Some say the Tort Law Museum is unnecessary, others completely understand and support the concept.
The 79-year-old Nader says the American Museum of Tort Law, which is set to be built in a former bank building in downtown Winsted, will hold appeal for an audience far beyond law school students. He said in an interview with The Associated Press that visitors will learn that the jury system serves ordinary citizens.
Nader, who twice ran for president and still works at the nonprofit advocacy organization Public Citizen, has been pursuing the idea for the museum for years only to run into several roadblocks. But he said he has raised about $2 million, a museum design firm has been hired, and renovations are set to begin in the fall. He expects the museum to be established in the next two years.
He said he got the idea for the museum from trial lawyers who told him they had no place to put exhibits they used in court.
“There’s not a single law museum in the U.S.,” Nader said.
One intersting comment from Darren McKinney, a spokesman for the American Tort Reform Association does not support the idea and claims it is unnecessary. In addition, Daren stated “If Ralph thinks it’s needed, God bless him. This is America,” he said. “I’ll personally find it amusing the first time his museum suffers a slip-and-fall lawsuit. Now that he’s responsible for operating a facility, let’s see how his opinion changes on tort law.”