Law Firm Spent $7 Million to Sue Wal-Mart

By | June 22, 2011

  • June 22, 2011 at 1:32 pm
    Nick says:
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    Will this affect their bonuses?

  • June 22, 2011 at 1:35 pm
    Scott Romoser says:
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    Ha Ha!

  • June 22, 2011 at 1:46 pm
    Johnny Cockrun says:
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    I would like to agree with Scott, but with a bit more enthusiasm.

    HA, HA, HA!!!

  • June 22, 2011 at 1:59 pm
    Boo-Hoo says:
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    “EPLI contributes to the profitability of the firm”. Yes, that’s mostly what those suits are good for. Most of them are BS for some “go away money.

    I won’t shed a tear for them.

  • June 22, 2011 at 2:06 pm
    Roving Madness says:
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    I want to know what the defense counsel fees were for Wal-Mart for perspective sake. I bet it cost them more to defend this than it did this firm to prosecute it.

    • June 22, 2011 at 5:03 pm
      Agent says:
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      I’m not sure about the cost from Walmart attorneys. They have a small legion of attorneys on retainder to handle all of their cases. I am sure they have to handle all the slip and fall cases brought each year. They are pretty successful getting most dismissed because they have video access to every nook and cranny and tell when someone fakes a fall.

  • June 22, 2011 at 2:12 pm
    Agent says:
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    Boo Hoo plaintiff’s attorneys. You should be made to pay all court costs for this case. Get em Walmart attorneys for bringing this nonsense class action.

  • June 22, 2011 at 2:30 pm
    Walmart Consumer says:
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    I missed the part in the article that explained how much it had cost Walmart to defend itself in this suit.

  • June 22, 2011 at 2:30 pm
    Tom says:
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    They should be made to pay Wal-Mart’s fees, say $7,000,000 in defending this suit. $14,000,000 might get their attention and cause them pause when filing these over the top claims.

    • June 22, 2011 at 2:53 pm
      Agent says:
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      Walmart should demand double or treble damages for defamation, lost business etc. These kinds of plaintiff attorneys have gotten used to the gravy train and think they can browbeat companies into submission with these actions. I am sure many of the cases they won were settled before trial because the defendants didn’t want to pay the fees and they might lose. Walmart definitely has the resources to defend themselves and I hope they push the revenge button.

  • June 22, 2011 at 3:03 pm
    Terri says:
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    Personally, I don’t feel sorry for the attorneys or Wal-Mart in this case. If the attorneys weren’t charging $500+ per hour for their services they wouldn’t have such an astronomical legal bill. Wal-Mart can afford the legal fees they have incurred. Their prices have gone up but the number of employees has gone down (good luck trying to find someone to help you), the housekeeping in the stores I’ve been in is deplorable, and their in-store management is a joke!

    • June 22, 2011 at 3:30 pm
      Agent says:
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      I am not a Walmart shopper but have to go there once in a while. The stores in my area are always clean, well stocked and a customer can usually find someone to help without too much trouble. Perhaps you are just in an area where management is to blame. If the higher ups knew about your store, they would probably let the manager go because he is not following their guidelines on housekeeping etc.

      • June 23, 2011 at 1:56 pm
        Little Frog says:
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        I have seen both extremes of store management. The organization really took a dive when Sam Walton died and the “kids” took over.

  • June 22, 2011 at 4:38 pm
    J.P says:
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    A rule to be considered! Losers should pay both sides of the attourney fees generated this would change the landscape for these Pit Vipers

  • June 22, 2011 at 4:50 pm
    insurance maven says:
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    Aaawww….Poor Baby, it’s only $7 mil better luck next time

  • June 22, 2011 at 6:28 pm
    Perry Mason says:
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    That $7 million will be offset by the millions in fees it receives from it’s clients. DO NOT CRY OVER THIS.

  • June 22, 2011 at 6:30 pm
    Perry Mason says:
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    This is a P I S S in the Pacific to them. They will just raise fees elsewhere. For these attys, a conscience is optional.

  • June 23, 2011 at 8:31 am
    Sam Walmart says:
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    Not all attys are bad but the good ones should care about the ones like this that make their industry look like crap. It is a real shame they claim to be for “the people” when they are the only ones who typically make out big in the class action suits, ambulance chaser schemes, etc.

  • June 23, 2011 at 9:38 am
    Agent says:
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    500 Lawyers at the bottom of the ocean is a start. We have a very litigous society and way too many lawyers for our population. We could close down all the law schools in the US for 10 years and we would still have too many. For every good lawyer performing needed advice, there are 10 who chase ambulances or do these class actions hoping for millions. I have insureds who were the innocent parties included with 100 other companies in class action suits. The insurance companies had to defend and ultimately paid to get dismissed from it because of cost of defending. There is something inherently wrong with that. Even if you are innocent, you have to pay. What a joke!

  • June 23, 2011 at 2:52 pm
    Norm CT says:
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    “We have a very litigious society” What do you expect when the majority of your politicians are attorneys. The fox is in charge of the hen house.

  • June 23, 2011 at 3:30 pm
    Agent says:
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    You are 100% correct Norm. We send lawyer politicians to legislatures and Congress who have no business experience and have been living off of billable hours and lawsuits their whole adult lives. They could care less how businesses are hurt on frivolous lawsuits as long as they get their fee. They then pass laws regulating everything under the sun to increase costs to business. They then wonder why unemployment is still a problem. Hey, they are part of the problem, not the solution.

  • June 23, 2011 at 5:15 pm
    Allen Campbell says:
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    Good for the court If there were any justice the lawyers would have to pay Wall Mart for all they cost them in legal fee’s To many lawyers in this world and then they become politicians How can the people ever win?

  • June 24, 2011 at 11:13 am
    Hillsborough agent says:
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    The court didn’t say the claims were invalid. They simply said they were too varied to fall into a class action suit.

    The law firm shouldn’t have to pay WalMarts legal fees because they didn’t lose the cases. They lost the battle on how the cases would be tried (if at all).

    Having said that…….damn, it’s good to see lawyers losing money. I agree with the first few commenters: HA, HA, and furthermore, HA.

  • June 24, 2011 at 11:45 am
    Agent says:
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    I saw an interesting joke about Lawyers the other day. It stated that 99% of all Lawyers give the other 1% a bad name. I think that is a pretty true statement.

  • June 27, 2011 at 10:33 am
    insurance geek says:
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    Imagine how much the law firm had to gain if the class action was validated considering they advanced $7M for this case? who really is the winner in class action suits? The attorneys – the laws should be changed for validating these suits…

    • June 27, 2011 at 11:03 am
      agent says:
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      Firms like this have won hundreds of millions in these cases and they are the big winners since their fees and expenses are taken out of the settlements. The individuals signing onto the suits end up with very modest amounts since there are so many of them. I wish there was a way to punish these law firms for bringing these suits if it is groundless or frivolous. They should have to cough up a big settlement and maybe they would be more reluctant to sue someone.

  • June 27, 2011 at 1:13 pm
    wudchuck says:
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    “I wouldn’t have taken the case,” said Ottinger, whose firm has three attorneys. “If we lost, it would be over for us.”

    Duh!! what did you think if you lost it anyways, would you recover that money from whom? all those you represent? um… imagine that, the client would actually have to owe you money or did you agree that it was free because you felt you’d win lots of money…. funny how things worked out! next time, you will find out that this actually bogged down our court system because you felt it as a win.. now you have to find a way to replace your expenses… i agree, they should have to pay the fees of the defending attorney…



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