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2017 Statewide Judicial Election Endorsements

We’ve all heard the old saying “you are who you are by the company you keep.” Statewide appellate court races don’t grab the headlines, but their campaigns actively seek and receive endorsements from across Pennsylvania. Those endorsements can say a lot about whom these women and men are and the philosophy they will bring to…

Pa. civil justice system in need of reform

by Curt Schroder | via Philly.com|OCTOBER 13, 2017 “The foundation of justice is good faith.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman lawyer, scholar, and statesman. Our system of civil justice operates on the good-faith conduct of the parties and their legal representatives in court. What happens when good faith breaks down? Welcome to Pennsylvania’s civil justice system, 2017! The Inquirer…

PCCJR Releases Voter Education Guide for 2017 Statewide Appellate Court Races

Harrisburg- Calling a fair judicial system a top priority for Pennsylvania voters in 2017, the Pennsylvania Coalition for Civil Justice Reform (PCCJR) today released its first-ever voter education guide for the 2017 Statewide Appellate Court races. The guide, along with completed candidate questionnaires, is available here. “Pennsylvania’s appellate courts have a tremendous responsibility and impact…

In Pa., the era of big litigation isn’t over | Opinion

By Curt Schroder via PennLive Remember when President Bill Clinton declared: “The era of big government is over!”? Well, a recent article in the Wall Street Journal declaring “The Era of Tort Lawsuits Is Waning”caused quite a splash earlier this summer. However, like President Clinton’s declaration, this one does not stand up to closer scrutiny…

Medical malpractice tort reform: A remedy for ‘fairness’

EDITORIAL| TRIBUNE-REVIEW | Sunday, July 9, 2017, 9:00 p.m. While repeal-and-replace health care legislation sputters and stalls in the U.S. Senate, the House has advanced a medical tort-reform bill that could, by one estimate, save taxpayers at least $50 billion over 10 years. The Protecting Access to Care Act passed by a precariously slim margin. It now…

To Boost Tax Revenues, Improve the Business Climate

PA Manufacturers Association cites asbestos litigation reform (H.B. 238) as a positive reform that would make Pennsylvania more competitive and could help attract business investment. HB 238, sponsored by Warren Kampf (R-Chester), would loosen the grip a few privileged lawyers have on a compensation system established for workers exposed to asbestos fibers. The gaming of the…