The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) has announced the top five vote getters of its 1st Annual Most Ridiculous Lawsuit of the Year Poll. Nominees were drawn from the monthly Most Ridiculous Lawsuit poll winners, chosen by visitors to FacesofLawsuitAbuse.org, a public awareness campaign Web site that aims to show how abusive lawsuits affect small businesses and average families in very real ways.
When the novel “The Case Runner” was published last year, portraying a seamy and corrupt South Texas legal jungle, the guessing games soon began among lawyers about the real life inspirations for some of the book's thinly disguised characters.
Texas-style lawsuit reforms may not fix health care, in and of themselves, but they sure will improve patients’ access to care. As a physician who relocated from Newport to Austin, I can attest to the dramatic Texas turnaround.