Project Lawsuit Abuse:
Stories from the Frontlines of Lawsuit Abuse

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.

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.

Louisiana Trial Lawyers Seek $20 Million in Fees – From Taxpayers!

More Trial Lawyer Greed in Louisiana

Despite the efforts of reform-minded legislators, Louisiana still has a lot of work to do in improving its legal climate. For instance, the state continues to suffer from out of control “legacy lawsuits.” More recently, a massive lawsuit brought by a southeast Louisiana flood control board offers an upsetting example of trial lawyer greed.  

Will Lawsuits Lead to a Future with No More Tag, Football or Cartwheels?

We all know the obvious costs of lawsuit abuse – it raises prices for consumers, hurts small businesses and clogs up our courts, making it difficult for real victims to receive justice. But lawsuit abuse impacts a lot other areas of our lives too, in ways that maybe aren’t quite so obvious.

For instance, excessive litigation has essentially destroyed the American playground – personal injury lawyers have sued their way to boring and risk-free play areas, and an article in the Wall Street Journal says these are contributing to fearful, overweight and anxious children.

LAAW Ends, But the Fight Against Lawsuit Abuse Continues

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.

Over the past week, CALA celebrated Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week. During this week, we featured various supporters on our blog and YouTube page, all with the intention of educating consumers, elected officials and community leaders about the toll lawsuit abuse takes on our businesses and communities. 

It’s Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week – Are You Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution?

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

This week – October 7-11 – marks Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week, when groups across the country stop to reflect on the negative effects of lawsuit abuse.  These effects can include increased costs of consumer goods, decreased compensation for real victims and reduced access to our courts. 

Texas: Where Reforms Work, Consumers Must Play Their Part

Editor's Note: Project Lawsuit Abuse regularly highlights lawsuit abuse news from across the country. Today, Jennifer Harris of Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse of Central Texas contributed a guest post for Project Lawsuit Abuse.

In Texas, organizations across the state are engaging consumers as part of the CALA’s “It Starts With You” campaign to recognize the nationally celebrated “Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week” (LAAW), dedicated to educating citizens about the cost and consequences of lawsuit abuse.