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The Journal News: Past Time to Scrap Scaffold Law

The Journal News recently ran an opinion editorial about New York’s antiquated ‘Scaffold Law’ which was written by LRANY’s Scott Hobson.   The piece explains our state’s desperate need to reform this unfair law. An excerpt: “New York’s “Scaffold Law” remains the last in the nation, a relic of bygone days and an unsightly monument [...]

Crain’s New York Editorial: New York’s Stupidest Law

Crain’s New York Business ran an editorial today titled New York’s Stupidest Law - the law this is referring to? The New-York-only ‘Scaffold Law’ which holds building owners and contractors absolutely liable for “elevation related injuries,” regardless of the facts of the case or the real liability for the injury. An excerpt: “The scaffold law has been on the [...]

Greed and Insanity Run in the Family

By: Michael Seinberg What’s crazier? Giving away a $460,000 Lamborghini to your contractor or suing a bank for letting you? Now, we all know how tough it is to find a trustworthy contractor, but is the car plus $600,000 a sign of insanity or just thanks for a job well done? Sad to say, a [...]

What Trial Lawyers and Ticks Have in Common: They Spread Lyme Disease

By: Michael Seinberg In 1975, Dr. Allen Steere was sent to Connecticut to investigate a strange cluster of children who had developed arthritis. After diligent research, Dr. Steere and his colleagues discovered the disease we now know as Lyme disease also finding that ticks were the cause. By the early 1990s, two major pharmaceutical companies [...]

Times Union: Proposal Right Down Their Alley

Today, the Albany Times Union shared an article explaining a piece of legislation which would alleviate liability for local small businesses;  bowling alleys. The bill states that if proprietors place signs warning of the dangers of wearing bowling shoes outside, they would in turn be protected from the subsequent lawsuits from slip-and-falls.  This is a very common sense measure which would [...]

Letter: Lawsuit lending a form of legal loan sharking

A response written by LRANY Executive Director, Thomas B. Stebbins, was recently shared in the Albany times Union.  This piece highlighted how lawsuit lending is a form of legal loan sharking. Under this deceptive practice, lawsuit lenders insist that because borrowers are not required to repay if they lose their case, their products are not [...]

VIDEO: Tom Stebbins Discusses Scaffold Law Reform With The Poughkeepsie Journal
New York Daily News: Shark Patrol

The New York Daily News recently ran a piece written by LRANY Executive Director, Thomas B. Stebbins on the dangers of lawsuit lending.  The piece recognizes the Daily News for writing about this topic then calls for further action to prevent this predatory practice. An excerpt: “Kudos to the Daily News Editorial Board for rightly [...]

Paying Off Careless People

By: Michael Seinberg The economic and social cost of lawsuits are well-known and much discussed, especially here in New York State, where taxpayers are on the hook for over a billion dollars annually for settlements and judgments. This issue was brought into very sharp focus recently during a contentious city council meeting in Troy, NY. [...]

Crain’s New York Letter: Jobless Bill Will Backfire

A letter to the editor which was written by LRANY Executive Director, Tom Stebbins, was run in this week’s Crain’s New York Business. The letter spoke to the major problems and high potential for a landslide of lawsuits with a recent enactment in NYC of a law to allow rejected job applicants to sue for alleged discrimination based [...]