Over the years, Brent Coon & Associates has been at the forefront of the efforts to uncover and expose the Chamber of Commerce’s hidden agenda of widespread national tort reform that strips citizens of their legal rights in order to provide Big Business with immunity from litigation. Through continual investigation, our firm was able to connect the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, particularly the Institute for Legal Reform, to much of the public relations campaigns that consistently tout the need for tort reform to the public at-large and the nation’s media.
Our investigations even uncovered a Chamber-backed publication known as The Record. The Record, a publication deceptively disguised as a independent newspaper, is owned and operated by the Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). While designed to appear as an objective newspaper, its contents are anything but. The publication features articles written by ILR employees that attack trial lawyers and give the reader biased views and information about the effects of litigation on business in America. The first Record was published in Illinois, but has since spread to Texas and West Virginia, both in county’s that were considered to be “hotbeds” of litigation. So it comes as no surprise that the newest edition of The Record popped up in Louisiana just after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill which resulted in the largest piece of litigation in U.S. history.
BCA has made it its mission to inform the legal community and the American public they are being sold a tort reform policy that benefits no one except the self-interested party that is pushing it. Our firm has toured the country speaking at conferences and with media outlets to get the word out. We even published our own newspaper, Setting The Record Straight, which shed light on the true owners and purpose of The Record.
We continue to work with the American Association for Justice and advocacy groups such as Texas Watch to fight against the Chamber’s efforts to close the courthouse doors so that corporations will be free from lawsuits and free from responsibility for their actions.
Our awareness programs to educate the public on its vanishing rights include websites such as this one. We know that the Chamber of Commerce is well-funded and spends tens of millions of dollars a year on its public relations campaign. We won’t stop fighting, but we cannot succeed without your help.