How to Not Combat Tort Reform

Lawyer jokes. Like death, taxes and Adam Sandler movies, they are inevitable; we must just brace ourselves and bear up as best we can. But it doesn’t make it any easier to fend off those portrayals of attorneys as a greedy, unscrupulous pox on society when we have lawyers filing the kind of weaselly ambulance-chasin’ lawsuits that makes the general public see the profession as a bunch of ambulance chasin’ weasels.

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that readers of the controversial James Frey memoir, “A Million Little Pieces,? are suing the publisher because the writer seems to have made up large chunks of his tale of redemption from substance abuse. Publisher Doubleday has already said it will give refunds to any of the two million readers who feel ripped off. But that’s not enough. Seattle attorney Mike Myers (no, not that Mike Myers) is representing two Seattle readers who seek class action status for their claim for damages due to, get this, the time they wasted reading the book. And there are at least two similar suits out there. Maybe the damage award will be Frey coming to their house to do the yard work they could’ve done? Or they could each be given the Cliff Notes to a better book, maybe some Mark Twain, so they can make up for the lost reading time.

We found this story linked on pre-eminent literary blog Bookslut, where one of the editors closed with this line: “You know, I never thought tort reform was a good idea. Until now.? So congratulations to Dr. Evil’s namesake, there, for encouraging a world in which dead-lawyer punch lines get a laugh and consumers will actually vote to limit their access to the legal system because of eye-rolling filings like this.

– Brian McDonough


2 Responses to “How to Not Combat Tort Reform”

  1. Legal Pad » Blog Archive » ‘DaVinci Code’ Raises Intellectual Issues Says:

    […] The “Holy Blood? writers have the right idea: Brown has sold nearly 50 million copies of that silly book, and is probably scuba-diving in a drained swimming pool full of cash at this very moment. But if you haven’t written a book that Brown “used for research,? maybe there’s still a way to go with the cash flow. Several shots have been taken at filing class-action suits against “J.T. Leroy? for making up facts in an ostensible memoir (plaintiffs seeking reimbursement for the cover price and time lost). If someone were to contrast Brown’s assertion, at the front of his book, that the historical data in his novel is absolutely true with the midsized armada of Web sites and news articles debunking even the simplest of Brown’s “facts,” maybe we could all file Leroy suits. […]

  2. Shawn Henry Says:

    Tort reform is actually a conflicting issue.People gotta know more about it.its has got its own impact.i read about it in the website of the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Texans for Lawsuit Reform (TLR).The TLR ia n organisation dedicated to bring back fairness and balance to the Texas civil justice sysytem.Texas tort reforms have strengthened the state’s economy in a variety of ways and are improving the quality of life for every Texan.
    Improved patient access to health care and lower insurance costs for doctors, hospitals and nursing homes is becoming a reality in Texas due to tort reform. Texas tort reforms have strengthened the state’s economy in a variety of ways and are improving the quality of life for every Texan.
    A fair and predictable civil justice system is key to our state’s strong economic competitiveness. Texas reforms have already started to bring about lower prices, higher job creation, better wages, and more product innovation throughout the state.
    Texas ranked highest (best) in categories of the study that measured declining financial losses linked to non-meritorious lawsuits
    Non-meritorious health care lawsuits have been cut in half and hospital savings are being plowed into a variety of health care service enhancements ranging from the development of electronic medical records systems to the recruitment of more specialist physicians.
    Read more at this site from where I could get some information on Tort Reform . Ull also love to read it.

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