Industries Get Quiet Protection From Lawsuits

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    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-preempt19feb19,0,7920968.story
     
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    It's obviously far easier to get your friends to change the laws, than it is to make roofs that don't crumple so easily, or completely.
    Only 2 more years to go for you guys ;)
     
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    From the article:

    That could well be true. So the really cool part is, changing laws behind closed doors to benefit corporations and to the detriment of ordinary citizens is now an automatic function of the Washington bureaucracy. Institutionalized corporate influence -- a Republican dream come true!
     
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    The more of these pieces you guys post, the gladder i become that i'm not there. Run away. Now.
     
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    Who was the automaker that decided it would be better to pay out to people who might sue them than issue a recall on a car that could explode on impact? I can totally see decisions made like this every day. Also look at the exchange between those Enron execs about how their fleecing Grandmothers out of their money. And yet some legislators seem to think we need to limit the amount companies and doctors have to pay if they do something bad. Because the insurance companies don't want to pay. You'd think the lawyers would do something about that. This being their bread and butter and all. Big Business lawyers notwithstanding.

    Not saying Apple should be sued for a billion dollars because the iPod doesn't work with WMA files, but if all of their products exploded and lit people on fire while Steve Jobs kicked them in the crotch than ran over their dogs and raped their Mothers, I'd want to know they'll get more than a slap on the wrist.
     
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    Ford. The car was the Pinto. Company documents disclosed during the trial showed that Ford was aware of the design problems of the car's gas tank, but decided that it would be cheaper to pay some settlements than to retrofit the car, even though the cost per car of retrofitting was trivial. It was a ghoulish calculation, which the jury didn't like, and they slammed Ford hard for it. As this article shows, the automobile companies are making similar decisions today. The big difference is that these are now being classified as "junk lawsuits," and "our" government is doing everything in its power to make sure that very few of them can be filed, let alone come to trial.
     

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