Editorial - A win for tort reform

For supporters of US legal reform, which should include the oil and gas industry, the general elections of Nov. 2 provided welcome news. The defeat of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), who picked a former personal-injury lawyer heavily financed by the plaintiff's bar as his running mate, oozes symbolic importance, of course. But it wasn't the election's only signal that Americans have had their fill of the lawsuit juggernaut.Sherman Joyce, president of the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA), called the election "a tremendous win for civil-justice reform." The oil and gas industry should cheer the victory. Its downstream segments last year fell victim to a siege of product-defect...

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