Small businesses are driving job growth in the U.S. creating 64% of the new jobs over the past 15 years. Unfortunately, small businesses are threatened by increased liability and workers' comp costs.
The American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) and the US Chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform released a joint report today entitled, “Trial lawyer Underground: Covertly Lobbying the Executive Branch”, a report documenting a nearly seven-year expansion of civil liability at the expense of investment, innovation and economic competitiveness. From their release: “In defense of lawmakers and […]
The US Chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) has released its 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States. South Carolina improved three spots since the last report in 2012, moving from 39th to 36th. South Carolina still has much room for improvement. The survey news release states that “75 percent of attorneys at U.S. companies say a […]
On Wednesday, June 3, 2015, SC lawmakers passed House Bill H.3266, the Trespasser Responsibility Act bill, by a 41-1 vote in the Senate and a 94-0 concurrence vote in the House. Governor Haley has signed the bill into law. The bill, now Act No.65, codifies the common law and its limitations on liability by land […]
April 2, 2015 http://www.wsj.com/articles/tiger-joyce-how-the-tort-juggernaut-trolls-for-clients-1428016906 OPINION How the Tort Juggernaut Trolls for Clients Judges and juries have begun to expose the fraud behind many injury claims. The FTC should dig into it too. By TIGER JOYCE It has been more than 15 years since former Supreme Court Justice David Souter referred to asbestos litigation […]
One needs to look no further than U.S. Bankruptcy Judge George Hodges’ Garlock Sealing Technologies decision in a Charlotte federal court last year or the recent resignation of NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, in light of his indictment on asbestos fraud charges, to begin to understand the degree of fraud and abuse that exits in asbestos litigation and trusts […]
By Mikee Johnson Guest Columnist The State Newspaper March 5, 2015 Frivolous lawsuits victimize South Carolina’s citizens and businesses, and it’s time this stops. There are three areas of tort reform that must be a top priority in this year’s legislative session. If someone cuts a leg on a barbed-wire fence while he’s trespassing, the […]
The South Carolina Civil Justice Coalition (SCCJC) serves as the united voice for the business community on tort and workers' compensation issues; coordinating lobbying, legal, grassroots and public relations activities.