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| Levin Papantonio

The title of a recent US Chamber of Commerce spam email says it all, "Terror by Trial Lawyer." Not only do they denigrate a profession with a long noble history that goes to the core of what it means to be American, the Chamber also feels it necessary to out and out lie. "LIARS at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce" should be the title. Their spam email is an attempt to undermine legislation, introduced by a Republican, that is designed to restore Notice Pleading in our federal courts after recent rulings left attorney and judges uncertain on the rule of law. The big companies profiteering do not like it (KBR, Blackwater, Halliburton) so the Chamber lies for them and tells you the legislation will allow terrorists to sue our Navy SEALS. This total fabrication assumes you are ignorant and that you do not want to know the true content or purpose of the legislation.

Don't let them get away with it. Go read the bill (the Notice Pleading Restoration Act of 2009) and then write your elected officials to denounce these scare tactics.


  1. Gravatar for Mike Bryant
    Mike Bryant

    Very good point. For all the time that notice pleading has existed and now suddenly due to a very broad reading of a specific case there is a problem that they all want to hide behind. Nothing but the long standing status quo is being asked for.

  2. Gravatar for J. Benjamin
    J. Benjamin

    You might have missed the news, but Arlen Specter has switched parties and the legislation therefore in question was introduced by a Democrat, not a Republican.

    Also, I realize you may find it helpful to ascribe scare tactics to the Chamber, but I thought I should point out that the title in question ("Terror by Trial Lawyer") comes from a Wall Street Journal column ( ) rather than the Chamber itself.

    I hope you were simply misinformed in writing this post, rather than intentionally trying to paint a false picture of what's going on.

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