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Archive for July 23rd, 2006

This post will include two articles from the Los Angeles Times. The first article ran in the 8/14/05 edition. The title speaks volumes: Legal Urban Legends Hold Sway.

It starts with the story of the Winnebago owner who puts his RV on cruise control, fixes himself some coffee, then sues and wins after he is injured. It doesn’t matter to the insurance and drug industry, or the conservative movement that the story is false. It makes for good headlines, influences people, and furthers the cause of tort reform in the public eye. Compounding the problem is the fact that the news media perpetrates these legends, and the people believe what they read in the newspapers and hear on television. The article follows below: (more…)

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The second installment of the Los Angeles Times series on tort reform is entitled: Coverage of Big Awards for Plaintiffs Helps Distort View of Legal System. It starts by pointing out that big verdicts equal big news. Therefore, the media are quick to provide lavish coverage. (more…)

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