Thursday, April 20, 2006
I saw this over on TortsProfBlog and thought it was appropriate, especially in light of one of the proposed ballot initiatives that tort reformers are trying to get on the ballot here in California. Apparently, they want to sheild manufacturers from punitive damages in cases where their products complied with applicable state and federal regulations.
At first glance, this seems to make sense. But then think about it. How long does it take the state or the federal government to properly regulate something. For example, how long did it take the government to start regulating the tobacco industry versus when did the tobacco industry have knowledge that its products were the cause of people's deaths?