The White House, President George W. Bush Click to print this document

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
January 5, 2005

Legal Reform: The High Costs of Lawsuit Abuse

Today's Presidential Action

Background on Today's Presidential Action

The costs of litigation per person in the United States are far higher than in any other major industrialized nation in the world. Lawsuit costs have risen substantially over the past several decades, and a significant part of the costs from lawsuits goes to paying lawyers' fees and transaction costs -- not to the injured parties. This explosion in litigation is creating a logjam in America's civil courts and threatening jobs across America. Small businesses spend, on average, about $150,000 per year on litigation expenses. The President is urging Congress to pass legislation that reduces the burden of frivolous lawsuits on our economy. President Bush supports enactment of medical liability reform, class action lawsuit reform, and asbestos litigation reform to expedite resolutions and curb the costs of lawsuits for all Americans.

Curbing Lawsuit Abuse with Needed Medical Liability Reform

Returning Justice to the Truly Injured with Class Action Reform

Aiding Asbestos Victims with a Fair System and Long-Term Solution


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