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When the Trial Lawyers Come to Town…

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.

Recently, the American Association of Justice (AAJ), the national association of plaintiff’s lawyers, held its annual national convention in San Francisco. Unfortunately, these lawyers weren’t interested in growing our economy or creating jobs. With several of their sessions focused on lawsuit creation, it’s obvious they’re interested in just one thing: lining their own pockets by manipulating laws to further incentivize litigation from which they profit.

Personal Injury Lawyer Charged with Stealing $50,000 From His Clients!

It seems like we hear a new story about a “Trial Lawyer Behaving Badly” almost every day! This week’s newest offender is Kerry D. Brown, a Louisiana personal injury lawyer. Brown has been charged with stealing a whopping $50,000 from his clients!

Prosecutors say that Brown stole from numerous clients, including an elderly person. Brown also faced an interim suspension of his law license for allegedly mishandling $85,000 of client funds in January 2012.

Another “Trial Lawyer Behaving Badly”

Lately, we’ve been bringing you a lot of stories about “Trial Lawyers Behaving Badly.” Now, we have another tale to add to our list!  According to the Connecticut Law Tribune, a Connecticut personal injury lawyer, Joseph P. Haddad, has allegedly swindled millions of dollars by defrauding insurance companies.

Prisoner Lawsuits Are Costing California

Our civil justice system should be used for justice, not greed. But inmates in California’s prisons are abusing the system for just that purpose. Take the case of Michael Witkin, whose lawsuit has burdened a Sacramento auto-shop owner for more than a year.

Witkin will be incarcerated until at least 2026, but nonetheless filed a lawsuit against an auto shop for lost use of a transmission, which he dropped off before his jail time and never retrieved. While the lawsuit so far has been very costly for the auto shop, the owner has no recourse if he wins – he can’t recover any of the money or time spent, regardless of whether the lawsuit is found frivolous.

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.

How Some Prisoners Can Pursue Frivolous Lawsuits at Public Expense

Attorney Who Swindled $784,734 from Clients Still Practicing

We’ve reported before on the perils of “Trial Lawyers Behaving Badly,” but this weekend’s news brought another example for our files.

According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, attorney Randy Wynn pocketed under one million dollars in client funds over the past. So far, accounting has shown $784,734 in funds that he has personally pocketed from clients. Wynn has admitted his guilt in court, stating, “I'm expecting to be charged, and I'll probably be in prison.”

Report Shows Reform’s Impacts and Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary

At Project Lawsuit Abuse, we frequently talk about the benefits that tort reform has brought to Texas, but today we have another example of proof.

To mark almost ten years after Texas passed its expansive tort reform measures, the Heritage Foundation’s Texas Public Policy Foundation reviewed the impacts that these reforms have had on both jobs and health care in the state.  Both cases mark record success. 

The Texas Attorney General Race Is Heating Up!

If you know anything about legal reforms, you know that Texas is way ahead of the game. The state has passed some of the best legal reforms in the country, which is why the state is also a leader in healthcare, jobs and business! 

Small business summer tour highlights impact of lawsuit abuse on small business owners

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.

Small business owners face many challenges – especially here in Illinois where businesses have to deal with onerous regulations, high taxes and fees and a culture of lawsuit abuse.

For example, an owner of a small grocery store told me he often thinks about leaving Illinois and opening up a store in a more business-friendly environment. He said every year his business is the target of litigation.

Watch Out, San Francisco – the Trial Lawyers Are in Town!

How has your week been? If you’re a trial lawyer, then it has probably been pretty good. You see, trial lawyers have spent the last few days living it up in San Francisco, where the national trial lawyers association is holding its annual convention. In between fancy brunches and dinners (including a gala at the posh Ritz-Carlton hotel!), the lawyers are spending their time – you guessed it – finding better ways to sue.