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American manufacturers can compete with anyone in the world on a level playing field.

But it's hard to do that when doing battle with America itself.

If it weren't bad enough that federal trade and tax policies seem to encourage manufacturers to pull up stakes and move off-shore, the American litigation system waits to swoop on the country's remaining manufacturers the moment something goes wrong.

Before the fire was even out at the Imperial Sugar Co. at Port Wentworth, Ga., lawyers from New York and Boston had already snatched up a Web site domain name for the tragedy, and lawyers started airing television commercials encouraging survivors to, euphemistically, "tell their stories."

Presumably as a precursor to telling the stories in court.

Someone once spoofed lawyer advertising by saying, "Remember, we don't get paid until you get paid -- then we get paid whatever you get paid." It's not that bad, but it shows how people feel about the predatory practice of lawyers circling a disaster scene like vultures.

The town of Port Wentworth is disgusted. And so are folks in Atlanta. Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leah Sears has warned lawyers not to approach the injured, many of whom are receiving treatment at Augusta's Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital, or the victims' families.

"There are strict rules about lawyer solicitation," Sears told reporters. "Any lawyer that might be doing that, they need to be careful."

Meanwhile, Georgia House Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. Wendall Willard, R-Sandy Springs, had harsh words for his own legal profession after a Texas law firm placed a newspaper ad in Georgia trolling for clients from the sugar factory explosion:

"I say to you as a lawyer -- I think I can speak for all the attorneys not only in this chamber, in the General Assembly, and the vast majority of lawyers in the state of Georgia -- these type things need to be condemned, and (I) ask you to recognize that. This is not the profession we honor as members."

He's right -- on all counts. The legal profession is, indeed, a proud one. It is the right to bear arms, the right of a free press and the right of the citizen to redress grievances in a court of law that help us remain free and prosperous.

But that prosperity is threatened by a predatory fringe of the legal profession that seeks to strip the carcass bare of any business that is subject to any type of disaster.

It is surely a disaster of its own making.

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christian134
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christian134 02/18/08 - 06:35 am
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Some tragedies just happen.

Some tragedies just happen. That is fact. No matter how many safety measures are in place or however many times employees are given classes to attend in safety things just happen. That is the case here. Now as far as the victims are concerned the company most certainly needs to step up and stay stepped up(so to speak). I pray they will take care of the families and victims for the long haul. Lawyers play a role they just need to stop forever being the stuff that grows under the scum of a pond just waiting to pounce.

Bizarro
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Bizarro 02/18/08 - 08:32 am
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I hope private and company

I hope private and company insurance will be paying the people. No need for lawyers making a crime out of an accident and then they themselves taking a significant fraction of the monies. The company so far as I understand is stepping up to the plate.

Carleton Duvall
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Carleton Duvall 02/18/08 - 08:52 am
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Workers injured or killed

Workers injured or killed while performing duties for their employer are covered under worker's compensation insurance. Unless things have changed since I retired they have no other legal course of action. The only exception being a claim against a third party such as an equipment manufacturer whose machinery malfunctioned while operating in their employer's plant. That does not seem to be the case here. In other words, these employees will get there due without the help of an attorney. If, in the final analysis, they don't then would be the time to solicit legal help.The attorneys know this but the employees probably don't.

dani
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dani 02/18/08 - 09:11 am
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Some people will believe that

Some people will believe that they are being denied their fair share and actually think that an attorney can get them more. They will fall for the fast-talking lawyers.

PLAYLIKETHUNDER4
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PLAYLIKETHUNDER4 02/18/08 - 09:14 am
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imo, any attorney worth his

imo, any attorney worth his salt does not have to advertise....

disgusted
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disgusted 02/18/08 - 10:26 am
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all the lawyers trying to get

all the lawyers trying to get clients like these need to have their right to practice law taken away for good

smage
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smage 02/18/08 - 10:28 am
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Sounds like the "sharks"

Sounds like the "sharks" smell blood in the water.

rufus
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rufus 02/18/08 - 11:53 am
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2 words: Tort Reform

2 words: Tort Reform

jack
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jack 02/18/08 - 01:12 pm
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Wonder if that ambualnce

Wonder if that ambualnce chasing/pseudo scientist John Edwards will show up?

Mrs Genevive Bait
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Mrs Genevive Bait 02/18/08 - 01:48 pm
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Remember what Shakespeare

Remember what Shakespeare said?

"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." [Henry VI, Part 2]

It's great advice.

tensas
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tensas 02/18/08 - 02:05 pm
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Hey, what about the lawyers

Hey, what about the lawyers who have friends/partners at the hospital? Several years ago a friend and his family were severely injured in an accident. One of the doctors gave him an attorney's card.

rufus
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rufus 02/18/08 - 02:39 pm
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From the Bee movie. Are you a

From the Bee movie. Are you a lawyer? I'm a blood sucking parasite, what do you think?

darth_froggy
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darth_froggy 02/18/08 - 02:59 pm
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Haha! [filtered word] happens.

Haha! [filtered word] happens.

Bryt
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Bryt 02/18/08 - 03:00 pm
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I know a reptuable Savannah

I know a reptuable Savannah lawyer, and he is more disgusted than anyone. His firm does not place that type of ad, and those ads hurt the reputation of the long-standing quality firms in town, who live and work in Savannah.

angel_of_death
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angel_of_death 02/18/08 - 03:21 pm
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Your frivilous, immature

Your frivilous, immature babbling about petty, nonsensical issues irritates me, darth froggy.

Bizarro
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Bizarro 02/18/08 - 06:18 pm
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Well with a name like darth

Well with a name like darth froggy what would you expect. Jeez. ANGEL OF DEATH what were you thinking. Interesting moniker, and I agree froggy can be irritating and callous. He is a frog. Probably will urinate on you when you pick him up, and no that really don't cause warts. Hee, hee. We are all swimming with sharks at some point in your life-just depends on the situation.

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