I've written on more than one occasion about the need for Tort Reform. The majority of the cases that over-emphasize the need are multi-million dollar lawsuits aimed at some segment of the Medical Industry driving up Health Care Costs exponentially.
This article is excellent example of the overreaching effects of runaway lawsuits and a primary reason of why Tort Reform is woefully needed in this country. An over-zealous and litigation happy lawyer has subpoenaed unneeded and inappropriate material from Kathleen Seidel, mother of an autistic child, a Blogger, an Independent Journalist and an Autism Research Advocate.
This was a retaliatory response from the lawyer and his clients engaged in a $20M lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company who were taken to task in an factual expose on a egregious example of the "Litigation Lottery".
More references to peruse
Case Docket for Sykes et al v. Glaxo-SmithKline et al
Subpoena of Kathleen Seidel
The Volokh Conspiracy
My comment to Kathleen Seidel
A Collection of Links of supporting Articles added from the comments section.
A Powerful Related Article added from the comments section
[EDIT: Corrected Ms. Seidel's first name to Kathleen from Katherine. Thanks for the correction Joesph -- LNC]