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Andrew Tobias

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No wonder lawyers, who control the legal system, have fought so hard, and with great success, against "no fault" insurance. No fault, no lawsuits. No lawsuits, no lunch.
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Chapter 10 , Too Many Lawyers, p. 172

 
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