Weighed Down by Rules, Laws and Lawyers

Quin Hillyer at the D.C. Examiner has a package today on the American litigiousness, the trial lawyer industry and its sway over American government, politics and economy. The main piece, “Special Editorial Reports: Does the U.S. have too many rules, too many ‘rights’?”

We Americans need to implement a “legal revolution, clearing out decades of accumulated law and bureaucracy.”

So writes celebrated lawyer/author Philip K. Howard in his latest provocative book, “Life Without Lawyers,” an impassioned call to overthrow the “false idea that law and rights can substitute for human judgment in daily dealings.”

There’s an education angle, as well, “‘Bureaucracy Can’t Teach’: Why American schools often fail

Howard offers his own contribution in an op-ed, “Congress piles up new laws without any knowledge of previous ones.” Like Davis Bacon.

And Hillyer examines the cash connection, i.e., trial lawyer contributions in political campaigns in “Money talks: Lawyers’ cash equals legislative power.”

For our contribution to this discussion, we’ll link to the first quarter ’09 lobbying disclosure form by the American Association for Justice, i.e., the trial lawyers’ trade association. A fun read. Here’s a bill AAJ supports:

S. 437; to allow the deduction of attorney-advanced expenses and court costs in contingency fee cases.

Think of it as a taxpayer subsidy for speculative lawsuits. Not exactly what we think of when considering a necessary legal revolution.

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  • Dan says:

    With all all due respect, in an age of Enron, AIG, and Wall Street Meltdowns, I find a book premised on the notion that we are suffering from “too much” law deeply strange–and I’m not alone…http://tinyurl.com/c6nak2

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