by Forrest Latta
Washington Legal Foundation
October 09, 2012
Alabama’s tort system is winning attention again, except this time for reasons opposite twenty years ago when it earned a dangerous reputation. The distance traveled can be seen in a recent decision by the Alabama Supreme Court, Sandoz, Inc. v. State of Alabama , 2012 WL 2866764 (July 13, 2012), which reversed a $78.4 million verdict against a pharmaceutical manufacturer. The Sandoz decision is a victory for the rule of law, as well as another cautionary tale for states who would consider hiring outside contingency-fee lawyers to aggressively pursue “regulation by litigation.” It also is a healthy sign of Alabama’s turnaround, paralleled—not coincidentally—by major business growth in the state including the announcement of Airbus’s recent decision to locate a U.S. manufacturing facility there.



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