Project Lawsuit Abuse:
Stories from the Frontlines of Lawsuit Abuse

Fighting for Common Sense Reforms in Kentucky

It’s common sense – legal reforms to crack down on lawsuit abuse improve healthcare costs for everyone. Just ask Texas! After the state passed groundbreaking medical malpractice reforms in 2003, Texans’ access to quality and affordable healthcare greatly increased. 

Now, Kentucky is looking to follow Texas’ lead in cracking down on abusive medical malpractice lawsuits. The state legislature is currently considering a bill that would put medical malpractice lawsuits before a review panel before they could go to court, ensuring that only legitimate lawsuits could advance.

Florida Needs Jobs, Not Lawsuits!

Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, providing two-thirds of all new jobs. But lawsuit abuse threatens small businesses, hurting their ability to grow and create jobs that we all need. 

That’s why a thriving economy and legal reform go hand in hand – as such, we’re hardly surprised that the Florida Chamber of Commerce identified legal reform as the number one priority for 2014, saying that lawsuit abuse is one of the chief obstacles in preventing small businesses from succeeding. 

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.

Medical Malpractice May Be Back on Kentucky Lawmakers’ Agenda
Kentucky lawmakers are preparing for another debate on whether to shake up the state’s medical malpractice system, with some influential outside voices joining on both sides of the discussion. - Insurance Journal

What Is the Deal With Hot Coffee 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.

It has been 20 years since Stella Liebeck suffered third degree burns after she accidently spilled hot coffee in her lap and sued McDonald’s. The case became a lightning rod for legal reform. Initially she was awarded more than $2.7 million dollars by a jury in New Mexico. The trial judge reduced it to $640,000 and then the parties settled for a confidential amount.

Be on the lookout for Lawsuit Larry

Faster than a speeding ambulance. Stronger than common sense. Able to leap Lady Justice in a single bound. It’s Lawsuit Larry!

Today we’re introducing Lawsuit Larry, a personal injury lawyer who uses the guise of “justice” to rob consumers and small business owners with his bare hands. A graduate of Sue University (also known as Sue U), Lawsuit Larry travels the country in search of any rhyme or reason (it doesn’t need to be a good one!) to file a lawsuit.. Any lawsuit, anytime, anywhere, Lawsuit Larry is lurking in the shadows, looking for his next victim and a shot at jackpot justice.

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.

Apple and Google Join Forces to Curb Patent Abuse
Apple Inc. and Google Inc., saying they’re tired of being slapped with frivolous patent suits that cost millions of dollars in legal fees, are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to let them hit back. - Claims Journal

Another Outrageous Class Action Settlement Nets Millions for Trial Lawyers

Class actions are supposed to be a good deal for consumers. But too often, they’re little more than an excuse to pad the pockets of personal injury lawyers, leaving consumers to walk away with almost nothing. For instance, a recent class action involving Rice Krispies cereal netted $5 refunds for consumers, while plaintiffs’ lawyers claimed entitlement to more than $1.2 million in fees.

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.

W.Va. American Water the lone defendant in three new suits
Three recently filed lawsuits related to a water-contaminating chemical leak target the water company exclusively. - The West Virginia Record

Bad News for Florida’s Small Businesses

If you read the most recent Judicial Hellholes report, which names places in the country where judges in civil cases systematically apply laws and court procedures in an unfair and unbalanced manner, you’ll know that California has the nation’s worst legal climate.

The 2014 CALA Legal Reform Wish List

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.

Despite some successful reforms in recent years, California still needs to do a lot more on the legal reform front. For decades, this state has heaped on more and more laws and regulations which create more and more lawsuits. Simply introducing a bill and doing a minor tweak to reduce abuse in isolated areas is not enough.