Project Lawsuit Abuse:
Stories from the Frontlines of Lawsuit Abuse

What Stays in Vegas? Maybe Not Jobs.

According to the Institute for Legal Reform, Nevada’s courts may be more of a gamble than a shot at fairness.  Nevada’s lawsuit climate ranked 39th in the nation.  

According to an article by Vegas Inc, the state could “increase employment by 1 to 2 percent if it were to improve its legal environment.” What do those changes look like?  It’s actions like making sure class actions benefit consumers, not trial lawyers.   It’s making sure that citizens understand the importance of jury duty and the clog that frivolous lawsuits put on our courts.  It’s keeping a watchdog eye on judges and the Attorney General. 

West Virginia Creates Business Court Division

In West Virginia, a state which has frequently topped rankings for having the least fair legal environment and been named a Judicial Hellhole, steps are being made to put the state in the right direction – but are they enough?

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.

Gov. Brown curbs ADA lawsuit abuse by signing SB 1186
California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse executive director Tom Scott released the following statement today regarding Governor Jerry Brown’s signing of SB 1186.  –OC Politics Blog

New Hampshire Lawyer Disbarred

How would you like it if the lawyer representing your case demanded $2 million in fees on the morning of the case, threatening to drop it otherwise?

This is just one example of the outrageous conduct by Timothy O'Meara, a former trial lawyer in New Hampshire who also made settlement demands without his clients consent.

The New Hampshire Supreme Court came to the correct decision in disbarring O'Meara and rejecting his appeal.  The Associated Press quotes Justice Carol Ann Conboy, writing that "No lesser sanction will suffice."

The Effects of Reforms on Display

Legal reforms can have a huge impact on a state’s business environment—but the lack of reforms can also be just as startling. In last week’s Washington Times, small business owners from Texas and California co-wrote an opinion piece on the need for legal reforms in all states, no matter how different they are.

Chip Hough, managing partner of Basic Industries of South Texas, highlighted the growth in Texas.  He writes, “According to a report by the Perryman Group examining Texas' economy between 1995 and 2008, approximately 8.5 percent of Texas' economic growth and the creation of 499,000 permanent jobs are the result of lawsuit reform.”

We’re No. 1!

The minor league team in my home town just won their first league championship. The team only lost one game during the entire postseason and dominated every team they played.

To finish the season No. 1 is a remarkable achievement. But being No. 1 is not always a good thing. Illinois’s most populous County, Cook County, has just been named the most unfair and unreasonable court jurisdiction in the country, according to a new study from the highly respected survey company Harris Interactive.

Wouldn’t it be better to be No. 1 for job growth or to be the No. 1 place for business development? Instead, Cook County is No. 1 for lawsuit abuse.

CALA Joins San Diego Leaders and Business Owners to Call for an End to Lawsuit Abuse

Editor's Note: Project Lawsuit Abuse regularly highlights lawsuit abuse news from across the country. Today’s blog post comes to us from Maryann Marino, Regional Director of California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse.

Reforms Works for a Healthy Texas

Medical malpractice reform works -- just ask Texas! 

Remember 2003?  That year, "Texas Legislature passed sweeping liability reforms to combat healthcare lawsuit abuse, reverse physicians’ skyrocketing professional liability insurance premiums, and help ensure sick and injured Texans can see a doctor when they need one," write the Dallas Forth Worth Healthcare Daily.

The Rankings are in -- West Virginia claims title of "worst state lawsuit climate"

Every year, the Institute for Legal Reform releases its survey on state lawsuit climates, providing  a landscape of the legal system around our country.  Across the board, it isn't a pretty ranking.

The data ranks each state on its liability system through a rigorous year of interviews and onine surveys with "a nationally representative sample of 1,125 in-house general counsel, senior litigators or attorneys, and other senior executives who are knowledgeable about litigation matters at public and private companies."

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: