For Immediate Release: September 10, 2015

ILR Poll: Meaningless and Self-Serving

It’s Like Asking NFL Players if They Like Playing Football
Contact:
Kristin Loiacono
Email:
kristin.loiacono@justice.org
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202-965-3500 x 3511

Washington, DC—The following is a statement from American Association for Justice President Larry A. Tawwater about an Institute for Legal Reform poll of 1,203 in-house general counsel, senior litigators or attorneys, and other senior executives at companies with at least $100 million in annual revenues.

“It should be no surprise that the executives and lawyers for the nation’s largest companies don’t want to be accountable for the products they make and that they prefer jurisdictions where they think they’re most likely to get away with evading responsibility.

Regrettably, the Institute for Legal Reform has as its mission to make it harder for consumers and injured people to hold these large companies accountable. The promise of ‘tort reform’ remains a sham. West Virginia has passed plenty of tort reform and ranks dead last in the ILR survey. Texas, a state with tort reform, and extolled by ILR as a model for the country, is 40th out of 50.

The ILR’s poll is as meaningless as it is self-serving. Perhaps their next poll can be of members of the NFL asking if they like playing football.

There remains only one way for consumers to have a chance of leveling the playing field and holding these powerful corporations accountable: the civil justice system. It is shameful, but not surprising, these large corporations want to harm that system and give themselves the advantage.”

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