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Will You Answer What Congress Won't? The Top 20 Questions pt 4

Back in late 2004 and early 2005, I sent emails, faxes, and letters to every member of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. In it, I asked them for their answer to a set of twenty questions which the readers of Polipundit wanted asked. The text of the letter was posted here.

52 Readers in 38 states joined the effort, asking their district Representatives and Senators to answer the questions. Response from our elected Representatives and Senators was poor, predictably so. Most Congressmen and Senators simply ignored the letters, emails and faxes. In the end, only seventeen answered with any degree of substance, and not one answered more than two questions.

I was looking at the set of questions this week, and you know, they still look like good questions to me, so I am going to ask you for your opinion on them. This will take a while, since I am putting up one question for each post, but please give this your serious consideration. And folks, this is not about politics or smacking down the other side; this is an opportunity to explore the issues of substance for our country. Sad that Congress was not up to it, but maybe we can get the conversation going. Thanks in advance.


4. What are your intentions regarding Tort Reform?


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Our legal system and the "c... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

Our legal system and the "culture of litigation" will never be fixed until we STOP ELECTING LAWYERS!!!!!!

Hey Bunyan, speak for yasel... (Below threshold)

Hey Bunyan, speak for yaself. It ain't all lawyers -- it's plaintiff lawyers. Ambulance chasers. Jackals. Buzzards. Sharks. Other lawyers (like me, for instance) favor tort reform.

personaly, the thing that has frustrated me over the past twenty years is that insurance companies settle cases where there is no liability because of the "cost" of defending -- but the long-term "cost" of settling these cases has been untold, and paid for in rises in premiums. I'd like insurance companie sto have some stones and say no. After a few trial losses, a lot of plaintiff lawyers will be more discriminating about the cases they take and what they ask for.

First, IANAL, nor am I an e... (Below threshold)
Mycroft:

First, IANAL, nor am I an expert in torts. So, we need some way to weed the good cases out from the bad ones. But I don't HAVE more of an answer than that.

P Bunyan gets right on the ... (Below threshold)
Veeshir:

P Bunyan gets right on the first try.

Yes, I'm all for it. I am ... (Below threshold)
ijosha:

Yes, I'm all for it. I am sooo tired of all those round torts. I say give square and triangular torts their day in the limelight!

Seriously(?) though, I am for it -- I think some of the asked for and/or awarded amounts are seriously insane. However, what has not yet been made clear enough to me: How will it be determined what the caps should be (and who makes these decisions)?

Kill all the lawyers... (Below threshold)
bt:

Kill all the lawyers
Kill 'em tonight

de iggles

At least, those like John E... (Below threshold)
bt:

At least, those like John Edwards that cause this question to be raised....

Maybe we'll let the puppy-blender live...

Reforming a Tart is about a... (Below threshold)
epador:

Reforming a Tart is about as easy as reforming the system that prostitutes our legal heritage for a Legal Lottery we're all forced to buy tickets for the benefits of avarice and anger.




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