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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(Santa Barbara, California: Bill Plante) Recommendations of Justice Department task force regarding crisis in liability insurance industry said endorsed by President Reagan. [Assistant attorney general Richard WILLARD - equates jury attitudes in civil litigation cases akin to lotteries.] Recommendations listed on screen, explained. [Trial Lawyers Association spokesperson Marianna SMITH - thinks recommendations favor insurance industry] Criticism of proposals outlined.
(Chicago, Illinois: Ned Potter) Impact on municipal playgrounds of liability suit against city on behalf of Frankie Nelson explained; scenes shown. [Lobbyist Constance HECKMAN - feels suits are encouraged without forethought.] Effect of crisis on small towns and soc. services discussed. [Blue Island, Illinois, Mayor Don. PELOQUIN - notes necessary tax increases, if major suit is settled.] Background to suit against Blue Island explained. [Victim's WIFE - describes husband's shooting by police.] [Ins. Info. Institution spokesperson William SIROLA - defs. industry] [Newport Beach, California, Mayor Philip MAURER - explains city becoming self-insured.]
- Plante, Bill;
- Potter, Ned;
- Rather, Dan
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