Pay for Lawsuits Before They’ve Been Filed?

The proposal by state comptroller Thomas DiNapoli to set up a lawsuit slush fund paid for by fees from gas drillers shows how backward New York’s legal system really is.  To ask businesses to pay for lawsuits that do not exist is to pour blood in the water and invite trial attorneys to file lawsuits against the fund.

Mr. DiNapoli asserts that preventing accidents is the “first priority,” but this fund will not make drill sites safer, indeed, if businesses have to pay for damages whether or not an accident has occurred, the fund may have the opposite effect and once again stand in the way of economic development.

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