Trial lawyers are preparing for a fight in Congress, testing whether they can translate their newfound political capital into legislative victories. They have a wish list that includes expanded opportunities for state litigation, a ban on mandatory arbitration for consumer contracts, and a new way to exempt early litigation costs from taxes. The proposals have been overshadowed by the economy, but the start of hearings as soon as today signals that lawmakers are starting to shift their attention.
Plaintiffs Bar Pushes Capitol Hill Agenda
March 31, 2009