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Rape Victim Sued for Lawyers Fees
Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Jamie Leigh Jones was one of several women who worked for KBR (and former parent company Halliburton) who report they were raped, sexually assaulted, or harassed by fellow employees while acting as private contractors for the U.S. government in Iraq.  Jones had sought damages against KBR but last month, a jury rejected her claims. The […]

Frivolous Lawsuits in the News
Friday, June 17th, 2011

A few months ago I blogged about the famous McDonald’s coffee case, one of the most recognized personal injury lawsuits in America. This story has been back in the news lately because HBO is airing a documentary called Hot Coffee.  It was this case that led to the formation of a collective belief based on […]

State Legislatures Oppose Medical Malpractice Bill that Denies Patients Legal Remedies for Negligent Care
Thursday, April 14th, 2011

    In a letter submitted to a congressional health committee, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), a bipartisan organization that serves state legislators and staffs across the country, expressed strong opposition to H.R. 5, a bill that would undermine public safety by unfairly restricting medical malpractice claims and capping damages.  We've previously reported on the […]

Facts Don’t Back Up Medical Malpractice Criticisms
Friday, February 18th, 2011

    Since taking over the majority in the House of Representatives, many Republicans have vowed to address what they say is a scourge of frivolous medical malpractice lawsuits.  Even President Obama seemed amenable to reform when he mentioned the issue during his recent State of the Union speech.  However, evidence continues to suggest that, if anything, […]

The Real Story Behind the Infamous McDonald’s Products Liability Case
Monday, February 7th, 2011

In 1992 Stella Liebeck spilled scorching hot McDonald’s coffee on her lap while pulling out of a drive-thru in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She suffered severe burns and sued the company for serving a dangerous product.  It’s one of the most talked about personal injury cases in recent memory.  Even with all the publicity surrounding the […]

Tort Reform Views of the Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates
Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Links to articles summarizing the tort reform views of the presidential and vice-presidential candidates.

The Truth About the McDonald’s Scalding Coffee Case
Monday, July 9th, 2007

Tort reform activists have routinely mocked the McDonald’s scalding coffee case in which Stella Liebeck sued McDonald’s after being scalded by a cup of coffee purchased at one of the chain’s restaurants as the "poster child" for frivolous lawsuits. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the actual facts in the case, which show that the […]