Project Lawsuit Abuse Newsmakers

It’s a new year and tort reformers have been turning up all over the internet. 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 Lawsuit Bayou
The thing to keep in mind when the subject is tort reform is that any reform will remain a half solution; the trial lawyers will work night and day to find ways around reform. That’s the lesson from the American Tort Reform Foundation’s annual Judicial Hellholes report, which reveals new lawsuit abuses sprouting despite efforts across the country to reduce the damage from this politically powerful profession. – Wall Street Journal

Justice Benjamin: Controversial decision will have ‘dramatic effect’
State Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Benjamin has released his dissenting opinion in a case that helped land West Virginia on the “Judicial Hellholes” report recently released by a legal reform group. – West Virginia Record

Commentary: Reality and perception of Louisiana need lots of work
How much stock do you put in rankings? Reporters and policymakers often use rankings to tell a story about our society. Media reports about a poll or ranking are quite common and usually follow a familiar outline. – Town Talk

Idaho lawsuit tops national group’s ‘most ridiculous’ list
A lawsuit by a group of Idaho inmates blaming beer brewers for their lives of crime was the top vote-getter in a national survey of the top 10 most ridiculous lawsuits of 2013. – Idaho Business Review