The Center for Justice and Democracy

Fanmail to ATRA

December 18, 2007

From: The Center for Justice and Democracy

Re: FANMAIL, “Judicial Hellholes Report”

Dear American Tort Reform Association:

Finally a group has stepped up to plate, grabbed the bull by the horns, and taken the unpopular position of standing up for the little guy. In the immortal words of Twisted Sister, you have said: “We’re not gonna take it anymore.” And like Rocky beating the unbeatable Apollo Creed, you have defied the odds.

Your courageous “Judicial Hellholes” report at long last draws attention to the many injustices corporations have to face day in and day out. You have finally given a voice to the “mom and pop” tobacco companies, gasoline conglomerates, and insurance providers. Frankly, it gives me goose bumps.

Corporations, just like everyone else, want to be loved and made to feel secure. What is so hard about giving them a little positive reinforcement? An “attaboy” or a “keep up the good work” costs nothing. Unfortunately, they don’t get this much-needed love. Instead they get attacked – and by a bunch of ungrateful sick and injured folks.

As you so bravely and eloquently point out, your loveable little tikes often face hellish working environments. States like Florida, West Virginia, Nevada, and Illinois are literally hell on earth for corporations just trying to make a buck. How are they supposed to do that when people keep suing them for chopping off fingers, maiming children or making the air impossible to breathe?

Some may say, “Hey, wait one gosh darn minute…these are huge corporate entities that reap vast profits and don’t care about anything else but the bottom line.” Pure poppycock. These companies are the real victims with real feelings and they need to be protected. Earning a bajillion dollars a year is not what is used to be. In today’s market a bajil is barely enough to buy groceries. Tobacco execs need to eat. Have these naysayers no soul?

Thanks to you, mom and pop corps can eat instead of choosing between their medicine and their groceries. The world needs more defenders of freedom and seekers of justice like you.

You have shown unwavering courage and your tenacity reminds me of the “little engine that could.” I know it’s not easy, but stay strong. Choo choo ATRA. Choo choo, I say. Bravo ATRA. Bravo on a job well done.

You have fought the good fight on behalf of the real victims: global corporations. That’s right, I said it. Not you, sweatshop laborer, and no not you, tire factory worker. Not even you, disenfranchised family below the poverty line. The real victims are you, the corporations.

I can’t imagine anything worse than working in a “hellhole.” It’s not the heat, but the humidity that would kill you.

Very sincerely,

John Guyette
Center for Justice & Democracy

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My hometown and my family have been adversely affected by one of these "poor little corporations", DuPont. See the story at

Posted by: Kelly Guy | December 19, 2007 3:47 PM

Thank you for sharing. The link isn't working for me. Mind posting again or telling us how to search for it on you tube? Thx

Posted by: Kia | December 19, 2007 6:08 PM

Guyette's "letter" is probably the most dishonest thing I have seen posted on this site yet. People who would deny the existance of judicial hellholes are of the same mindset as Holocaust deniers - totally worthy of contempt and condemnation by fair-minded people everywhere

Small business's throughout the country have been screwed over by our out-of-control civil justice system amd that is never of any consequence to the likes of CFDJ and their ilk.

I am now longer a claim adjuster but when I was adjusting claims I had many a plaintiff attorney tell me "we know your client has little, if any, fault in this matter, but it'll cost you $7500 and a lot of time to get him dismissed from this case so if you'll pay us the $7500 now, we'll let him out of the case". There is a word for that and that word is EXTORTION

So yes, I don't have any respect for people like the CFDJ. They haven't earned my respect and and until they realize and acknowledge that the injustice works in both directions, they will never have my respect

Posted by: Paul W Dennis | December 19, 2007 8:26 PM

If Guyette graduated from law school, I would appreciate any evidence of that in this letter.

The rebuttal to this biased and idiotic letter:

Land pirate control statutes must pass, excluding all lawyers from all benches, all legislative seats, and all policy positions in the Executive Branch, as statute excludes the felon now.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | December 19, 2007 10:27 PM

Please. This report is as real as New York's hair. It's real just like Spinal Tap was a real band. Remember their song Hellhole?

CJ&D aren't the only folks who question the validity of the report. Other sources questioning the validity of the "report": Here, and here .

Posted by: Kia | December 20, 2007 5:07 PM

re: Paul Dennis comment

Holocaust denial? Good grief.

It's exactly this over-the-top, lurid, demonology which is the problem.

On all sides, I'll agree to that.

Posted by: HG | December 21, 2007 3:05 PM