Monday, February 9, 2009

More comments on Obama's administration and the future of tort law

The Pop Tort Blog has posted a note critical of the Obama Administration as "business as usual." Here is an excerpt (the links are from the original post): "When word emerged that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s top lobbyist had visited the Obama transition office 16 times, and then “pronounced himself satisfied that the incoming administration will consider the needs of corporate America,” we were left thinking, WTF did that mean? Well, here we go. Obama has chosen Mark Gitenstein to head his Justice Department’s Office of Legal Policy, office overseeing legal policy and judicial nominations. And as the Los Angeles Times reports, Gitenstein faces ethics problems because he was a lobbyist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform, a group dedicated to eviscerating the civil justice system, using front groups to funnel dirty corporate money into local judicial and Attorney General campaigns, and using the deplorable practice of funding negative attack ads against pro-consumer judges and AG’s."

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