'Liar-Lawsuits'

Published: Friday, Apr. 4, 2014 - 11:04 am
Last Modified: Saturday, Apr. 5, 2014 - 10:59 am

Re “When safety regulation falters, injury lawsuits can help fill gap,” (Viewpoints, April 4): Though Ben Kelley works for personal injury lawyers, he accurately reports my organization’s criticism of meritless lawsuits and the upward pressure they put on consumer prices.

But Kelley misleads readers when arguing that a so-called sudden acceleration hazard in Toyota vehicles stems from an amorphous “electronic glitch,” for which absolutely no credible evidence has ever been produced.

That plaintiff attorneys have advanced the glitch argument in more than 500 runaway-car injury lawsuits means nothing. For they once advanced, for example, scientifically baseless and now thoroughly discredited theories about silicone breast implants and childhood vaccines, too. All this proves is that some personal injury lawyers are shameless, self-interested liars.

Tort reformers have no beef with lawsuits targeting genuine negligence or recklessness. But we’re determined to rein in the liar-lawsuits Kelley’s crowd too often promulgates at everyone else's expense.

-- Darren McKinney, American Tort Reform Association, Washington, D.C.

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