PA Coalition for Civil Justice Reform Launches Website
Online Effort Seeks to Prevent Lawsuit Abuse, Identify Problems in the Legal System and Promote Fairness in the Courts
HARRISBURG, PA â€" The statewide organization working to prevent lawsuit abuse this week launched a website designed to identify problems in the legal system and promote fairness in the stateâ€™s courts. The online presence is the latest effort by the Pennsylvania Coalition for Civil Justice Reform (PCCJR) to advocate for reforms to a civil justice system and legal climate that lacks balance and common sense.
â€œPCCJRâ€™s website is designed to be a collaborative space for anyone interested in working to create even-handed laws and fairness in the civil justice system,â€ said Curt Schroder, Executive Director of the PCCJR. â€œOur online presence will allow people to share stories about lawsuits run-a-muck, track legal reform issues and be part of the growing movement to restore sensibilities to our civil court system.â€
In addition to providing current news stories and substantive information regarding civil justice issues, PCCJRâ€™s website invites visitors to become members, sign up for email alerts and asks individuals and business to share their lawsuit horror stories and experiences.
â€œRecent lawsuits over the amount of sugar in jellybeans or a drunk man suing a tavern after he fell off a barstool are no laughing matter,â€ Schroder said. â€œOur message is simple. Even-handed laws and courts benefit all Pennsylvanians and all aspects of life in the commonwealth.â€
Nationally, Pennsylvaniaâ€™s legal climate was ranked below 36 other states by the U.S. Chamberâ€™s Institute for Legal Reform. In addition, The American Tort Reform Association recently cited the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, and Allegheny County courts as being on its Judicial Hellhole â€œWatch List.â€ Areas of Pennsylvania law that have met with criticism include the treatment of mass torts, discovery abuse, evidentiary procedures, excessive awards, unpredictability, forum shopping, and improprieties in state contracting with private attorneys, among others.
The Pennsylvania Coalition for Civil Justice Reform is a 501(c )(6), not-for-profit, nonpartisan advocacy organization comprised of a diverse group of organizations and individuals committed to creating bringing fairness to Pennsylvaniaâ€™s courts by raising awareness of civil justice issues and advocating for legal reform. Additional information is available at http://www.paforciviljusticereform.org, https://www.facebook.com/paciviljustice/ or https://twitter.com/paciviljustice.
Pennsylvania Coalition for Civil Justice Reform