Feds flexing muscles on tort issue

03/10/2006 | NYTimes.com

Federal officials are making strides in overturning recent state moves on tort law by reworking rules to block trial lawyers and state attorneys general from applying both higher standards in state laws and those in state court precedents. "What has been happening is largely reactive and responsive to industry demands that arise because the industries are confronting similar problems -- private liability lawsuits and state attorneys general," said Michael S. Greve, the John G. Searle scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

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