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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.

California is Ground Zero for Food Lawsuits
For some time, the plaintiffs’ bar has been looking for the next cash cow and the food industry seems to be it. Last year, a story on ABC laid out how the same guys who got rich by pummeling the tobacco industry have set their sights on a new target: those who make and sell food. – Fox & Hounds Daily

California is Ground Zero for Food Lawsuits

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.

Which Sounds Better to You: More Jobs or More Lawsuits?

Small businesses are the backbones of our communities, providing two-thirds of all news jobs each year. But small businesses are also favorite targets of lawsuits, many of them abusive. At worst, a single abusive lawsuit can destroy a small business. At best, lawsuit abuse makes it even harder for small businesses to succeed, grow, and provide the jobs and services our communities need.

Here are some quick facts from the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform about the impact of lawsuit abuse on small businesses:

•    Lawsuits cost small businesses $105.4 billion in 2008

Wacky Warning Labels!

Does eating a rubber worm intended for fishing bait sound like a good idea to you? How about folding a stroller with a baby still in the seat? Probably not, right? Nonetheless, fear of abusive lawsuits has led manufacturers to create warning labels telling consumers about these “dangers.”

The One Trillion Dollar Belly Ache

At Sick of Lawsuits, we’re no strangers to ridiculous lawsuits. But this lawsuit even surprises us! An Arizona convict, Dale Frank Maisano, sued the company that runs his prison for $1 trillion! He claims that the prison fed him a “non-medical diet,” causing him to lose sleep and get stomach cramps.

Now, no one likes an upset stomach. But asking for $1 trillion? That’s ridiculous! Believe it or not, this lawsuit isn’t even Maisano’s most outrageous. He also sued his prison for $10 trillion, saying that receiving meals late two days in a row caused him to develop an eating disorder.

Illinois State Legislature Fails to Pass Common Sense Legal Reform – Again!

Lawsuit abuse is a major problem in Illinois. While the state’s Midwest neighbors have passed common sense legal reforms and improved their economies, Illinois continues to allow personal injury lawyers to play the lawsuit lottery. As a result, Illinois’ legal climate is driving away good jobs and hurting residents.

During the most recent legislative session, Illinois lawmakers had numerous opportunities to improve the state’s legal climate. Unfortunately, they let the trial lawyer lobby have its way, failing to even bring legal reform legislation to a vote.

Bad Lawsuits Are Hurting America’s Global Competitiveness

In a recent Wall Street Journal opinion piece, Harvard professor Niall Ferguson argues that doing business in the United States is becoming significantly harder. Why? Ferguson says one big reason is the fact that the United States has an exceptionally expensive legal system.

In today’s global economy, companies have choices about where they want to operate, and an out of control legal system is discouraging them from setting up shop in the United States. The end result? Fewer jobs and fewer economic opportunities.

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.

2013 Louisiana legislative session disappoints legal reformers

Reforms in Florida!

Some good news from Florida this week – Governor Rick Scott recently signed a pair of badly needed bills that will implement common sense medical malpractice reforms. Specifically, the bills will tighten standards on expert witnesses to help ensure fairness in medical malpractice cases.

As we know from the successes of Texas, reform works. Cutting down on meritless medical malpractice claims will provide consumers with more affordable healthcare and bring more doctors into Florida. It’s a win-win!  

State Supreme Court Overturns Key Legal Reforms – Watch Out Oklahoma!

In 2009, the Oklahoma state legislature stood up to lawsuit abuse and passed a series of common sense legal reforms. The legislation aimed to reduce frivolous lawsuits and court costs by implementing policies such as limits on attorney’s fees in class actions and tighter scrutiny for expert witnesses.

These legal reforms were inspirational and groundbreaking – the U.S. Chamber of Commerce called the bill “one of the single-most significant legislative packages signed into law … and a blueprint for all states still in need of tort reform.”