Legal Eagles

GUEST EDITORIAL. Frivolous lawsuits have stalled innovation in the small-aircraft industry. Case in point: the litigation ensuing from the April 1996 crash of a Cessna Cardinal in Cheyenne, Wyoming, that killed 7-year-old Jessica Dubroff, her father, and CFI Joe Reid. It's an absurdity of our legal system that Cessna and Avco are both being sued over this accident, although everyone (even Dubroff's lawyer) knows the accident wasn't a mechanical. There's an easy fix for this problem: make losers pay winners' legal costs.

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