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Congress Targets Frivolous Lawsuits


— August 23, 2003

Lawmakers have embarked on a new strategy to curb the lawsuits they blame for skyrocketing medical prices, insurance rates and other costs.

Instead of finding one fix-all solution, a Republican-led group in Congress is introducing a broad array of smaller changes � such as blocking obese people from suing food companies � to rein in lawsuits.

“It’s like taking lots of little bites out of the apple,” said Don Stewart, spokesman for Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican and sponsor of a bill to limit the fees trial lawyers take home.

Of course, the trial lawyers — whose “desire for a big payday by any theory imaginable is never satisfied” — are fiercly opposing the bills, the Washington Times reports here.


Lawmakers have embarked on a new strategy to curb the lawsuits they blame for skyrocketing medical prices, insurance rates and other costs.

Instead of finding one fix-all solution, a Republican-led group in Congress is introducing a broad array of smaller changes � such as blocking obese people from suing food companies � to rein in lawsuits.

“It’s like taking lots of little bites out of the apple,” said Don Stewart, spokesman for Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican and sponsor of a bill to limit the fees trial lawyers take home.

Of course, the trial lawyers — whose “desire for a big payday by any theory imaginable is never satisfied” — are fiercly opposing the bills, the Washington Times reports here.

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