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The Liability Insurance Crisis: What Washington Can Do To Help

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Publication Date: March 1986

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): James L. Gattuso; John E. Buttarazzi

Topic: Law and ethics (Liability, torts, and personal injury)

Keywords: Legal issues

Type: Report


The problems in the U.S. tort system are deep and far-reaching. They are not the result of any single law or any particular court decision--they are, rather, the consequence of decades in which legal changes slowly eroded traditional defenses, decreased the importance of individual responsibility, and made the system more vague and unpredictable. The result is that the U.S. tort system is less a process of compensation for wrongs and more a huge national lottery.