Today's News - January 28, 2011
The New York Times looks at the effects of a policy adopted by the city of Chicago in 2009 that requires the city to litigate instead of settle most cases against the police department, noting that the city seems to be saving taxpayers money by discouraging lawyers from filing questionable cases. Additionally, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently stumped for the reform of his city’s tort laws, saying the city cannot afford to continue paying claims, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a tort reform bill that limits noneconomic damages and prevents plaintiffs from suing entire industries for the actions of an individual company, reports the Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel. ILR President Lisa Rickard applauded the bill and encouraged other states to follow Wisconsin’s lead in adopting legal reform measures.