FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Albany, NY (November 20, 2014)- Earlier this year, Collette McLafferty’s life was turned upside down.
Without warning, the successful Manhattan singer and songwriter was served with a $10 million lawsuit by a P!nk cover band co-creator and personal injury lawyer Charles Bonfonte. The lawsuit alleges that McLafferty and her fellow bandmates’ lack of sex appeal and talent hurt his image, thus entitling him to millions in damages.
McLafferty said the absurd and offensive lawsuit left her “numb” and “traumatized.” But she refuses to sit quietly on the sidelines. “I would say I’m in the ‘anger phase’ right now,” she said in a recent interview on YNN Albany’s Capital Tonight program.
Working with the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York (LRANY), she has vowed to use her new-found publicity to champion legal reforms to prevent lawsuit abuse. On November 19th, she traveled to Albany to speak as the keynote at the organization’s annual lawsuit reform summit, where advocates unveiled a new proposal to curb abusive lawsuits and help victims of lawsuit abuse get justice.
The proposal, informally dubbed “Collette’s Law,” will take aim at frivolous lawsuits by allowing courts to require those who file meritless actions to pay the other party’s legal costs, increasing sanctions for plaintiffs who file frivolous lawsuits, and broadening the definition of conduct which may be considered frivolous. Tom Stebbins, Executive Director of LRANY said “Too often we see the legal system misused for personal gain or harassment. We need real, common-sense lawsuit reforms to end lawsuit abuse here in New York once and for all.”
“Nobody should have to go through what I’ve been through. This is the first step in the fight for justice for lawsuit abuse victims,” said McLafferty.
See Collette tell her story here