How Lawyers, Not Plaintiffs, Wind Up the Winners in Mass Tort Lawsuits

July 11, 2019

  • July 11, 2019 at 11:45 am
    Craig Cornell says:
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    Major props to Insurance Journal! Seriously.

    Anyone with middle market accounts in California knows how corrupt the system is. There are two major powers in this Hard Blue state: the Teachers Union and the Plaintiffs Bar. You can’t get elected without money from one or both.

    And then the Democrats who get elected change the laws in order to allow MORE lawsuits. Many infractions that should merely be regulatory issues are changed to issues you can litigate instead. The elected pay off their donors by finding more ways to sue people.

    And who pays? The middle class. As always. Prices for everything goes up. Businesses with middle class jobs leave the state. This is a major reason California – run by Democrats for decades – has the highest percentage of people in poverty and the greatest income inequality in the USA.

    And do you EVER hear the media advocate for the middle class? Almost never. Except today.

    Congratulations, IJ.

    • July 11, 2019 at 3:16 pm
      Agent says:
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      Craig, you said it all. Our Congress is just full of lawyers, many of whom made a lot of money by suing people. Now, they get their money from lobbyists and feather their nests. Despicable!

      • July 17, 2019 at 5:40 pm
        FFA says:
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        Ive never seen so many people Not agree with you.

    • July 11, 2019 at 8:01 pm
      PolarBeaRepeal says:
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      Conclusion of the article: It’s due to layer upon layer of litigious lawyer upon litigious lawyer, compounded in states with liberal legislators and low-ethics lobbyists.

  • July 11, 2019 at 11:47 am
    KP says:
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    Bottom Feeders

  • July 11, 2019 at 1:15 pm
    Jack says:
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    No XXXX!

  • July 11, 2019 at 8:14 pm
    advertising says:
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    In mid Michigan there is at least one of the local TV networks who regularly advertise for a SE MIch attorney — who recently bragged about their settlements reaching the billion dollar mark.

    Many of us are sick of these advertisements, and turn the channel. Most of these cases are farmed out anyway.

  • July 12, 2019 at 8:01 am
    PolarBeaRepeal says:
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    Idea; change statutes so that lawyers must front a huge lawsuit filing fee…. that they can later pass back to the plaintiffs that may sign on. Require the lawyers to collect each and every plaintiffs’ share of the fees BEFORE the suit may commence.

  • July 12, 2019 at 10:18 am
    chiponthecape says:
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    Glad we’re all on the same page, for a change! Who was quoted as saying, “First thing we do is kill all the lawyers.”?

    • July 15, 2019 at 11:22 am
      Aaron says:
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      Chiponthecape,

      The quote you mention is from Shakespeare’s Henry VI. It is spoken by Dick the Butcher. Dick is neither a smart nor good man. I think you mean to say lawyers are bad. I hope you repeat this to yourself when you drink clean water, drive a safe car, or fly on an airplane. Good luck with your life.

      Regards

      • July 15, 2019 at 2:36 pm
        Jax Agent says:
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        Thin skin much, Aaron ? I think chip’s comment was ‘tongue-in-cheek’, but I could be wrong. And whether I am right or wrong, what I won’t do is assume that I know what he/she meant and I won’t demean Dick the Butcher either. Are you ‘Butcher shaming’ Dick ?
        BTW, I don’t think all lawyers are bad, but I do think there are way too many of them and many whose intentions are something less than virtuous.
        PS – ease up on Dick. Being a butch is a tough road to hoe.

  • July 12, 2019 at 10:40 am
    rob says:
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    oldie but a goodie:

    A lion is eating a big steaming pile of elephant dung. Another lion goes up to him and says, “What the heck are you doing??”

    The first lion says, “I just ate a lawyer and I’m trying to get the taste out of my mouth.”

    Happy Friday, everybody! Andrew–please don’t delete this one until at least a few people hopefully get a chuckle out of it; we could all use a good laugh these days.

    • July 12, 2019 at 12:20 pm
      rob says:
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      one more:

      Guy walks into a bar and yells, “All lawyers are a–holes!” Someone else yells back, “Hey, that offends me!” First guy says, “Why, are you a lawyer?” and the second guy goes, “nah, I’m an a–hole!”

      • July 17, 2019 at 4:23 pm
        FFA says:
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        What do you call 100 lawyers at the bottom of Lake Michigan?
        A good start.

  • July 15, 2019 at 12:28 pm
    Mike says:
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    Lawyers are ruining our country and unfortunately our country is run by lawyers. I have no idea how things will change but I fear for the future because of the ditch they are running us all into. This proves the hypocrisy of their line that they are just looking our for the little guy. It is indicative of their greed and in some cases their play on the public’s desire to get something for nothing. Thank you for exposing the facts but I fear you are preaching to the choir.

  • July 16, 2019 at 2:16 pm
    UW says:
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    The fact that nobody would put their name as the author on this disingenuous hit piece says all you need to know. I wonder what group paid IJ to publish it?

    • July 16, 2019 at 2:24 pm
      Jax Agent says:
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      Disingenuous hit piece ? Did you read the article ? Do you believe that lawyers that pull together plaintiffs for class action lawsuits do so for the benefit of the aggrieved ? Have you ever been a party to a class action lawsuit ?
      I received a letter once informing me that I was a party to such a law suit once, my part of the settlement would have been roughly $0.38, along with another million or so just like me. I guessing the lawyers did a little better.
      Your screen name is UW, which I took to mean Underwriter, but you must be a lawyer.

      • July 16, 2019 at 4:27 pm
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        They do it for the betterment of society, to punish companies who wrong or abuse people but would otherwise go unchecked because individuals can’t possibly do anything to them alone. Lawyers do all the work, and oftentimes fund the entire case.

        What would you have got instead of the $0.38? Absolutely. Positively. Nothing. Because you couldn’t have gone after them alone. But, the company was punished and is less likely to do it again in the future.

        Have your read anything on the topic, ever? Because you don’t even understand the absolute basics on it, including what their purpose is. So yes, when they don’t put a name on it, don’t explain to the ignorant, like you, what they do, and use some of the terms they use, it’s absolutely a hit piece. It’s an insurance site, pushing a narrative beneficial to insurance companies, it’s that simple.

        • July 17, 2019 at 9:52 am
          Jax Agent says:
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          “They do it for the betterment of society…” LOL. Do you really believe that ?
          While the outcome of a few class action law suits do ultimately benefit society, not a one of them was begun, funded, researched, etc as an act of benevolence for mankind.
          Not one.
          Tremendous profit potential ? Every one.
          “They do it for the betterment of society..”, that would even get a laugh at the next trial lawyers conference. They’d have to stop the meeting to restore order.

          A few of these cases are, I’m sure, worth pursuing, but many of them are not, like the one I mentioned above. But you can be sure that the lawyer’s take was a BIG number $$$$$$$.
          You suggest that I am ignorant of the subject I’m sure because I disagree with you. You’d be mistaken.

          Back to the original premise of the story: How Lawyers, Not Plaintiffs, Wind Up the Winners in Mass Tort Lawsuits. If you disagree with that very basic premise, then you ma’am are the ignorant one in this discussion.

  • July 17, 2019 at 4:24 pm
    FFA says:
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    Did we need a study to figure this out?

  • July 20, 2019 at 2:27 am
    GregF says:
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    The topic kind of reminds me of unions. I am not a union man, but in certain situations, on a case by case basis, each has its place and time.



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