There is a growing body of evidence that some plaintiffs are defrauding the asbestos bankruptcy trust system to the point that there may not be enough money left to pay future victims. This secret, opaque system, run largely by some of the very same plaintiffs' lawyers who collect fees from it, is wired for abuse.
The U.S. House of Representatives could consider two tort reform bills next week. Both the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act and the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act have been placed on the House's schedule, according to GovTrack.us.
Pennsylvania physicians, hospital executives and other providers may now apologize and offer other benevolent gestures to patients, their families and representatives without such statements becoming evidence against them in medical malpractice suits. On October 23, 2013, Governor Corbett signed Senate Bill 379 into law which renders "benevolent gestures" inadmissible as evidence of liability in a malpractice suit.
Recent news that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is facing a lawsuit ("Lawsuit: Silver breached 'contract,'" Oct. 15) that his office deems "frivolous" is ironic, given that it has been reported for years that Speaker Silver has opposed reforms that would reduce the amount of frivolous lawsuits in New York.
Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York, November 7, 2013
This week, the legislative newspaper City & State focused nearly the entire issue on law and lawsuits. One was article entitled Better Late Than Never (page 18), and we at the Lawsuit Reform Alliance couldn't agree more. The newspaper focused on several issues central to LRANY's mission, including capping non-economic damage payouts, the Daubert standard, and the statute of limitations for medical malpractice cases, and included interviews with legislators, lawyers and LRANY's Executive Director, Tom Stebbins. The Lawsuit Reform Alliance was also identified as a "key player" in the fight.
Southeast Texas Record Editorial, October 29, 2013
The proof, as they say, is in the pudding. That's assuming anybody still says that. People used to say it all the time. Whenever someone speculated about how something or other might turn out, someone else was sure to say the proof was in the pudding.
The Illinois senator targets the American Legislative Exchange Council, whose reform proposals hit trial lawyers in the pocketbook.
You don't come to be the No. 2 Senate Democrat without proving you can help your friends along the way. That's why the motivation behind Dick Durbin's ongoing campaign against a prominent free-market group deserves attention.
Halloween is filled with equal parts horror and fun. But it doesn't take a trip to the local haunted house to stumble upon some truly outrageous and frightening situations. All it takes is a visit to the courthouse or the office of a local personal injury lawyer to see something that scares the daylights out of business owners: lawsuit abuse.