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Stories from the Frontlines of Lawsuit Abuse

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 Tort Reform Could Increase Access to Justice for Patients
Limiting damages in medical malpractice cases — what most people think of as “tort reform” — could become a hot topic again if Georgia legislators finally try to reimpose the caps thrown out by the state Supreme Court in 2010. -Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A Texas Success Story

Everything really is bigger in Texas. The Lone Star State has experienced enormous job growth in the last few years. It is no coincidence that this job surge followed the state’s passage of significant legal reforms such as “loser pays,” where plaintiffs must cover their opponents’ legal fees if their claims are found groundless.

These changes have brought Texas litigation costs to a record low and made it a model of success for other states.

Schools Need a Break From Legal Bills

All across the country, school districts are struggling financially. Many have been forced to eliminate extracurricular programs and reduce classroom spending. But there is one area of spending where schools haven’t been able to cut back – legal costs.

In this day and age of jackpot justice, school officials know that they can be hit with frivolous lawsuits at any moment, and that these lawsuits could bankrupt entire school districts. In an attempt to prevent such incidences, many school districts now spend millions on preventative legal services alone!

Fresno Small Business Owners Agree that California Needs to Create Jobs, Not Lawsuits

Editor's Note: Project Lawsuit Abuse regularly highlights lawsuit abuse news from across the country. Today, By Larry Westerlund, Councilman, City of Fresno and member of California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse, contributed a guest post as part of the continuing Create Jobs, Not Lawsuits tour.

Lawsuits Unfairly Targeting Minorities

California frequently brings us pictures of how greedy trial lawyers create new avenues to litigation and abuses of the system.  The recent story from Fox and Hounds Daily demonstrates the broken system, yet again.

Minority communities and small businesses owned by minorities have fallen prey to the latest legal ploy.  Lawyers target these areas with hopes of easy settlements because of the barriers such as language and familiarity with the court system – two things that frequently lead to some “quick cash” for lawyers drumming up lawsuits.

New York's Ticking "Tort Time Bomb"

Want to fight crime in New York?  How about fighting legal abuse first?

Lawsuits against the New York Police Department are costing the city $150 million a year, as reported by New York World on Wednesday.  The article cites a “28 percent increase [in the number of lawsuits] over the previous fiscal year.”

It's Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week!

Have you heard? October 1-7 marks Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week.  Reformers across the country are spreading the word, bringing a voice to the victims of lawsuit abuse and showing the widespread effects of abusive lawsuits on our economy.

Here are five ways you can take action and make your voice heard:

ADA Reform Not Soon Enough for This Restaurant

In September, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1186 into law. The bill takes important steps to reduce lawsuit abuse in California by making it fair for businesses to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and banning “demand-for-money” letters.

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.

Reform in Philadelphia: Why Good Judges Matter

Over the past decade, Philadelphia’s courts have gained a reputation for being trial lawyer-friendly and anti-business, earning the city the fifth worst lawsuit climate ranking in the nation and making them a judicial hellhole. Thanks to judges who invited out-of-state plaintiffs to file their cases in the city, Philadelphia courts became the venues of choice for trial lawyers trying to make a quick buck – a dangerous process known as venue shopping.

Fortunately, the legal situation in Philadelphia is changing.