The ever increasing amount of damages sustained and customers disappointed by both BP and Toyota’s recent actions has reignited the debate on tort reform, with many saying that cases like these demonstrate reasons to oppose liability caps.
Scott Stroud, from the San Antonio Express, points out how citizens and lawmakers alike are taking a new look at tort reform in the wake of a $75 million cap on BP’s legal liability, even though $75 million won’t be near enough to pay for all the economic, let alone environmental, damage they have caused.
The American Association for Justice has an important and interesting report on the issue. Explaining that lax enforcement of our regulatory laws provided companies with little incentive to comply with our laws, the report demonstrates how trial lawyers and the civil justice system they are part of helped force corporate polluters to clean up their act. Corporate pollution isn’t the only place trial lawyers and our civil justice system have made a real difference in the lives of everyday Americans. In the wake of Toyota’s recent troubles, the American Association for Justice revisits how trial lawyers have used America’s courts to make our cars safer.