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The Real Enemy of Florida Job Growth

Ken Brown, OrlandoKen Brown, OrlandoI work hard every day to provide the best opportunities for my employees and grow my company.  As the owner of a leading provider of information technology staffing solutions and someone who is focused on identifying job opportunities and filling them with the best candidates – I understand the impact that a job can have on someone’s life and the power for business growth to build communities.

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.

Expanding opportunities for abusive lawsuits not way to create jobs: Guest commentary
Imagine being a small-business owner in California. You face a thicket of regulations, especially when it comes to the state’s wage and hour laws that precisely govern how businesses must pay employees and provide breaks. - Pasadena Star News

New York Trial Lawyers Are Spending Big on Lobbying

Last year, New York lawmakers considered common sense reforms that would insert fairness into the civil justice system by lowering awards in civil lawsuits. But trial lawyers took issue with this legislation – and the impact it would have on their paydays – and came out in full force against the bill.

Why West Virginia Needs Legal Reform

The numbers are in for West Virginia’s economy, and they aren’t good. The state lost 7,000 jobs in 2013, ranked last in job creation and had the nation’s lowest labor participation rate. Sounds like some changes are needed, right?

As West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse points out, one change that would have a major positive impact on the state is an improvement in the legal climate. Currently, West Virginia has a reputation as Judicial Hellhole, where plaintiffs’ lawyers win big at the expense of everyone else. Reducing the lawsuit burden through legal reforms would allow small businesses to grow and create jobs, and improve the overall quality of life for West Virginians.

Louisiana Lets in the Sunshine

If you’ve been paying attention to legal reform issues in Louisiana, you’ve probably heard about Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s use of legally questionable contingency-fee contracts to hire politically-connected trial lawyers to conduct lawsuits on behalf of the state.

Let’s Crack Down on Fraud in the Plaintiffs’ Bar!

Too often, personal injury lawyers abuse our civil justice system for their own personal profit. One of their most egregious tactics is to “double-dip” in funds intended for asbestos victims. That is, plaintiffs’ lawyers make more than one claim for the same injury, pulling money from asbestos bankruptcy trusts and then going on to sue additional entities or claim money from a separate trust.

This fraud is a major problem, because it wastes money that was meant to go to asbestos victims and quickly drains asbestos trusts – all to fill the pockets of personal injury lawyers.

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.

Juror Appreciation Week – May 12-16
In 1998, the California Legislature designated the second full week in May each year to honor the important contributions of citizens who serve on juries, making the right to trial by jury possible. - Fox & Hounds Daily

Ten Years of Reform in Mississippi!

In the early 2000s, Mississippi – home of notorious trial lawyer Dickie Scruggs – had a reputation as the nation’s capital for “jackpot justice.” One outrageous verdict after another drove businesses away, and high malpractice premiums left the state’s healthcare system in a crisis. Jefferson County, a favorite venue of trial lawyers, had more plantiffs in mass tort lawsuits than residents!

But in 2004, the state legislature took steps to turn the state around through common sense legal reforms, like caps on damages and restrictions on venue shopping. Since the landmark reforms, Mississippi has attracted new jobs – including a Toyota manufacturing plant as a direct result of legal reforms – and medical liability insurance premiums have fallen more than 60 percent. 

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.

When Constituents and Small Business Owners Speak, Legislators Listen

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.