Business owners support lawsuit reform
We were encouraged to read in your Nov. 20 report that the West Virginia House of Delegates has created a Committee on Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. We applaud those delegates who will be serving on the committee and, as reported, holding discussions around the state to help promote small business development.
Over the summer, West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (WV CALA) hosted several "Create Jobs, Not Lawsuits" roundtable discussions with small business leaders. The message from small business job creators was clear: Abusive lawsuits hurt small businesses.
Hopefully, members of this new legislative committee will listen to small business leaders and pass legislation to improve our legal system, such as the creation of an intermediate court of appeals and joint and several liability reform.
We recently conducted a survey of more than 1,000 business owners, that showed a majority of respondents (55 percent) say passing lawsuit reform would help the economy and result in more jobs in West Virginia. Our state's legal reputation is hurting our ability to attract new job creators and foster new growth among existing small businesses.
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