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June 18, 2012


Dorothy Isaacs

The so called tort reformers have tainted the jury pool into thinking that giving a Plaintiff compensation for negligence is costing them lots of money in increased insurance premiums and medical costs. unfortunately, the result od this assault on civil cases have caused jurors to have enormous tolerance for other people's pain!

Caren Mansfield (paralegal)

I am surprised the use of the motion for summary judgment was not included as a reason for the demise of jury trials. With judges using this tool more and more frequently to dispose of a matter, no wonder there are fewer trials.


The lost of jury trials is equivalent to the return of star chambers. It is eroding confidence in our system and giving way to anarchy. The confidentiality agreements that result from settlements enable bad actors to continue to be bad and insulates them for making fair payments for the damage they cause.


The ever exploding cost of discovery alone deters many less affluent from turning to litigation. Until these costs can be reined in, trials will continue to disappear. Many lawyers have told me that arbitration costs as much as litigation. But the contracts requiring arbitration are written by the rich and powerful who have no incentive to change anything. They don't trust juries because they have no control over them.

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