I have a thought. Let’s round up all the folks from the Americans Tort Reform Association – the corporate folks who produce that (both) sad and hilarious Judicial Hellhole report each year - and make them all spend a year together somewhere. There’d be only one requirement for this new hot spot: all those civil justice cases that ATRA abhors so much would be banned. Illegal. Verboten! Let’s call this new place, I dunno, ATRA Paradise!
Based on ATRA's brand new Hellhole report, we can promise that ATRA Paradise would be full of all kinds of surprises, like:
Asbestos. Lots of it. Sadly, they’ll be poisoned and many will die like 10,000 Americans each year but residents of ATRA Paradise won’t be able to do a thing about it.
Lead paint. Unlike other cities, ATRA Paradise won’t get any clean-up help from the paint companies who “knew as early as 1912 that lead paint caused brain damage in babies and children, yet … marketed this paint specifically for use in nurseries, and directed advertisements at babies and children.”
Unsafe drug vials that lead to events like Hep C outbreaks. Also, drugs that mislead consumers due to their manufacturers’ unfair and deceptive acts. Outside of ATRA Paradise, lawsuits by states against deceptive drug companies result in millions of dollars to state governments. Guess they’ll just have to raise taxes instead!
Hospitals with rampant medical errors - the third leading cause of death in the U.S. We all have to live with that problem but at ATRA Paradise, their catastrophically-injured child will just have make do on Medicaid!
Corrupt mortgage lenders that engage in unconscionable mortgage practices.
Misbranded food intended to fool them into eating something it's not.
Nursing homes that abuse patients.
Drinking water full of the gasoline additive MTBE.
Insurance companies that deny claims in bad faith
Ruined shorelines and wetlands thanks to negligent oil companies.
We could go on. Have fun guys, and do report back!