We write in response to the recent Iowa Law Review article about tobacco industry input on several of the American Law Institute's Restatement of Torts. The article errs in its assumption that finding correct legal rules is the same as assessing the results of medical research. It does not recognize that ALI's process for considering improvements in law must be open to input from all sides of the relevant issues. The process which produces Restatements would not be credible or of practical use without participation by lawyers who represent clients on all sides.
Rebecca Cooper Ramo & Lance Liebman,
The ALI's Response to the Center for Tobacco Control Research & Education,
Iowa L. Rev. Bull.
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