Academic journal article Defense Counsel Journal

President's Page: Defense Bar Organizations Work Together

Academic journal article Defense Counsel Journal

President's Page: Defense Bar Organizations Work Together

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DURING the past decade, the proliferation of class action litigation, the repetition of disproportionately large plaintiffs' verdicts in certain jurisdictions and the novel application of tort theories to historically permissible conduct have resulted in a flawed civil justice system and in a greatly strengthened Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the plaintiffs' bar. The needs of IADC members' clients and the broader interests of the civil justice system require that balance in the system be restored.

Particularly at this time, when the institutions of democracy are under assault, it is critical that those involved within those institutions strive to ensure that they perform as intended. More specifically, it is critical that the civil justice system provide a level playing field, a fair, efficient and a cost-effective method of dispute resolution for all litigants.

Working together pays

Although ATLA now may be better funded, the national defense bar organizations-IADC, the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, and the Defense Research Institute-separately enjoy enormous resources in the form of their respective memberships, who, by combining their efforts, are having a decided impact in restoring a balanced and fair civil justice system. This page in the April Defense Counsel Journal (page 129) recently described the very effective work of Lawyers for Civil Justice, a consortium of the defense bar organizations and corporations, that was created and continues to thrive because of the combined support of IADC, ADTA, FDCC and DRI.

As part of that cooperative effort, these four defense bar organizations have each appointed members from selected states to work together to determine how their combined efforts can be harnessed for working to assist in the furtherance of civil justice in those particular states. …

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