Federalism and Class Action Reform

May 03, 2004


Michael Krauss
Professor of Law
George Mason University School of Law 

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The recent class-action lawsuits against manufacturers of guns, fast food, and tobacco have spurred policymakers to consider a multitude of tort reform proposals. Proponents of such measures often site the Commerce Clause as the legal basis for such regulations. But is substantive federal tort reform really “necessary or proper” to ensure the free flow of interstate trade? As part of Capitol Hill Campus’ ongoing Law, Economics, and Policy Series, this session is designed to teach congressional counsel how to assess mass tort reform proposals from a constitutional perspective. Participants will gain a fuller understanding of the fundamental legal issues surrounding tort reform, as well as a constitutional framework with which to assess the many reform proposals.

If you are an attorney in need of CLE credit*, or if you are a someone who is interested in learning more about tort reform and constitutional law, you will find this course a valuable use of your time. The session is designed specifically for congressional counsel, but is open to all interested mid and senior ranking Hill staff.