Here is the link to a very interesting article written by Attorney Robert F. Garvey and published at Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Mr. Garvey Follows up a headline from the January 8, 2007 cover of Business Week magazine called "How Business Trounced the Trial Lawyers." Essentially, Mr. Garvey correctly notes that the only for businesses to have trounced lawyers is to accomplish their goal their legislators and judges seeking a pro-business political agenda.
There is a lot of interesting stuff in this article. You should definitely read it. To me, the most amazing content it that a bi-partisan blind survey was done of plaintiffs’ and defendants’ attorneys throughout Michigan. The results point to a politically biased judiciary in Michigan essentially being run by insurance and corporate interests. Here are the stats:
Question 1: Do you generally agree that the decisions and opinions of the Michigan Supreme Court majority are the result of an agenda that is better left to the legislative branch?
Yes 83.7 percent
No 16.3 percent
Question 2: Do you generally agree that the decisions and opinions of the Michigan Supreme Court majority suggest a pattern of bias that favors insurance companies and large corporate interests over those of ordinary citizens in civil litigation matters?
Yes 79.3 percent
No 20.7 percent
Question 3: Do you generally agree that the decisions and opinions of the Michigan Supreme Court majority have resulted in a pattern of denial of the right to trial by jury in the State of Michigan?
Yes 80.5 percent
No 19.5 percent
Question 4: Would you generally support the concept of an analysis of the decisions of the Michigan Supreme Court majority as they relate to the denial of the right to trial by jury in civil cases?
Yes 83.5 percent
No 16.5 percent