January 13, 2014

When ridiculous becomes the norm

By Anastasia P. Boden Attorney

The website Faces of Lawsuit Abuse has posted a video of the Top Ten Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2013.

The list includes plaintiffs who lack actual injuries, class action lawsuits that have no merit, and litigants who seemingly want to use the civil justice system to obtain compensation for every bad thing that happens to them… even if they cause their own misfortunes.

As Lisa Rickard, President of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform asks, “Is this really what we want our legal system to look like?”

At PLF, we believe that litigants must have suffered actual harm in order to have constitutional standing, that tort liability should be used as a tool to redress injuries and promote individual responsibility and not as a social insurance mechanism, and that the class action device should not be used to enrich plaintiffs’ lawyers at the expense of class members.

To see more of our work on civil justice reform, check out PLF’s Free Enterprise Project.

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