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Jury Service – Mr. T Answers the Call!

As Americans, a trial by a jury of our peers is one of our most fundamental rights. But to maintain that right – and to uphold the values on which our civil justice system was founded – it’s important that you do your part by serving on a jury when called. A fair and balanced civil justice system requires that everyone fulfill their responsibility to serve.

Unfortunately, many people make excuses to avoid jury service. But thankfully the famous Mr. T did no such thing. When called for jury service last week, he showed up at the courthouse ready to serve, saying he wanted to set an example.

Do YOU Want Trial Lawyer Charlie Crist Shaping the Florida Supreme Court?

The 2014 governor’s race in Florida is going to have major consequences for the state. Of course, there are all the usual issues to consider – jobs, healthcare, education, etc. But did you also know that Florida’s next governor will have a chance to reshape the state Supreme Court?

A total of FOUR Florida Supreme Court justices will leave the court during the next governor’s term, as they reach the mandatory retirement age of 70. This means that the next governor will get to pick four of the state’s seven Supreme Court justices, and who they choose will have significant consequences.

Time for New York to Tackle Lawsuit Lending

Editor's Note: Project Lawsuit Abuse regularly highlights lawsuit abuse news from across the country. Today, Phoebe Stonbely, with the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York, contributed a guest post for Project Lawsuit Abuse.

New York’s Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has been aggressive in fighting to protect New York’s consumers from predatory lenders, such as an out-of-state company that charged a woman more than $19,000 for an $8,000 loan for a medical procedure.

Juror Appreciation Week

California isn’t known for doing many things right in regards to its legal climate. After all, it is the nation’s number one Judicial Hellhole! But one thing the state does do right is Juror Appreciation Week.

Each May, California puts aside one week to celebrate the important efforts of citizens who devote their time and effort to jury service. As California’s Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye says, "Serving on a jury is more than a civic responsibility—it is how each and every one of us provides access to justice for all."

Blood is thicker than water (except when a lawsuit is involved)

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

New Jersey teen Rachael Canning made national news when she filed a lawsuit against her parents demanding they pay her outstanding tuition bills and pay her $654 per week for living expenses. 

The case will likely be dismissed at some point but it does make one wonder how we got to a point in our society when a child has chosen to use the court system to resolve a family dispute.

Indiana Looks to Rein in Lawsuit Loan Sharks

If you have a loan out right now, you’re probably paying an interest rate of some sort. For instance, the average interest rate on a car loan these days is around five percent. Of course, the higher an interest rate is, the more money you lose – and the harder it becomes to pay the loan back.

It’s pretty obvious, then, that a loan with an interest rate of 100 percent is a bad deal for consumers. Believe it or not, though, lawsuit lenders – perhaps more accurately called lawsuit loan sharks – actually charge rates as high as 150 percent!

Man Sues Country for Raining on His Vacation

Have you ever taken a vacation that didn’t quite turn out how you imagined it? Maybe you tried to go skiing, but there wasn’t any fresh snow. Or maybe you had planned to spend a week at the beach, only to have rain ruin your plans. 

While such a turn of events is unfortunate, any sensible person would recognize that the situation is no one’s fault and that the best thing to do would be to try to make the most of it. But unfortunately, that’s not what Bruno Leduc did when he encountered rain during his week-long vacation in the Dominican Republic. Instead, he actually decided to sue the island for raining! Can you believe that?

A Slip and Fall Lawsuit Turns Out to Be a Fraud!

We all know that our courts are meant to be used for justice, not greed. The unfortunate truth, however, is that some folks insist on abusing our system to make a quick buck.

Some even go so far as faking an accident in order to sue – remember when we told you about the woman who “slipped” at a grocery store but really dragged her foot through water to make it look like she fell? She then sued the grocery store, and the owner had to pay her $500 because it was cheaper to settle than take her to court.

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.

Okla. SC to hear challenge over new workers’ comp law
The Oklahoma Supreme Court will decide whether the state’s workers’ compensation reform, signed into law six months ago, is constitutional. - Legal Newsline

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?