Representative Tom Leek Puts Consumers Ahead of Billboard Trial Lawyers with Bill Stopping Scare Tactics Aimed at Seniors

By: Edie Ousley

TALLAHASSEE, FL (February 3, 2020) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce continues turning up the pressure on Florida’s bottom five legal climate, joining Governor Ron DeSantis and legislative leaders to take on billboard trial lawyers. Lawsuit abuse impacts all Floridians, costing the average family $4,442 each year in lawsuit abuse ‘taxes.’

On the latest edition of the Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line, Representative Tom Leek explains why it’s important to put consumers ahead of billboard lawyers – particularly those that are deploying scare tactics aimed at seniors. Rep. Leek’s legal advertising bill, CJS2, will be heard Tuesday in the Civil Justice Subcommittee.

Rep. Leek also discusses accuracy in damages and asbestos trust claims.

Accuracy in Damages: This legislation allows a jury to see the usual and customary amount of a medical service, ensuring the cost of medical care is not inflated specifically for personal injury cases, and effectively curtailing the gamesmanship being used with letters of protection. (HB 9)

Asbestos Trust Claims: This legislation brings transparency to the trust claim process and ensures that claims move legitimately through the judicial process. (HB 741)

Asbestos Trust Claims: This legislation brings transparency to the trust claim process and ensures that claims move legitimately through the judicial process. (HB 741)

Predatory Practices by Lawsuit Lenders: This legislation provides greater transparency to help ensure that consumers understand the terms of the loan and that all parties of the case are aware that others could benefit from the outcome of the case. (HB 7041)

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