Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly has exposed tort deform for what it is: Chamber of Commerce anti-lawyer propaganda based on myths instead of hard data.
Michigan Lawyer's Weekly has exposed tort deform for what it is: Chamber of Commerce anti-lawyer propaganda based on myths instead of hard data.
The Michigan Chamber of Commerce, facing the worst economic forecast of Michigan's future in decades, came up with a disingenuous, cynical plan to improve Michigan's economic future by blaming trial lawyers, victims of negligence, and victims of dangerous drugs.
Michigan Lawyer's Weekly, in a well-researched, thorough expose, debunked just about every single argument set forth in the Chamber's "study." The article, by Todd C. Berg, Esq., debunks the the Chamber's myths by using hard data and expert analysis to establish:
- Michigan's economy hasn't benefited in any measurable way from tort deform;
- Tort deform in Michigan hasn't increased personal income or opportunities for employment;
- Most of the "reforms" sought by the Chamber are already present in Michigan law and Court Rules;
- The Chamber is wrong about needing more incentives to settle cases -- the vast, vast majority of cases already do settle out of court;
- Doctors have not enjoyed lower malpractice insurance rates despite the clear, measurable trend toward lower payouts and fewer numbers of them;
- Declining numbers of physicians are not related to tort deform but to other economic factors.
Never one to fess up when confronted with facts, the Chamber nonetheless maintains its frivolous position that more tort deform is needed.