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The 2013 CALA Legal Turkey Awards

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.

With Thanksgiving coming up, we should all take some time to be thankful for what we have. Our nation, despite some problems, is still the greatest nation in the world.

One of those problems is the ongoing abuse of our legal system. It seems like there is not a day, week or year that goes by that we cannot point to an example of the utter abuse of our legal system. Why do we continue to allow the civil justice system to be abused for personal gain?

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.

Some Lawyers Are Better Than Others

Part of being a smart legal consumer is knowing when to take personal responsibility for your actions instead of turning to a lawsuit. Another part of being a smart legal consumer is making sure to hire a reputable lawyer if you do need to file a lawsuit.

Unfortunately, one woman in Louisiana didn’t do a very good background check on her personal injury lawyer. After he failed to file her slip-and-fall case in a timely manner, she decided to sue him for legal malpractice.

House Passes the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act

We have some big news for you on the legal reform front: last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act, or LARA.  The bill aims to reduce lawsuit abuse by imposing sanctions on lawyers who file frivolous lawsuits – a common sense reform and a potentially a big step toward improving our legal system.

Also in big legal reform news last week, the House agreed to pass the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act, or FACT Act. The bill seeks to crack down on asbestos fraud and protect asbestos trust funds for deserving victims.

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.