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LAWMAKERS WILL DISCUSS SESSION AT TOWN MEETING
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LAWMAKERS WILL DISCUSS SESSION AT TOWN MEETING

BY STAFF REPORTS

State lawmakers will talk about the recent General Assembly session and field questions from the public during a town hall meeting today in Graham. The meeting, sponsored by North Carolina Citizens for a Sound Economy, will be held at 7 p.m. at the old Alamance County courthouse. Lawmakers expected to attend are state Sen. Hugh Webster, R-Caswell; state Rep. Cary Allred, R-Alamance; Rep. Nelson Cole, R-Rockingham; and state Rep. W.B. ''Junior'' Teague Jr., R-Alamance.

08/10/2000
Consumers, Texas Economy Benefit from Tort Reform
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Consumers, Texas Economy Benefit from Tort Reform

Today, Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) released findings from the first comprehensive study of the economic impact of tort reforms passed in Texas in 1995. The study reveals that the average Texas household has benefited $1,078 a year in reduced prices and increased personal income thanks to civil justice reform. In order to quantify the benefits of these reforms CSE’s adjunct research fellow and respected economist, Dr. Ray Perryman, examined the economic trends that occurred after Texas passed tort reform.

08/09/2000
The Impact of Judicial Reforms on Economic Activity in Texas
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The Impact of Judicial Reforms on Economic Activity in Texas

Executive Summary

08/09/2000
Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: Antitrust Jihad Hijacks Innovation Once Again
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Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: Antitrust Jihad Hijacks Innovation Once Again

Yesterday, 28 states’ Attorneys General filed an antitrust suit against the recording industry’s five largest record companies and three retailers. The suit, which lists Capitol Records, Sony Music, BMG Music, Universal Music, and Warner Music as defendants, claims that these companies conspired with retailers at Tower Records, Musicland, and Trans World Entertainment to fix CD prices. By the time this costly suit concludes, it is likely that music distribution will have undergone a fundamental transformation.

08/09/2000
Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: Downloadable Democracy
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Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: Downloadable Democracy

According to a recent poll released by PC Data, 56 percent of home Internet users agree with the legal arguments of Napster, the web site that facilitates the sharing of music files. PC Data, a Reston, Virginia-based market research firm, conducted the poll to gauge public opinion regarding the controversial copyright infringement lawsuit that is currently under appeal. The file-sharing technology of Napster has forced Americans to re-evaluate their conceptions of “intellectual property” and scrutinize the often ambiguous notion of “intellectual property rights.”

08/09/2000
Consumers, Texas Economy Benefit from Tort Reform
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Consumers, Texas Economy Benefit from Tort Reform

Today, on the steps of the Old County Courthouse, Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) released findings from the first comprehensive study of the economic impact of tort reforms passed in Texas in 1995. The study reveals that the average Texas household has benefited $1,078 a year in reduced prices and increased personal income thanks to civil justice reform.

08/09/2000
American Small Business Under Attack by Trial Lawyers
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American Small Business Under Attack by Trial Lawyers

Every day, nearly 60 percent of the American workforce goes to work for a small business. Small businesses produce 40 percent of our nation’s goods and services. We see the fruits of their labor in our corner drug stores, local cleaners and florists. In addition to producing competition and jobs, small business owners provide a tremendous value to our community. Many small business owners sponsor little league teams or provide complimentary goods or services to local charities. Trial Lawyers Attack Small Business

08/08/2000
Tax Fact 40: Social Security, Not Personal Accounts, Vulnerable to Economic Downturn
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Tax Fact 40: Social Security, Not Personal Accounts, Vulnerable to Economic Downturn

One of the more frequent criticisms of George W. Bush’s plan to allow younger workers to invest a portion of their Social Security taxes in Personal Retirement Accounts is that an economic downturn could wipe out people’s accounts, leaving them with nothing for their retirement. While there is always a risk to investing in the stock market, these critics fail to mention how devastating an economic downturn will be to the current Social Security system – a system that is already heading toward bankruptcy.

08/08/2000
LIMITS ON LAWSUITS ARE FOCUS OF RACES
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LIMITS ON LAWSUITS ARE FOCUS OF RACES

BY Robert Perez

Florida's trial lawyers and the state's business lobby plan to pump millions of dollars into this year's state campaigns, with each side hoping to have a say in what limits the Legislature sets on lawsuits. At stake are reforms the Republican-controlled Legislature passed in 1999 that set limits on product damage awards and reduced liabilities for certain industries, such as car-rental companies. Associated Industries of Florida, a business lobby with 10,000 members, supports the limits. The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers opposes them.

08/06/2000
Cheney Mentions Tort Reform in Acceptance Speech
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Cheney Mentions Tort Reform in Acceptance Speech

On Wednesday, August 2, former Defense Secretary Dick Cheney accepted the Republican nomination for vice - president. In his speech at the Republican National Convention, Cheney touted the tort reform record of Republican presidential nominee, Texas Governor George W. Bush, stating, "[Bush] promised to reform the legal system, to get rid of junk lawsuits, and he has. Today the legal system serves all people, not just the trial lawyers." For the entire text of Cheney's speech, click here.

08/04/2000

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