US Chamber of Commerce releases questionable survey results

Oct 05, 2009

In an article from a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies the results of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Liability Survey for recent years are analyzed. The annual Chamber of Commerce surveys (dating back to 2002 and still in progress) are used to rank state judiciaries and are utilized in tort reform policy debates.

Author Theodore Eisenberg questions the legitimacy of the survey results, "The survey is not only inaccurate, unfair, and bad for business but the people interviewed knew very little about the states they were evaluating." For example, Eisenberg asserts that for years the Chamber's surveys claimed that New Jersey did not allow punitive damages when the state in fact has allowed them. In the Chamber surveys, a state that does not allow punitive damages can be outranked by states that do. Furthermore, the Chamber's ranking of state judiciaries may bear little or no relation to actual legal developments in the states evaluated. New Jersey has plummeted in recent years in the Chamber's ranking but Eisenberg's detailed analysis of New Jersey cases suggests that the decline is not based on actual legal developments within the state.

Eisenberg suggests that the survey is simply an advocacy piece for tort reform and that instead of providing reliable information about the legal system, the Chamber has used the surveys as a lobbying tool to try to influence important policy issues. Eisenberg asserts that a further debate is needed as well as a more in-depth evaluation of the performance of state judiciaries.

More information: To view the abstract for this article, please visit www3.interscience.wiley.com/jo… l/122614089/abstract .

Source: Wiley (news : web)

Explore further: Beyond human: Exploring transhumanism

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Marriage's effect on lesbian and gay couples studied

Mar 17, 2009

Legal recognition of same-sex relationships, including marriage, influences how gay and lesbian baby boomers prepare for late life and end of life issues. Unmarried same-sex couples may suffer greater fear and anxiety around ...

School voucher adoption affected by political decision-making

Oct 15, 2008

In many countries, school vouchers have come to be a controversial policy which allows parents to pay for the education of their children at a school of their choice, rather than the public school to which they are assigned. ...

Recommended for you

Beyond human: Exploring transhumanism

Nov 25, 2014

What do pacemakers, prosthetic limbs, Iron Man and flu vaccines all have in common? They are examples of an old idea that's been gaining in significance in the last several decades: transhumanism. The word ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.