What about the little guy?
Big corporate industries are lobbying relentlessly against the interests of ordinary people, even while accepting our tax money as bailouts. That's why I think Eric Turkewitz asks a good question in his recent blog, Who Lobbies for the Victims?
In 10 days I head to Albany with other personal injury attorneys to lobby the legislature to keep the civil justice system open and available to New Yorkers. Why me? Well, if not me, who then?
You see the insurance companies have armies of lobbyists in state capitols around the nation. So do the massive health care giants, drug companies, and let's face it, Fortune 500 companies all over the place. "Think tanks" and Chambers of Commerce that dream up ways to close the courthouse doors to consumers don't exist without money.
But those who've been victimized by the negligence don't have those voices of influence at their beck and call. Victims become part of this group unwillingly, in unplanned ways. They have no organization. They don't have access to the levers of power. (Read full blogpost here)
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Posted at 2:02 PM, Apr 20, 2009 in Business Culture | Civil Justice | Right to Access the Courts | The Political Economy of the Tort "Reform" movement
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