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Lawsuits as Extortion

Tort reformers often claim that some vexatious plaintiffs use the tort system as a form of extortion.  The scam goes like this: A plaintiff with a legitimate - but frivolous -  claim will sue a defendant hoping to force a settlement for more than the case is really worth. 

Sadly, this really does happen.  In fact, I know of one vexatious plaintiff who has done this to over 7,000 defendants.  This plaintiff finds someone who has caused them a trivial amount of financial injury - $10 or so - sues them, and forces the defendant to settle for an average amount of $5,000.  Yet tort reform would do nothing to stop these lawsuits.  Why?  Because they're filed by big business.

This article sums it up. 

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