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•To reduce lawsuit defense costs
•To speed resolution of lawsuits
•To improve fairness & certainty of
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LRC and allies successful
March 7 was the cut-off for all bills to be out of their opposite house of origin (except for matters relating to the budget). This major cut-off provides clarity on what issues are still in play.
After a boisterous start to the session with nearly two dozen bills introduced, most of which were expansion to liability, I’m pleased to report that all bad liability bills are dead! This was no small feat, given that there were measures to massively overhaul the Consumer Protection Act, allow third-party lawsuits against insurance companies, and wild expansions to employer liability. But, thanks to the good work of the LRC and its allies, we have once again been able to defeat the trial lawyers’ agenda. We greatly appreciate the support of our members and partners who helped to make this a reality.
Of course, nothing is truly settled until lawmakers leave Olympia, which is schedule for March 13. But for now, all is quiet on the liability front.
For a list of all liability bills, check out the LRC Bill Tracker.
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 16th year, has selected the 2013 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.