- Fatal-shooting victim ID'd; uncle said he tried to break up fight (9/29/16)29
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Sister: Shooting victim died a hero (9/30/16)2
- Perryville couple arrested on felony drug charges after sting operation (9/29/16)
- Perryville High principal on leave; no reason given (9/28/16)9
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)9
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Animal-rescue group receives grant from rock star for spay, neuter assistance (9/28/16)1
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Monia pleads guilty to 9 counts of financial exploitation of elderly; dealings with murderer Joseph clarified (9/28/16)11
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.