Require Judges to Act as Gatekeepers
About the Problem
Most Americans agree we need common sense rules and regulations to protect citizens, preserve our environment and protect public safety. But the U.S. regulatory system is increasingly complex and incomprehensible and the costs are adding up.
Phil Howard, founder of the reform group Common Good reports:
Generations of lawmakers and regulators have written so much law, in such detail, that officials are barred from acting sensibly.
About the Policy
In order to restore fairness and reliability to the American justice system, give judges more responsibility to dismiss unreasonable lawsuit claims.
Polling data derived from three national surveys conducted by Cohen Research Group in February and March 2016. Each survey had a sample size of at least 1,000 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.1%
An outdated and increasingly complex regulatory structure has helped to produce a rise in frivolous, unreasonable lawsuit claims against both corporations and federal departments.
Some have taken advantage of this complex and confusing system and use it to engage in unreasonable lawsuit claims. Since these claims can drain precious time and money, settlements are frequently made when the case should have been dismissed in the first place. These lawsuits waste time and taxpayer dollars while placing an unnecessary burden on both businesses and federal agencies.
In order to restore fairness and reliability to the American justice system, judges should be given more responsibility to dismiss unreasonable lawsuit claims. Federal judges are more than qualified to spot unreasonable claims, and they have the potential to save valuable time and money by dismissing cases that are clearly frivolous or unreasonable in nature.
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