Alabama: tort capital or whipping boy? At the center of the debate is winning plaintiffs' lawyer Jere Beasley
The high punitive damage awards in Alabama tort cases have been used to criticize the tort system and call for tort reform despite the high rate of damages being reduced or thrown out. Jere Beasley, a trial lawyer involved in many of the cases, believes that the high awards are not sending businesses out of Alabama except for businesses with shady practices. Only about 10 out of 1,200 insurance companies left Alabama in 1994. One possible reason for the awards is the lack of state consumer protection laws and regulations.
Publication Name: ABA Journal
Bike gang is called an international racket; but the members on trial claim entrapment and point to charitable work they've done
Members of the Outlaws motorcycle club in Florida claim that the government entrapped them to support its claims that they act as an international crime syndicate. The 16 gang members on trial in federal court are accused of 49 counts based on 51 violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). Alleged acts include murder, theft, arson, extortion, and more. Club members point to charitable acts and say government agents proposed the criminal acts, many of which involved drugs.
Publication Name: The National Law Journal
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