Entries by Phoebe Stonbely

Politico – Trial lawyers prep for war on Perry

America’s trial lawyers are getting ready to make the case against one of their biggest targets in years: Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Among litigators, there is no presidential candidate who inspires the same level of hatred — and fear — as Perry, an avowed opponent of the plaintiffs’ bar who has presided over several rounds of tort […]

NBC New York – Taxpayers Pick Up NYC’s $6B Lawsuits Bill

New York City doled out an astounding $6 billion in judgments and settlements in 10 years, some for bizarre claims of injury resulting from biting in a kindergarten classroom, tripping in a Lincoln Center parking lot, and slipping on bus steps, according to the New York Post. Last year alone, the city shelled out $520.6 million […]

Malpractice Update-Peninsula Hospital Closing

The news that the Peninsula Hospital in Far Rockaway is closing is all too familiar. New York is facing an unprecedented medical liability crisis and the cost of insurance continues to outpace all other measures. New Yorkers pay more than $130 million annually in taxes to subsidize the cost of malpractice insurance, yet the premiums […]

New York Post-Thanks for the doctors, New York

  Texas attorney Joseph M. Nixon’s piece in the New York Post this week tells the story of two New York doctors who fled New York’s horrendous legal climate for doctor-friendly Texas, where medical liability rates are much lower.  New York taxpayers paid to educate and train these doctors, but New York law forced them […]

Minivan-drownings suit could cost taxpayers plenty

We as New Yorkers were devastated when we heard the tragic news that LaShanda Armstrong killed herself and three of her four children on April 12 when she drove her minivan into the Hudson River. But New Yorkers should be outraged at the recent news that LaShanda’s estranged boyfriend, Jean Pierre, is suing both the […]

Pay for Lawsuits Before They’ve Been Filed?

The proposal by state comptroller Thomas DiNapoli to set up a lawsuit slush fund paid for by fees from gas drillers shows how backward New York’s legal system really is.  To ask businesses to pay for lawsuits that do not exist is to pour blood in the water and invite trial attorneys to file lawsuits […]

Letter to the Editor, Comments Show Broad Support for LRANY

Last week, LRANY’s Executive Director Tom Stebbins’ letter to the editor was picked up in papers across New York, from Westchester to Buffalo.  This week, two responses have run and both show broad support for LRANY’s position.  One, from the president of the Trial Lawyers Association, is not surprisingly negative, but the comment section reveals […]

‘Lawsuit lottery’ must be limited

The recent Washington County home explosion which killed five is being investigated but not just by the proper authorities but also by a local law firm looking, on behalf of the victims’ families, for someone to sue.  Surely, if there was negligence or wrongdoing in this instance, someone should be held accountable the victims compensation but […]