Eric Turkewitz

Debunking the Considerable Exaggerations of “Jackpot Justice”

Cross-posted from the New York Personal Injury Law Blog

Let the debunking continue.

Last week, a "study" was released by Pacific Research called "Jackpot Justice" that claimed the "real costs" of the tort system was $865B.

The Becker-Posner Blog has now weighed in with Judge Richard Posner sorting through some of the fictitious claims and double-dipping that was used to trump the numbers up as high as possible. Professor Gary Becker agrees with Posner that "the authors of the study considerably exaggerate the cost of the tort system" while he goes on to recommend some of his own ideas to help an imperfect system. (Hat tip to TortsProf)

This debunking can be added to the one from The Blawgletter (Does Tort Litigation Kill People?) the other day.

Ted Frank at Overlawyered loved it, sight unseen.

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I will not dignify the rantings of that mental cripple, Posner, by a detailed rebuttal. He is a member of the hierarchy of the criminal cult enterprise that is the lawyer profession.

I will agree with him, torts are great. I think the lawyer should allow the jury to regulate the lawyer in legal malpractice claims by adverse third parties. Posner has to justify excluding the lawyer from the great benefits of torts.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | April 5, 2007 9:26 PM

Ted Frank responded to this message that I cross-posted from Eric's blog at the original source, saying that he didn't agree with the assessment that he "loved" the study. He explained how he posted his message while in a hurry. You can read his explanation/comments at the original link.

Posted by: Cyrus Dugger | April 11, 2007 8:58 AM