As The Publish reported Tuesday, New York Metropolis has the doubtful distinction of rating as America’s third-worst “judicial hellhole” — and Nos. 1 and a pair of are complete states.
The parents on the American Tort Reform Basis produce a yearly “Judicial Hellholes” report, which often places the Massive Apple close to the highest . . . or backside, actually.
As ATRF’s president notes, metropolis courts are awash in fits the place “there actually isn’t any explicit sort of damage.” For instance:
- Lawyer C.Ok. Lee allegedly made hundreds of thousands utilizing recruited, visually impaired plaintiffs to shake down companies alleging accessibility issues.
- Queens resident Arik Matatov used the People with Disabilities Act to legally blackmail 50 Manhattan shops for not having wheelchair ramps — till The Publish uncovered him as able-bodied.
- A 2017 research discovered that 22 % of all “frivolous meals lawsuits” nationwide had been filed within the metropolis — over claims like one over a bucket of hen that didn’t seem like the one within the KFC adverts.
- Or the Brooklyn federal swimsuit complaining that famed Greek yogurt maker Chobani is run by a Turk whose manufacturing unit is in upstate New York, not Greece. (After two years of litigation, the corporate settled out of courtroom on undisclosed phrases.)
It’s an enormous enterprise: Metropolis trial attorneys spent $6.four million on 22,000 TV adverts over three months this 12 months to recruit plaintiffs. Additionally they spend massive in Albany — shopping for legislators to forestall reform.
Litigation prices handed alongside to customers ding every New York family an estimated $6,600 a 12 months. Will any lawmaker rise up for the little man towards these parasites?