Rear Window Ethics Rear Window Ethics: Tort Reform Legends

Monday, August 15, 2005

Tort Reform Legends

There was a very interesting story in the LA Times on Sunday about the fictitious nature of many famous "legal jackpot" stories that circulate online and in the columns of so many mindless pundits.

Now, I'm not one to say that some true stories of jury pay-outs can be incredible, but the fact that the tort reform lobby has used complete fiction to convince the country that people are fleecing our poor corporate friends and lining the pockets of trial lawyers is pathetic.

Maybe you've heard of this one:

Merv Grazinski set his Winnebago on cruise control, slid away from the wheel and went back to fix a cup of coffee. The rudderless, driverless Winnebago crashed. Grazinski blamed the manufacturer for not warning against such a maneuver in the owner's manual. He sued and won $1.75 million.

Outrageous! And completely false.

LA Times:

Legal Urban Legends Hold Sway

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