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Re: WOW...another crazy law suit

The newspaper wants to print a story that appears outrageous. The public has an appetite for reading about stupid lawsuits.

I wouldn't have an opinion about whether this lawsuit was warranted or not. I don't trust the accuracy of newspapers.

If the lawyer is doing his job, the case has merit.

I know I'd rather be able to hire a lawyer to sue for negligence than to rely on a government agency to protect me. Although some harm eg. air pollution has been effectively remedied by intelligent regulation.
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In Oregon it was done for employment reasons, not safety.
Nope. The Oregon gas pumping law has been around since the early fifties, long before self-serve stations. As I recall, it was originally in response to a couple of horrendous accidents. More recently, the Oregon legislature has put forth a slew of reasons not to change the law, and in the early 1980s changing the law was actually voted down in a state-wide referendum. Interestingly, gas prices in Oregon are noticeably higher than they are in California, in fact they're often a bit lower.

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