Frivolous lawsuits and the abuse of our courts continue to be a key driver of the problems plaguing our economy and health care system. Too often, lawsuit abuse puts small companies out of business and raises health care costs for every day citizens.
Across the country, victims of lawsuit abuse and leaders of the legal reform movement are making their voices heard, telling the real life stories about the costs and consequences of lawsuit abuse. Project Lawsuit Abuse is an online initiative of the national Sick of Lawsuits campaign featuring news from the front lines of lawsuit abuse.
What We Believe:
We support a system that would compensate those who are injured without costly and time-consuming litigation while preventing our legal system from being hijacked by personal injury lawyers and run-away litigation.
We work to:
- Restore common sense and fairness to our legal system;
- Weed out abusive junk lawsuits and unclog our courts so legitimate claims can move through the system;
- Put more money in the hands of injured patients and less money in the pockets of personal injury lawyers;
- Create transparency around backroom deals between personal injury lawyers and state attorneys general who team-up to sue companies for fame and profit; and,
- Place more scrutiny on expert witness testimony so that the highest ethical and medical standards are upheld in our courtrooms and judges and juries can trust what they hear on the witness stand.
Sick of Lawsuits is a nonpartisan, grassroots campaign of Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse. We have more than 165,000 supporters across the country including doctors, health care professionals, small business owners, attorneys and people from every walk of life.
Tom Scott, Executive Director of California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse, has been working to fight lawsuit abuse in California for 14 years. Prior to joining CALA, Scott held various positions with Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, former State Senator John Seymour, former U.S. Senator Pete Wilson, and in the U.S. Department of Commerce. Scott currently serves as Chair for the City of Folsom Utility Commission, Chair of the Folsom Chamber of Commerce BIZPAC and Vice President of the State Board of Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Travis Akin has served as Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch (I-LAW) Executive Director since 2007. He is a veteran of Illinois politics having run numerous campaigns throughout the state. Prior to joining I-LAW, Akin worked as a press secretary for the Illinois Senate Republicans. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University and he later completed his master’s degree at the University of Illinois at Springfield. He currently lives in Marion, IL with his Shelly and their three children.
Melissa Landry is Executive Director of Louisiana’s leading legal watchdog group, Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch (LLAW). She brings to LLAW nearly a decade of public relations experience and an extensive background in strategic communications, marketing and media relations. A native of Louisiana, Landry began her career in the private sector where she developed and executed public relations strategies for a variety of clients, including trade associations, non-profit organizations and political campaigns. Landry also has extensive experience implementing large-scale, public sector media campaigns for the Governor’s Office and the Louisiana Recovery Authority. In her free time, Landry enjoys reading, running and swimming. She holds a BA in journalism from Louisiana State University.
Jennifer Harris, spokesperson for Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse of Central Texas, joined the CALA movement in 2011 and is the group’s public voice for a civil justice system based on common sense and fairness. Jennifer is the owner of JWH Communications, a public affairs, social media and communications consulting firm, based in Austin, Texas. She brings more than 15 years of media relations, communications, grassroots and political experience to CALA-Central Texas and to her clients at JWH Communications. Jennifer has represented a wide range of industry sectors and issues, including health care, technology, telecommunications, energy, U.S./Mexico relations, trade and transportation. Jennifer previously served on the Board of Directors of the Austin Sister Cities International, the Austin Area Texas Exes and First United Methodist Church. She resides in Austin with her husband and young son.
Greg Thomas has been with West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (WV CALA), a non-profit watchdog group of more than 30,000 West Virginia families, for more than 10 years. The organization has seen a significant increase in membership and influence during his tenure. Greg has a background in political campaigns, having served as a general consultant on Congressional and statewide campaigns in West Virginia and worked on several other issue advocacy efforts in the region. Greg previously worked on several campaigns in Virgnia and as a staffer on Capitol Hill in D.C. before moving back to West Virginia. Greg attended the Linsly School in Wheeling, WV before receiving degrees in both Economics Management and Political Science with a minor in Public Service from Hampden-Sydney College. Greg has been married to Cindy Thomas for nearly five years and they have a daughter, Navy. They live in South Charleston. Greg is originally from Marshall County.