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The Case for Trial Lawyers
Date:7/8/2008

By Michael F. Barrett, Esq.

PHILADELPHIA, July 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is by Michael F. Barrett, Esq.:

"Kill all the lawyers" -- at your own peril

When you heard the news not long ago that three prominent attorneys who had made their reputations suing corporations had pled guilty to either attempted judicial bribery or a kickback scheme, no doubt Shakespeare's oft-quoted line, "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers," came to mind.

But what you probably don't realize is that the line, taken in its dramatic context, really means that if you want anarchy you must first get rid of lawyers.

Indeed, while it has become fashionable in some corporate and political quarters to demonize trial lawyers, your medicine cabinet, your house, your car, your highways, your workplace and the world in which you live are far safer today because of the efforts of trial lawyers to hold businesses and governments responsible and accountable for their actions. Trial lawyers, says attorney and former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, are our last defense against greedy corporations.

Don't believe him? Do you remember flammable children's pajamas? Deadly cribs? Asbestos? Even Little League and Pop Warner Football games before helmets were required. They have all disappeared, or been vastly improved, thanks to civil lawsuits.

Unfortunately, however, today's legal and political climate is edging us closer towards the anarchy to which Shakespeare cleverly alluded. In March the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the makers of medical devices who have received FDA approval are protected from lawsuits, no matter what goes wrong with their devices. It now appears the same "pre-emption" protection will soon be afforded drug makers -- the same drug manufacturers who supply the studies on which the FDA bases its decisions. These are the same drug makers who often drag their feet in reporting adverse results
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SOURCE Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky P.C.
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