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"After Katrina, courts flooded by lawsuits"



If you've been reading Point of Law and Overlawyered, the January 15 USA Today front-pager on post-Katrina litigation doesn't tell you much you don't already know, and, worse, tells things almost exclusively from the plaintiffs' side without distinguishing between the reasonable and unreasonable lawsuits. But one new entertaining tidbit is how quick the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association is to abandon typical plaintiffs-bar rhetoric about the critical importance of the jury system when that system is an obstacle to a payday. It remains to be seen whether the post-Katrina demographics of a New Orleans where over half of the population has left (and those who have returned are generally wealthier than those who left) will continue to be such an unfriendly litigation environment for business.

 

 


Isaac Gorodetski
Project Manager,
Center for Legal Policy at the
Manhattan Institute
igorodetski@manhattan-institute.org

Katherine Lazarski
Press Officer,
Manhattan Institute
klazarski@manhattan-institute.org

 

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The Manhattan Insitute's Center for Legal Policy.