The American Tort Reform Association (of which ASFE is a founding member) and the grassroots Sick of Lawsuits campaign have released a survey report indicating that strong majorities of voters - Democrats, Republicans, and independents - believe lawsuit abuse hurts economic growth, job creation, and U.S. competitiveness.
"Lawsuit reform isn't a partisan issue, it's an economic issue," said ATRA President Tiger Joyce. "When 89% of Americans say lawsuit abuse is a problem, candidates and elected officials should pay attention."
"America's primary focus should be on creating jobs, not lawsuits," added Tom Scott, a California-based representative for Sick of Lawsuits. "We hear from small-business owners every day about their fear of costly lawsuits and the negative impact that expanding liability has on their bottom line and capacity to hire additional employees. People understand that, and they want their elected officials to do something about it."
The national telephone survey conducted in mid-July also found that: