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Civil justice is not about special interests

From Graham Steele and David Arkush @ Watchdog Blog: Far too often, the press covers civil justice issues purely as battles between special interests — business versus “the trial lawyers” — without much discussion on how the policies at issue would affect the public. We weren’t surprised when the Wall Street Journal presented our opposition to pre-dispute binding mandatory arbitration as kowtowing to the trial lawyers. The editorial board of the WSJ is unabashedly conservative and pro-business, and a battle between powerful, well-resourced special interests provides a compelling narrative. We were happy to set them straight. But this story line persists with too many of the civil justice issues that we work on here at Public Citizen — and in too many publications from which we expect better. >> Continue Reading