Tort Reform conflicts with the Bill of Rights?Submitted by TexanInSweden on Sun, 10/07/2012 - 12:37
Watching a documentary here in Sweden called Hot Coffee and they are putting up a pretty good case that Tort Reform is an infringement on the Bill of Rights. The 7th Amendment states:
In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
The argument is that caps on damages infringes on the plaintiffs and juries rights protected by the Bill of rights. see link for examples of cases where juries verdicts were overruled in direct violation of the 7th Amendment.
I know Ron Paul has supported Reform to reduce medical costs due to malpractice lawsuits but I would like to know his stance on caps on damages as they seem to directly conflict with the 7th Amendment. I know RP is the self proclaimed defender of the Constitution so I am very interested in hearing his interpretation. Any links would be appreciated.