Congressional grants of tort immunity obtained by big business through political contributions and lobbying are finally hitting some limits. In 2005 the rental car industry managed to get immunity for harm caused by their vehicles, known as the "Graves Amendment", passed as an amendment snuck into a 900-page transportation appropriations bill without review from the relevant congressional committees. On September 14, 2007 the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida declared the Graves Amendment providing tort immunity to the rental car industry to be unconstitutional. The Court reasoned that federal grants of immunity for businesses traditionally regulated at the state level constitute an overreaching of Congress' power under the Commerce Clause. Vanguard Car Rental v. Huchon, Civ. Case No. 06-10082, (USDC So.Dist. Fl. 2007)
Game Truck Georgia was recently hit with a $4.7 million judgment for injuries arising out of a game of "bubble soccer". But this was after they had pleaded with their insurer to settle those same claims for a pretrial offer of $1 million - which was within their policy limits. Their insurer, Atlantic Specialty Insurance, declined those offers and forced the case to trial. Now the attorneys for Game Truck Georgia are chasing their own insurance company for its bad faith refusal to settle - a refusal which led to the insolvency and desctruction of their business.
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