July 16, 2010

Grayson's shakedown lawsuit threatens D.C. business

By Grayson's shakedown lawsuit threatens D.C. business

The Washington Examiner has published this editorial by PLF Principal Attorney Deborah J. La Fetra, commenting on the lawsuit that Congressman Alan Grayson has filed in Washington, D.C., against AT&T:

In a case now before D.C.’s local Court of Appeals, Grayson is asking to have the District’s consumer protection ordinance interpreted — or, rather, misinterpreted — to permit lawsuits against businesses even if the plaintiff didn’t suffer any injury.

In other words, this self-described “progressive Democrat” is trying to subvert a key safeguard against frivolous lawsuits: The requirement that the plaintiff show tangible “standing,” including harm caused by the defendant’s conduct.

You can read the rest of the article here, and read PLF’s friend of the court brief in the Grayson case here.

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