Times Union: State Laws Open Doors to Excessive Lawsuits

GavelThe Albany Times Union recently published a letter to the editor written by LRANY’s Executive Director, Thomas B. Stebbins in response to a recent lawsuit filed against Speaker Sheldon Silver which his office deemed “frivolous”

An excerpt:

“Recent news that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is facing a lawsuit (“Lawsuit: Silver breached ‘contract,'” Oct. 15) that his office deems “frivolous” is ironic, given that it has been reported for years that Speaker Silver has opposed reforms that would reduce the amount of frivolous lawsuits in New York.

Our state is one of the most litigious states in the most litigious country in the world due in large part to our outdated state laws. The most glaring example is the Scaffold Law, an absolute liability standard that exists only in New York and a favorite of the powerful trial lawyer lobby.”

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