Frivolous Lawsuits and Other Abuses of the Legal System
There are 19 million new lawsuits filed each year -- one for every 10 adults. In 1994 alone, lawsuits cost the American consumer a staggering $152 billion -- a price tag that exceeds the entire federal budget deficit.
All too often, the fear of frivolous lawsuits stifles innovation, risk-taking and entrepreneurship in America. Bob Dole understands that for America to remain an economic world leader, we must not be afraid to experiment and be innovative.
That is why Bob Dole has been a leader in the fight to end lawsuit abuse. As he recently explained: "Lawsuit abuse hurts consumers by raising the costs of goods and services. It limits employment opportunities for those seeking jobs. It hurts the competitiveness of U.S. businesses overseas. And, perhaps worst of all, it can prevent new, life-saving drugs and medical devices from ever reaching the market."
As a Senator, Bob Dole has been an outspoken supporter of legal reform. He co-sponsored the Product Liability Reform Bill, supported the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and introduced legislation to extend legal reform protection to non-profit, voluntary and charitable organizations like the Little League and Girl Scouts.
Bill Clinton Vetoed Two Reform Bills That Would Have Curbed These Suits
Bill Clinton vetoed the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. The act aimed to make it easier for courts to dismiss frivolous lawsuits that clog up the legal system and hurt America's entrepreneurs. But trial lawyers -- many of them large contributors to Bill Clinton's re-election -- persuaded Bill Clinton to veto the bill. Bob Dole led the Senate in successfully overriding Bill Clinton's veto -- a bipartisan vote that proved how extreme Bill Clinton's position was.
The act, now law due to Bob Dole's leadership:
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