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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.

Too many ridiculous lawsuits
Who can forget the infamous McDonald's coffee lawsuit where trial lawyers took advantage of the court system for a big pay day? I'm reminded of it every day when I read about ridiculous lawsuits in the news. - The Sun Sentinel

This Lawsuit Is Bananas…Literally!

You’ve probably heard of a lawsuit where someone sued over slipping on a banana peel (or “slipping” as happened in this fraudulent case), but have you heard of a lawsuit over a banana costume?

More lawsuits or a fair shot to offer a fair settlement?

Should an insurer be given a fair chance to settle a claim before being sued?   It seems like a rational concept, but that’s not what is happening in Florida. 

Lawsuit Lending Lunacy

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.

The “lawsuit loan sharks” have taken a bite out of another victim.

Chicagoan Debbie Crim injured her spine, neck, shoulders and arms in 2001 when a Metra train she was riding on hit a car at a Chicago railroad crossing.

When Constituents and Small Business Owners Speak, Legislators Listen

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.

West Virginians Want Jobs, Not Lawsuits

If you’re a faithful reader of our blog, we don’t have to tell you twice: abusive lawsuits hurt our economy. And West Virginians should know that fact as well as anyone else, from first-hand experience. West Virginia’s legal climate is clearly out-of-step with the rest of the country, with the state consistently earning a spot as a top Judicial Hellhole.

West Virginia’s economy reflects its poor legal climate. Report after report ranks the state as one of the worst places to do business, and West Virginians have long felt the financial impact. 

Blood is thicker than water (except when a lawsuit is involved)

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

New Jersey teen Rachael Canning made national news when she filed a lawsuit against her parents demanding they pay her outstanding tuition bills and pay her $654 per week for living expenses. 

The case will likely be dismissed at some point but it does make one wonder how we got to a point in our society when a child has chosen to use the court system to resolve a family dispute.

Texas Trial Lawyers Trying to Roll Back Reforms

The trial bar is, without a doubt, one of the nation’s most powerful political players. Wealthy personal injury lawyers donate millions of dollars to political candidates with a single goal – elect their friends to office so they can further their lawsuit-creation agenda. 

Florida Takes a Step Backward

Florida has one of the nation’s worst legal climates, with the American Tort Reform Association naming it a top Judicial Hellhole this year. Unsurprisingly, the Florida Chamber of Commerce has named legal reform its top legislative priority in 2014, calling it crucial to job creation in the state. Clearly, Florida can’t afford for its legal climate to get any worse. 

Trial Lawyer Donates to Florida Campaign

Over time, we’ve seen personal injury lawyers invest heavily in political campaigns to keep trial lawyers in office and influence elections. This PIL influence is happening again in Florida, where a Texas trial lawyer has been donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to Charlie Crist’s PAC in Florida. The Florida gubernatorial race was expected to be heavily funded, but the Texas lawyer’s investment is a classic example of the trial lawyer’s grip on politics.

Crist, also a personal injury lawyer, works for Morgan & Morgan, which is one of the most infamous personal injury law firms in the state. 

Read more about trial lawyer campaign contributions here.