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Bill benefiting injury lawyers should be vetoed

“Outrageous” could be the best word to describe the personal injury lawyers’ final hour, behind-the-scene dealings in the state Capitol last week. In the daylight, these lawyers pontificate about the “rule of law.” But undercover in the final days of the Legislative session, they wormed their way around the Legislature’s rules in order to get a bill (SB 688 – Burton) passed to give them more time to file frivolous lawsuits.

Their scheme was first revealed only six days before the end of session, received no meaningful public review, and was neatly timed to evade full scrutiny by courtroom judges who could give expert advice on its effects. Why? Because, the bill is designed solely to benefit the plaintiffs’ lawyers and would not survive an open review that considered the interests of consumers, businesses, and state and local governments. Gov. Davis should veto SB 688 and tell the lawyers to come back and work in the sunshine.

John H. Sullivan



President

Civil Justice Association of California


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