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•To reduce lawsuit defense costs
•To speed resolution of lawsuits
•To improve fairness & certainty of
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News from the LRC
Washington receives "dishonorable mention" on Judicial Hellholes® report
In December, the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) released its annual Judicial Hellholes® report. This report is a nation-wide analysis of state Supreme Courts, the fairness of their rulings and abuses that occur in certain jurisdictions. Washington received the shameful recognition of "dishonorable mention." The executive summary and the full report can be found on ATRA's website.
LRC shines bright light on the Supreme Court
The LRC has released the sixth installment of its Judicial Scorecard, which is a two-year look back at the significant liability rulings of the Supreme Court and how the nine justices ruled. The results are interesting, if not alarming. Three justices ruled consistent with the LRC’s position in at least 50 percent of the cases. Two justices received paltry one-digit scores. The rest are somewhere in the in middle. The rulings from this powerful branch of government warrant careful and consistent monitoring and the LRC will continue to do so.
The LRC's Record of Success
For the past 25 years the LRC has helped protect Washington’s citizens and businesses from more lawsuit abuse. No organization more aggressively fights the trial lawyers’ trade association than the LRC. The LRC has published a Record of Success which shows the long list of bills this organization has managed to defeat in Olympia, to the chagrin of the plaintiffs lawyers.
Wacky Warning Label Contest
The internationally recognized “Wacky Warning Label Contest,” now in its 15th year, has selected the 2012 winners. While amusing, it’s an embarrassing result of our overly litigious culture. The warning labels demonstrate the ridiculous efforts companies must put forth to avoid lawsuits.
Animal-rights group sues circus and loses $9.3 million
The Wall Street Journal reports that Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus reached a legal settlement in which the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has agreed to pay $9.3 million to the company. Yes, that's right. A special-interest group sued a large corporation and lost. There's more. Ringling Brothers is continuing litigation against other animal rights groups and lawyers who the company claim prosecuted the bogus case of animal cruelty.