March 30, 2016
$10 Million “Ugly” Lawsuit Dismissed, but Highlights Need for Legislative Change
“While we are thrilled that the lawsuit against Collette McLafferty has been dismissed, it is a tragic indictment of our system that this case was not dismissed years ago. Collette has incurred tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees from a man she has never met, and her courtroom struggle continues as she now has to go to court yet again, in hopes of recovering her legal fees.
Further, we are disappointed the court denied Collette’s “abuse of process” claim. Collette’s case received international attention precisely because its abusive nature. If this case does not constitute an abuse of process, what case does? The bar of what constitutes abuse under New York law seems so high that we have to wonder if there is any bar at all.
This lawsuit so clearly illustrates the dire need for legislative action to guide our courts and prevent people like Collette from being exploited by our legal system and those who abuse it.”
-Tom Stebbins, Executive Director, Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York
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Contact: Phoebe Stonbely | PStonbely@LRANY.org | 518.512.5265
The Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York (LRANY) is a nonpartisan not-for-profit association of businesses, professionals, healthcare providers, membership organizations, taxpayers, and concerned citizens committed to changing New York’s legal system to help create jobs and energize our economy.