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    Re: Governors of Texas, South Carolina sign tort reform into law

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    Yet another republican right wing assault on the rights of the common working person. I wonder if the language for either bill came from ALEC ? The American 20th century is being dismantled piece by piece and its going to be a new Gilded Age very soon.
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    Re: Governors of Texas, South Carolina sign tort reform into law

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    Good old Haymarket, tootin for the funding source of the left; Trial Lawyers.
    Demonizing lawyers who defend the rights of average people when no other will step up to the plate --- yup , the Radical Warriors of the Right are still on message.
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    Re: Governors of Texas, South Carolina sign tort reform into law

    Ahh the Texas GOP.. screwing people over since the last century!
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    Re: Governors of Texas, South Carolina sign tort reform into law

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    Demonizing lawyers who defend the rights of average people when no other will step up to the plate --- yup , the Radical Warriors of the Right are still on message.
    If that were the case, I'd be with you, but most often, it is not.

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    NORWALK -- The family of a Norwalk teenager who was severely injured after being struck by a vehicle on Taylor Avenue on New Year's Eve has sued the city and two property owners near where the accident occurred.

    On Jan. 1, 2011, at approximately 12:30 a.m., Teanna Escourse, 16, was walking home from a New Year's Eve party at a private residence in South Norwalk when she was forced to leave the sidewalk and enter the southbound traffic lane, because the sidewalk and roadway shoulder abutting 100 Taylor Ave. were obstructed with several feet of snow, according to the lawsuit filed in Bridgeport Superior Court.

    Escourse was struck by an oncoming vehicle that fled the scene and has not been identified despite an investigation by the Norwalk Police Department, according to the lawsuit.

    "As a result of the negligence and carelessness of the defendant, the minor plaintiff, Teanna Escourse, was caused to sustain severe and personal injuries to her mind and body," wrote her attorney, Paul L. Brozdowski, of the law offices of Paul L. Brozdowski in Bridgeport. "Teanna Escourse has stable vital signs but her neurological status remains significantly depressed and, upon information and belief, some or all of her injuries and/or the effects thereof are, or are likely to be, permanent."
    Injured pedestrian's family sues city, property owners - Norwalk, Stamford, Westport, Weston and Wilton Connecticut News, Sports, Business, Obituaries and Advertising - The Hour - Norwalk's Newspaper

    Ya know, she could have... paid attention to traffic?

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    Oregon man Allen Heckard had a unique problem: people constantly told him he looked like basketball star Michael Jordan. Except Heckard saw it a bit differently, Michael Jordan looked like him. Naturally, he decided to sue Jordan and Nike for $832 million for his "emotional pain and suffering." But we thought everyone wanted to "be like Mike"?!
    The Most Frivolous Lawsuits Of All Time: Blowing Your Mind With Stupidity (PICTURES)

    Usually haunted houses get points for being scary, but in the 2000 case of Cleanthi Peters, scariness got Universal Studios a $15,000 lawsuit. Peters claimed to have suffered "extreme fear, mental anguish, and emotional distress" after visiting the Halloween Horror Nights haunted house. Maybe she could use some of that money to learn what "haunted house" means.
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    We've all wanted to sue an airline for awful food, uncomfortable seats, or longer-than-life wait times, but this couple actually did it. Jerome and Judith O'Callaghan sued American Airlines for $100,000 in 2004 because the leg room was smaller than they expected.
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    In 1995, Robert Glaser entered at unisex bathroom at a Billy Joel/Elton John concert and found not one, but multiple women using urinals in lieu of the toilets. Glaser sued the venue for $5.4 million for his "emotional distress" and lost. At least he got a good story out of it.
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    When Tomas Delgado was driving over the speed limit and hit and killed child on a bike, a loophole got him out of any trouble (the boy was riding at night without safety gear or reflectors). You'd think getting away with murder would be enough, but Delgado decided to sue the family of the boy for damages to his Audi. It's a good thing he later dropped the lawsuit, or we would have lost ALL faith in humanity
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    These are cases of frivolous lawsuits that cost us all $$, but you haymarket, are all for them.
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    Re: Governors of Texas, South Carolina sign tort reform into law

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    Yet another republican right wing assault on the rights of the common working person. I wonder if the language for either bill came from ALEC ? The American 20th century is being dismantled piece by piece and its going to be a new Gilded Age very soon.
    Naa … it's the 21st century that is being dismantled … and not nearly fast enough … we are trying to get back to the 20th century

    you know those traits, personal responsibility, hard work, integrity, and honesty. Unlike those of today, where we whine and cry, that we are Americans and are owed everything …that hard work is for suckers, and we shouldn't have to worry about such mundane things, because we are owed all those things that the generations before us had to work for. In the 21st century we are responsible for nothing, we didn't get good grades it school .. . why it's someone else fault … we couldn't get into a good college because of those grades .. well thats just unfair … it's not my fault, flunked out of college, because the professors didn't like me .. . it wasn't my fault, commit a crime … why of course it societies fault not mine, get out of jail, and it's our jails fault that I can't survive cause they didn't teach me any skills. Now I want SS benefits … I didn't earn them but they are owed to me .. because … will I don't know .. but it wasn't my fault for how I turned out.

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    Re: Governors of Texas, South Carolina sign tort reform into law

    Quote Originally Posted by The Barbarian View Post
    Naa … it's the 21st century that is being dismantled … and not nearly fast enough … we are trying to get back to the 20th century

    you know those traits, personal responsibility, hard work, integrity, and honesty. Unlike those of today, where we whine and cry, that we are Americans and are owed everything …that hard work is for suckers, and we shouldn't have to worry about such mundane things, because we are owed all those things that the generations before us had to work for. In the 21st century we are responsible for nothing, we didn't get good grades it school .. . why it's someone else fault … we couldn't get into a good college because of those grades .. well thats just unfair … it's not my fault, flunked out of college, because the professors didn't like me .. . it wasn't my fault, commit a crime … why of course it societies fault not mine, get out of jail, and it's our jails fault that I can't survive cause they didn't teach me any skills. Now I want SS benefits … I didn't earn them but they are owed to me .. because … will I don't know .. but it wasn't my fault for how I turned out.
    Views like that are a cartoon stereotype wrapped in a Halloween costume of what self serving right wingers want to think progressive politics are.

    The progressive reforms of the 20th century in America are indeed under attack and being repealed piece by piece and state by state. We will soon be wallowing in a new Gilded Age where corporations run the nation like slave masters on the old plantation and corporations control state houses and Congress like the old trusts did in the late 1800's.

    And we will have people like Paul Weyrich, the Koch Brothers, Grove Norquist and their sycophants and toadies in the conservative and libertarian movements to thank for it.
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    Re: Governors of Texas, South Carolina sign tort reform into law

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    Not quite true, she spilled it on her lap, had 3rd degree burns, had to have skin grafted, and had over 10 grand in medical expenses. That case is a little more complex then people give it credit for. The quality of the lid, and the temp of the coffee played a big role in the case.

    Recently watched a documentary detailing the case
    I saw the same documentary! Completely changed by view of the case and tort reform in general.
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    Re: Governors of Texas, South Carolina sign tort reform into law

    Quote Originally Posted by deltabtry View Post
    I think what this is trying to do is stop this nonsense of million dollar payoffs for some one who spills hot coffee on their lap while driving, case in point McDonalds. Now one extreme to the next isn't healthy and this is where I can understand your concern.
    Some facts about the case...

    1 - She wasn't driving.
    2 - The temp of the coffee was proven to be FAR too hot and would absolutely cause serious burns.
    3 - McDonald's had a history of people being terribly burned by their coffee. They knew it was dangerous.
    4 - The lid was part of the problem.
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    Re: Governors of Texas, South Carolina sign tort reform into law

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    LegalNewsline | Governors of Texas, South Carolina sign tort reform into law

    BOOYAH! Proud day for the Citizens of the Lone Star State (And South Carolina too )
    How are they defining frivolous. If they don't do a good enough job, this is a bull**** law. The court systems must remain open, and we should not be using government force to dissuade people from seeking the courts. The real problem is that lawyers and such have become exceedingly expensive.
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    Re: Governors of Texas, South Carolina sign tort reform into law

    There are a few problems with tort reform:

    1. Nearly half the states have enacted it in some form and, AFAIK, there is no evidence that it has lowered health care costs in those states relative to states that haven't enacted it;

    2. At present there is no effective alternative to malpractice suits to police medical negligence. Doctors and hospitals are no better than lawyers when it comes to cleaning up their own shop. They are more likely to assist in covering up medical negligence than they are to address it.

    It's odd, but I don't see anyone calling for limits on legal malpractice suits. Why is that? These suits are just driving up everyone's legal costs?

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