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Stories from the Frontlines of Lawsuit Abuse

Jury Service – Mr. T Answers the Call!

As Americans, a trial by a jury of our peers is one of our most fundamental rights. But to maintain that right – and to uphold the values on which our civil justice system was founded – it’s important that you do your part by serving on a jury when called. A fair and balanced civil justice system requires that everyone fulfill their responsibility to serve.

Unfortunately, many people make excuses to avoid jury service. But thankfully the famous Mr. T did no such thing. When called for jury service last week, he showed up at the courthouse ready to serve, saying he wanted to set an example.

Do YOU Want Trial Lawyer Charlie Crist Shaping the Florida Supreme Court?

The 2014 governor’s race in Florida is going to have major consequences for the state. Of course, there are all the usual issues to consider – jobs, healthcare, education, etc. But did you also know that Florida’s next governor will have a chance to reshape the state Supreme Court?

A total of FOUR Florida Supreme Court justices will leave the court during the next governor’s term, as they reach the mandatory retirement age of 70. This means that the next governor will get to pick four of the state’s seven Supreme Court justices, and who they choose will have significant consequences.

Justice for a Powerful Member of the Trial Bar

Stanley Chesley is one of the trial bar’s most infamous members, gaining a reputation as a “class-action kingpin” and the nickname “Master of Disaster.” He made millions from mass torts over his decades-long career, but came under fire after allegations surfaced that he and his associates cheated their own plaintiffs out of some $46 million.

While Chesley’s colleagues went to jail for their role in that case, Chesley received immunity at a federal trial. He also avoided initial liability in a civil suit brought on behalf of 382 of the clients, which netted a $42 million judgment. But on July 29, Boone County Judge James Schrand found Chesley jointly and severally liable for the $42 million judgment.

Stopping Lawsuit Abuse: It Starts With You!

Lawsuit abuse is everywhere, and it’s hurting us all. When you sit down to watch the evening news, you hear the stories about small businesses being forced to close down after being unfairly sued by personal injury lawyers who are abusing our civil justice system for their own profit. And when you drive home after a hard day of work, you see these same personal injury lawyers plastered across billboards, urging you to file a ridiculous lawsuit of your own. But you don’t have to put up with the status quo – by taking personal responsibility, you can be part of the solution and make sure the civil justice system works for all of us.

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.

97% of Contributions to Yes on 46 are from Trial Lawyers
Since the formation of the committee in support of Proposition 46, donations have come almost exclusively from lawyers who stand to profit from its passage. This is not surprising, considering the trial lawyers spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to qualify Proposition 46 for the ballot. - Fox and Hounds Daily

Bad News for Florida

Sick of Lawsuits has released a new report on legal climates across the Southeast, and the news isn’t good for Florida. While neighboring states have recently passed legal reforms, Florida is heading in the opposite direction. As Sick of Lawsuits spokesperson Tom Scott puts it, Florida is “moving backwards in terms of lawsuit reform.”

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.

Expanding opportunities for abusive lawsuits not way to create jobs: Guest commentary
Imagine being a small-business owner in California. You face a thicket of regulations, especially when it comes to the state’s wage and hour laws that precisely govern how businesses must pay employees and provide breaks. - Pasadena Star News

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.