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Will the high court be a dream killer?

A century-old vision of the United States as committed to common global values of justice and humanity is being sorely tested by the Kiobel case before the Supreme Court.

, The National Law Journal

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A century-old vision of the United States as committed to common global values of justice and humanity is being sorely tested by the Kiobel case before the Supreme Court.

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  • Jim

    To the paid " tort reformer " --It is ironic and, of course, hypocritical that you adopt all the worst alleged attributes of those you criticize. Your response is histrionic at best and manages -not too deftly-to include every piece of worn out discredited propaganda. Thousands of class and mass actions have been settled or dismissed over the decades. Out of those please tell the public which ones you know have been settled based upon no or false evidence. Also based upon your representations there should be an extensive list of hundreds of companies that have been bankrupted or ruined due to "concocted" human rights class actions or any class action for that matter. Please identify the long list of ruined, innocent companies that did nothing wrong. I assume since this is your job, you have extensive documentation readily available of your wild and outrageous tales. Surely, before the American Tort Reform Association would make such claims, it would have the evidence to support them. If not, then ATRA would be worse than shameless.I personally have not been able to locate any such documentation. By the way, what do the Romney/Obama health care plans have to do with international human rights violations?

  • Darren McKinney, American Tort Reform Association, Washington, D.C.

    Surely limiting within reason the sometimes entirely trumped-up claims of parasitic personal injury lawyers on behalf of alleged foreign victims would take no more of a "strangely acrobatic interpretation" by the high court than did its finding that the Affordable Care Act imposes "taxes," not "penalties," on those who don't purchase health insurance.



    In any case, the Justices know or ought to know that shameless elements of the plaintiffs' bar already stop at nothing in concocting horror stories, replete with myriad alleged if often non-existent injuries, in efforts to bring deep-pocket defendants to the their big-settlement knees. The anti-competitive toll this legal extortion takes on U.S. employers is alarming enough as is. Thus the Supreme Court should be in no hurry to expand beyond our borders the universe of such potential claims.

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