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ATRA Publishes Sixth Legislative Watch for 2013

ATRA Publishes Sixth Legislative Watch for 2013

February 26, 2013 2:00 PM

The American Tort Reform Association, which counts ATA among its long-time members, has published the sixth in its Legislative Watch series for 2013. The Watch provides current information on state and federal legislative proposals related to tort reform.

This week’s issue seems to contain more bad proposals than good ones. The bad include one on employment practices in Colorado, one on lawsuit lending in Illinois, and an especially bad proposal to expand the Minnesota consumer fraud statute. On the other hand, proposals to limit or eliminate lawsuit lending are proceeding in Indiana and Oklahoma; there’s a bill in Washington State to allow evidence at trial that a victim of a traffic accident wasn’t wearing his seat belt; and the package of good tort reforms in Virginia is ready for the governor’s signature. Altogether, ATRA notes, they’ve seen 360 bills introduced this year so far in state legislatures on aspects of the civil justice system, with about a third of them trial attorney bills. A summary of those are at the end of the Watch. Reproduced courtesy of ATRA, the Watch is here.