Just a quick thought – All of you who don’t like all of these suits winning should not avoid jury duty (not implying that you are, just that you shouldn’t).
It was some stupid jury that agreed with the greedy plaintiff’s lawyer as to the theory of why McDonald’s should be held liable for some idiotic woman spilling hot coffee on herself, that BMW should pay hundreds of millions for delivering a scratched vehicle to some doctor after having repainted it but not telling him about it, for the guy who broke into someone’s house and hurt himself falling on a toy that had been left out (insurance company paid that one), and for Avoids’ example of the drunk crashing in to the telephone.
Juries are stupid in general because smart people tend to avoid jury duty or to be intentionally excluded by the lawyers (I guarantee you I will never be empanelled unless I lie during voir dire, if I even get that far). These juries also tend to fall for emotional anti-corporate rhetoric and want the big, bad corporation to pay the poor, hurt victim – no matter who was actually at fault. It is exasperating.
Sorry, just finished a final and I had to vent. Now I need to study for Anti-Trust. Peace. Out.