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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.   

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.

AG’s Record Questionable – At Best – on Contingency Fees
I recently read with great interest Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s commentary touting his commitment to the “longstanding Louisiana Supreme Court’s ruling in Meredith v. Ieyoub, in which the court held the state of Louisiana is prohibited from issuing contingency fee contracts.” – The Hayride

Another Case of Someone Abusing Our Courts...and Getting Caught!

We’ve seen this before – someone fakes an injury and then sues for money they don’t deserve, trying to play the lawsuit lottery.  Remember the woman who sued over supposedly serious injuries incurred in a car crash, but participated in a 20K walk six months after? Or what about the woman who “slipped” in water at a grocery store – turns out she dragged her foot in the water to make it look like she fell! 

Celebrating 20 Years of Fighting Lawsuit Abuse in California

If you follow our blog, you know that California has one of the worst legal climates in the country. Its predatory personal injury lawyers and out of control class actions have threatened the state’s small businesses and driven its economy into the dumps.

But one group has been working hard to change that - California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

This year, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) is hitting a major milestone: it’s their 20th anniversary! In honor of the 20th Anniversary, CALA has launched a “20 Stories for 20 Years” video series.