State Farm and other insurance companies have pressured legislators to lower the monetary value amount required for cases to be tried in front of a jury. Currently, a case must be worth at least $50,000.00 before someone can ask for a jury to hear their case. As it is, there is a big backlog of jury trials. In other words, we can’t get the cases we already have pending tried. State Farm wants to lower the requirement to only $5,000.00. The judges and most lawyers think this is a bad idea. Jury trials should be reserved for serious cases. State Farm thinks it’s okay to pull you off your job for small cases. Our judges are sworn to be fair and impartial. It’s their job to hear cases, not yours. Jury trials also take more time to be tried; Two to three years – or more – just to get set for trial. Because there are so many cases waiting for trial by a jury, cases can be continued several times before the case has a real chance of getting to trial.
Tort Reform is the big lie the insurance companies and big business created to reduce your rights and increase their profits. Former State Senator, John Milkovich wrote to many this morning exposing what the insurance industry and some legislators are trying to do while we are dealing with COVID-19.
Tort Reform is the big lie the insurance companies and big business created to reduce your rights and increase their profits. Every year big business lobbyists descend on Baton Rouge and campaign against consumer rights. If you don’t own a big company, you are a consumer. Big Business does not want to help you. Big Business wants to help itself. The only way they win is if the rest of us lose. This year’s onslaught is being led by State Farm, and other insurance companies.
The insurance and logging lobbies have pressured legislators to move a bill out of committee that will place a cap (limit) on the damages people can recover when they are injured or a loved one is killed by a logging truck. Caps on damages in medical malpractice have not resulted in reduced insurance rates. Caps on damages caused by logging trucks won’t reduce insurance rates and caps won’t improve safety either.