One of Scott Walker's early "victories" was “tort reform”.
“This is a balance we are trying to create, to make sure certainly those who do damage and do harm are rightfully going to be penalized, even when this act becomes law,” Scott Walker said. “But for those who have been . . . threatened with frivolous lawsuits, particularly for small business, they’re going to receive relief today because . . . we move forward in cutting back on frivolous lawsuits and out-of-control lawsuit abuse in the state of Wisconsin.”
The passage of this Act should result in a more predictable litigation climate in Wisconsin by eliminating extremely high damage awards.
So in laymans term’s, businesses can come to WI and know they will suffer no consequences no matter how poorly they act or treat their employees. The republicans were unified in this, because companies can not “create jobs’ and worry about paying out huge lawsuit awards.
Fast Forward to the real world.
A U.S. District Court jury has awarded Promega Corp., Fitchburg, $52 million in damages from Life Technologies, of Carlsbad, Calif., in a patent-infringement case.
At issue is Promega’s Short Tandem Repeat (STR) technology, which is used in DNA tests, including those involving forensics and human identification
Can you imagine an employee of Life Technology losing their life at work because of company negligence and their family being awarded a $52 million dollar settlement? The new republican tort reform puts a cap on medical malpractice at $750,000. So according to our current batch of pro-life republican politicians value intellectual property over human life. Very interesting. In case anyone in the “tea party” is paying attention(insert own joke here), Thomas Jefferson was opposed to any copyright or patent protections. Jefferson felt that no one has an idea simply exclusive to themselves. We all build upon each others idea past and present and need each other.
“Stable ownership is the gift of social law, and is given late in the progress of society. It would be curious then, if an idea, the fugitive fermentation of an individual brain, could, of natural right, be claimed in exclusive and stable property. If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea, which an individual may exclusively possess as long as he keeps it to himself; but the moment it is divulged, it forces itself into the possession of every one, and the receiver cannot dispossess himself of it. Its peculiar character, too, is that no one possesses the less, because every other possesses the whole of it. He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me. That ideas should freely spread from one to another over the globe, for the moral and mutual instruction of man, and improvement of his condition, seems to have been peculiarly and benevolently designed by nature, when she made them, like fire, expansible over all space, without lessening their density in any point, and like the air in which we breathe, move, and have our physical being, incapable of confinement or exclusive appropriation. Inventions then cannot, in nature, be a subject of property.”
What did they think about the value of Human Life? We all know the answer to that:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,
Our Forefathers would be adamantly opposed to “tort reform” as we have it now, so it is no surprise that the republican party(AKA Tories) is doing the exact opposite of what this country was founded on.
Also to be perfectly clear, how the far right extreme ‘tea party” feels about lawyers and clogging up the courts:
So next time our friends on the right discuss “tort reform” understand that they want to make sure that no company will ever be held accountable when dealing with the general public!