The City of Deep Pockets, er, Big Shoulders, is hosting the annual convention of the American Association for Justice, that is, the former Association of Trial Lawyers of America. The Chicago gathering, which starts Saturday, is the first convention since the organization gave itself the new, non-threatening title.
Just what will these kitten fish be up to this week? Same old, same old, sharpening their teeth for the unsuspecting defendant. Take a look at page 12 of the convention’s program (full program here in .pdf). It’s a list of the meetings of AAJ Litigation Groups, the lawyers who specialize in suing various groups. They’ll put their heads together, study the latest “groundbreaking legal theory,” figure out how best to sue the next employer, the next shopkeeper, the next manufacturer. Workshops on finding the next victim.
And it’s quite a list: 77 different categories, or rather, targets. Here’s 10 of them from the top of column two:
Human Bone & Tissue Recovered from Cadavers
Laser Eye Surgery Malpractice
As the Pacific Research Institute has reported, the United States spends 2.2 percent of our GDP on tort costs, compared to 0.9 percent from other advanced countries. In the private sector, the difference means excess tort costs of $367 billion per year, billions that could capital investment, research and development, personnel, training or even the stockholders. (NAM release here.)
If you want to see a big reason for the disastrous, anti-competitive consequences of America’s tort system, take a look at that list — the trial lawyers’ targets.
And may God protect the company that specializes in interstate delivery of lawn mowers to liquor stores.
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