Ideological Flip-Flop: American Liberals Are Now the Primary Supporters of Tort Law
Stephen D. Sugarman
University of California, Berkeley - School of Law
January 17, 2005
UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper No. 925244
This essay explores in ideological terms the transformation in who supports American tort law. Traditionally structured to function to favor defendants, tort law around 1960 was a regime that conservatives defended and liberals sought to replace or reform. Today, many on the left embrace tort law, and it is the right that is pushing for "tort reform." Along with this ideological somersault, American tort law has become much more politically prominent.
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Date posted: August 19, 2006