Legal Reform
Republicans, Democrats, and Independents from all across the country understand that our society has become litigious to an extreme degree. Texas has been active for years at improving this problem behind Texans for Lawuit Reform. Since 1994, TLR has worked to pass lawsuit reforms that have made the Lone Star State a model for the nation. TLR describes the problem best on their website "We are small business owners, homemakers, and community volunteers. We are lawyers who want our profession back, and plant managers who want our companies to expand facilities to create jobs for Texans. We are consumers who want to eliminate the wasteful "tort tax" from the products and services produced in Texas. We are ranchers and teachers who have anguished over needless lawsuits. We are doctors and nurses who have seen our colleagues abandon their chosen professions because of the emotional and financial toll imposed by legal assaults. We are the citizens of Texas who want a better future for ourselves and our children." The ability to bring suit for a grievance is an important right in America that must not be abused either from limitation to use or excessive use. Today it is excessive use. The Overcriminalization guide prepared by The Heritage Foundation is an eye opener.

Stay Shut Down or We’ll Sue

from The Wall Street Journal,

A plague of lawsuits hangs over the recovery without new liability protection.

Governors are moving to reopen their economies, and Congress could at least do its part. That includes passing the liability protections that business owners need to feel confident they won’t be looted by lawsuits as they get back to work. The plaintiff bar is trying to cash in almost as quickly as the coronavirus has spread. Trial lawyers are filing suits against emergency-supply manufacturers (false advertising), colleges (refusal to refund student fees), cruise lines (emotional distress), retailers (wrongful death), nursing homes (negligence), and governments (denial of hazard pay)—and much more. There is little point in lifting lockdowns if employers don’t open for fear of lawsuits.

The White House and Senate Republicans want liability protection to be part of any new virus relief, and we hope they stick to it.

Democrats oppose all this, with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer accusing Republicans of working for “big CEOs.” But let’s remember whom Senate Democrats work for. Lawyers and law firms have contributed more than $8 million to Mr. Schumer’s campaigns, and some $1.6 million to Nancy Pelosi’s. They’ve given more than $4 million to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and nearly $3 million to the House Democratic committee in this election cycle. Individual candidates benefit from bundled trial-bar contributions.

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