Want To Save Money Support Legal Reform

Want to​ Save Money? Support Legal Reform
What would you do with an​ extra $886 each year? Pay off your credit cards? Get braces for your child? Make an​ extra mortgage payment?
For anybody,​ $886 is​ a​ lot of​ money .​
But that is​ exactly how much you and every man,​ woman and child end up paying each year to​ cover the​ cost of​ litigation in​ America .​
According to​ a​ new survey by Tillinghast Towers Perrin,​ tort lawsuits - civil cases involving an​ injury or​ wrong - cost Americans $260 billion in​ 2004,​ or​ $886 per citizen.
Americans are justifiably outraged by this sobering statistic .​
They want to​ know how this happened and what can be done to​ fix the​ problem.
In the​ past decade,​ more plaintiffs' lawyers have exploited flaws in​ our legal system in​ search of​ jackpot justice .​
They tend to​ sue companies with deep pockets .​
Then they shop around the​ country looking for courts and judges who will most likely rule in​ their client's favor,​ regardless of​ the​ merits of​ the​ case .​
While clients may or​ may not end up with a​ generous verdict or​ settlement,​ trial lawyers almost always make out well,​ taking home millions for themselves.
The U.S .​
Chamber Institute for Legal Reform is​ fighting back .​
One way we​ do that is​ by letting the​ public know which states have the​ fairest or​ most balanced legal systems .​
ILR just released its fifth survey of​ state liability systems,​ conducted by Harris Interactive .​
Over 1,​400 corporate counsels ranked the​ best to​ worst .​
This year's top five states are Delaware,​ Nebraska,​ Virginia,​ Iowa and Connecticut .​
And the​ worst? West Virginia,​ Louisiana,​ Mississippi,​ Alabama and Hawaii .​
Dishonorable mention goes to​ Wisconsin,​ which dropped 13 places in​ just two years.
Why the​ ranking? Because companies are reluctant to​ do business in​ states with a​ reputation for lawsuit abuse .​
And frivolous lawsuits drive away jobs,​ businesses and doctors .​
In the​ end,​ lawsuit abuse hurts you and your pocketbook.

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