In the Trenches Fighting for Justice

December 15, 2007

A Small Firm Wages ‘100 Years’ War’ on Tort Reform

Attorney Robert Peck and his nine law firm partners at the Center for Constitutional Litigation in Washington look like average plaintiffs lawyers when they walk into courtrooms around the country, but they’re not.

They are the lawyers to trial lawyers nationwide, fighting “tort reform.” The center’s attorneys are on retainer for the trial lawyers’ trade group, the American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America) and pursue cases to overturn state and federal laws that they allege rob Americans of legal redress.

The center’s attorneys have 40 cases pending across the United States in which they are helping plaintiffs challenge government limits on tort claims, such as state caps on medical malpractice damages and federal legal immunity for rental car companies and gun manufacturers.

“We are often in a case because there’s some impediment to having your day in court,” Peck said.

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