Project Lawsuit Abuse:
Stories from the Frontlines of Lawsuit Abuse

Use Common Sense, Don’t Sue!

Just when we think we’ve heard it all, we get word of another ridiculous lawsuit. This one’s out of Illinois, where a man was injured while riding as a passenger with a drunk driver. The driver, Nikolas Becoat, had consumed alcohol purchased at Shop N’ Save, a grocery store, shortly before getting in the accident. 

The logical conclusion would be that the injured man, Jalen Smith, made a poor decision in deciding to be a passenger in a car driven by an intoxicated man. And, while it’s terribly unfortunate that he became injured, he should take personal responsibility for his injuries. 

Missouri Legislature Takes on Personal Injury Lawyers

Last week, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, egged on by politically influential personal injury lawyers who have donated to his campaign, vetoed a number of important legal reform bills passed by the state legislature. But thankfully, lawmakers pulled together enough votes to override his vetoes and pass the reforms.   

Personal Injury Lawyer Sentenced for Stealing From His Clients

Here’s an upsetting story: a New York personal injury lawyer has been sentenced to up to seven years in prison for stealing nearly $400,000 from his clients. Among his victims? An infant whose father died in a car crash – the attorney stole funds that were intended to go to the child’s future education. 

Texas Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of Tort Reform

Hardly a decade ago, Texas had a reputation as a Judicial Hellhole. The state was known as a place where personal injury lawyers came to play the lawsuit lottery, and Texans were feeling the effects. Their economy suffered and their medical costs were out of control.

Things were particularly bad in Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Medical malpractice suits had driven insurance costs up so much that doctors could hardly afford to practice. In 2003, finally fed up with the legal climate, hundreds of doctors staged a walkout in Rio Grande Valley to draw attention to the problem.

“Busy Carpet Pattern” Caused a Man to Trip?

Here at Sick of Lawsuits, we’re well-acquainted with abuses of our civil justice system. We’ve seen all sorts of outrageous lawsuits filed by folks looking to play the lawsuit lottery for a quick buck. So it really says something that even WE were surprised at the ridiculousness of a recent slip and fall lawsuit filed in Texas. 

In 2012, Danny Stilley was in a restaurant and tripped and fell while heading to an elevated seating section, injuring himself. His lawsuit now claims that the restaurant’s “busy carpet pattern” prevented him from detecting the change in floor elevation, as the pattern obscured the change.

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.

It’s Football Season – Remember to Read that Helmet Warning

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.

There may be no better time of the year than the start of football season. The rivalries, the tailgate parties and the discussion of liability issues are what I look forward to every year. I am sure that back in 1892 when William “Pudge” Heffelfinger signed a $500 contract to play with the Allegheny Athletic Association against the Pittsburgh Athletic Club, he was not handed a liability waiver. 

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 Alabama Supreme Court's Second Chance to Avoid "Tort Hell"
On Wednesday, September 4, the Alabama Supreme Court will hear arguments to determine whether it should reconsider its decision in Wyeth v. Weeks, a decision that sent shock waves through the State’s business community in January. – Alabama Media Group

We’re Keeping Our Eyes on Alabama!

A while back, we told you about an interesting theory of liability concocted by plaintiffs’ lawyers in Alabama. They attempted to sue a name brand drug manufacturer over injuries caused by the generic version of the drug. In other words, they sued a company that had no part in making the drug that hurt someone. Sounds crazy, right?

Standing with Small Businesses in the Fight Against Lawsuit Abuse

Recently, we told you about Sick of Lawsuits’ Small Business Summer, which we launched to draw attention to the negative impact of lawsuit abuse on small businesses and ensure that the voices of small business owners are heard. As part of these efforts, Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse groups around the country have been holding all sorts of rallies, roundtable discussions and forums to spread the word. 

Check out some of the highlights below!