Thursday, January 03, 2008

caps make it possible to quantify penalties

Ohio personal injury caps upheld - OPENERS - Ohio Politics Blog by The Plain Dealer -- These caps are a bad idea all around. Not only do they make it possible for a business entity to quantify better the potential claims it might incur for shabby products or procedures, but it also takes the guys in the white hats--the plaintiffs' attorneys--further out of the equation. Half the reason "the little guy" is able to win lawsuits is because the costs of carrying the case are borne by the trial lawyers, until the case is settled. Getting into the pockets of the guys in the white hats will limit their ability to engage our common enemies.

We need to rethink a lot of what has just happened here. One of our major means of societal redress and rebalancing has just been hobbled.

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