Kia Franklin

Casualties of Tort War: Consumers

The folks at ThePopTort have an excellent blog post that tears apart an absurdly biased New York Times article. Check it out:

With few exceptions, like Stephanie Mencimer’s piece in the Washington Monthly a few years ago, the media have a terrible tendency to spit back talking points provided to them by corporate groups and to talk about so-called “tort reform” like the whole thing is just a money battle between lobbyists – instead of dealing with the constitutional rights that are at stake or the impact on average people of weakening this system, not to mention our health and safety as a nation... Keep Reading

If you have a "WTF" file (cool it--that stands for "Where's The Fairness?"), you need to put this New York Times article there. Kudos to ThePopTort for calling them out!

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Posted at 6:02 PM, Jun 23, 2008 in In the News
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Actually, the media has a distressing tendency to simply regurgitate the plaintiff trial bar's talking points. It is somewhat unusual for the New York Times to take a pro-business stance.

Unlike a lot of law-related websites, this site links only to trial lawyer websites and fronts, so its objectivity is always open to question.

Posted by: Paul W Dennis | June 24, 2008 6:26 AM

Every penny that goes to the lawyer and the irresponsible plaintiff comes from the pocket of working class people. The pennies come in the form of higher prices or reduced access. Corporations are fictional entities. They do not even get upset. They pass on all costs or go bankrupt.

Torts is a huge bunco scheme with a supernatural power as its core doctrine.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | June 24, 2008 6:55 AM

Paul-- have you ever read a book called Distorting the Law? I recommend it highly. You can read more about it here.

Posted by: Kia | June 24, 2008 10:17 AM

Paul, do you question the objectivity of sites like the Chamber of Commerce and the ATRA?

Posted by: Justinian Lane | June 24, 2008 11:00 AM

I question everyone's objectivity. As best as I can tell, everyone has an axe to grind and an ox to gore. In some cases the axe to grind is philosophical. In my case I believe that laws should be created by the elected representatives of the people, not by judges. When the judiciary starts dictating financial policy to a legislative body, it is operating illegally. I don't trust big business, big labor or big government; however, I trust big government the least.

The trial bar is simply a part of big business. If the choice is between ATLA (as once more properly was known) and Exxon, I'll pick Exxon anyday - at least they are honest about profit being their primary motive and produce something of value. Scruggs and Milberg Weiss and their partners in crime lie about their motives, and if they'll lie about their motives, then they'll lie about everything else, as well.

Nobody is in business to serve the public outside of religious and charitable organizations, and even some of them are dubious.

Posted by: Paul W Dennis | June 24, 2008 6:18 PM