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Update on Volkswagen Diesel Fraud Case

We filed an action in Butte County on May 17, 2018 with the intent of having a jury decide punitive damages. We would be the first party to bring the defeat device case to jury trial.  Peer reviewed studies proved thousands of people with lung diseases died from the fraud.  


Humboldt Bleeds for lack of Civil Litigation

Posted by Fred Fletcher on Friday, March 2, 2018 Under: Civil Litigation
When folks can't resolve a dispute civilly they resort to theft, battery, and murder.  There is a direct correlation between Humboldt's clogged court system, and the dystopia we call home. Crime is big business in Humboldt and there has been a decade long battle between those who want crime rates to increase, and those who understand how to fix the problem.  Media outlets love crime because it generates revenue so the public is perpetually distracted or asleep.  Aside from a few gems, local media largely regurgitates (or plagiarizes) corporate media's talking points to receive awards from...drum roll...corporate media.

Crime is a form of entertainment for people who have nothing meaningful to lose. Humboldt has crime groupies who blog and gossip about all the juicy murders, while crime rates exponentially grow. Many criminal lawyers fund the circus, and fear a drop in crime rates will hurt their bottom line. They distract residents by blaming the problem on Washington or Sacramento. When we hurt our community, we hurt our families and ourselves.  What is happening in Humboldt is not fun and games. It's time to crash the party. 

This year,  a new round of judges is being seated and they must return the right to redress civil grievances in Humboldt. Only time will determine if the new judicial officers will buck the corruption of the past decade and restore honor to our Court system.  Overseeing the conflicts of the community is a sacred task.

We should not have to be accused of a crime for a court to take our civil rights seriously.  To deny a civil forum to residents who have not broken their social bond with the community is a self inflicted wound.  The current state of court clog only benefits the large conglomerates and insurance companies looking to avoid justice.  Court clog ensures deep-pockets can continue to bribe our public officials, poison our waters, and deny us a community we can proudly call home. 

We all own the same set of civil rights. We have the right to contract without fraud. We have the right to a transparent and fair government. We have the right to force our local government to account for how it spends our taxes. We have the right to drink water without toxins. We have the right to our day in court when justice is not available through other means.  We have the right to speak our minds without facing passive aggressive tactics from our local government.

Without civil litigation, schools would still be segregated, meat factories would still grind occasional humans, there would be no right of choice, or marriage equality. Without civil litigation we could be jailed for speaking badly about our government. Without civil litigation the Bill of Rights would be as useful as toilet paper. 

Nassim Nicholas Taleb's new book Skin in the Game touches on the ineffectiveness of regulations vs litigation to prevent community harms, and is recommended because he covers a full array of profound observations. I like reading books from people much smarter than myself. 

Regulations are typically drafted by bureaucrats without skin in the game, while verdicts are handed down by the community injured. Regulators can be bought, but the short service period of the juror and no contact orders prevents juror bribing. While jurors are appointed to reflect community values, regulators are appointed to ensure politicians are reelected. Regulators draft regulations favorable to the donors of the politician who appointed the regulator. Jurors sit and hear what happened to real people, and are asked to render a decision from their conscience.  A forum to resolve civil disputes is sacred. 

The word "lawsuit" is not pleasant because it often uncovers the worst of who we are.  

In : Civil Litigation 

Tags: humboldt  lawsuit  civil rights  community 

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