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More Class Action Ridiculousness

Class actions are often unfortunate examples of our civil justice system’s most serious problems. Why? One big reason is who they benefit – while our courts are supposed to make victims whole, class actions tend to favor a different group: plaintiffs’ lawyers! 

Lawmakers Need to Stand Up to Lawsuit Abuse in West Virginia!

As we’ve told you before, West Virginia is the only state in the nation without an automatic right of appeal. This fact means that defendants often don’t receive fair chances to tell their stories in court. It also drives away businesses and jobs. 

In 2010, West Virginia lawmakers attempted to halfheartedly address this issue by requiring the West Virginia Supreme Court to provide written explanations when it rejects an appeal.

And the prize for the most ridiculous lawsuit goes to…

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.

Every day ridiculous lawsuits that have no business ever being filed end up not only being filed but actually are allowed to move through the judicial process. Most of the time, these outrageous lawsuits get tossed but not until there is significant time, money and effort made to get the lawsuit to go away.

America’s Favorite Pastime Is…Suing??

Anyone who has ever played a sport knows that injuries are part of the game. Sports present inherent dangers to all participants, from children just starting out in tee ball to professional athletes. When you sign up for an athletic endeavor, you’re accepting a certain level of risk.

Unfortunately, a recreational baseball player in Louisiana didn’t get that memo. Ed Dargan, who broke his leg while sliding into home plate, is suing the City of Kenner for not properly maintaining the home plate area.

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.

The 13 Year Old Lead Paint Lawsuit

What’s Motivating Personal Injury Lawyers to Campaign Against Commonsense Medical Malpractice Reforms? Money!!!

Have you heard about the newest effort by personal injury lawyers to further distort California’s civil justice system? They’re throwing their lobbying power behind a campaign to repeal California’s medical malpractice caps on damages for pain and suffering, which were established in 1975 in the face of skyrocketing insurance rates for doctors. Why? While they might argue that their efforts are for justice, the real reason is pretty obvious: they want more money!

Reforms Moving Forward in California

If you’ve been keeping up on lawsuit abuse issues in California, you probably know all about the problems surrounding Proposition 65. The law requires that businesses post visible warning labels to alert consumers to the presence of potentially dangerous chemical in their products or on their properties. Sounds like a good idea right? Well, the problem is that the law, as written, allows for shakedown lawsuits against small businesses by a few unscrupulous trial lawyers.

A New Breed of Class Actions: Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Get Millions, Plaintiffs Get … Nothing???

The purpose of our civil justice is to compensate victims, not their lawyers. If that’s the case, however, then class actions are failing miserably. If you read our blog, you’ve probably heard about class actions with “ridiculous results,” where plaintiffs receive almost pointless awards like coupons or $2 checks while their trial lawyers receive millions. But what would you say if you heard about a case where class members receive nothing?

A Million Dollars for Peanuts

If you’re walking along the road and you see conditions that could cause you to slip, you should probably take it upon yourself to watch where you’re going, right? Unfortunately, people who fail to watch their step all too often decide to blame others for their mistakes by filing slip and fall lawsuits. This happened in a recent Texas lawsuit, where a woman slipped over peanut shells on the floor of a restaurant and decided to sue for more than $1 million!

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. - Project Lawsuit Abuse

Patent litigation surge against small businesses shows need for reform