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Has conservative Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) changed his tune on tort reform? The senator’s wife, Karen Santorum, is suing her former chiropractor for $500,000 in Virginia’s Fairfax County Circuit Court, despite Sen. Santorum’s political support for capping punitive damages at $250,000. The senator has testified as a witness in the case that the back pain inflicted by Dr. David Dolberg restricted his wife’s ability to campaign with him, exercise, and perform daily household tasks. Tort reform opponents didn’t skip a beat. “It seems that while Sen. Rick Santorum voted at least half a dozen times to restrict the rights of ordinary Americans, he doesn’t mean for it to apply to his own family,” says Linda Lipsen, a lobbyist for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. “The court proceedings are a personal family matter,” Sen. Santorum said in a statement. Karen Santorum is represented by Heather Heidelbaugh of Pittsburgh’s Burns, White & Hickton. Amy Owen and Richard Holzheimer of the McLean, Va., office of Baltimore’s Miles & Stockbridge are local counsel for Karen Santorum. Brewster Rawls and Richard Samet of Richmond’s Brewster S. Rawls & Associate are representing Dolberg.

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