“It’s worth noting that Soto has a long history of siding with special interests over Florida’s consumers. As a State Legislator, Soto voted to extend sovereign immunity to large corporations like Shands Hospital, voted to make it easier for tobacco companies to appeal court decisions, and voted to impose onerous requirements on securing expert witnesses in medical malpractice cases in 2011 (HB 479). With Darren Soto voting to undermine Floridians’ right to seek fair justice in our courts, do we really need him doing the same thing at the federal level?”
If you have dealt with or studied Florida’s medical malpractice system, you know it’s not great. It’s a system that was designed to put the needs of insurance companies over consumers and to weaken the influence and bottom-line of traditional Democratic Party contributors in the political process. This pet issue of Jeb Bush’s took several special sessions to overhaul, but in the end the Governor got more or less what he wanted at the time.
In Florida, we have all sorts of convoluted laws that make it more difficult for victims to seek justice after they’ve been wronged. Technical sounding things like pre-suit determinations, notice processes, and caps on damages – they all work together to help big corporations and unscrupulous industries escape responsibility their bad acts. These laws were written with a clear political agenda in mind and were opposed by a large…
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