The case for trial lawyers as advocates of public safety
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
California attorneys Mark Robinson and Kevin Calcagnie wrote a commentary in the Wall Street Journal titled, “Why We Need Trial Lawyers.” In it they make the case for the role product liability laws play in improving public safety and public health:
Litigation has not only advanced public safety, but has encouraged improvement in products almost too numerous to mention: air bags, seat belts, child safety seats, tires, minivan doors, hot water vaporizers, children’s pajamas, farm machinery, firearms, building materials, tobacco products, intra-uterine contraceptive devices, tampons, sleeping pills, anti-depressants, pain medication, appetite suppressants and many more. Toyota is just another sign of how much work remains to be done.
Robinson and Calcagnie point out how lawsuits have helped regulatory agencies gain access to critical information that companies are reluctant to share, and further how regulators with reduced budgets and staffs are having an increasingly hard time keeping up with the products they are charged with regulating. You can read the entire commentary by Robinson and Calcagnie here.