Merriam-Webster defines “frivolous” as something that has “no sound basis in fact or law.”
As this definition suggests, frivolous lawsuits are those that have no merit. And regardless of who is filing the suit, if it has no basis in fact or law, it has no business in our courts.
Lawsuit abuse hurts Louisiana families and small businesses. It steals away job opportunities, compromises our health care and raises the cost of everyday goods and services.
In fact, a new nationwide poll found 89 percent of voters believe lawsuit abuse is a problem. This view spans the political spectrum, with 94 percent of Republicans, 89 percent of Independents and 86 percent of Democrats in agreement.
According to the survey, released by the American Tort Reform Association and the grassroots Sick of Lawsuits organization, 78 percent of respondents say the nation suffers from too many lawsuits, and 73 percent are more likely to vote for a candidate for public office who supports lawsuit-reducing liability reforms.
To see complete results from the poll, visit http://www.ATRA.org. The message is clear: The vast majority of voters are concerned about the impact of rampant litigation on our society and want it to stop.
MELISSA LANDRY, executive director
Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch