While browsing the blogging world I discovered a post by Joanne Doroshow on the The Huffington Post with which I completely agreed. Ms. Doroshow was taking on the hypocrisy of Corporate America and Organized Medicine when it came to their positions on access to the courts.
It boils down to this. When it’s injured people who want access to the courts to protect what little rights they have left after "tort reform", corporate America and organized medicine blast the anti-litigation propoganda for all to hear. We hear about frivolous lawsuits, costs of litigation, and the threats to commerce.
But… when it’s corporate America and organized medicine that want access to the courts to rack up money on even the most absurd claims, the anti-court propoganda disappears. Most likely, these corporate entities are suing smaller, weaker entities to squeeze them out of money over things most of us would probably shake our head over.
So here’s the truth. When you hear television ads and see online postings talking to you about frivolous lawsuits and greedy plaintiffs, remember who is sending you the message. It’s probably a corporate entity that’s been suing over the craziest claims, but doesn’t want injured persons without million dollar bank accounts to have access to the courts.
Is that hypocrisy? If it walks like a duck, and talks like a duck….
recently named in the 2009 edition of Best Lawyer's In America, David Mittleman has been representing seriously injured people since 1985. A partner with Church Wyble PC—a division of Grewal Law PLLC—Mr. Mittleman and his partners focus on medical malpractice, wrongful death, car accidents, slip and falls, nursing home injury, pharmacy/pharmacist negligence and disability claims.