Unfair Corporate Advantage
Here is the text of Todd's email:
The NC Academy of Trial Lawyers is supporting a bill (H244) to provide plaintiffs and defendants an equal number of peremptory jury challenges in cases where there are multiple defendants. Currently, in such cases, the defendants (corporations, insurance companies) may receive more challenges than the plaintiff. More peremptory challenges allows the defendants more leeway to tilt the jury pool in their favor. When there are cases with multiple plaintiffs, there is no mechanism to give plaintiffs more peremptory challenges.
H 244 will fix the unlevel playing field between big business/insurance companies and ordinary citizens - in this one instance, at least.
Todd R. Barlow
NCATL Political Affairs Counsel