October 23, 2005
Dear Legal Reform Advocates,
I would like to thank each of you for your
committed efforts to tort reform—those of us in the policy arena
can only be effective with the vitally important complementary
work each of you offers at the state and federal level. I would
like to draw your attention to the Manhattan Institute Center
for Legal Policy’s latest report,
Trial Lawyers, Inc.: Health Care, which is a comprehensive
analysis of how the lawsuit industry affects the health care
sector—the first full analysis of how all aspects of American
health care feel the impact of litigation.
Trial Lawyers, Inc.: Health Care
includes statistics, anecdotes, and analysis of
litigation over pharmaceuticals, medical devices, vaccines,
doctors, hospitals, nursing homes, and health maintenance
organizations. It charts the trial bar’s hefty financial
contributions to the political process, exposes the “consumer
group” allies who back the litigation industry, and suggests
avenues for reform.
Our hope is that Trial Lawyers, Inc.: Health
Care can serve as a handbook for reformers, and can arm your
state legislators and local policymakers with solid evidence to
combat the trial bar’s aggressive lobbying efforts.
Below are a few suggestions to help you leverage
Trial Lawyers, Inc.: Health Care to inform your state and
local policymakers of the facts regarding tort reform:
Link the Trial Lawyers, Inc. website
to your own site. The address is:
This website includes downloadable and HTML versions of the
Trial Lawyers, Inc.: Health Care report, our previous
2003 Trial Lawyers, Inc. report, our 2005
California report, and links to other useful sites. (You
may also wish to give the report special notice by posting a
Jpeg of the report cover on your website with a link
to the website—we are happy to send you the attachment.)
Ask for multiple report copies to distribute
to your state advocates or supporters and to key
legislators, policymakers, and media.
Include a mention or summary of the report in
Have a Q&A session with me that can be in
your newsletter or posted on your website—we can help
facilitate the interview.
Invite me or other Manhattan
Institute-affiliated scholars to speak at local events or to
appear on local television or radio programs.
Use the report and its information as the
basis for your own op/ed columns in local newspapers, and/or
ask me to contribute one.
just a few of the ways Trial Lawyers, Inc.: Health Care
might be utilized in your efforts. Please let us know how we can
help you to communicate tort reform to your respective state and