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The "Trial Lawyers Appreciation Act of 2007"
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Also known as the Energy Bill.

Brian Faughnan at the Weekly Standard's blog puts us on to a real doozie contained in the House version of the pending Energy Bill (and that is a bill that deserves a number of posts all by its lonesome):

According to Brian, a section of the bill contains a provision which allows "anyone 'harmed' by global warming to bring suit against any federal agency that fails to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions as required in the legislation. Plaintiffs are specifically authorized to recover $1.5 million, and to be compensated for legal fees win or lose, as long as the court determines it to be 'appropriate.'[emphasis mine]

Nice little perk, eh? And what would the law of, well in this case, intended consequences bring us? Congressman Darrel Issa describes it pretty well:
Mr. Chairman, this piece of legislation is a license for an unlimited amount of suits against the government by the extreme environmental groups. In fact, this bill pays a $75,000 bounty on top of unlimited legal fees to anyone who sues the government even if, in fact, that suit is based on this body's failure to act. Yes. Lawyers will be telling us, by suing us, that we must do more, and there will be no controls. They can sue in all 92 locations around the country. They can sue for any reason. We will have to pay the bill. When they lose, too bad. When they win, they get paid for taking from us not only 100 percent of their legal fees but $75,000 on top of that.

This is a license for America to be held hostage by the trial lawyers. It was deliberate. It was slipped through the committee. They said it was going to be fixed. In fact, nothing has been fixed; and we have been prevented from having an amendment on the House floor. This is undemocratic, and the Democrats know it.
Tell me a lawyer who could resist guaranteed paydays like that? And who wrote this thing ... John Edwards?
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Previous Comments to this Post 

This ranks with the "all time greats" of proposed legislative stupidities. This is on a par with the proposed law setting pi = 3 (yes, I know the Alabama story was an urban legend, but the 1897 Indiana one was not, according to Snopes).

Please, please, let us find out who inserted this into the bill. Such a person is not fit for office. In fact, such a person is not fit for much of anything. I can’t think of a job I would trust to anyone this mendacious and/or stupid.
Written By: Billy Hollis
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Hollis: "Please, please, let us find out who inserted this into the bill. Such a person is not fit for office. In fact, such a person is not fit for much of anything. I can’t think of a job I would trust to anyone this mendacious and/or stupid."

Maybe you don’t but a majority of the people in that sleazeball’s district did trust him/her (and I’ll bet they re-elected him/her several times).

Written By: Sharpshooter
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Wow, seems like a ridiculous plan! Interesting blog though. Thanks for the read!

I came across another interesting blog post at . It’s about lawyer’s websites and Search Engine Optimization. The site has a really good video that provides useful insights. What I found really interesting was the fact that this small San Diego legal directory has been generating over 10,000 unique visitors per month! So obviously, I think their SEO tips are very noteworthy.
Written By: gold nugget

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