Senior Fellow Maureen Martin Discusses Tort Reform in American Legion Magazine

July 01, 2004
Dennis McCafferty

Editor's note: This article appeared in the July 2004 issue of American Legion Magazine, with a circulation of more than 2.5 million.


Martin points to a flurry of classic moves and countermoves made by lawyers. For years, federal judges could impose severe financial sanctions against lawyers and clients for filing frivolous lawsuits, citing standards set by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. But a reform movement softened the standards by 1993, paving the way for loosened legal grip on frivolous suits.

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