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The Smoking Congresswoman and Her Asbestos Lawsuit

Representative Carolyn McCarthy
Representative Carolyn McCarthyPhotograph by Julia Schmalz/Bloomberg

It’s not that I’m against all lawsuits. It’s just that the plaintiffs’ lawyers—and the judges who enable them—take things too far. So even a politically moderate, law school-educated guy like me, someone who’s perfectly prepared to root for a suit against a dishonest insurance company or an exploitative landlord, finds himself increasingly dismayed by the uses to which our civil justice system is put.

This morning let’s consider the strange case of Representative Carolyn McCarthy of New York.