West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse Announces Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week

Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (WV CALA) announced the kick-off of its annual Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week today.

This week, the grassroots organization will be highlighting why lawsuit abuse hurts West Virginians and how passing much-needed lawsuit reforms can help improve West Virginia’s economic outlook. The watchdog group will also highlight personal injury lawyer tactics and their massive level of political spending.

“Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week is about raising awareness about the devastation that lawsuit abuse causes in our communities. When greedy personal injury lawyers abuse our legal system for their personal enrichment, we all pay, and we all lose. We will be highlighting the aggressive and often misleading recruitment tactics that some personal injury lawyers use and also the hundreds of thousands of dollars some millionaire personal injury lawyers are spending on candidates who support their lawsuit greed driven political agenda,” said Roman Stauffer, Executive Director of WV CALA.

Too often, local West Virginia small businesses are the target of meritless, abusive lawsuits. These can be very costly, and often result in a business closing its doors and letting its employees go. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform, approximately seven in 10 small business owners say that a lawsuit would force them to reduce benefits for employees or hold back on hiring.

“It is a vicious cycle when it comes to lawsuit abuse. Personal injury lawyers use aggressive and questionable tactics to recruit lawsuit participants. They file meritless lawsuits with the hopes of hitting the lawsuit jackpot. They use their lawsuit riches to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to influence the political process supporting candidates who support their sue and settle agenda,” concluded Stauffer