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[red]Tort Reform[/red]
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The issue of tort reform is being used by some of the political candidates in my state. The idea is to put various limitations on what can be awarded if a person wins against whatever company is being sued.

As it stands now, some companies weigh decisions based on how much damage their product will potentially do as compared to how much profit would be made.

ie- Company ‘A’ makes a drug that will knowingly cause severe illness or death as a side effect. In other words there is a table full of executives saying, "Hhhmmm, we’ll make $1,000,000,000 and our studies show our drugs won’t kill too many people."

Politicians and big business whine about the large awards given by juries. How much is too much for a jury to award the victims who companies have knowingly hurt or killed?

Keep in mind the lower the award by the jury the more likely companies will produce harmful products since the &quotenalty" is less.

Personal opinion: If you give anyone something that you know for a fact will potentially kill someone, then I say give the victim millions.

Eat the food, use the wrong verbs, and end up getting charged double.