"Tort reform has been at the top of our list for some time," said Angelia Erbaugh, managing director of the Dayton Tooling and Manufacturing Association.
"We see tort reform as one of the things we have some control over that would help limit the high costs doing business in the United States." She said rising malpractice costs eventually filter down to the small-business owner through escalating insurance rates.
Class-action lawsuits also can have an impact on small businesses, she
said.Despite not making the finished product that may be the source of a lawsuit, some tooling companies are sued for making only a part of the product, she
said this puts American businesses at a disadvantage to their foreign competitors.
"We see (tort reform) as a way to level the playing field with China and the rest of the world," she