Fred Thompson: “Killing a Mouse with a Bazooka”
On March 23, Sen. Fred Thompson, representing the Tennessee Association for Justice, testified in front of the House Judiciary subcommittee on why the proposed civil justice reform bill in Tennessee is like “killing a mouse with a bazooka.” Tennessee’s civil justice system works by promoting responsible behavior and holding wrongdoers accountable for the harm they cause others. Tennesseans are trusted in the ballot box and should continue to be trusted in the jury box.
Watch Senator Thompson’s testimony:
In the same afternoon, testimony was presented on behalf of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s bill. Unfortunately, the testimony included an all-too common theme of catering to large corporations at the expense of hardworking Tennesseans. Herbert Slatery, the Governor’s counsel, said that unemployment in Tennessee is really bad and we agree, but all his remarks were about what’s beneficial to large corporations. Not once did he mention the real human impact the Governor’s bill would have on the hardworking people of the state.
You can watch a story of the real human impact here.
Earlier that day,we directed a press conference in which the impact of the bill was discussed by the family members of victims of medical malpractice and nursing homes abuse. The common refrain from these brave family members was that caps on damages would remove the most important reason they had for filing suit: to deter fraudulent, abusive, and dangerous business practices so that what happened to their loved ones would never happen again.