Tort Reform on Steroids

TORT REFORM ON STEROIDS….Via Josh, I learn that Blackwater has filed a motion in a lawsuit claiming that since the mishap they’re being sued for (a plane crash) happened in Afghanistan, the lawsuit should be adjudicated via sharia law, not U.S. law. That’s ironic enough on its own merits, but the explanation is even better:

In April, Blackwater asked a federal judge in Florida to apply Islamic law, commonly known as Shari’a, to the case. If the judge agreed, the lawsuit would be dismissed. Shari’a law does not hold a company responsible for the actions of employees performed within the course of their work.

Is it really true that corporations aren’t responsible for the negligence of their employees under sharia law? If it is, I think we can shortly expect mass conversions to Islam among American CEOs, followed by a plank in the Republican Party platform demanding that sharia be adopted across the board in federal courts. This is a tort reformer’s wet dream.

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