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Chester, NJ, US
I am a woodworker and a lawyer. I agree the award is ridiculous, but that's the current system. The answer to this problem is in something call "Tort Reform," which most politicians refuse to embrace. The reason most politicians refuse to embrace tort reform is simple. Among the biggest group of political contributors are the personal injury trial lawyers who, on average, receive 25 to 33% of these ridiculour awards. Those lawyers don’t want tort reform. And one way or another (either in paying for the unwanted safety device or paying higher prices spurred by the manufacturer’s increased insurance costs), you the consumer wind up paying the “victim” and his over paid lawyer. So if you think this is ridiculous, let your elected officials at the State and federal level know how you feel.
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