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The first woman Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), praised the work done by trial lawyers. Speaking at the American Association for Justice (AAJ) convention in Chicago on July 14, 2007, Ms. Pelosi praised the work done by the 60,000 trial lawyers. She said “no other organization in the United States does more to protect the rights of ordinary citizens”. AAJ, formerly known as the Associaton of Trial Lawyers of American (ATLA), is frequently criticized by President Bush and conservative Republicans, the Chamber of Commerce, and the American Tort Reform Association. However, a closer look reveals that the public is in favor of holding Corporate America, drug companies, doctors, and insurance companies personally responsible when they act in a manner that causes harm.

Trial lawyers take credit for making cars, machines, toys, infant cribs, infant pajamas, tires, drugs and medical devices safer. Their lawsuits often result in manufacturers making safety of their products a high priority. Their cases have made doctors, hospitals, lawyers, builders, and insurance companies personally responsible for the harm they cause. All of this allows ordinary folks the opportunity to seek compensation for the harms they suffer at the hands of wrongdoers. Is there anything wrong with that?

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