When I read "Liability Insurers Are Fleeing Field in Wake of Big Damage Awards" (June 17), I was disheartened.
It appeared as if the reporter had spoken only with insurance industry special interests.
The civil justice system is not "running amok." Awards are rendered by juries, which are composed of ordinary citizens who represent the community.
The jury is the people and the people--not the judge, not the plaintiff's lawyer and not the insurance companies--render the verdict.
Awards are based on proven facts presented in public before fair-minded people. A plaintiff has difficult burdens in proving both the liability and damage aspects of the case, and juries make plaintiffs meet those burdens. If the plaintiff cannot meet the burdens, the plaintiff loses.