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  1. Thinking about Tort Reform


    January 20, 2012 by Milton Jones

    Many people, me included, have been critical about controversial features of the Health Reform Act. Perhaps the most important flaw is what the law didn’t include. I refer, of course, to the business of Tort Reform. Why don’t we just say Legal Reform? “Tort” is a more specific word, so let’s define it: Tort — a wrongful act other than a breach of contract for which relief may be obtained in the form of damages or an injunction. Why is reform important, you ask? Maybe the following example will suffice. Try to relax and watch TV for a couple of hours and you’ll get to enjoy at least one commercial that sounds like this: If you took the drug Delusia, and are suffering from kidney failure, call the Law Firm of Eusta B. Hon- est. You may be eligible for compen- sation if you call before … Okay, so I made that one up. Pick the one you love to hate. There’s quite a list, including (allegedly) defective hip re- placement joints, faulty hernia repair mesh, bad side effects from drugs, etc, ad nauseam. “So who cares if someone sues the drug company and gets a big settlement,” you ask? …