Good to see veteran journalist Quin Hillyer join The Examiner as associate editorial page editor. He’s keeping an eye on the plaintiff’s bar; as former editorial page editor of The Mobile Register, Hillyer brings with him useful background from one of the hotspots of tort reform, Alabama.
In today’s “Lawyers courting defeat,” Hillyer gives us a good rundown of the current, tragic (as in hubristic) failures of the plaintiff’s bar — the transgressions of William Lerach, Milberg-Weiss, Dickie Scruggs, etc., and revisits recent Supreme Court decisions (e.g. Stoneridge) that prevented the expansion of “scheme liability.”
Nobody is arguing, by the way, that corrupt or utterly negligent defendants should escape penalty. But the recent series of setbacks for class-action firms show that the legal system is pushing back against fraud and excessive profiteering by those who try to game the court system in pursuit of lucre.
Lawyers, too, are subject to the rule of law. And the proverbial “little guys” benefit more when the rule of law is upheld than they do from all the histrionics of corrupt lawyers fulminating in their name.
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