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Kia Franklin

On Legal Blog Watch… are tort deformers after the wrong target?

"Are tort reformers after the wrong target?" asks blogger on Legal Blog Watch, reviewing Eric Turkewitz's take on a bona fide loony lawsuit and what it does and doesn't say about the tort "reform" debate. Very interesting stuff. Check it out:

New York personal injury lawyer Eric Turkewitz takes a critical look at a lawsuit by numbers kingpin-cum-Rikers Island inmate Raymond Marquez, alleging that the New York City Department of Corrections' indoor smoking policy caused Marquez's bladder cancer. Despite the fact that Marquez had smoked for thirty years before quitting around the mid-1970s, his lawsuit attributed his cancer to the second hand smoke that he endured between 1998 and 2001 while awaiting trial at Rikers Island for a crime for which he was subsequently acquitted. On Friday, a jury returned a verdict in favor of the City.

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Posted at 9:51 AM, May 15, 2008 in Debates with Tort "Reformers" | Debunking Tort "Reform"
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Eric notes in his statement that many (not all) of these are filed with the help of family or friends who are attorneys. This sidesteps the whole problem of why these cases were allowed to be filed anyway. This is why tort reform is needed.

Posted by: throckmorton | May 16, 2008 9:02 AM