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The U.S. legal system is more than twice as expensive as our major competitors such as Japan, France, Canada and the United Kingdom. Tort claims and related litigation cost more than $250 billion per year. These costs result in lost jobs and lost growth opportunities. Manufacturers support a legal system that encourages a fair, consistent and commonsense approach. We are concerned about legislation that creates new causes of action, undermines procedural reforms and proposals that inhibit the use of alternative dispute resolution. We also represent the interests of manufacturers in debates on the protection of intellectual property in litigation, as well as in antitrust policy and the inappropriate extension of enforcement authority to state attorneys general of federal law.