Supreme Court helped ‘judi­cial hell­holes’ levy $6,000 tax on pub­lic

Ram­pant law­suit abuse, aid­ed by the Supreme Court, has boost­ed the “tort tax” on every­thing the pub­lic buys and uses to near­ly $6,000 per house­hold, accord­ing to a group work­ing to lim­it the trend.
A new report from the Amer­i­can Tort Reform Asso­ci­a­tion said a deci­sion by the Supreme Court this year helped to open up the num­ber of state courts that can accept suits against out-of-state com­pa­nies, spark­ing a rise in “lit­i­ga­tion tourism.”
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And the result has been an increase in law­suits in courts con­sid­ered more friend­ly to vic­tims and a like­ly increase in legal vic­to­ries against com­pa­nies that end up spread­ing the costs of fines and fees across their prod­ucts.
“The court missed a cru­cial oppor­tu­ni­ty this year to rein in lit­i­ga­tion tourism, inad­ver­tent­ly open­ing the …