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In Defense of Tort Lawyers

If Overlawyered is the yin, then The Tortellini is the yang. Whereas Overlawyered seeks to chronicle "the high cost of our legal system," this new blog seeks to debunk the notion "that the nation is awash in frivolous lawsuits." The blog is written by Stephanie Mencimer, a contributing editor of The Washington Monthly and former investigative reporter for The Washington Post and staff writer for Legal Times (a affiliate). It is intended to serve as a companion to her forthcoming book, Blocking the Courthouse Door: How the Republican Party and its Corporate Allies are Taking Away Your Right to Sue.

In an introductory post, Mencimer writes that most of what the public hears about lawsuit abuse is wrong.

"The truth, as The Tortellini will attest, is more complex. The number of personal injury filings are falling, not rising, according to sober government data, median awards are falling, and plaintiffs are taking it on the chin, in everything from medical malpractice to products liabilty lawsuits."

I agree with Evan Schaeffer, who writes at Legal Underground: "Sounds good to me. I'll keep reading."

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on October 19, 2006 at 05:17 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)


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