Project Lawsuit Abuse:
Stories from the Frontlines of Lawsuit Abuse

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.

A Chance to Improve the Nation’s Legal Climate

It’s no secret that lawsuit abuse hurts America’s competitiveness, with the United States having the highest liability costs in the world! This fact hurts our economy and drives up costs for consumers.

When we think about how to improve our national legal climate, we often point to legislative solutions, such as the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act. But there’s also a different manner through which our civil justice system can be changed – the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

Signing Up Your Kid for Little League? You Might Want to Get a Lawyer!

Thinking about signing up your child for little league? You might want to consider hiring a lawyer too, after you hear about the latest outrageous lawsuit being brought against a little leaguer!

Project Lawsuit Abuse Newsmakers

It's a new year and tort reformers have been turning up all over the internet. 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.

The Land of Lincoln has become Land of Lawsuits
The release of the annual "Judicial Hellholes" report from the American Tort Reform Foundation (ATRF) once again paints a grim picture of Illinois. - Quad-Cities Online

South Florida: A New Hotbed for Abusive Disability Lawsuits

If you follow lawsuit abuse issues, you know that Sick of Lawsuits has long sounded the alarm on problems associated with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). While the law has good intentions, a small cottage industry of trial lawyers has exploited it to file shakedown lawsuits against unsuspecting small business owners. These lawsuits typically involve an upfront demand for money, and don’t offer business owners any time to correct often minor problems, such as a mirror being a couple inches too high.

California is one of the worst environments for abusive ADA lawsuits – businesses there are under siege from trolling trial lawyers and “serial plaintiffs,” who file dozens of cookie cutter lawsuits, targeting entire neighborhoods or even cities!

Project Lawsuit Abuse Newsmakers

It's a new year and tort reformers have been turning up all over the internet. 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.

Embattled Gasket Maker Sues Asbestos Lawyers For Fraud
Gasket manufacturer Garlock Technologies has sued four prominent asbestos law firms for fraud as it awaits a bankruptcy judge’s decision on how much money the company must set aside to settle thousands of claims against it. - Forbes

A Costly Legal Environment Holds Back Another New Technology

As many entrepreneurs and small businesses know, lawsuit abuse holds back innovation and growth. For instance, potentially life-saving technology to prevent children from being left in cars has long been on hold in part because of liability issues. Now, we’re hearing news about another new technology that is seeing delays because of potential litigation – driverless cars!

While driverless cars may sound like something out of a science fiction movie, they’re actually on the precipice of becoming a part of our everyday lives! And this is good news – their technology has the potential to reduce accident rates, traffic congestion and air pollution.