Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Big Business Wants More Federal Regulation ... of Tort Rights

In the video below, Former Senator and "Law and Order" actor Fred Thompson gives us a primer and description on the virtues of Federalism and then takes a stand against those who are trying to nationalize every little activity.

Do you think that Fred was talking about the industry backed Product Liability Reform bill that would have limited tort recovery by injured victims of defective products that passed Congress and was vetoed by President Clinton?

Or perhaps he was referring to the industry backed "Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act" that would have placed a federal government bar on certain food injury cases This bill has been passed twice by the House of Representatives.

Or maybe Fred was thinking about the industry backed challenge to a California law against slaughtering non-ambulatory animals on the basis that the Federal Meat Inspection Act preempted state regulation.

Or Fred could have had in mind the industry backed claim that Federal law preempted state tort actions by victims of a drug company's failure to warn. Or maybe it was the industry backed claim of federal preemption of state tort claims for injury by medical devices.

The more I think about it, I think that is exactly what Fred must be talking about.


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