While the November 6 election may be over, a Louisiana judicial race is still in action. On December 8, voters will need to choose between candidates John Guidry and Jeff Hughes in a runoff election for Louisiana Supreme Court District 5.
We here at Project Lawsuit Abuse came across this fun and cute animated video that describes a number of “dumb ways to die.” Some of our favorites are “invite a psycho killer inside” and “poke a stick at a grizzly bear.” If you watch all the way to the end, you’ll see that the video offers some good lessons about train safety as well.
While this video is funny, it also makes an important point about personal responsibility. We shouldn’t need the threat of legal fees and lawsuits to keep us from doing dangerous things, and innocent parties shouldn’t be held liable for our mistakes.
Lawsuit abuse has a lot of negative consequences – it costs jobs, hurts economies and drives up medical expenses. Now, the Wall Street Journal reports that trial lawyers might be ruining our children’s playgrounds. Once adventurous play areas have become increasingly tame under threats of expensive lawsuits, and experts say that these risk-free playgrounds are creating fearful, overweight and anxious children.
Lately, it is all the rage to sue food companies for causing obesity. Obesity lawsuits have become the next cash cow for trial lawyers who want to take away your right to eat delicious food and get rich doing it.
It’s Thanksgiving – a time for family, food, football and…lawsuits? At least, that seems to be what personal injury firms are thinking. In celebration of the holidays, personal injury firms have been spreading blog posts and press releases like this one, warning folks to take the most basic precautions to avoid accidents (and lawsuits) on Thanksgiving. Like outrageous warning labels, these trial lawyer blogs are a little insulting and condescending. For instance, you probably don’t need a personal injury lawyer to tell you not to let your turkey burn!
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.
Frivolous lawsuits no laughing matter It is becoming clear that our legal system has lost its way. Consider the recent case of Custodi v. Amherst; in this case, which was recently decided by the highest court in the state, a roller blader injured herself after she caught her skate on the lip between a driveway and the street and fell. – The Buffalo News
This is one of the more upsetting lawsuits we’ve heard recently. Michael Blair – convicted of heinous crimes and by all accounts a very bad man – is suing the state of Texas for $1 million. He claims that he should be compensated for ten years spent in prison after being wrongly convicted of murder. This argument may seem valid, but it doesn’t include the whole truth. Although Blair was wrongly convicted of murder, his other awful crimes certainly merit the multiple life sentences he is currently serving, making his lawsuit pretty disgusting.
Mississippi has come a long way in the last decade. Once infamous for its reputation as a “judicial hellhole” and its jackpot jury verdicts, Mississippi experienced an economic boom after Governor Haley Barbour passed significant legal reform in the 2000’s. Post-reform, companies like Toyota starting investing heavily in Mississippi, making the state a wonderful example of how legal reform can create jobs.
Have you ever decided you no longer wanted to receive text message alerts from a company or organization? If so, I’ll bet you did what most folks would do and hit “unsubscribe.” Jerry Wojcik, however, had a different response: he decided to sue.
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