Clogged court dockets and multi-million dollar settlements are just two troubling signs of our litigious society. George Mason University law professor David Bertsein says we need more-focused laws that specifically spell out awards and sentences. Paul D. Camp Community College professor David Lydick says just the opposite: Judges should have wide discretion to determine the outcome of cases. Together they examine the pros and cons of tort reform, caps on jury awards, and other efforts to re-engineer the legal system.

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