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Ohio obstetrician’s personal property to pay judgment

Plaintiffs prepare to seize Ohio obstetrician’s assets to collect $9.7 million judgment against her. While the attorneys have been debating for 11 months over pre-judgment interest for this case, the plaintiff received a writ of execution against the doctor. Her personal vehicle and other personal property are all being targeted.  A court hearing has been set to determine how much of doctors wages will be garnished.

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With New York’s obstetricians dwindling, malpractice insurance costs skyrocketing and our extreme litigious climate, this story hits close to home. Lawsuit reform is needed to help keep doctors in our state, lower medical costs and increase New Yorker’s access to healthcare. 

 

Fox NY – Oversize Man Sues White Castle Over Seats

NANUET, N.Y. –  A 290-pound New York man is steaming mad at the White Castle fast-food chain, which he claims repeatedly broke promises to make the booths in his local eatery bigger.

Martin Kessman, 64, filed a lawsuit against the fast-food giant last week in Manhattan federal court, claiming that the uncomfortable booths violate the civil rights of fat people.

Read more of this Fox NY Story.

New York continues to be a breeding ground for ridiculous lawsuits.

 

Disabled serial plaintiff with end-stage emphysema caught on hike

 

Los Angeles man, James Farkus Cohan says he’s disabled with end-stage emphysema, requiring a wheelchair, walker and oxygen tank.  To date Cohan has sued at least 161 small businesses, claiming those businesses are violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

ABC caught up with Cohan the other day after his daily hike up a steep hill in the Verdugos near his Sun Valley, CA home — without a wheelchair, walker or oxygen tank.  Asked for an explanation, Cohan tells reporter Marc Brown “why don’t you talk to my attorneys or doctors about all that?”

View the ABC Eye Witness News Investigation on this man and the small businesses he is terrorizing with ‘drive-by lawsuits’.

Minivan-drownings suit could cost taxpayers plenty

We as New Yorkers were devastated when we heard the tragic news that LaShanda Armstrong killed herself and three of her four children on April 12 when she drove her minivan into the Hudson River.

But New Yorkers should be outraged at the recent news that LaShanda’s estranged boyfriend, Jean Pierre, is suing both the City of Newburgh and Orange County for $40 million each. Ms. Armstrong’s death and the death of her children were a horrific tragedy and a devastating loss, but they should not be an opportunity for a lawsuit.

 

Once again, strong support for LRANY can be seen in the comments section.

Read more of this op-ed written by our Executive Director Tom Stebbins in the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Letter to the Editor, Comments Show Broad Support for LRANY

Last week, LRANY’s Executive Director Tom Stebbins’ letter to the editor was picked up in papers across New York, from Westchester to Buffalo.  This week, two responses have run and both show broad support for LRANY’s position.  One, from the president of the Trial Lawyers Association, is not surprisingly negative, but the comment section reveals that most people favor the reforms presented by our Executive Director.  The other from Carole Schubert of Owego strongly endorses LRANY’s position.

This widespread support for fairness and common sense is a positive sign for New York State and will continue to grow with your help!

‘Lawsuit lottery’ must be limited

The recent Washington County home explosion which killed five is being investigated but not just by the proper authorities but also by a local law firm looking, on behalf of the victims’ families, for someone to sue.  Surely, if there was negligence or wrongdoing in this instance, someone should be held accountable the victims compensation but when a law firm is doing the investigation, can we really trust that their findings will be that objective?

Click here to read a letter to the editor in the Albany Times Union written by our Executive Director, Tom Stebbins.

New York’s litigation-friendly laws hurt business

Most everyone would agree that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been uniquely successful in getting his agenda passed through a Legislature that was completely dysfunctional not too long ago.

So, what’s next? Reforming New York’s antiquated and stifling legal system has wide support and would provide millions in economic development at no cost to the state. By enacting lawsuit reform the government will stimulate the economy and save money, since municipalities are often the target of lawsuit abuse.

Read more of this op-ed written by our Executive Director Tom Stebbins here.