Project Lawsuit Abuse:
Stories from the Frontlines of Lawsuit Abuse

Project Lawsuit Abuse Newsmakers

Tort reformers have been turning up all over the internet recently. We took the liberty of rounding up some of the standouts. You may recognize a few friends of Project Lawsuit Abuse in there. Here are some of the newsmakers from around the country.

Lawsuit Reform would help Illinois avoid a failing grade for business
A new report on the business climate across the country has given Illinois a failing grade. - Hancock County Journal-Pilot

Man Sues the Pizza Place He Tried to Rob for $100,000

Imagine if someone robbed your business at gunpoint. That would be a traumatic event, and you would probably hope that the perpetrator went away for a long time and that you never had to deal with that person again.

But one would-be robber won’t leave his victims alone. In 2010, Nigel Sykes attempted to rob Seasons Pizza in Delaware at gunpoint.  The pizza place’s employees got the best of him, though – they tackled him and detained him until police arrived.

New York Trial Lawyers Are Spending Big on Lobbying

Last year, New York lawmakers considered common sense reforms that would insert fairness into the civil justice system by lowering awards in civil lawsuits. But trial lawyers took issue with this legislation – and the impact it would have on their paydays – and came out in full force against the bill.

Project Lawsuit Abuse Newsmakers

Tort reformers have been turning up all over the internet recently. We took the liberty of rounding up some of the standouts. You may recognize a few friends of Project Lawsuit Abuse in there. Here are some of the newsmakers from around the country.

Supreme Court Decision in Defibrillators Case Good News for CA Businesses
Recently, the California Supreme Court ruled that large retailers such as Target have no legal obligation to keep defibrillators on hand for customers stricken by heart attacks or other medical emergencies. - Fox and Hounds

Project Lawsuit Abuse Newsmakers

Tort reformers have been turning up all over the internet recently. We took the liberty of rounding up some of the standouts. You may recognize a few friends of Project Lawsuit Abuse in there. Here are some of the newsmakers from around the country.

Legacy lawsuits to be revealed in in-depth WWL series “Tainted Legacy”
The full extent of the controversy surrounding legacy lawsuits, in which lawsuits are filed against primarily oil producers over environmental damage, is being examined in a multi-part series by reporter David Hammer that began airing on WWL-TV in New Orleans on July 8. - The Louisiana Record

Why West Virginia Needs Legal Reform

The numbers are in for West Virginia’s economy, and they aren’t good. The state lost 7,000 jobs in 2013, ranked last in job creation and had the nation’s lowest labor participation rate. Sounds like some changes are needed, right?

As West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse points out, one change that would have a major positive impact on the state is an improvement in the legal climate. Currently, West Virginia has a reputation as Judicial Hellhole, where plaintiffs’ lawyers win big at the expense of everyone else. Reducing the lawsuit burden through legal reforms would allow small businesses to grow and create jobs, and improve the overall quality of life for West Virginians.

Pay attention Louisiana: A fraudulent feeding frenzy continues four years after the spill

Editor's Note: Project Lawsuit Abuse regularly highlights lawsuit abuse news from across the country. Today, Melissa Landry, Executive Director of Louisiana’s leading legal watchdog group, Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch (LLAW), contributed a guest post revealing an investigation into fraud in Louisiana. 

A little noticed recent Associated Press report highlighted the ongoing fraud and abuse that’s still corrupting the oil spill claims process in the Gulf. 

Consumers are the Losers in Food Labeling Lawsuits

Editor's Note: Project Lawsuit Abuse regularly highlights lawsuit abuse news from across the country. Today, Travis Akin, Executive Director of Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch, contributed a guest post for Project Lawsuit Abuse.

POM, the pomegranate juice maker, claims Coca-Cola, which offers Minute Maid “Pomegranate Blueberry Blend of 5 Juices” containing only 0.3% pomegranate juice and 0.2% blueberry juice, is in violation of the Lanham Act, the federal false advertising law.

The Supreme Court has recently cleared the way for POM to pursue a Lanham Act claim against Coca-Cola.

It is too early to tell if this case will spark a wave of food labeling lawsuits but the possibility certainly exists.

Louisiana Lets in the Sunshine

If you’ve been paying attention to legal reform issues in Louisiana, you’ve probably heard about Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s use of legally questionable contingency-fee contracts to hire politically-connected trial lawyers to conduct lawsuits on behalf of the state.

California #1 Riskiest State for Employee Lawsuits

Editor's Note: Project Lawsuit Abuse regularly highlights lawsuit abuse news from across the country. Today, Tom Scott, Executive Director of California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse, contributed a guest post for Project Lawsuit Abuse.

While there are a lot of reasons California has been the #1 Judicial Hellhole for two years running, how we deal with employment lawsuits is one reason we will probably stay at the top of the list for a third straight year.