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Alabama out of tort reform spotlight, but still criticized

MONTGOMERY (AP) — Alabama, portrayed as a “tort hell” for many years, is no longer in the national spotlight over big jury verdicts, but it hasn’t been able to escape national attention entirely.

The American Tort Reform Association has issued its new 2006 “Judicial Hellholes” report, which cities Jefferson and Choctaw counties in Alabama as “areas to watch.” But that means Alabama rates only one paragraph in the business group’s 53-page report.

That’s a major change from the years when this report and predecessors from similar organizations portrayed Alabama as a plaintiff lawyers’ paradise.

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