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Although we do not undertake an exhaustive historical analysis today of the full scope of the Second Amendment, nothing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms.So, while the right is personal, and cannot be taken away, it can be limited as to when and where the firearms may be brought. Blanket bans are unconstitutional.
particularly against perpetrators of sexual orientation-based hate crimes, i.e. physical attacks on persons perceived as homosexuals, motivated solely by antagonism to them because of their perceived sexual orientation.(side note... did anyone tell this attorney who picked this guy as the named plaintiff that this is San Francisco? Yes I know hate crimes and discrimination occur, but...)
The Guide is a collaboration of Directorship and the American Justice Partnership (AJP), a coalition of more than 70 state and national organizations that work together to achieve tort and other business liability reform at the state level through legislative action and public support for pro-reform candidates for state office.Let's think about this paragraph for a second. Or rather, what they are trying to say. First, they start off by decrying the costs to their target audience, saying how bad things are for corporate America because of the U.S. tort system. They point out how much money has been paid out in judgments and settlements, as well as the costs of defending the cases. Then to show how truly horrific these numbers are, they compare them to the GDP of Australia.
Why the mobilization? Trial Lawyers Inc. has created nearly a trillion-dollar tort industry. If America’s tort system was a country and tort awards were its gross domestic product, our tort system would be the 17th largest economy. The total direct and indirect costs of our tort system are $865 billion annually; Australia’s GDP is only $24 billion more than this.
Then there’s the danger of the “litigation trifecta.” The first stage was asbestos lawsuits, the longest running mass-tort category in history. The second stage was the $265-billion national tobacco settlement between states and tobacco companies. The R&D arm of Trial Lawyers Inc. hopes to cash in on the third stage of the trifecta: global climate-change litigation. If the plaintiffs’ lawyers hit the “litigation trifecta,” U.S. tort costs could soon exceed Russia’s GDP of $1.2 trillion.
1. TENNESSEEThe key here is that the authors are applauding the ones where corporate America will face the least cost in litigation. In reading the article, the methodology seems to be placed heavily on the question of "how much can a corporate wrongdoer expect to pay if they do wrong."
Moving up from 11th place in last year’s rankings, Tennessee is now the top-ranked state. Pacific Research Institute’s 2008 report listed Tennessee as the state with the lowest litigation risks in the country. While the state’s liability climate encourages growth and job creation, it’s also a state to watch because its tort laws do not place limits on non-economic and punitive damages and there are someplaintiff-friendly venues in Tennessee. The state Supreme Court is considered neutral on liability issues.
The Office of the Chief Trial Counsel believes that public protection requires that members of the public who are interested in consulting with, and possibly retaining California attorneys, should have ready access to information about disciplinary proceedings pending against those attorneys.