Philip Thomas has an excellent post up about the possible effects of a Republican-controlled Mississippi House of Representatives on Mississippi's justice system. Most readers of this blog know how dramatically the legal market in Mississippi nosedived after tort reform in the early 2000's. Now Republican Gubernatorial nominee Phil Bryant has designs on taking it even further, into a "loser pays" system.
I'm sure a good number of folks in the defense bar will no doubt support Republican candidates for the House, and their staff will as well, no matter how detrimental such support may be to their own interests. Why is it detrimental? Well, a "loser pays" system would all but shut the courthouse doors to people without enormous sums of money. That means dramatically fewer lawsuits, and therefore, less work for defense attorneys. Less work for defense attorneys means less defense firms, less demand for paralegals, clerical jobs, and office real estate. The spiral is plainly evident, and we even have recent history as a guide. Philip's done a great job laying all of this out at his blog, and I strongly suggest you head over there to read his work.