West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse announced on Monday that the theme for this year's Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week is "West Virginia's Lawsuit Lottery." Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week began Monday, Oct. 7 and will continue through Friday, Oct. 11. Each day West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse will be promoting the event across the state and will be releasing a "fact of the day" via social media.
A statewide public opinion survey conducted by WV CALA earlier this year said that a majority of West Virginians believe that if the state legislature passed legal reforms, it would have a positive impact on the economy. Also, the number of people who support the creation of an appellate court increased from 52 percent to 57 percent.
Thomas concluded by saying, "Every year, the American Tort Reform Association identifies the most unfair and out-of-balance legal jurisdictions in the nation and the 'lawsuit lottery' mentality exhibited by too many local personal injury lawyers has caused West Virginia to make the 'Judicial Hellhole' list for 10 consecutive years. Even worse, our state has been ranked dead last every year since 2006 on the litigation fairness survey published by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform."
West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse is a nonprofit citizen watchdog group committed to equal justice for all West Virginians. WV CALA has been fighting lawsuit abuse in the state for more than 15 years, and our organization now has more than 30,000 members located in every county throughout the state. For more information about West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse or to become a member, please visit the website at www.wvcala.org.