Torts, Crises and Soup Sandwiches

By December 11, 2006Briefly Legal

The NAM’s own Larry Fineran, vice president for Legal and Regulatory Reform Policy, recently had the pleasure of appearing on the inaugural podcast of Torts, Crises and Soup Sandwiches. Hosted by R. Carter Langston, president of Charlotte-based TarComm Solutions, the semimonthly podcast will focus on legal issues, and for its first go-around, highlights the flaws of litigation-derived regulations and taxes.

Larry counters California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, who has a proclivity for bringing taxpayer-funded lawsuits against the private sector to achieve public-policy goals. Most egregiously, Lockyer sued the major auto companies in September for causing global warming with the goal of forcing them to reduce exhaust emissions. Larry asks, somewhat tartly, whether Lockyer has read opinions such as those from U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska’s that point out — somewhat tartly — America’s principle of separation of powers.

In America, the judiciary does not — or at least should not — determine public policy. That’s the job of legislators (also known as policymakers). And legislators empower executive branches to issue regulations. (Previous coverage of Lockyer’s excesses is here.)

Also featured on this first podcast is a Steve Hantler interview with journalist John Stossel. Hantler is a founder of the NAM-affiliated American Justice Partnership, and Stossel of ABC’s 20/20 recently came out with a new book: Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity: Get Out the Shovel — Why Everything You Know is Wrong. In the interview, Mr. Stossel addresses the Svengali-like sway that the plaintiff’s bar has over many journalists — including, at one time, an ambitious young fellow named Stossel.