- Two men accused of selling meth to undercover cop (6/22/17)
- Cape man stabbed in head, arm after strip-club incident; skull fractured, police say (6/25/17)3
- Custom cuts: Local hairstylist provides free haircuts to special-needs children (6/26/17)3
- Police: Man grabbed wheel, tried to kill driver and himself in Jackson crash (6/23/17)
- Marble Hill man accused of beating, kidnapping woman (6/27/17)
- Annual SEMO District Fair event lineup announced (6/23/17)1
- Oran town board fired officer before hiring him as police chief; city officials say they can't remember reason for firing (6/25/17)2
- Playing with fire (6/25/17)
- Two charged in theft of jewelry from Cape storage facility (6/23/17)1
- Business notebook: Man's cheesecake whim becomes a full-time vocation (6/26/17)
Columbia Daily Tribune
In a perfect world, courtroom litigation would be quick and inexpensive, producing definitive and affordable dispute resolution. Instead, harassing lawsuits can exact punishment even though no adverse judgment is reached. ...
Thus, we see proposed laws like the one now working its way through Congress that will exempt gun manufacturers from liability for illegal acts committed with their weapons.
Manufacturers -- of tobacco products, firearms and food, to name the current examples -- are making and selling legal products to independent consumers who have every opportunity to know what they are doing and who are quite beyond the control of the manufacturers after the purchase is made.
Responsibility for subsequent abuse of the product clearly lies with the consumer, not the manufacturer. ...
The increasing affluence and complexity of society overwhelm some of the simpler mechanisms that once governed our affairs. Who would have thought we ever would consider passing laws denying access to court for certain plaintiffs?
But here we are.