The PJ Tatler

Is Chuck Norris signaling support for Rick Perry to run for president?

Maybe! Chuck Norris, the most feared man alive, so intimidating that even the Most Interesting Man in the World gets a cold sweat just thinking about taking him on, writes in the Wall Street Journal today in favor of Texas’ new “loser pays” lawsuit law.

This week, Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed a law that will help free Lone Star State businesses from the threat of frivolous lawsuits by enacting “loser-pays” tort reform. Prior to the legislation, litigants faced a no-lose situation, while defendants stood to lose everything—even for the most outrageous, bizarre and wrongful accusations.

Even when defendants won, the legal fees associated with protecting themselves could add up to tens of thousands of dollars. As a result, many pre-emptively settled out of court, as the settlement payment would be less than the legal fees. Under Texas’s new legislation, however, litigants will be forced to pay for the defendant’s attorney fees if the case is determined groundless. This will compel would-be litigants to consider the practicality of their complaint before taking legal action, and it will protect defendants from the dire financial impact of frivolous cases.

The Texas legislation should serve as a national model, especially as we recover from the Great Recession. America has the most expensive civil-justice system in the world, costing $255 billion in 2008, or nearly 2% of gross domestic product, according to a 2009 study by the firm Towers Perrin (now Towers Watson). That’s more than twice as much as any other industrialized nation as a percent of the GDP.

Read the rest, it’s a terrific article. Norris publicly supported Mike Huckabee in 2008, so with Huckabee’s exit he may be looking for another candidate to back. The coyote-shooting Texas Gov. Rick Perry seems like a logical fit for Walker: Texas Ranger to get behind.

Before reading the article myself, I would have thought that Chuck Norris never feared lawsuits for the simple reason that he could win them with his stare. Not so.

Two women get into a fight in the ladies’ restroom at a restaurant. Afterward, they sue the restaurant owner, claiming someone should have been in there to break up the fight. It costs the small-business owner $2,000 to pay each plaintiff to drop the complaint, which was cheaper than fighting the lawsuit would have been.

This completely ridiculous story is true, and the restaurant owner was one of us, Mr. Norris. Fortunately, the lawsuit didn’t cripple the family restaurant, Woody’s Wharf in Newport Beach, Calif.