In the news on reform of the civil justice system, consumers–and their lawyers–are always depicted as the enemy, creators of all manner of ill: expensive products and loss of doctors chief amongst them. What is often not mentioned, is the good that comes from accountability. Ten years ago some smart lawyers and some brave clients weathered the ridicule and sought to hold tobacco companies accountable for the lies. Despite initial losses, the tobacco industry began settling cases. Importantly, since then, smoking rates have decreased and most of the settlement proceeds have helped balance state budgets, build schools and pave roads.
Medical Malpractice Reform