The Function and Role of Law in Society and Business

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Attorneys are the doctors of business and interactions between people. Just as doctors are entrusted with the high honor of healing the sick, attorneys are entrusted with righting the wrongs of society. Where did we go wrong? In the world of the physician, the goal is clear: heal the sick. Yes there have been gray areas where doctor cross the line concerning the oath they have taken to do no harm like
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THE FUNCTION AND ROLE OF LAW IN SOCIETY AND 3 abortion, especially late term and partial birth abortions. In architecture, build stuff. In accounting, balance the books. But in law, although the goal is supposed to be justice for the harmed, the lure of money and power has warped the once admirable goal. Now, attorneys are the butt of jokes, and likened to sharks. The Pinto case, Grimshaw v Ford Motor Company, 119 Cal. App.3d 757 is notorious for just how far companies will go to make a buck. If the law had not been involved, many more people would have been victims of the makers of Pintos. The case went something like this: Pinto cars were bursting into flames on impact, like in a crash, etc. Many people were getting severely burned and burned alive. Pinto knew of the problem with their car, but calculated the cost of revamping the car to the cost of settlements in cases where their were injuries and deaths. They estimated how many Pintos per year would explode and figured that number into the calculation. They came to the conclusion that it was more costly to fix the Pinto than it was to pay out settlements. After all, a Pinto was an inexpensive car, which meant that most people who bought them did not have a lot of money. Hence, they would not be able to go through a long and arduous law suit because of the cost of legal services.
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