The effort to rein in lawsuit abuse in the United States is a bit like the old arcade game "Whack-a-Mole." Just when you knock down one abuse, another pops up. This frustrating dynamic is the result of the creativity and political savvy of the class action and mass-tort trial bar -- whom we at the Manhattan Institute call Trial Lawyers, Inc.
Politically, California and Texas are worlds apart. Despite their blue state, red state ideological differences, the residents within those states share the common goals of robust job creation and a vibrant economy. The stories of these two states, however, are remarkably different.
It isn't every day that tort reformers and personal-injury lawyers find themselves in agreement. But when the American Association for Justice (formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America) recently joined the American Tort Reform Association and small-business owners everywhere in condemning an outrageous and seemingly vengeful lawsuit against a neighborhood dry-cleaning store, a rare opportunity for nonpartisan legal reform may have presented itself.