Next Up, Lawsuit Loan Sharks

By: Phoebe Stonbely The Times Union recently reported that Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has reached an agreement with Western Sky for charging interest rates up to 355% (“Schneiderman settles with ‘sky’ high lenders”).  Now is the time for Mr. Schneiderman and our elected officials to aim to stop the similarly predatory practice of ‘lawsuit lending.’ […]

For Immediate Release: New York Tort Reform Advocates Launch ‘Frivolous Lawsuit Generator’

“You are suing for emotional distress because your oversized novelty sunglasses did not make you more popular” Albany, NY– Media reports of outlandish or ridiculous lawsuits have become increasingly common, spurring renewed calls for legal reform. To highlight the issue, the nonprofit Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York (LRANY) has launched a new app which […]

Times Union: Dismantle Scaffold Law to Help Fund Education

This Sunday, the Albany Times Union shared a letter to the editor written by LRANY Executive Director, Thomas B. Stebbins, addressing recent lawmakers calling for additional education funding and pointing to reform of the ‘Scaffold Law’ as a source for those funds. An excerpt: “The 83 Democratic lawmakers who recently called for additional education funding […]

LRANY Video Series: “Joint and Several” Liability

This week, to continue LRANY’s video series, we bring you a video on ‘joint and several’ liability.  The legal doctrine of joint and several liability is a theory which permits a plaintiff to recover damages from multiple defendants collectively, or from each defendant individually. Under this doctrine, a defendant who is only 1% responsible can […]

LRANY Video Series: Most Ridiculous Lawsuit of 2013

This week, to continue the LRANY monthly video series: the Most Ridiculous Lawsuit of the Month, we are going to switch things up a bit.   As last month marked the end of 2013, we bring you the most ridiculous lawsuit of the year. In February of 2013 we came across a story of a 32 […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Response to Governor Cuomo’s 2014 State of the State

Response to Governor Cuomo’s 2014 State of the State Statement from Tom Stebbins, Executive Director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York   “If Governor Cuomo wants to achieve his goals of universal pre-K, infrastructure improvements and the construction of new affordable housing, without raising taxes, he should take aim at reforming the state’s antiquated Scaffold […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Lawsuit Reform Group Sends Letter Detailing Legal Fixes to NYC Mayor de Blasio

Today, the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York (LRANY), a New York-based tort reform group, sent a detailed letter to NYC mayor Bill de Blasio highlighting legal reforms that could free up taxpayer money for the new mayor’s stated priorities, including universal pre-K, affordable housing, and stopping the spate of hospital closures. The letter points […]