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Lawsuit Abuse & Fear

Sue for Anything Society

Fear of lawsuits has changed America. Employers don’t give job references, and teachers are told never to put an arm around a crying child. Seesaws and monkey bars are ripped out of playgrounds, and games of tag are banned. Doctors waste billions in “defensive medicine,” and diving boards are almost extinct. Idiotic warning labels are plastered on products: “Remove Baby Before Folding Stroller.”

This is really stupid: The legal system is supposed to protect freedom, not loom over daily interactions like a sword of Damocles.

The solution is simple: Judges must toss out unreasonable or abusive claims. Our sue-for-anything society is missing the “law” part of lawsuits. Without legal rulings that protect the boundaries of free activity, any angry person can unilaterally destroy reasonable freedoms—just by threatening a lawsuit.

The land of the free is not supposed to be a legal minefield.

Issues

  • Lawsuit Paranoia in Society

    How did we get to a point where someone could claim with a straight face that the transgression of excessive ice was worth $5 million?

  • Government Paralysis

    At every level of government, officials are unable to make sensible choices. Much of the blame lays with the accumulation of law and red tape that dictates stupid choices.

  • Defensive Health Care

    America’s current medical justice system cannot reliably separate good care from bad.

  • Defensive Schools

    An essential element of good schools is for teachers and administrators to be free to act on their best judgment.

  • Boring Playgrounds

    In the past few years alone, traditional games like tag and dodgeball have been banned.