Originally created 02/02/05

Bush tort reform plan bodes ill

The recent offer by Norfolk Southern of a $300 check in exchange for a complete release of each injury claim stemming from the Graniteville train derailment is a glimpse into the future if tort reform is enacted as proposed by President Bush and others.

With limits on pain and suffering, you pay only what you believe someone is entitled to, and let them be happy with it.

Speaking of tort reform, some Atlanta lawyer was quoted in The Chronicle as stating in opening arguments that the breach-of-contract suit against a bank was the reason we need tort reform. What does tort reform have to do with breach of contract? I thought a lawyer was supposed to know the difference.

Allen W. Johnson, Augusta


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