New York Needs Mandate Relief Not More Lawsuits

On the final day of the legislative session, just hours before its’ end, a bill was quickly and stealthily introduced and passed in both houses. The “Uniform Notice of Claims Act” (S.7641/A.10657) while commendable in its intent, will have serious ramifications for taxpayers and local governments if enacted. Ultimately, the bill will increase costs, putting [...]

NJLRA: Thanks for saving my life. That’ll cost you $5 million.

New Jersey Lawsuit Reform Alliances‘ AnnMarie McDonald recently blogged about a ridiculous  lawsuit that stuck New Jersey last week. This is a second crazy lawsuit as of late to hit the garden state following the New Jersey woman suing a little league player. “One of the comments on may have said it best: “Instead of suing she should be making [...]

WCNY: Liu Warns Bike Share Program May Lead to More Lawsuits for City

New York City Comptroller John Liu recently expressed concern over potential litigation against the city following the launch of the Citi Bike bike share program.  This echoes the recent decision in a small town in Washington State to eliminate their helmet law because of potential lawsuits due to lack of enforcement. Will liability fears destroy a good public program? WCNY [...]

Guest Viewpoint: Lawsuit Expansion Would Hurt Taxpayers

An opinion editorial written by LRANY Executive Director, Thomas B. Stebbins, was run in three Gannett publications today: The Ithaca Journal, Elmira Star Gazette and The Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin.  The piece explains a stealthy move made by the New York State Legislature in the final hours of session to pass legislation which would increase costs [...]

Judge Should Throw The Bum Out!

By Michael Seinberg  An 11-year-old little league catcher is being sued for $500,000 by a New Jersey woman who was hit by an overthrown ball two years ago while she was a spectator at a game. That is not a misprint. You have not slipped into the Twilight Zone. It seems that when 11-year old [...]

Radio Interview: Tom Stebbins on The Capitol Pressroom

Click here to listen to the radio interview with LRANY Executive Director, Tom Stebbins, on The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter this morning.

LRANY Executive Director to Be on The Capitol Pressroom at 11am

LRANY Executive Director, Tom Stebbins, will be a guest on The Capitol Pressroom this morning at 11am with host Susan Arbetter.  Be sure to listen in to hear him discuss the need for lawsuit reform in New York and solutions to improve our litigious state. Follow this link to stream the show live at 11am.

For Immediate Release: Instead of Mandate Relief, Legislature Delivers Lawsuits to Municipalities

As New York State’s cities and towns struggle under the burden of rising costs, last night, just hours before the end of the legislative session, the Legislature passed a law making it easier for plaintiffs to sue municipalities and public entities.  Rather than provide municipalities with promised mandate relief, both houses of the legislature passed [...]

2011-2012 Post-Session Update

By: Scott Hobson On June 21st the Senate and Assembly adjourned at the call of the Majority Leader and Speaker, signaling the end of the 2012 legislative session. Throughout the session, the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York actively engaged elected officials and advocacy groups to fight for meaningful lawsuit reform and defeat efforts to [...]

Brooklyn Youth Sues School for $15M Over Bullying, Eye Injury

By: Michael Seinberg A 14-year-old Brooklyn youth is suing the NYC Department of Education for $15 million after he claims he lost sight in his right eye as a result of injuries he sustained after an attack by bullies in the cafeteria. The school district indicates that two students have been arrested and they are [...]