Tort Reform

I came across some interesting “tort reform” laws in various states. It seems several state governments understand their job as protecting wealthy corporations from citizens, not the other way around. As I read this list:
In several states it is illegal to sue fast food companies if their products harm your health, give you diabetes, etc.
In Colorado it is against the law to sue a ski resort.
In California it is illegal to sue a tobacco company.
Florida you can’t sue a store if a powered shopping cart injures you.
In Indiana medical malpractice awards are limited to $1.25 million even if the resulting required medical care costs more.
In Kansas punitive damages when a corporation injures you are limited to your annual income, regardless of what the corporation did or how much money they made from the actions that harmed you.
In Maryland, if a corporation kills a member of your family, they don’t have to pay more than $500,000. In Wisconsin it is $350,000 if an adult was killed.
In Mississippi the amount you can claim in damages if a corporation harms a member of your family is limited to your net worth when injured.
In South Carolina you can’t sue a skating rink operator.
In Utah doctors can refuse to treat a patient unless the patient agrees in advance not to sue them.

2 thoughts on “Tort Reform

  1. Isn’t federalism grand? 🙂 The merit or folly of laws like these can be seen by comparing the results of different states with different laws. If you don’t like Colorado’s law about ski resorts, then you can just go to Utah to hit the slopes. If Colorado loses tourism business, then they’ll change. If they don’t, then that particular law isn’t as bad as you think.
    Of course, when the Federal govt. starts passing laws left and right, it’s a lot harder for us to avoid all of the crappy laws. Think about that every time you want “Fairness Doctrine” or “Govt. run health care.”

  2. Isn’t federalism grand? 🙂 The merit or folly of laws like these can be seen by comparing the results of different states with different laws. If you don’t like Colorado’s law about ski resorts, then you can just go to Utah to hit the slopes. If Colorado loses tourism business, then they’ll change. If they don’t, then that particular law isn’t as bad as you think.
    Of course, when the Federal govt. starts passing laws left and right, it’s a lot harder for us to avoid all of the crappy laws. Think about that every time you want “Fairness Doctrine” or “Govt. run health care.”

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