TORT REFORM OR PROTECTION FOR GOLIATH
We are still hearing and reading about how too many lawsuits are ruining America. That is a bunch of Baloney! Corporate America, including the healthcare industry is doing everything it can to prevent you from holding individuals and corporations responsible for their negligence and greed.
Want more information which might just shock the most conservative pro-big business, anti-lawyer person you know? If so, check out Stephanie Mencimer’s new book, Blocking the Courthouse Door. Stephanie is a contributing editor of The Washington Monthly. She was previously an investigative reporter for The Washington Post and a staff writer for Legal Times.
Stephanie takes on the arguments proponents of tort reform make to support their agenda—limiting judicial remedies for victims of accidents, product liability suits, medical malpractice suits and the like—and then volleys those arguments back with statistics, anecdotes and conceptual arguments. She guides readers through many of the tort reformers’ most cherished poster children of tort system abuse—the McDonald’s scalding coffee case, the supposed abuses in medical malpractice and the tort reform movement’s bête noire, the diabolical system of punitive damages—and systematically, and usually convincingly, debunks each of them. Mencimer identifies the architects of the tort reform movement as Republicans, corporations and professional groups that stand to gain politically or economically if the tort system is limited.
Mencimer also runs a great blog, “The Tortellini: Bites of Law and Politics with Sauce” – check it out here.