Sunday, January 25, 2009

Meeting a product standard isn't enough-- a Letter to the Editor in the AJC

Government regulations provide no assurance that any product is truly safe. The Titanic carried lifeboats with a capacity of less than half those on board, yet it satisfied all government safety regulations at the time. Gov. Sonny Perdue and the AJC's Jim Wooten ("Limiting lawsuits, college access, bike theft," @issue, Jan. 16) want to insulate companies from responsibility for injuries their products cause if the products meet government standards.

Why do supposed conservatives such as Wooten and Perdue suspend their normal suspicion of all things governmental and ignore their mantra of self-responsibility by allowing government to insulate a manufacturer of a harmful product from responsibility? They say it will attract business, but no business I want. "Come to Georgia: You can hurt our citizens and they won't be able to do anything about it" is hardly the slogan we should use to attract anyone.

Tom Stubbs
Stubbs is a Decatur attorney.

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