Tort Costs Weigh Down Economic Progress

Maurice Langston - April 16th, 2019

Economic growth is a topic of nearly constant discussion and debate in almost every community around the United States: How can we attain it? What’s holding us back? In too many communities, and particularly here in Tallahassee, the last of those questions is increasingly asked as people notice the burden of unnecessary costs in their local economies every year.

In a new report, Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse turns the spotlight onto a specific but significant economic burden: tort costs. Every year, small businesses spend incredible amounts fighting tort cases brought against them. These costs are then shifted on to local communities as prices incorporate potential lawsuit fees. Not only are court resources spent to move these cases through the civil justice system, they take time away from other more pressing matters.

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