Recent legislation in tort law has resulted in such changes as states capping punitive and non-economic damages as well as abolishing the collateral source rule and joint and several liability. The purpose of the present research is to examine attitudes toward changes in tort law. We asked American adults about their attitudes toward the civil justice system and its players, experiences in the civil justice system, and belief in a just world. We found that a more negative attitude toward litigation and juries, higher belief in a just world, and a more positive attitude toward corporations and doctors predicted a more positive view of recent changes in tort legislation.
Wilson, Molly J. Walker and Warner, Ruth H., Knowledge, Attitudes Toward Corporations, and Belief in a Just World as Correlates of Tort Reform Attitudes (July 13, 2012). Also available at or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2105623