Tort Reform Hypocrite – Florida AG Bill McCollum
An attorney in Florida is calling out the Florida Attorney General for supporting tort “reform” but now turning to the civil justice system for political gain:
I graduated from law school and moved to Florida in 1987. So my entire legal career has chronologically coincided with the Florida tort reform movement, a multi-million dollar effort, funded by large corporations, to convince the public that the unholy alliance of trial lawyers, with their “frivolous lawsuits,” and activist judges, who override the legislative will of the people, are the root of all evil in this world. Diatribe that is simply not the truth and is not supported by statistics, evidence, or facts.
Source: Is Florida's Attorney General Putting Politics Before the People? | InjuryBoard West Palm Beach
In some people’s eyes, the only lawsuits that aren’t frivolous are the ones they file themselves. I have to agree that McCollum’s lawsuit has more to do with political gain that defending the Constitution; most Constitutional scholars believe that regardless of whether the health care bill is good public policy it is in fact Constitutional. For more on that topic, check out the American Constitution Society’s Issue Brief: Mandatory Health Insurance – Is It Constitutional?
Finally, I would point out that the Florida taxpayers are forced to pay for the prosecution of McCollum’s lawsuit, while every other taxpayer is forced to pay the costs of defending it.