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Phil Goldberg

Phil Goldberg, the director of PPI's Center for Civil Justice, is a partner at Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP. As a public policy attorney, Goldberg has more than two decades of experience with liability-related public policies and public affairs. From 1993 through 2000, he worked for Democratic Members of Congress, including Rep. Steve Rothman (NJ), when Mr. Rothman served on the House Judiciary Committee. Since joining Shook in 2003, Goldberg has regularly testified before legislatures, filed amicus briefs in federal and state courts, spoken at judicial education programs, and authored legal scholarship on important liability-related matters.

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By / 2.8.2017

Phil Goldberg, Director of the Progressive Policy Institute’s Center for Civil Justice, testified in the Missouri Legislature on Monday, January 30 to urge the House Special Committee on Litigation Reform to adopt a package of bills to address venue and joinder abuse in the state. The testimony, provided on behalf of the American Tort Reform […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 8.26.2016

This summer, during one of the least productive sessions in recent history, a rare bipartisan achievement slipped through Congress under the political radar. Democrats and Republicans came together with environmentalists and chemical manufacturers to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). So, what was the secret to TSCA’s success? All of these groups were unified […]

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By / 7.28.2016

Kim Stone, President of the Civil Justice Association of California, wrote an important op-ed on the California employment litigation environment, highlighting two cases currently before the Supreme Court of California that could impact the potential for additional litigation abuse. Her article, “State Supreme Court Has a Chance to Rein in PAGA Abuse,” ran in the […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 7.15.2016

President Obama often cites escalating college costs and student debt burdens as major obstacles to upward mobility for many young Americans. He is right, but the White House just proposed a new rule that, rather than make college more affordable, makes it too easy for students to get out of paying back their student loans. The problem is that it could stick American taxpayers with the […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 3.8.2016

In November, the Food & Drug Administration approved for the first time a modified, fast-growing salmon for human consumption. More than five years ago, FDA accepted a risk assessment’s conclusion that the modified fish was safe to eat and posed no threat to the environment. The FDA re-opened the process for additional comment because critics […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 2.22.2016

In recent years, several states have seen their attorneys general mired in some kind of scandal. Pennsylvania is the most recent example. This trend, while disturbing, is not surprising: The role of the state attorney general has evolved over the past 20 years from mere law enforcer to general policymaker. Today, both Democratic and Republican […]

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By / 9.24.2015

Every once in a while, personal injury lawyers come up with new ways to sue that can be real head scratchers. Courts usually weed out these theories, but they get through on occasion. This happened last year in Alabama, where the Alabama Supreme Court held that a company can be subject to liability, not for […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 9.2.2015

The Supreme Court this month received the first round of briefing in a case that could cure one of the newest, most significant abuses in our civil justice system: massive class actions that lawyers file on behalf of people who are not injured. In these cases, the class action plaintiffs’ lawyers use novel legal theories […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 6.19.2015

As the presidential campaign season gets underway, it reminds us how much we loath the politics of fear mongering. Half-truths and half-baked policy proposals have become staples of modern campaigns. You betcha! Until recently, there was a difference between campaigning and governing. Governments are supposed to base their decisions on hard facts and real science. […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 4.30.2015

The Obama administration issued a stinging rebuke of the European Union’s decision this week to allow countries in Europe to “opt-out” of U.S. imports of genetically modified (GM) foods and feed. The U.S. Trade Representative said that such a rule “ignore[s] science-based safety and environmental determinations” that modifying crops in laboratories is no more harmful […]