To make the justice system fairer for all, courtrooms need to push back on absurd plaintiff claims.
There's a tendency to take American justice for granted, like a trusty utensil that has generally served our free society well over the past two centuries. Sure, there are ideological battles in the Supreme Court over Obamacare, and the odd crazy case, like the administrative law judge in D.C. who sued his cleaners for $54 million for losing a pair of pants.
But by and large American justice gets to reasonable results, and along the way provides no small amount of prurient entertainment, such as revealing the sleazy, egomaniacal conduct of former Senator John Edwards. American justice also has the virtue of not being corrupt (although there are some sordid aspects of judicial elections, which retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is working to change).
Letting people argue anything favors whoever is in the wrong.
But American justice has taken on a life of its own, following theories of fairness that are no longer connected to the needs of a free society. Instead of a bedrock of right and wrong, justice has become a tool for self-interest and gamesmanship. Almost without our noticing it, daily dealings became infected with debilitating legal fear. America's can-do culture corroded, and became shaky and defensive. When in doubt, don't.