New Jersey Spends Over $100 Million Per Year On Public Worker Lawsuits

A recent article in the Star Ledger is getting quite a bit of attention for revealing something the Civil Justice Institute has known for quite some time: we all pay for excessive litigation. The article, which takes an in-depth look at lawsuits filed by public workers, found that over $100 million of taxpayer money is spent on such suits each year.

By |2017-05-04T19:48:03-04:00May 4, 2017|News, Top Stories|0 Comments

Is Litigation the Best Way to Regulate Business?

A number of New Jersey’s state regulatory provisions specify statutory penalties for violations. Having a defined penalty enhances predictability and reduces inconsistent application of the law. When the statutes provide for enforcement actions by individual consumers, the statutory penalty model has the potential to provide the individual with a straightforward means of redress, often without need to even hire an attorney. Attorneys are getting involved though, and it is leading us toward a system where businesses are being regulated one jury at a time.

By |2015-08-21T14:38:32-04:00August 21, 2015|News, Top Stories|0 Comments

Is New Jersey Full of Terrible Attorneys?

Did you know that New Jersey lawyers are 70% more likely than their counterparts nationwide to file a claim with their malpractice insurer? Even attorneys practicing in our notoriously litigious neighboring states face fewer malpractice claims. This suggests that one of two things is going on. Either New Jersey attorneys are awful, or there is something about our legal system that is encouraging excessive litigation. Data provided to the New Jersey Civil Justice Institute by CNA insurance suggests that the latter reason is more likely to blame for the high number of malpractice claims filed in the Garden State.

By |2015-07-31T13:33:41-04:00July 31, 2015|News, Top Stories|0 Comments

New Jersey’s Leviathan

New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act has been expanded over the years by the courts and the legislature to the point where it is no longer focused on protecting consumers from fraud. It is instead a catch-all claim that is pulled into all sorts of disputes - consumers and fraud optional. A few recent cases really illustrate this point.

By |2015-01-08T20:50:38-05:00January 8, 2015|News, Recent News, Top Stories|0 Comments
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