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Tort Reform conflicts with the Bill of Rights?

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.

Opinions?

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.

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Dr. Paul on tort reform

I found this video of a portion of a 2011 debate where Dr. Paul gives his ideas. http://reason.com/blog/2011/05/06/ron-paul-vs-tort-reform

There is Dr. Paul's address to introduce his bill for health care reform. http://www.ronpaul.com/2010-05-27/ron-paul-introduces-the-pr...

Thanks for the link, that

Thanks for the link, that makes much more sense. I was finding it hard to believe RP would support something like tort reform.

Self bump, cause I am curious

Self bump, cause I am curious for an answer.