What may result from Mr. Ward's case could be evocative of
the dilemma of doctors, chemists, and care-givers who are fast
reaching the point of refusing certain cases because of
On the soap box.
The majority of the litigation for what most of us would consider
'frivilous' stuff begain in the late '60's, easrly '70's' when
the US changed from a 'producer' economy to a 'service' economy.
The population wanted a better 'standard of living' (more money)
& labor costs rose. Industry(ies) found that the only way to meet
the labor costs was to produce more pieces per hour of labor. As
a result they introduced more automation & reduced the labor
component of most items. That reduced the need for mgfng labor.
The mfgrng labor (that was working) now had mor e money & decided
they didn't need to do some of the things they used to do for
themselves, mow the lawn, cook dinner, just to name a couple of
commo n ones.
Now the people that couldn't get a factory (production) job had
to find something else to do; cut grass, rake leaves, wait on
tables, flip hamburgers etc. Nobody wanted to pay $15.00+ per
hour for that (you can' t pass those prices on to the consumer)
so we had the beginning of the 'service' economy' (dead end jobs,
low wages etc). People still wanted th e 'big bucks' & bank &
train robbery is frowned upon, lets try the next best thing;
'SUE THE BASTARD'. Guess what that requires, a lawyer/s!
Now as soon as the lawyer wins his/her case s/he thinks, 'Hey
what an eas y way to make a buck!'. Now we're off to the races,
the law school enrollments grow & pretty soon there are more
lawyers in the US than the whole world needs & they're looking
for someone to SUE.
There's almost product cost in liability insurance (due to
product liability suits) than there is in developement,
production advertising &
Remember, Will Rogers never met a lawyer.
We (the US) need to get back to a production economy!
Off the soap box.