Governor’s budget provides another important safeguard for consumers
 Return of joint and several liability ensures injured consumers not stuck with the bill
In another example of Governor Doyle standing with consumers, his recently introduced budget contains a provision to return to state law what is known as joint and several liability. This modification would ensure that wrongdoers, not innocent injured consumers or their employers or health insurers, would bear the costs of a loss.
“We have seen the affects of putting the needs of powerful interests over the needs of the consumer play out on the federal level with disastrous consequences. Governor Doyle’s budget recognizes that in tough economic times consumers are the ones that really need the protection,” explained Thomsen.
The budget reverses another 1995 anti-consumer measure and returns Wisconsin law to recognize joint and several liability to make sure that innocent parties and their health insurers are not left with the responsibility to pay for the damages and medical expenses but instead those responsible will be held accountable.
 “We are at a time in our history where we need to revisit the playing field when it comes to the rights of consumers. There have been a lot of changes made over the past couple of decades that have tipped the playing field against the consumer in many ways. This change in the law will help restore fairness in the law for consumers,” concluded Thomsen.
Mark L. Thomsen is the President of the Wisconsin Association for Justice. The Wisconsin Association for Justice stands with consumers to promote a fair and effective justice system for every citizen, not just the privileged and wealthy.
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