Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Contrasting views on tort reform and the campaign at the movies

A few days ago I posted a note on a new tort reform campaign that will play short commercials before movies in certain theaters (see here.) If you want to see some of the commercials, go here. The videos are uninformative and manipulative and do not provide the whole picture; essentially exactly what you would expect them to be. At the other end of the spectrum, you can go to a website called StopCorporateImmunity.org which, as the name suggests opposes tort reform efforts and, particulary, preemption, as a means to protect corporations from lawsuits by injured victims. The videos in this website are also uninformative and do not provide the whole picture. The truth lies somewhere in the middle, I guess. There are frivolous lawsuits out there - just like there are unethical lawyers - but they are not the problem the Chamber of Commerce wants us to believe they are. There also are cases where reform would be valid and fair.

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