Today’s announcement by a coalition of state attorneys general highlights again the underlying challenges manufacturers face with today’s legal climate. Their actions seek to intimidate those who are committed to free speech and debate. With an ever-present threat of fishing expeditions and litigation, manufacturers’ ability to freely exchange ideas and information is under assault.
Just as concerning, it appears that enterprising and partisan state attorneys general are also seeking to identify the next golden goose to create windfalls from the private sector for their state coffers. Once again, they think they have found it. Attorneys general should instead be focused on promoting a legal system that is conducive to economic growth and competitiveness.
This is a particularly disturbing action at a time when Americans want policymakers focused on policies that create jobs. This is a distraction that ultimately hurts the very shareholders they claim to be seeking to help.