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I have worked in the legal and regulatory field for the better part of my professional career and I can attest that our civil tort system is a train wreck. Like anything else, bringing civil actions was the 'little guys' way of making himself whole when wronged by the big businesses but it has become a Frankenstein in the sense that it is nothing more than a lottery system. The term having your day in court is a misnomer at best since the vast majority of tort cases are settled before they get to court which is what the trial bar wants. Settlements are cheap and easy. Trials are expensive and unpredictable and even if the defendant wins, they're still out thousands or millions in fees. The plaintiff is out...well nothing really.

I would say it is not so much tort reform being needed but perhaps some common sense classes required of the judiciary which allow some of the frivilous stuff to be filed.

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