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October 28, 2009 1:04 PM

Chamber of Commerce and Trial Lawyers Release Battling Litigation Reports

Posted by Brian Baxter

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Association of Trial Lawyers, longtime adversaries, have released dueling reports on the state of litigation, reports The National Law Journal, a sibling publication.

The Chamber's report, titled Selling Lawsuits, Buying Trouble, is authored by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom partners John Beisner and Jessica Miller, and counsel Gary Rubin. It lashes out at the practice of litigation financing. (The Am Law Litigation Daily has reported about a new $130 million litigation fund raised in London.)

The AAJ (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America) responded in kind with its own report titled They Knew and Failed To..., which, according to the NLJ, highlights examples of companies allegedly putting their consumers' lives at risk.

We can think of one way to settle this feud. But, most likely, as the NLJ notes, both sides will ratchet up their lobbying campaigns to curry favor on Capitol Hill. The plaintiffs' bar is pushing through several pieces of legislation that would expand opportunities for litigation--music to the ears of many idle defense lawyers--but figures to meet strong opposition from the pro-business lobby.

The Chamber is hosting its Legal Reform Summit Wednesday in Washington, D.C., the BLT reports, with former Florida governor Jeb Bush delivering the keynote address.

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