Scott Walker just screwed over Wisconsin's military veterans | WisCommunity

Scott Walker just screwed over Wisconsin's military veterans

Scott Walker today signed an asbestos liability limits bill opposed by Democrats and, especially, Wisconsin military veterans groups#000000; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">. This ia another of those patented Republican laws that limits what defendants in product liability cases can obtain in a lawsuit, because, hey, too many people are filing frivolous lawsuits against our fine business community! Walker signed the bill in a private session, but that won't prevent the victims of this law from learning of his heartless action. And they'll have special reason to be upset. Because, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the governor's office apparently got right in the grill of activist veterans and told them the signing was going to happen (emphasis added):

#000000; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">The veterans groups, led by a former deputy secretary of veterans affairs in the Walker administration, had argued that the new state law would delay the outcomes of lawsuits and thus harm plaintiffs who became sick because of #000000; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">asbestos exposure. Indeed, some of them might now die before having their day in court.

#000000; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">Why would Walker and the GOP legislature dare to diss a segment of activist voters who have been a key Republican support group? Go on back up to the excerpt from the Journal Sentinel report and the answer is right there in three words: business-backed measure. Whatever businesses want, Republicans want to give them. So if the new law effectively denies justice to some military veterans and their families here in Wisconsin, the GOP seems to think that's no problem at all.

Republicans have long argued that lawsuits are often inefficient and unfair, and they have a special dark place in their hearts for trial lawyers. Which is why Walker's spokeswoman said of this signing:  "Governor Walker signed this law to ensure transparency in the lawsuit process and stop trial lawyers from double dipping." Oh, and if veteran plaintiffs get balled up in red tape because of the new law's many restrictions, well, too bad.

Dear Governor: You may just have taken care of your bizmo pals. But ... you can't handle the truth!

Published

March 27, 2014 - 4:12pm

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