The court calendars are clogged today with large companies and corporations do battle in court and the poor are certainly not denied access to the court system That would most certainly spark outrage by any number of organizations.
But what about the middle class who have too much money to qualify for legal aid, but not enough to for for the increasingly staggering cost of litigation? Well “too bad” the system seems to be saying.
Well there are contingency fees, right? Good luck finding someone to take a case on a contingency if they have to do even a modicum amount of work. Remember, people or companies who engage in activities that invite law suits don’t take out ads on bulletin boards or TV advertising what they are doing. Their elicit activities are usually well hidden, which means it often takes a lot of “discovery” to find them and that means a lot of money for investigations, interrogatories, depositions etc and if the defendant can stall enough by throwing up roadblock after roadblock, maybe the problem will just go away.
It is staggering to think how may legitimate cases never see the light of day while others against large companies get gigantic awards and the same thing happens at a smaller company and the award is minimal or, one of my favorites, a black man gets beaten to within an inch of his life by a city cop and gets nothing while a pretty Puerto Rican girl gets slapped by a cop at a parade and gets 1.2 Million or an elderly man gets stuck on an escalator on a cruise ship and gets injured and gets $24 Million(you really wonder how such numbers are arrived at) and another sustains the same injury on the elevator in a small office and gets a fraction of that.
No wonder the public’s confidence in the legal system is waning
But Hey, this is the best legal system in the world right? Yeah right!!!