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April 12, 2012   ___

MAJORITY LEADER: Auto Insurance Reform Worked. Why not legal reform?

Greenwald says it's time to "examine every possibility for saving tax dollars."

WEST TRENTON, N.J. - Auto insurance reform worked.  Why not legal reform?

There was a time when auto insurance premiums topped New Jerseyans' list of complaints about life in the Garden State.  Today, a decade after comprehensive reform, it doesn't crack the top ten. 

Noting the growth of NJLRA and its affiliates since its 2007 inception, Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald suggested legal reform could follow a similar course in New Jersey. 

"With ever-increasing property taxes and declining affordability in New Jersey, we need to examine every possible angle to save taxpayer dollars," said Greenwald.  "I look forward to bringing people together to address this important challenge."

"Majority Leader Greenwald is someone who understands the perspective of this coalition," said Marcus Rayner, executive director of the New Jersey Lawsuit Reform Alliance. 

"Irrespective of the merits or outcome, taxpayers foot the bill when a lawsuit is filed against local governments.  It's not exactly the kind of investment one hopes for with his or her property tax bill. "

New Jersey's small businesses, particularly those located in Southern New Jersey, have experienced increased financial strain from rising liability insurance over the past few years.  Municipal governments are also feeling the effect of an overheated culture of litigation.

A list of active, bipartisan legislation which can improve New Jersey's civil justice climate for taxpayers, businesses of all sizes, and the medical community and their patients appears here: http://www.slideshare.net/NJLRA/legislation-at-a-glance-2012-2013