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Does the US need a tort reform?

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Our nation is considered to be among the top legal systems in the world.  Although there are many great parts of the U.S. legal system, I believe that tort reform is much needed.  Torts are generally defined as a civil wrong, which is not caused by a breach of contract.  Every year billions of dollars are being spent to protect business owners from tort claims.  One small error in advertising a product or failure to warn people of a product’s dangers, including such dangers that arguably border on basic common sense, can cause a company to go bankrupt from exorbitant legal fines.  For instance, a gun manufacturer failed to warn its users that long-exposure to firing guns can damage hearing and was found liable for causing hearing loss injuries.

Product liability cases, such as the one just highlighted, account for over 10 million cases filed in the U.S. annually.  Cases such as these have created a world full of disclaimers.  For instance, back in 1992 the “McDonald’s Coffee Case” was making national headlines. Officially known as Liebeck v. McDonald’s Restaurants, the case was eventually settled giving Liebeck $160,000 in compensational damages and $2.7 million in punitive damages.1 Since that case, McDonald’s has placed warnings on their coffee that can be seen today.

In more recent news, on June 15, 2009 USA TODAY published an article dealing with tort reform.2  In this article, President Obama reportedly is trying desperately to curb malpractice liabilities in order to help him create universal health care.  Due to the fear of medical malpractice liabilities, the nation spends an estimated $600 to $700 billion each year on necessary care due to physicians practicing defensive medicine.3 This staggering sum is a huge factor for those who argue in favor of universal health care and a major contributor for the prohibitively high cost of health care coverage for so many Americans.

While torts are a problem for businesses, in recent years certain measures have been taken to ensure tort reform, such as the Supreme Court case of BMW of North America, Inc. v. GoreIn this case, the Supreme Court held a 5-4 verdict that limited punitive damage awards.4 While this is a far cry from total tort reform of the U.S. system, this has given tort reform advocates hopes for the future of more substantial tort reforms.  I believe that limiting product liability cases and medical malpractice cases could lead to billions of dollars in savings each year to Americans for monies spent on disclaimers and frivolous cases.

Resources:

1. http://www.lectlaw.com/files/cur78.htm

2. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2009/06/68120137/1

3. Ibid

4. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3811/is_199810/ai_n8812153/

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Food For Thought

Over the course of a few weeks I have learned the importance of health.  Health is not something to be taken for granted; and as a 21 year old it is all but too easy for me to take health for granted for I in my prime.  However after reading works by John C. Maxwell I have personally decided to make Healthy choices a part of my lifestyle.  Although it is not easy I am proud to say I have found inner willpower to turn down delicious fattening meals e.g. pizza and pop for more healthy alternatives.  Before I found my inner will power I was notorious for eating fast food up to as much as 3-4 times a week or more.  Weeks would go by before I ate any vegetables and before I myself knew what was hitting me the scale was tipping close to a whopping 240 lbs! 

Well fast forward to present I have lost nearly 15 lbs all in a month’s time span!  People ask me how I am loosing weight i.e. what diet I am on all the time.  My response to them is the same response I will give to you…self-discipline.  Unlike popular diets like Aiken’s and South Beach the diet of self-discipline guarantees long-term results.  For as long as you are self disciplined in making healthy choices you will continue to see results. 

In this blog I hope to share with you my inner insights as a young male in hopes you the reader will learn to take away a piece of me and learn something new about yourself in the process.  I am an avid reader of great authors that have inspired me, now it is my turn to inspire you.

-Julian A. Lacey

 

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