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John Snow on Government Reform

Treasury Secretary (Pres. Bush Cabinet)


Frivolous lawsuits only help lawyer

The current tort system is costing America well over $200 billion each year. Thatís a tort tax-paid in the form of lower wages, higher product prices, and reduced investments-of $809 for every individual. And this is a regressive tax, imposed indiscriminately across our economy. Less than 50 cents of each dollar of those tort costs go to victims [but] the personal injury lawyers profit enormously. At a time when our economy needs to be expanding, this is unacceptable. Because a frivolous lawsuit has never created a single job-except jobs for personal injury lawyers-but baseless and excessive suits have killed many.

This countryís free market system is strong. Imagine if we freed it from frivolous suits. This fear of frivolous, unnecessary litigation hits especially hard at our small businesses & entrepreneurs. Small businesses are the engines of job creation and the engines cannot work effectively when they are slowed by the headwinds caused by frivolous litigation.

Source: Speech to the American Tort Reform Association , Mar 16, 2004

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