April 17, 2007
Reality Check

From The Architect, by James Moore and Wayne Slater, Crown Publishers, 2006:

If court dockets in the United States are crowded, it is not the result of “frivolous” law suits in personal-injury cases. More than 80 percent of all litigation in America involves businesses suing businesses, a situation the Republican Party and Karl Rove have not sought to control.

“It’s ridiculous,” suggests ATLA’s Lipton. “Can you imagine telling Coca-Cola that they are going to be limited if they think their patent has been violated?”


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at April 17, 2007 12:13 PM
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What I want to know is where did all that class action money that was supposed to help me quit smoking go? If the trial lawyers had any class, they'd see to it that when they settle a class action, the people who actually vote get a check every once in a while.

Posted by: Buck on April 17, 2007 2:02 PM

From society's point of view, it may not matter all that much whether the lawyers or their clients get the dough. As long as the companies lose it. Criminal law is carefully crafted to exclude most corporate crime, so we're forced back on the civil code. May not be much, but it's all we've got.

Posted by: Duff Orben on April 18, 2007 5:55 PM
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