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LAWSO 1 December 6, 2007 Final Dec 11 12-3 p.m.
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Final Review Monday Dec 10 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. LSB 1001
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Litigiousness “After all, let’s ask ourselves: Does America really need 70 percent of the world’s lawyers?” Dan Quayle, “The Most Litigious Society in the World” (1992)
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What Does it Mean to Say that America is a Litigious Society? Hair-trigger readiness on the part of private citizens to take disputes to court .
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Alexis de Toqueville (1835) “Scarcely any political question arises in the United States that is not resolved, sooner or later, into a judicial
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Unformatted text preview: question.” » Democracy in America (1835) Cheeseburger Bill 2004, Bigfatblog.com McDonalds Hot Coffee case • McDonalds hot coffee, plaintiff Stella Liebeck – Jury award of $2.9 million – Punitive was initially $2.7 million, reduced to $640,000 by trial judge Are we a litigious society? • Yes, we are, and let’s embrace it! Are people better off today? • Rights are more fully protected • Law is too intrusive • The privileged always have the advantage when there is more law...
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