Boehm Calls for Tort Reform; Cites Decade-Old Cases as ‘Justice Delayed, Justice Denied’

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Boehm photoNLPC Chairman Ken Boehm will present a paper today at a forum sponsored by the Capitol Hill Chapter of The Federalist Society. It is titled Justice Delayed, Justice Denied: Williams v. Philip Morris, Marshall v. Marshall and the Dangers of Excessive Litigation. Click here to download a 7-page pdf.

Moderated by Quin Hillyer of the Washington Times, the panel will also include Theodore H. Frank of the American Enterprise Institute and Robert Alt of the Heritage Foundation. The event will take place at noon in Room B354 of Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC.

According to Boehm:

“Justice delayed is justice denied.” It may be an old legal cliché, but it certainly has its modern proof in two cases remanded by the Supreme Court – Williams v. Philip Morris and Marshall v. Marshall.

These tortuous torts have clogged court dockets for a decade, providing ample evidence of why no one hoping to live a reasonable life would want to make a federal case out of anything – if they could avoid it.

They also indicate a need for legal reforms that more clearly demarcate the roles of the state and federal courts, and establish national standards for applying both compensatory and punitive damages.