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Updates About New Legal Reform Developments, Articles, Reports and Resources of Interest to Corporate and Public Policy Leaders

December 12, 2005


Special Interview

Center for America Chairman Steve Hantler

in an exclusive interview with

ABC News' Consumer Reporter John Stossel

 on his recent book


"Give Me a Break:

How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats, and Scam Artists

and Became the Scourge of the Liberal Media"





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Join CFA Chairman and Legal Reform Leader Steve Hantler as he interviews award winning ABC NEWS consumer reporter John Stossel on his newest book, "Give Me a Break". Stossel speaks frankly from his years of experience  as a consumer reporter about the "unintended consequences of fear and force" behind the wave of frivolous lawsuits that now grips the United States.


"The litigation hurts ten people for every one it helped", comments Stossel in his interview, "I think the public doesn't get it." After spending years in his role as a consumer reporter taking stories that illuminate the wrong doings of "Big Business" in America, Stossel realized the unfair lack of balance in the tort system that in the end hurts the most unsuspecting of all victims - the consumer.


This 17-minute audio interview provides a unique perspective into America's newest consumer threat - frivolous lawsuits.


Speaker Biographies


Steven B. Hantler directs Chrysler LLC’s Class Action Group, Consumer Litigation Group, litigation communications, and legal reform activities.  He serves as Chairman of the Center for America, which is campaigning across the U.S. for legal reform at the state level. He serves on the boards of the Michigan Chamber and the American Tort Reform Association and is the legal reform adviser to the Council of State Chambers.  He chairs the board of the State Government Leadership Foundation and is a Senior Fellow of the Pacific Research Institute.  His articles have been published by The Wall Street Journal, Investor's Business Daily, Chief Executive Magazine, Inside Litigation, Litigation Management Magazine, Chief Legal Executive Magazine and The San Francisco Examiner.   

Award-winning news correspondent John Stossel was named co-anchor of ABC NEWS' 20/20 in May 2003. He joined the highly acclaimed newsmagazine in 1981 and began doing one-hour primetime specials in 1994.


In addition to longer in-depth reports for 20/20 on subjects ranging from addiction to parenting issues in his "Family Fix" segments, Stossel is featured in a weekly segment entitled "Give Me a Break". These short commentaries take a skeptical look at a wide array of issues, from pop culture controversies to censorship and government regulations.


Stossel's specials tackle issues that face Americans today. They consistently rate among the top news programs and have earned him uncommon praise: "The most consistently thought-provoking TV reporter of our time" said the Dallas Morning News, while the Orlando Sentinel said he "has the gift for entertaining while saying something profound".


Stossel has received 19 Emmy Awards. He has been honored five times for excellence in consumer reporting by the National Press Club. Among his other awards are the George Polk Award for Outstanding Local Reporting and the George Foster Peabody Award.


Click here for information on his book, "Give Me A Break"



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