Lawsuit fear discourages Katrina volunteers, congresswoman says

On NPR’s Morning Edition yesterday, U.S. Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio), chair of the Republican Conference, suggested that volunteers are not able to help with hurricane relief efforts “because they were afraid to be sued.”

Today, Ken Suggs, president of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, responded, saying in part:

“Instead of helping people hardest hit by the hurricane and flood, some in Congress are trying to score political points.

“The truth is, like all Americans, trial lawyers across the country are helping the victims of Hurricane Katrina, by raising more than $250,000 through Trial Lawyers Care, volunteering at shelters and collecting much-needed supplies.”