Earlier this week, the branch of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that seeks to limit consumers’ access to the courts published a brief description of what it deemed the 10 “most egregious examples of frivolous and abusive litigation” from 2011. The list is meant to support its argument that the legal system is “packed with frivolous suits.” According to the Chamber, such litigation is an oppressive burden on business (particularly small business) and inflicts a “devastating impact” on society.
But after reviewing the Chamber’s examples of the most egregious abuses of the legal system, we couldn’t help but ask, “Is that all you’ve got?”
The Chamber’s list includes a grand total of zero cases against small businesses.
We also couldn’t find a single instance among the Chamber’s examples in which the plaintiff was actually awarded damages, although we had to look beyond the Chamber’s brief summaries, which conveniently omitted the results of the cases. If businesses really are suffering significant losses from unfounded claims, don’t you think the Chamber would give us some examples?