When House Majority Leader Richard K. Armey spoke on the Y2K liability bill in May, just before the House passed it 236-190, the Texas Republican depicted the plaintiffs’ lawyers opposing the measure as “a bunch of buzzards and vultures [waiting] to feed off the carcasses.”

Such talk about lawyers has been heard often since the Republicans took control of Congress. One or another tort reform proposal has been a nearly constant element on the congressional agenda.

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