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Annual tort reform report falls flat

The American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) puts out an annual report. In 2007, the American Tort Reform Association’s (ATRA) report called “Judicial Hellholes” cost $1.5 million to produce and distribute. However, no more than 10 newspapers referenced the report and those that did pointed out the report’s flaws. The report was intended to expose a lawsuit crisis in the United States but in reality, it was just a message paid for by corporations that would benefit from restricting the civil justice process. The New York Times responded by stating:

The question is whether the report’s arguments make sense, are supported by evidence and are applied evenhandedly. Here the report often falls short. It is, for starters, a collection of anecdotes based largely on newspaper accounts. It has no apparent methodology.

Other research ventures also identified factual errors in the report. Here stands another example of the influence corporations have on the issue of tort reform because the real, fact-based information supports the maintenance of the civil justice system.