The tort reformers have done a very good job – with very little opposition – of selling the people of Alabama a bill of goods about our state’s judicial system. Spending millions of dollars, the Karl Rove-managed public relations campaign, using terms such as “tort hell,” “frivolous trial lawyers,” and “greedy trial lawyers,” has been successful. But when people hear the truth about the court system, they realize immediately that tort reform is nothing more than a myth. Alabama has a number of laws on the books that favor big business and insurance companies and penalize ordinary folks. Alabama is out-of-step with the rest of the states when it comes to the laws that govern civil litigation in many important areas.
When you consider that in recent years the Alabama Supreme Court has gone overboard to protect corporate wrong-doing, it’s impossible to understand how the tort reformers can claim Alabama to be tort hell. I believe folks in Alabama are now beginning to question the bogus claims made by the public relations campaigns financed by the giants in Corporate America designed to convince them that our courts are really bad and that jurors can’t be trusted in civil lawsuits. It’s time for the silent opposition to the myth of tort reform to become vocal. This would be a good project for the Tea Party groups who say they believe in individual rights and don’t like wrongdoers.
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