Chrysler CEO Tom LaSorda has claimed that lawsuits are responsible for an extra $500 in costs for every car and truck sold in the United States. LaSorda believes there is testimony that goes unheard by jurors because prosecutors are able to convince the judge to exclude the testimony.
LaSorda puts the cost in terms of the emotional phrase "health." Reforms need to take place across all American industries he says.
Let's not be too fast to change the system based on the opinions of a Chieftain of Industry. Remember this is the industry that fought fixing dangerous fuel tank placement - killing and maiming hundreds, balked at seatbelts, sought to blame a tire company for what has emerged as a fatal suspension design flaw, and much more.
In most large scale failures there is somewhere inside the company a buried report warning of the problem. And like NASA's shuttle, executives - or worse accountants - make "engineering" decisions based on actuarial tables.
Maybe it's time for LaSorda to be introspective for a while.