Manhattan Institute's Latest Industry-Funded Research: "Laughable"

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Manhattan Institute's Latest Industry-Funded Research: "Laughable" 

For Immediate Release: May 7, 2008

Contact: Ray De Lorenzi, American Association for Justice
202.965.3500, ext. 8369

The following is a statement from American Association for Justice CEO Jon Haber:

“Manhattan Institute’s latest attack on the civil justice system follows the mold of its previous reports: fictitious, imaginative and laughable.

“Look no further than comments by Manhattan Institute Legal Director James Copland for the true intentions of this front group.  He ridiculed a Vioxx widower when her husband died one-year after their wedding, calling the marriage ‘profitable,’ followed by, ‘you used to have to marry a billionaire to get that type of kickback from a one-year marriage.’  An FDA scientist testified to Congress that Vioxx contributed to as many as 55,000 deaths in the United States. [U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform Summit, 10/26/05, http://www.uschamber.com/webcasts/2005/051026.htm]

“While Manhattan Institute does the bidding for negligent corporations and CEOs, AAJ will hold them accountable and make sure people have their day in court.”

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