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Litigation to Asinine Proportions

Tied the Leader: The Culture of Litigation

“XerxDeeJ”:http://www.blogger.com/profile/5219727 “writes”:http://tiedtheleader.blogspot.com/2005/12/culture-of-litigation.html about one of my pet peeves — “people who sue”:http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20051205/tc_nm/media_xbox_dc to epic levels over ridiculously petty and ultimately trivial issues. In this case we have a gamer who recently purchased an Xbox 360 console that has a problem with overheating. Rather than call up Microsoft and get a replacement, this gentleman feels he has to sue the company for an undetermined amount. DeeJ’s analysis of the story is spot-on; I couldn’t agree with him more.

I have to wonder how we as a nation got to where we are. These days, anyone can sue pretty much anyone over just about anything, no matter how ridiculous. Frivolous litigation has become an easy way to make a buck. I blame it partly on the people who have ramped up the volume of litigation cases, but I think I place most of the blame on judges who should know better than to allow these sorts of cases get beyond the initial paperwork. There are a lot of cases that merit laughter at their ridiculous and petty nature, that judges should dismiss immediately with just the merest hint of a chuckle.

This is not to contemn those cases that are legitimate, where actual injury or felonious behavior occur. And in such cases, I can sometimes condone litigation for excessive damages, depending on the offender, the nature of the crime, and the import of the lesson to be learned. There is a time and a place for litigation, but I think it might be possible to reduce the current levels by at least half, possibly as much as two-thirds, if only our court systems would cease trying to be politically correct all the time and our judges would stop trying to make a name for themselves and actually practice law with some degree of wisdom. A little bit of discernment and common sense go a long way, and since the average citizen seems to be in short supply of both, the people who have been trained to supposedly know better should make up the lack. Throw out frivolous lawsuits, and let people live their lives without fear of getting screwed over by every Joe Schmoe who’s looking to make a quick buck. Believe me, we’d all be a lot happier for it.

Common Sense

You know, it’s good to know that our British friends have more common sense than their American counterparts. I’ve been listening to a jazz station out of London, England, via the world wide web. Just a few moments ago, I heard a news report about how Americans are considering adding cigarette-style warnings onto chocolate bars because some obese people have complained that they became fat from eating too much chocolate without appropriate warnings. A British judge considering the same case for the UK said that kind of thing just “wouldn’t wash here” because it is considered ideological common sense that eating too much chocolate would cause weight gain. It’s too bad we Americans can’t figure out the same thing!!!!

Ridiculous Litigation

Something that has come to my attention this morning on the political front pertains to the judiciary. A number of illegal aliens were arrested last week (all were Wal-Mart employees) and will soon be deported back to their homeland of Mexico. However, in the meantime, nine of these illegals are suing Wal-Mart for discrimination for not paying them overtime. The sad thing is, they will probably win the suit because there are liberal judges who fail to do their duty to protect the citizens of this country from such abuses as these. The judiciary in this country has gained far too much power, and all in the name of protecting Constitutional rights. Frankly, it’s ridiculous! Common sense has ceased to rule, being usurped by the political agendas of the few sitting behind the bench. And when a move is made to appoint judges who will exercise fairness and justice as it is intended to be exercised, that move it typically blocked by those who care little about such things. The people need to step up and elect officials who will appoint fair judges who will actually fight for the people and make decisions that are in the best interests of the country.