their institutions, their cities and their nation. They’re not wrong. The shocking death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has awoken many Americans to the pressing issues of police accountability and...

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Comment les poursuites en responsabilité font grimper les prix des médicaments, étouffent l'innovation et nuisent aux patients

A single drug can cost up to 2 million dollars per treatment. In the light of COVID-19, patient groups and activists have been using the crisis of the moment to call for capping drug and vaccine prices and cracking down on barriers to access for patients. In developing countries,...

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ahgz

"Die Schuldigen nicht in den Skihütten von Ischgl suchen"

Die weltweite Verbraucherorganisation Consumer Choice Center nimmt die Gastwirte im österreichischen Party-Hotspot in Schutz. Originally published here. The Consumer Choice Center is the consumer advocacy group supporting lifestyle freedom, innovation, privacy, science, and consumer choice. The main policy areas we focus on are digital, mobility, lifestyle & consumer goods,...

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Can you sue the ski hut where you contracted coronavirus?

European nations may be opening up their economies throughout the month of May, but that grand opening is likely to be dogged by the wave of COVID-19-related lawsuits. We learned over the weekend that over 5,000 international tourists to the ski town of Ischgl, Austria are in the process...

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Alter Net

La série Netflix révèle que l'injustice et la science indésirable affligent les tribunaux de notre pays

With so many of us doing our part to stay at home, it’s been the perfect time to dive into binge-worthy Netflix series. For many, it’s been Tiger King or reruns of Friends, but some of the more interesting series deconstruct the American justice system and its complexities: innocence...

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La série Netflix révèle que l'injustice et la science indésirable affligent les tribunaux de notre pays

With so many of us doing our part to stay at home, it’s been the perfect time to dive into binge-worthy Netflix series. For many, it’s been Tiger King or reruns of Friends, but some of the more interesting series deconstruct the American justice system and its complexities: innocence...

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La série Netflix révèle que l'injustice et la science indésirable affligent les tribunaux de notre pays

With so many of us doing our part to stay at home, it’s been the perfect time to dive into binge-worthy Netflix series. For many, it’s been Tiger King or reruns of Friends, but some of the more interesting series deconstruct the American justice system and its complexities: innocence...

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Netflix Series Reveal Injustice and Junk Science Are Plaguing Courts

With so many of us doing our part to stay at home, it’s been the perfect time to dive into a binge-worthy Netflix series. For many, it’s been “Tiger King” or reruns of “Friends,” but some of the more interesting series deconstruct the American justice system and its complexities:...

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Battle of the Experts: Judge tosses portions of testimony in J&J talc trial

For the last year, we’ve dedicated a good amount of space in our campaigns advocating for significant reform when it comes to both the U.S. tort law system and the science that is used in courts. With most courts closed due to COVID-19, that afforded us an opportunity to...

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Covid-19 will help us identify which regulations are holding back productivity and innovation

At a time like this, those of us who believe in free markets and limited government face challenges in justifying adherence to those principles. It is hard to argue against governments doing “whatever it takes” to combat the spread of the disease and save lives and livelihoods. In fact, as my...

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COVID-19 gives us the opportunity for legal reform

Public life is now at a standstill in the United States. Millions are social distancing and staying at home to avoid further community spread of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. It’s important to remain positive, but times are tough. Nearly 18% of American households are facing reduced hours...

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COVID-19 gives us the opportunity for legal reform

Public life is now at a standstill in the United States. Millions are social distancing and staying at home to avoid further community spread of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. It’s important to remain positive, but times are tough. Nearly 18% of American households are facing reduced hours...

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COVID-19 gives us the opportunity for legal reform

Public life is now at a standstill in the United States. Millions are social distancing and staying at home to avoid further community spread of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19.  It’s important to remain positive, but times are tough. Nearly 18 percent of American households are facing reduced...

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Digital identity verification could present big opportunities for Ontario — but big risks, too

A proposed overhaul of Ontario’s justice system could set the province on track toward digital identity verification, the attorney general has hinted.  Bill 161 would include changes to the Notaries Act to “allow for remote or virtual commissioning and notarization online.” Although the change would only happen “once appropriate...

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Why are juries awarding millions of dollars based on shoddy baby powder science?

There’s something amiss in our nation’s courts. Just last week, a New Jersey jury awarded $750 million to four people who claimed baby powder products made by Johnson & Johnson had contributed to their cancer diagnoses. In the end, that amount will actually be reduced to $186 million, a...

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Florida should crack down on frivolous lawsuits, costly verdicts

Lawsuits: A St. Louis jury awarded a record $4.7 billion verdict in a lawsuit in which plaintiffs said Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder caused cancer. In a time of bitter division in our country, it’s refreshing to see partisan flags fall and elected leaders rally to improve our institutions...

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Los Angeles Daily News

After another big lawsuit bites the dust, can we admit it’s time for legal reform?

It seems California isn’t so lawsuit crazy after all. Last Monday, Los Angeles jurors announced their ruling in just one of the dozens of lawsuits currently making their way through the courts on baby powder made by Johnson & Johnson. The jury found the company was not at fault...

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Tort lawyer tries to extort $200 million, gets burned

We’ve written before that there is a significant problem with bogus lawsuits and unscrupulous tort lawyers in our country. That’s why we launched time4legalreform.org, to track many of these cases. Often, large tort legal firms will put advertising to rack up plaintiffs for class-action lawsuits against companies who’ve been...

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Confronting Slanted Journalism on Talc Litigation

When does investigative reporting cross the line into subjective advocacy? Can the coverage of high-stakes civil litigation improperly tip the scales of the legal process toward one of the parties involved? What duty of transparency do reporters owe the public when active litigants are selectively providing much of the...

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Ontario News

Building a Stronger Justice System to Grow Safer Communities

Helping people resolve their legal issues faster and more affordably TORONTO — The Ontario government is taking action to make it easier, faster and more affordable for people to access the justice system. Today, Attorney General Doug Downey introduced the Smarter and Stronger Justice Act to simplify a complex...

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John Oliver is on the money on lawsuit abuse and the need for legal reform

The United States of America is lawsuit crazy. It’s a fact that any visitor to our county readily notices. Lawyers put up large billboards in major cities wanting to “fight your case” for simple fender-benders. Television programs promise big money in payouts for class-action lawsuits against bad corporate actors....

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Tort reform should be part of criminal justice reform

Criminal justice reform appears to be one of the rare items that Republicans and Democrats agree on. At the federal level, the First Step Act was a huge step forward in regards to righting historical wrongs. Anyone who has cared about criminal justice reform, on both sides of the...

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Lawyers are already using misinformation on vaping to start class action lawsuits

The goal of these legal firms is to drum up as much misinformation on vaping as possible in order to file large class-action lawsuits that will end up financially benefiting them. This is outrageous and irresponsible.

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Pourquoi nous avons besoin d'une réforme juridique maintenant

From bogus lawsuits to unscrupulous trial lawyers, Yaël Ossowski of the Consumer Choice Center breaks down why we need more attention on reforming our legal system to better serve individuals and consumers who have been wronged. Interviewed by radio host Joe Catenacci on Big Talker 106.7 FM in Wilmington,...

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Opinion: Have we reached peak lawsuit?

Another day, another bogus lawsuit. That seems to be the trend in today’s frantic fever to adjudicate every aspect of our lives. It’s gone much beyond the famous $3 million McDonald’s “hot coffee” lawsuit of the 1990s. We see this with the landmark $572 million opioid lawsuit against Johnson...

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Opinion: Have we reached peak lawsuit?

Another day, another bogus lawsuit. That seems to be the trend in today’s frantic fever to adjudicate every aspect of our lives. It’s gone much beyond the famous $3 million McDonald’s “hot coffee” lawsuit of the 1990s. We see this with the landmark $572 million opioid lawsuit against Johnson...

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Inside Sources Logo

Have We Reached Peak Lawsuit?

Another day, another bogus lawsuit. That seems to be the trend in today’s frantic fever to adjudicate every aspect of our lives. It’s gone much beyond the famous $3 million McDonald’s “hot coffee” lawsuit of the 1990s. We see this with the landmark $572 million opioid lawsuit against Johnson...

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