"We the Plaintiffs": Tort Reform Misinformation, Now In Handy Infographic Form
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A new infographic titled “We The Plaintiffs” is popping up around the Internet. Calling itself “A Closer Look at America’s Obsession with Lawsuits,” the chart could more accurately be described as the distilled essence of the tort reform movement’s difficult relationship with the truth. As with so much of the tort reform disinformation common in the media, it deploys misleading statistics and deceptive anecdotes to paint a distorted portrait of a nation in which rogue plaintiffs run wild. An exhaustive debunking of “We the Plaintiffs” by the Center for Justice & Democracy demonstrates that a chart accurately reflecting the current state the justice system might better be titled “We The Corporations.” The “We The Plaintiffs” chart has already made its way from the blog of the pro-tort reform organization Common Good to the legal gossip blog “Above the Law,” and seems destined, like so many collections of urban legends on this topic, to be periodically recycled by tort reform supporters.