ATLANTA — The Georgia Chamber of Commerce has its sights set on several aspects of court procedure it would like changed to lower businesses’ costs of getting sued.

Thursday, it held a half-day conference for a few dozen lawyers and lobbyists, capped by a speech from former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour who recounted how similar changes were enacted there that resulted in a 95 percent decline in medical-malpractice suits in the first year.

“You’re going to win out in the districts, not lobbying in the halls of the Capitol,” he said, arguing for a grassroots campaign concentrating on health care rather than big business.

Also speaking was ex-Rep. Joseph M. Nixon, a Houston Republican who authored that state’s sweeping tort reform in 2003 that he said led to 35,000 physicians opening practice in Texas.  

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