We all know that there has been a lot of talk about tort reform. But the simplest way to stop the out of control litigation industry is quite simple.....require the same standard of proof for civil cases as in criminal cases.... For those who aren't familiar with what I mean, civil cases do not have nearly as rigorous a standard of proof as civil cases. In a criminal case, 12 jurors must be convinced BEYOND THE SHADOW OF A REASONABLE DOUBT that the defendant is guilty. Also the standard of evidence is high, for instance, hearsay evidence is not acceptable in a criminal case. However, in a civil case only 9 out of 12 jurors have to believe that there is a preponderance of evidence that the defendent is guilty. Also, hearsay evidence is acceptable in a civil case. What would that mean? Some people or businesses that are guility of negligence may get away with it, but you can be reasonably sure that if a company or individual were actually found guilty of negligence that they actually did something deserving of a law suit. Since the standard to determine guilt or innocence would be higher, the number of suits would go down, since the odds of winning would go down.