The public is fed up with the lawsuit industry.
Earlier this month the good citizens of liberal California defeated by a six-point margin Proposition 37 which would have required food companies to label products with genetically modified ingredients as reported by The Associated Press.
The proposal was widely seen as little more than another vehicle by which trial lawyers could earn lucrative fees while providing no benefit to consumers as reported by Robert Greene for The Los Angeles Times.
Californians simply have no appetite for more litigation folly. Indeed, the state court system already is overburdened, and this week "Los Angeles Superior Court officials said they plan to shutter 10 regional courthouses to address a projected $50 to $80 million budget shortfall" as reported by Jennifer Smith for The Wall Street Journal. The courts don't need more money; rather, they need fewer cases.
The public defeat of Prop 37 was a step in the right direction to resolve California's judicial crisis. And now legislators need to pare back existing laws which serve as little more than a feeding trough for the plaintiffs' bar in search of attorneys' fees, and judges must aggressively dismiss the garbage cases and sanction those lawyers who bring them. The court docket is clogged by the lawsuit industry, and it's time to restore the judiciary back to the people.