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President of Institute for Legal Reform admits trial lawyers are the ones trying to pass tort reform

The Institute for Legal Reform spends tens of millions of dollars every year to gut the civil justice system, or as we call it, "to pass tort deform."  I'm so pleased that Lisa Rickard, the president of the ILR, acknowledges that trial lawyers are trying to pass true tort reform:

“I think [trial lawyers] are definitely playing more offense in this Congress than in past years,” said ILR president Lisa Rickard. “It’s clear there is a concerted strategy to look for avenues to pass incremental reforms to expand liability. And they are often doing it in a way that is sort of behind the scenes and stuck into pieces of legislation you wouldn’t ordinarily expect to see liability legislation in.” (Emphasis added.)

Source: The trial bar goes on the offensive - Examiner.com

From Rickard herself: expanding liability is tort reform.  Couldn't have said it better myself.  Thanks, Lisa!

Cross-posted to Corpreform.

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Posted at 5:08 PM, Jul 27, 2008 in Civil Justice
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If trying to (1) find more deep pockets to pursue, (2) stripping away civil defendants' rights and (3) abrogating any sense of personal responsibility that individuals should feel for their own misfortunes and missteps is torf reform then yes, in the Bizarro world of the plaintiff bar they are engaging in tort reform. To the more civic-minded among us, they are simply seeking more ways to loot and pillage

Posted by: Avenger | July 27, 2008 5:34 PM

I oppose all tort reform. I even oppose Supreme Court series of decisions limiting punitive damages. I do like their asserting that civil defendants have procedural due process rights in these decisions.

I support ending all self-dealt criminal cult enterprise immunities. That includes all sovereign immunities. Their sole rational justification was that the King spoke with the voice of God. That legal doctrine violates the Establishment Clause in our secular nation.

You, a junior land pirate propagandist, have yet to support this tort reform nor to provide any hint of a justification as to why the court door is closed to the victims of the carelessness of lawyers, judges, legislators, and policy lawyers in the executive branch.

The answer is there is no justification. They are immune because they have the firepower of the government under their wrongful control. Brute force is the sole reason for the lawyer and judge immunity.

One of the aims of torts is to substitute for violent self-help. Until these immunities are repealed, violent self-help against these tyrannical oppressors has full moral and intellectual justification. I suggest it starts with a total boycott by all product and service providers of these self-dealing, unjust lawyers and judges. They are intelligent. They will get the message before worse takes place.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | July 27, 2008 5:38 PM

I'm for abrogating sovereign immunity as well.

As far as the rest of land pirate rant all I can say is quit yer bitching and start the revolution. Otherwise you're just a complainer on the internet.

You may recall a fella named Thomas Jefferson who said that a little revolution now and again is a good thing.

Posted by: Steve | July 30, 2008 11:52 AM

As a 2 time defendant in malicious, frivolous law suits, 1 by mob enforcer contract killer and loan shark Harold "Kayo" Konigsberg)I can speak from experience about what society is letting the lawyers get away with. The lawyers are getting away with it because of the divisive, turf protecting
"clique system" mentality of Big Business which portrays Itself as the sole and exclusive victim of the frivolous lawsuit industry. That exclusionary arrogance coupled with the fact that Big Business itself all too often plays "fast and loose with ethics" via a "rip off, run around and rotten service" attitude toward the "jury pool electorate" erodes a lot of public support for effective legal reform. That is because for the reasons cited many Americans consider the stand off between Big Business and the Trial Lawyers as just another case of "The Pot Calling The Kettle Black". And all 50 state "fox guarding the chicken house" Attorney
"Discipline" Bureaucracies have to be reformed FIRST!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 8, 2008 9:58 AM

As a 2 time defendant in malicious, frivolous law suits, 1 by mob enforcer contract killer and loan shark Harold "Kayo" Konigsberg)I can speak from experience about what society is letting the lawyers get away with. The lawyers are getting away with it because of the divisive, turf protecting
"clique system" mentality of Big Business which portrays Itself as the sole and exclusive victim of the frivolous lawsuit industry. That exclusionary arrogance coupled with the fact that Big Business itself all too often plays "fast and loose with ethics" via a "rip off, run around and rotten service" attitude toward the "jury pool electorate" erodes a lot of public support for effective legal reform. That is because for the reasons cited many Americans consider the stand off between Big Business and the Trial Lawyers as just another case of "The Pot Calling The Kettle Black". And all 50 state "fox guarding the chicken house" Attorney
"Discipline" Bureaucracies have to be reformed FIRST!

Posted by: Ivan L. Fail | August 8, 2008 10:00 AM

Ivan: The filing of a weak or frivolous case is legal malpractice. It is also prohibited by statute in many Rules.

How would you like to get an expert lawyer to testify against the plaintiff lawyer who sued you, to make you whole for the damages caused by plaintiff lawyer carelessness? You cannot now. But how would you like to to do that after the law gets changed? The law would end the privity obstacle to accountability. No one has had that shield for the past 100 years.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | August 8, 2008 11:41 AM