California Small Businesses are in Dire Straits

California small businesses are in dire straits. As a former U.S. Small Business Administration Associate Administrator, I’ve seen firsthand the deteriorating

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All Texas AG candidates should sign transparency pledge

With Texas voters heading to the polls again in May for primary runoff elections, transparency and open accountability should be top of mind for voters and a top

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Florida’s Property Insurance Rates Continue to Rise

As a small businesswoman, I have to watch every dollar that flows in and out of my business. Unfortunately, that dollar seems to have become

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Excessive litigation costs Louisiana $3.2B, thousands of jobs

Nonpartisan Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch is highlighting the economic costs of excessive tort litigation in Louisiana as lawmakers prepare for the regular legislative session that begins

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2 IE men arrested in alleged ADA ‘shakedown’ conspiracy

Authorities on Thursday arrested an Inland Empire attorney and another man accused of conspiring to file more than five dozen harassment lawsuits seeking

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Gov. Pritzker, legislative leaders must start helping state’s job creators

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is making it harder for small businesses in the Prairie State to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the state’s problems

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New report shows “hidden tax” of $2,835.00 per person

First, it was the coronavirus that crushed small businesses. Then, it was the supply chain disruption and inflation. Add to that the challenge of finding

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Illinois lawmakers must start supporting our job creators

Operating a small business in Illinois is getting harder every day. I’ve run my chiropractic business for nearly two

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New Report Shows Loss of 12,326 Jobs in Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ontario Region

First, it was the coronavirus that crushed small businesses. Then, it was the supply chain disruption and inflation.

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Legal reforms deserve praise as WV improves

Earlier this year, three major announcements were made in West Virginia, representing thousands of new jobs

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Takeaways from Tallahassee — More homers, fewer singles

Florida’s trial lawyers sure know how to play defense. Lawmakers are nearing the halfway mark of the 2022 Legislative Session, and it looks

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Florida avoids “judicial hellhole” label, but…

Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) released its 2022 lawsuit economic impact report on Wednesday, detailing the state’s legal climate, and the results were mixed.

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Laws make it hard to do business in Illinois

I am deeply concerned about stacked costs on businesses in our state.

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New amicus brief filed in case challenging constitutionality of California’s PAGA statute

In litigation over the constitutionality of California’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce…

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Op-Ed: Stacked costs reach critical mass in Illinois

Right now, doing business in Illinois is hard. And not just because of COVID-19…

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Technology & Manufacturing Association hosts legislative briefing on the danger posed by lawsuit abuse

Illinois’ recently-passed law that increases interest rates on civil damages is a boon to trial lawyers and damaging to manufacturers…

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Tom Gaitens:‭ ‬Florida‭’‬s‭ ‬2022‭ ‬Judicial Landscape

As we‭ ‬continue the‭ ‬2022‭ ‬Florida legislative session,‭ ‬it is instructive to look both at where we are and‭ ‬where we going as a state as it relates…

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Gomez: California named worst ‘judicial hellhole’

In my nearly two decades as a restaurant franchise owner, I was always grateful for my community and the passion they had for supporting local family-owned businesses…

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New Intermediate Appeals Court judges appointed

The first judges of the new West Virginia Intermediate Court of Appeals were appointed Tuesday as the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals gets the court ready by July…

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Our state once again wins the hellhole prize

California has done it again. The state has once again topped the American Tort Reform Foundation’s annual Judicial…

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When Will California Finally Protect Small Businesses from Lawsuit Abuse?

California’s atrocious legal environment coupled with the Legislature’s relentless pursuit of liability expanding principles…

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California retakes top spot in annual ranking of ‘Judicial Hellholes’

California has been named the nation’s top Judicial Hellhole, up two slots from last year, in the 20th annual ranking from…

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Small businesses in California face a double whammy: the pandemic and unwise laws

Continued suffering of our local small business community is nothing short of tragic. California’s business climate is forcing…

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Louisiana judges facing disciplinary hearings could now be on the hook for more court costs

The Louisiana Supreme Court has approved rule changes requiring judges who are convicted of crimes or who resign…

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Louisiana makes list of Top Ten “Judicial Hellholes” … again.

For the 9th straight year, Louisiana has made a national list of the nation’s Top Ten “Judicial Hellholes”. The American Tort…

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Louisiana Named A ‘Judicial Hellhole’ For the 9th Straight Year

It’s generally accepted that Louisiana could do much better when it comes to the way we make, apply, and punish people…

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‘It’s time to put the power back in the hands of workers’: California Fair Pay and Employer Accountability Act filed at state level

The California Fair Pay and Employer Accountability Act has recently been filed at the state level, reforming the Private…

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Cook County, Metro East Crack Top 5 ‘Judicial Hellholes’ in U.S.

Three Illinois counties notorious for plaintiff friendliness collectively ranked No. 5 on the annual report on the nation’s…

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Ron DeSantis, Florida Supreme Court earn praise in ‘Judicial Hellholes’ report

Despite the Legislature landing on a watch list of “Judicial Hellholes,” the Florida Justice Reform Institute says Florida has…

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Louisiana, Once Again, Has Made The Judicial Hellholes List

It’s an annual tradition and not something to be proud of. But despite efforts at tort reform in 2020, which may ultimately…

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Report: Louisiana’s lawyer-friendly civil judicial system costs billions of dollars

The American Tort Reform Association has ranked Louisiana the sixth-worst civil court jurisdiction in the country, making…

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Coastal Lawsuits Make Louisiana “Judicial Hellhole”

A new report today from the American Tort Reform Foundation outlines the cost of Louisiana’s trial-lawyer backed coastal…

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Illinois lawmakers: Please support health care providers

Operating a business in Illinois has become increasingly difficult. As the owner of a small dental practice, I am fully…

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Small Businesses Threatened by Litigation

As we almost get through this last wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Florida businesses can at least rest assured that…

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In California, lawsuit abuse fuels rising prices

There seems to be no end in sight for the nationwide supply chain crunch that is crippling our nation’s economy. For small…

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Legislators need to tackle Florida’s lawsuit pandemic

Many small businesses across Florida are just now starting to bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic. After a chaotic…

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Mike McCallister: Helping Florida Businesses Starts in the Courtroom

With the COVID-19 delta variant recently impacting the Sunshine State’s economy in a big way, Florida businesses were…

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PAGA DRAGS ON CALIFORNIA’S ECONOMIC RECOVERY

California small businesses are just now beginning to get back on their feet following the chaos caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Unfortunately…

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Louisiana court system needs modernization makeover, study finds

A business-backed study urges a makeover of the state’s court system, including online access to court records and electronic document…

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Fed up with ‘serial’ ADA lawsuits, San Jose business owners seek legislative help

Cesar Pascal, owner of San Jose Mexican restaurant Plaza Garibaldi, got hit with a disability lawsuit six years ago. Attorney expenses piled up…

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California’s legal climate hurting small business owners

California small businesses are still reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, but we shouldn’t be. Every day, more Americans are vaccinated…

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Illinois lawmakers: Please support job-creating small businesses

Inflation is out of control. Business owners can’t fill job openings. The Delta variant is keeping unsustainable restrictions in place on businesses and manufacturers…

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Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week

Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week is observed each October by Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch and civil justice reform organizations across the…

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WVCALA announces Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week

A legal reform group has announced its annual Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week. According to West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse, lawsuits…

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When legal system is abused – as with ‘hurricane lawyers’ – Louisianans pay

Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week is observed each October by Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch and civil justice reform organizations across the…

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Op-Ed: This Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week, Illinois needs a course correction

This week is Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week in Illinois and, shockingly, 2021 has our state’s economy and business community in an…

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Seaver: ADA Reform Needed to Protect Small Businesses

As advocates for small business, the San Jose Chamber of Commerce continues to work on the safe reopening of our economy so…

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Tort Costs Weigh Down Economic Progress

Economic growth is a topic of nearly constant discussion and debate in almost every community around the United States, especially as we…

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Tort Costs Weigh Down Economic Progress

Economic growth is a topic of nearly constant discussion and debate in almost every community around the United States…

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A small business owner speaks out

As a small business owner in Gurnee, I join the thousands of others like me in bracing for a tidal wave of new taxes and wage hikes that our…

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Coronavirus crippled Calif. small businesses. Lawsuit reform can’t come fast enough.

As a small business owner in Bakersfield, I know firsthand how desperate the California small business community is to catch a break during…

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County Commission slashes building fees amid criticism of new spending for building inspectors

Marion County commissioners this week slashed fees for building permits. But, simultaneously, critics denounced the board’s parallel plan for…

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Letter: State policies make it difficult for small businesses to thrive

Illinois workers and businesses have already struggled more than our counterparts in other states during the COVID-19 pandemic…

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Overdue Change to This Law Will Help End California Exodus

The state of California is at a crossroads. Everywhere you look, you can’t escape the political or economic turmoil that makes you feel like the…

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Florida Legislature Needs to Focus on Property Insurance Reform

I want to thank the Florida Legislature for its hard work and wisdom in passing COVID liability protections earlier this year…

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Lawsuits are Driving Up Healthcare Costs

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a wakeup call for many people to start taking their healthcare more seriously…

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‘Florida law, a Property Owner can be Held Liable for an Injury on Their Property’

There is a lot on business owners’ plates, especially as we fully adjust back from the pandemic restrictions. One thing that…

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WVCALA releases Dirty Dozen list of delegates

West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse recently released its annual Dirty Dozen list of delegates that have received…

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Oil and gas defendants fighting abusive coastal suits encouraged by Fifth Circuit jurisdictional ruling

The recent decision issued by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in favor of oil and gas defendants fighting unfounded…

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Springfield, small businesses need your help

There are no two ways about it. Illinois small businesses are in a heap of trouble. As a business owner myself, I know…

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The decision by Democrats in the Illinois Legislature to redraw the state’s supreme court map was terribly misguided

The decision by Democrats in the Illinois Legislature to redraw the state’s supreme court map was terribly misguided…

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Appeals court rules Louisiana oil-and-gas lawsuits must be heard in federal court

A federal appeals court has dealt a blow to proponents of dozens of environmental lawsuits aimed at oil and gas…

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Understanding the Impact of Excessive Litigation on Small Business

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it was troubling to see news stories about potential lawsuits against small…

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Veteran business owners deserve protection

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit all Floridians hard, but veterans are struggling more than most. From rising health-care…

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Op-Ed: Enough is enough, it’s time to support businesses

Our state lawmakers have engaged in a continuous campaign to stack the odds against Illinois small businesses…

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The healthcare community deserves protection

Since the beginning of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, healthcare workers have been at the forefront of the fight…

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State is struggling with lawsuit glut

Florida is home to millions of seniors and retirees on fixed incomes who want nothing more than to enjoy the Sunshine…

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Stop Lawsuit Abuse

Next time you drive down the road, take a look at the vehicles in the lanes next to you. You may see a plumber in a…

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Reform PAGA To Protect Small Businesses

Members of California’s small business community are just now getting back on their feet following the devastation…

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Court Rulings Provide Different Direction in California Wage and Hour Litigation

Recent court rulings that have found for employers in wage statement cases may have bucked a trend, but it remains to…

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California’s Private Attorneys General Act must be overhauled

California’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) has made the Golden State even more golden for trial attorneys…

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Op-Ed: Let’s stop lawsuits from impacting business

The past two years in Illinois have been especially difficult. The coronavirus pandemic has caused an immeasurable…

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Kinzinger’s Big Haul – Latino Caucus’ Map Moves—Cook County Strike Scoop

Former GOP state chair says Supreme Court maps use “flawed data”…

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Opinion: Tort reform is needed for small business COVID recovery

Half of our country’s workforce is employed in small business. Unlike large corporations, some of which grew during the…

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Art Halaby | Lawmakers Must Reform PAGA

Small businesses make up the backbone of California’s economy. Throughout the pandemic, these entities fought to stay…

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Help California’s businesses, repeal PAGA

Shortly after Dee Dee Myers became director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-BIZ)…

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WV delegates that have received the most contributions from the personal injury lawsuit industry; Report

Today, West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse released its annual Dirty Dozen list of delegates that have received…

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PHILLIP PETERS: Private Attorneys General Act dogs Golden State businesses

California is home to one of the nation’s most vibrant small business communities. The good folks who own and operate…

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Guest column: The economic impact frivolous lawsuits cost Florida

All Floridians could use a monetary bonus, one that would help the bottom line of every family, each business — large or…

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Op-ed: Peter Kopsaftis

The pandemic posed many challenges to my business. Like others, my office had to adjust to working remotely and…

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Shut down meritless coronavirus-related lawsuits that force businesses to settle

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has exposed many of Florida’s vulnerabilities. As we finally return to some sense of…

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Legal reform advocate lauds SB 43 as necessary to protect patients from misleading lawyer advertising

A legal reform advocate is hopeful that Gov. John Bel Edward will approve a bill that reins in trial lawyer advertising based…

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Op-Ed: Lawmakers need to redo the Supreme Court redistricting process

As an attorney and former Illinois lieutenant governor, I take our state court system very seriously, especially the highest…

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Small Businesses Need Help

Over the past year, one of the heartbreaking side effects of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the loss of so many local…

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Gov. Abbott’s approval of lawsuit reforms continues important progress, says TALA

Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse has issued a statement regarding Gov. Greg Abbott’s approval of lawsuit reforms passed…

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Voice of the Reader: Stop hitting up small businesses

As a CPA, I see many small business clients. Across Illinois, small businesses are working hard to recover from the…

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Problematic Lawsuits

As a recent Cal Lutheran graduate, I have seen firsthand how difficult the job market can be for local residents seeking…

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CALA releases annual report on tort reform

Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse recently released an annual economic study, finding that the country continues to be…

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George Nethercutt: The right way to battle opioid abuse in Washington state

As we begin to turn the corner on the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, it is important not to forget about…

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Calif. Survival Damages Bill Would Cost Cos., Consumers

S.B. 447, a piece of legislation being championed by the tort bar in the California Legislature, will dramatically increase…

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Runaway litigation harmful to small business

As a former small hotelier, I know that two over-looked champs for our economy are the small restaurants and hotels…

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Katie Morris: A Veto of SB 54 Will Protect Consumers

The ideas behind the development of legislation reforming or reorganizing Florida’s automobile insurance are well intended…

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Lawmakers pause sex abuse bill as critics cast doubt on constitutionality

The House Judiciary Committee postponed a vote on legislation that would give victims of past sexual abuse access to the…

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Attorney General Hunter to Resign from Office

Attorney General Mike Hunter has announced he will be stepping down as Oklahoma’s attorney general effective June 1…

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Things Starting To Feel More Normal

After the recent lifting of mask mandates for those with COVID-19 vaccinations by the CDC and West Virginia following…

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Letter to the Editor: Extend Liability Protections for Health Care Workers

Dear Editor, I am a registered nurse at Rush University Medical Center, and I’m writing to echo the sentiments that all…

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CALA: We must rein in lawsuits against commercial vehicle owners and operators

Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse leaders are applauding legislation aimed at reining in lawsuits against commercial vehicle…

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Louisiana needs tort reform as new report shows billions in economic and wage losses

Last year’s tort reforms notwithstanding, Louisiana is still sustaining billions in lost economic activity and wages, not…

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Coupled with the Governor’s tax hikes, SB 72 would bring soaring litigation costs that threaten to wipe out thousands of small businesses in Illinois

Dear Editor, Coupled with the Governor’s tax hikes, SB 72 would bring soaring litigation costs that threaten to wipe out…

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