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June 30, 2006

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Jeff

Swartz' article quotes Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas as saying tort reforms "brought back the small-aircraft industry. It was dead. Dead.”

What legislation is he referring to, and what did it accomplish?

Evan

Jeff: My guess is that the reference is to the General Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994, called GARA, which imposed an 18 year statute of repose for product cases involving small aircraft. After GARA, it became difficult or impossible to sue for problems with small aircrafts more than 18 years old.

This isn't my area, though, so I'm not completely sure.

mythago

I always have to scratch my head when tort reformers complain about rich plaintiffs' lawyers. Last I checked, defense-side lawyers weren't exactly going begging.

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