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.

Let’s Crack Down on Fraud in the Plaintiffs’ Bar!

Too often, personal injury lawyers abuse our civil justice system for their own personal profit. One of their most egregious tactics is to “double-dip” in funds intended for asbestos victims. That is, plaintiffs’ lawyers make more than one claim for the same injury, pulling money from asbestos bankruptcy trusts and then going on to sue additional entities or claim money from a separate trust.

This fraud is a major problem, because it wastes money that was meant to go to asbestos victims and quickly drains asbestos trusts – all to fill the pockets of personal injury lawyers.

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.

TALA: Louisiana can look to Texas as an example to stop court shopping
Asbestos litigation is the longest-running mass tort in U.S. history – so large that asbestos lawsuits have forced almost 100 companies into bankruptcy. - The Southeast Texas Record

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.

West Virginia is not for sale
Congratulations to the candidates who were successful in the Primary Election and advanced to the General Election. - The West Virginia Record

Time for New York to Tackle Lawsuit Lending

Editor's Note: Project Lawsuit Abuse regularly highlights lawsuit abuse news from across the country. Today, Phoebe Stonbely, with the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York, contributed a guest post for Project Lawsuit Abuse.

New York’s Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has been aggressive in fighting to protect New York’s consumers from predatory lenders, such as an out-of-state company that charged a woman more than $19,000 for an $8,000 loan for a medical procedure.

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.

Juror Appreciation Week – May 12-16
In 1998, the California Legislature designated the second full week in May each year to honor the important contributions of citizens who serve on juries, making the right to trial by jury possible. - Fox & Hounds Daily

Juror Appreciation Week

California isn’t known for doing many things right in regards to its legal climate. After all, it is the nation’s number one Judicial Hellhole! But one thing the state does do right is Juror Appreciation Week.

Each May, California puts aside one week to celebrate the important efforts of citizens who devote their time and effort to jury service. As California’s Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye says, "Serving on a jury is more than a civic responsibility—it is how each and every one of us provides access to justice for all."

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.

Secrecy Crumbling As Judge Gives Ford, Insurers Access To Asbestos Files
The wall of secrecy plaintiff attorneys have erected around asbestos claims has begun to crumble, as a judge in North Carolina granted Ford Motor Co.’s request to see forms filed in a prominent bankruptcy case as a way to ferret out suspected fraud and double-dipping. - Forbes

Ten Years of Reform in Mississippi!

In the early 2000s, Mississippi – home of notorious trial lawyer Dickie Scruggs – had a reputation as the nation’s capital for “jackpot justice.” One outrageous verdict after another drove businesses away, and high malpractice premiums left the state’s healthcare system in a crisis. Jefferson County, a favorite venue of trial lawyers, had more plantiffs in mass tort lawsuits than residents!

But in 2004, the state legislature took steps to turn the state around through common sense legal reforms, like caps on damages and restrictions on venue shopping. Since the landmark reforms, Mississippi has attracted new jobs – including a Toyota manufacturing plant as a direct result of legal reforms – and medical liability insurance premiums have fallen more than 60 percent. 

Personal Injury Lawyers in Power

We all know that legal reforms are important to a thriving economy. But year after year, some states fail to pass common sense reforms.  Why? Well, one answer is the political power of the trial bar.

Each year, wealthy personal injury lawyers donate millions of dollars to national and local candidates. Their goal? Elect their friends to office and further their lawsuit creation-agenda.