May 20 2015

Americans Don’t Like The Caps On Damages They Know About.

It often takes a tragedy, such as the Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia, to wake Americans up to the cold, hard realities behind arbitrarily-imposed limits on money damages.  Amtrak, a monopoly whose reputation for prior-century levels of safety precedes it, will never have to pay out more than $200 million dollars to victims of last week’s […]

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Feb 10 2015

Mayor de Blasio Bitten By Tort-Reform Bug?

I was happy with Mayor Bill de Blasio for a while. He brought a youthful, refreshing blast of liberal-themed common sense into the Mayor’s office, and was so forthright that he hurt himself politically.  I’m referring to his acknowledgment that he had given his teenage son, Dante, “the talk,” warning him about the extra cautions […]

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Jan 14 2015

The Foreseeability of Accidental Shootings

A couple of weeks ago, a 2-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his own mother while she shopped in an Idaho Walmart. By all accounts, the mother was a smart, professional and otherwise responsible woman. The infant had managed to unzip a specially-designed gun compartment in his mother’s purse, from which he withdrew the gun […]

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