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On Suing

                                                                         
   Suing.  Everyone is suing everybody these days.  People sue 
   McDonald's because they spilled some hot McDonald's coffee on 
   themselves and burned themselves.  And they win.  They sue gun 
   manufacturers because their guns were used to kill someone.  
   They sue fast food chains because they have eaten so much of 
   the chain's high calorie fast food as to become obese.  They 
   are suing physicians at a great rate and getting enormous 
   settlements -- so much so that the cost of physician's 
   liability insurance has been driven so high as to force them 
   out of their profession in droves.  They just can't afford the 
   insurance premiums.  Everyone is being wronged in some way 
   these days and everyone is suing.  What is behind it all?  
   Lawyers, of course.  Suing is the lawyer's livelihood.  That is 
   the way he makes his living.  The more lawsuits there are the 
   happier the lawyers are.  And we have a enormous number of 
   lawyers in this country and they all have to support themselves 
   -- maintain those big mansions and expensive cars and pay for 
   those expensive vacations in Hawaii.  Everybody has to make a 
   living and every lawsuit is money in some lawyer's pocket.  So 
   the lawyers are out looking for new and innovative reasons for 
   suing.  Unlike the past, the lawyers now advertise, promote 
   themselves, and openly look for business.  There need be no 
   justice, merit or logic in the lawsuit.  All that is needed is 
   a smooth-tongued, unscrupulous lawyer who has such great powers 
   of persuasion as to sway an unsophisticated, gullible, 
   credulous group of common people (i.e. the jury) into granting 
   some ridiculous settlement.  In connection with all this, it 
   has occurred to me that there is a real lawyer's gold mine out 
   there that apparently no lawyer has thought of yet.  But I am 
   sure one will.   Sooner or later you are going to hear of a 
   lawsuit in which someone is suing his parents because he is 
   obese and claiming it is their fault.  He will argue that as a 
   child they fed him too much steak and high fat, high calorie 
   foods.  That they wronged him by the way they ate (and made him 
   to eat) and caused his weight problem along with all kinds of 
   other health and psychological problems.  So he will win a big 
   settlement, take everything they have, reduce them to paupers.  
   And it will be in all the papers all over the country.  Then 
   all the lawyers will read about it, see all the potential (with 
   two thirds of Americans overweight), swarm in for the kill like 
   sharks, and you will see millions of lawsuits.  It could be the 
   biggest transfer of wealth in history.  The losing group will 
   be the older generation, perhaps losing most of their life 
   savings.  There will be two receiving groups: the younger 
   generation and lawyers. 


   Sept 2004


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