The House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution holds a hearing this afternoon entitled, "Can We Sue Our Way to Prosperity?: Litigation's Effect on America's Global Competitiveness."
True to form, the Committee has selected lobbyists and consultants from the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform to testify and carry the water for corporations that refuse to be held accountable when their negligence injures or kills Americans.
Scheduled to testify are John Beisner of Skadden Arps and Paul Hinton of NERA Economic Consulting. Beisner and his law firms have been paid over $1.5 million by the Chamber over the last decade to push for corporate immunity, while also defending Merck against Vioxx claims. Hinton has been paid tens of thousands of dollars more by the Chamber to generate junk reports pretending to estimate the costs of litigation.