Project Lawsuit Abuse:
Stories from the Frontlines of Lawsuit Abuse

“Busy Carpet Pattern” Caused a Man to Trip?

Here at Sick of Lawsuits, we’re well-acquainted with abuses of our civil justice system. We’ve seen all sorts of outrageous lawsuits filed by folks looking to play the lawsuit lottery for a quick buck. So it really says something that even WE were surprised at the ridiculousness of a recent slip and fall lawsuit filed in Texas. 

In 2012, Danny Stilley was in a restaurant and tripped and fell while heading to an elevated seating section, injuring himself. His lawsuit now claims that the restaurant’s “busy carpet pattern” prevented him from detecting the change in floor elevation, as the pattern obscured the change.

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.

It’s Football Season – Remember to Read that Helmet Warning

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.

There may be no better time of the year than the start of football season. The rivalries, the tailgate parties and the discussion of liability issues are what I look forward to every year. I am sure that back in 1892 when William “Pudge” Heffelfinger signed a $500 contract to play with the Allegheny Athletic Association against the Pittsburgh Athletic Club, he was not handed a liability waiver. 

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.

The Alabama Supreme Court's Second Chance to Avoid "Tort Hell"
On Wednesday, September 4, the Alabama Supreme Court will hear arguments to determine whether it should reconsider its decision in Wyeth v. Weeks, a decision that sent shock waves through the State’s business community in January. – Alabama Media Group

We’re Keeping Our Eyes on Alabama!

A while back, we told you about an interesting theory of liability concocted by plaintiffs’ lawyers in Alabama. They attempted to sue a name brand drug manufacturer over injuries caused by the generic version of the drug. In other words, they sued a company that had no part in making the drug that hurt someone. Sounds crazy, right?

Standing with Small Businesses in the Fight Against Lawsuit Abuse

Recently, we told you about Sick of Lawsuits’ Small Business Summer, which we launched to draw attention to the negative impact of lawsuit abuse on small businesses and ensure that the voices of small business owners are heard. As part of these efforts, Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse groups around the country have been holding all sorts of rallies, roundtable discussions and forums to spread the word. 

Check out some of the highlights below!

More Class Action Ridiculousness

Class actions are often unfortunate examples of our civil justice system’s most serious problems. Why? One big reason is who they benefit – while our courts are supposed to make victims whole, class actions tend to favor a different group: plaintiffs’ lawyers! 

Lawmakers Need to Stand Up to Lawsuit Abuse in West Virginia!

As we’ve told you before, West Virginia is the only state in the nation without an automatic right of appeal. This fact means that defendants often don’t receive fair chances to tell their stories in court. It also drives away businesses and jobs. 

In 2010, West Virginia lawmakers attempted to halfheartedly address this issue by requiring the West Virginia Supreme Court to provide written explanations when it rejects an appeal.

And the prize for the most ridiculous lawsuit goes to…

Editor's Note: Project Lawsuit Abuse regularly highlights lawsuit abuse news from across the country. Today, Travis Akin, Executive Director of Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch, contributed a guest post for Project Lawsuit Abuse.

Every day ridiculous lawsuits that have no business ever being filed end up not only being filed but actually are allowed to move through the judicial process. Most of the time, these outrageous lawsuits get tossed but not until there is significant time, money and effort made to get the lawsuit to go away.

America’s Favorite Pastime Is…Suing??

Anyone who has ever played a sport knows that injuries are part of the game. Sports present inherent dangers to all participants, from children just starting out in tee ball to professional athletes. When you sign up for an athletic endeavor, you’re accepting a certain level of risk.

Unfortunately, a recreational baseball player in Louisiana didn’t get that memo. Ed Dargan, who broke his leg while sliding into home plate, is suing the City of Kenner for not properly maintaining the home plate area.