Project Lawsuit Abuse:
Stories from the Frontlines of Lawsuit Abuse

Another Reminder: Stopping Lawsuit Abuse Starts with You!

When we make poor decisions, we should take personal responsibility for our actions instead of turning to lawsuits. But that’s exactly what a young Louisiana man is doing – and boy, did he make a poor decision!

In 2012, Ray Conrad II decided to drink at a bar, despite the fact that he was underage, and then drive home while intoxicated. Unfortunately, he crashed his car on the way home and injured himself.

Now, Conrad and his father are suing the bar that served Conrad alcohol, saying that they are at fault for his injuries.

Think ADA Reform Isn’t Necessary? Think Again!

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) reform has been a priority in the last few legislative cycles for Sick of Lawsuits. Although we have seen some recent reforms (here's looking at you California), as a nation we still have a long way to go. South Florida provides us with the perfect example of a place where reform is needed.

Congress May Consider Two Legal Reform Bills This Week

If you read Project Lawsuit Abuse regularly, you know that we keep you up to date with the latest legal reform developments at the state level. But here’s some news – big legal reform legislation has made it to the U.S. House of Representatives!

This week, the House could consider two bills that would have a major impact on our national civil justice system: the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act (LARA) and the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act (FACT Act). 

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.

Lawyers Win $550 for Their Client and Want $349,000 in Fees?!

If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you know that California has one of the country’s worst legal climates. That’s why we were hardly surprised when we heard yet another ridiculous settlement from the state.

Listen to this: in 2011, after more than two years of litigation, a man won a sexual harassment case for $550, or less than percent of damages requested. While he didn’t walk away empty-handed, he clearly didn’t win the lawsuit lottery.

A Class-Action Loophole for Trial Lawyers? Not So Fast

In 2005, Congress passed the groundbreaking Class Action Fairness Act, which cracked down on out-of-control lawsuits in which lawyers got millions and plaintiffs got coupons. While we still see plenty of ridiculous some class action settlements (remember the one where plaintiffs got $5 drink vouchers and attorneys qualified for up to $7 million?), this legislation was a great step toward improving our civil justice system.

The bad news is that Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has potentially been exploiting a loophole the Class Action Fairness Act.

Stop the Presses – California Continues to Pass Legal Reforms!

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.

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.

Something frightful brewing
A newly released report questions the activist tendencies of one of Louisiana’s regional appellate courts, where a number of rulings seem to ignore well-established legal statutes in an apparent attempt to manipulate the law to achieve preferred outcomes. - Daily Comet
 
Time to act on ‘lawsuit abuse’

Stealing Money From An Elderly Client… Not So Fast!

As if we haven’t heard enough about personal injury lawyers behaving badly, another one has been caught stealing from his client. And this time, it was an elderly client!

Prosecutors say Kerry D. Brown entered a guilty plea Monday to theft of the assets of an aged person, monetary instrument abuse and forgery. Brown represented an elderly client in an automobile accident and stole more than $58,000 in settlement funds. Can you believe that? 

Personal Injury Lawyer Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Stealing From His Clients

Another day, another personal injury lawyer in trouble. Latest on our list is Thomas Corea from Texas. Maybe you’ve heard of him? He used to host a biweekly call-in TV show, called “Ask the Lawyer with Tom Corea.”

We hope you never called him for legal advice, though – turns out he wasn’t very good! He was recently convicted of stealing from several of his clients, with a counsel for the state bar calling it the “most extreme case of lawyer misconduct” that she had ever seen.