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As the courthouse doors clanged shut, the plaintiff bar and our clients watched helplessly as civil trials were pushed into the unforeseeable future, A general sense of gloom descended upon us. Now what, we wondered.. Three months later, little has changed in terms of resurrecting the civil trial. Various committees have been formed by the judges who are consulting with groups of attorneys. There have been whispers about zoom, or moving to the now unused…
Head out from the cabin with Nala. Turn right. Go down the long hill that follows the path of the river. The roadway is empty. Cabins mainly vacant. It is off season. The county is just coming off of an executive order banning Airbnb rentals due to the pandemic. It is a cloudy but pleasant day. We reach the end of that road. Turn left and begin our way up Kinnikinik street. The river is…
Long before the coronavirus caused a world wide crisis that shut down courthouses, our civil jury trials had been slowly disappearing. Corporate America discovered that forced arbitration clauses could be used to try to wipe out the right to a jury trial in everything ranging from consumer actions to sexual assaults in the workplace to mass transit disasters when trains derail because of admitted fault by the company. Insurance companies used super lobby groups to…
Insurance companies pinched themselves over their good fortune as the courthouse doors pretty much closed in response to the coronavirus. The third prong of their mantra had suddenly and without precedence become their main weapon of choice to defeat claims brought by injured people. Oh Karen, you are being overly dramatic and biased, you may be thinking. But let me tell you a story. Mr. X was killed on the job eight years ago due…