Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Urban myths and tort reform

I am sure you all know about the "frivolous” McDonald’s coffee suit where a plaintiff received $200,000 in regular and $2.6 million in punitive damages for burns sustained after spilling coffee on her inner thighs and genital area. This case is often pointed to as a justification for tort reform. However, closer inspection of the facts should make reasonable persons realize the importance of existing punitive damages, and that the wisdom of the jury should not be replaced the faulty judgment of mere politicians.

Check out the above link for a quick and unbiased summation of the case.

1 Thoughts:

Blogger Kelly said...

The case is not a terrible one, and yes, I have read it. But that's not a very good justification for tort reform. I speak very in-depth on the issue in this post. And punitive damages are another big problem, in my mind. It is completely at odds with the purpose of tort law.

Friday, November 18, 2005 9:15:00 AM  

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