Thursday, December 22, 2005

TM - Hurt? Injured? Need a Lawyer? Too Bad!

Great article on the Texans for Lawsuit Reform "rich snots" in the Texas Monthly. In order to become "rich snots" themselves Texas Monthly has limited the article to subscribers. But this is the Internet age and Homeowners for Better Building thought it's members deserved a look under the "fair use" educational doctrine. -
Hurt? Injured? Need a Lawyer? Too Bad!

Two years ago, rich and powerful Texans said lawsuits were ruining the stateƂ?s economy and needed to be fairer. Today, thanks to tort reform, they are fairer - for business. Ordinary people are out of luck....
Texans For Lawsuit reform after not providing good examples of why this reform was needed for the original article first fired back with a 28 item attempted rebuttal. When through an accidental email they learned trial lawyers were going to counter their claims they replaced it with a smaller response with more general attacks and a lot of impugning the motives and ethics of Texas Monthly.

My take - lawsuit reform as presently enacted is an attempt to place limits on damages for pain and suffering and the non-economic value of a human life - good.

It decided a human life and any pain and suffering is worth a maximum of $250,000 - bad. Originally the debate was over a value between one million and two million. When they found the general public wasn't interested in the debate and could care less unless they knew someone affected the amount got dropped. How much do you think a human life is worth - maximum?

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