Senate muffs chance to address abuse of tort system

Through an interesting coincidence, tort reform has roared back onto the US political stage.In a single week, the Senate gave brief consideration to the Class Action Fairness Act, and Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) chose Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) as his running mate in the presidential campaign.Before his election to the Senate in 1998, Edwards had a successful career as a personal-injury lawyer, specializing in medical malpractice (see Editorial, OGJ, July 12, 2004).Plans for full Senate consideration of the class-action legislation, which the House passed in June 2003, preceded Kerry's announcement about Edwards.The selection and the Senate's failure to pass legislation addressing cla...

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