Trial Lawyers: Standing up for Wisconsin Families

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

MADISON - Robert Jaskulski, President of the Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers released the following statement regarding tomorrow's speech at the Governor's Conference on Economic Development by Curt Mercandante, a consultant for the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform.

"Tomorrow's audience will be subjected to a distorted view of our justice system by the hired gun of big business," said Jaskulski.  "Mr. Mercandante's words will only support the bad actors who wish to operate without regard for the public in a system with no rules or recourse for those affected by blatant disregard for consumer safety.

"His depiction of trial attorneys and the service we provide to the community will, in all likelihood, be nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to remove all responsibility from corporate bad actors who place profits above public interest," said Jaskulski.  "The tired rhetoric of big business that our justice system is harmful is just that, rhetoric.

"In fact, a recent study by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce shows that manufacturing CEOs rate so-called 'lawsuit-abuse' as the least of the business concerns facing their company," said Jaskulski.  "Big business is trying to scare the public and twist the truth to serve their own interests.

"Trial attorneys are people to turn to when you need help and have nowhere else to go," said Jaskulski.  "For years trial attorneys have stood up on behalf of Wisconsin families while big businesses have stood up on behalf of their own interests."

The Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers is the largest voluntary statewide bar organization in Wisconsin.  Members of the Academy are attorneys who represent consumers seeking to hold wrongdoers accountable for injuries arising from accidents, malpractice or unsafe products.

WATL's principal objectives are to promote continuing legal education for the betterment of the trial bar profession; and to preserve Wisconsin's civil justice system by working with the state legislature and other governmental bodies, as an advocate for the legal rights of all Wisconsin citizens.

The Academy is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2007.

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