Oppose SB 334 Today and Stop Personal Injury Trial Lawyers From Making Florida a More Expensive Place to Live


Did you know that Florida has one of the worst legal climates in the country (ranked 44th of the 50 states)? Florida’s legal climate costs households $3400 in a “lawsuit abuse tax” thanks to the amount and cost of litigation.

Job creators look at many factors when deciding to move to or expand their business and a bottom-10 legal climate only deters economic growth. We should be working to improve our legal climate. However, on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, the Florida Senate Judiciary Committee might take a step in the opposite direction. The Judiciary Committee will take up SB 334, sponsored by Sen. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota), related to “Prejudgment Interest.”

SB 334 allows interest to be charged on damages from the date the injury or tort occurred, not from the date the legal decision was made, as is the current law. Delays in the legal system, which might not be due to the defendant, will only further drive up the cost of personal injury lawsuits against Floridians and businesses. Attorney fees will also be subject to interest, only further increasing the incentive to delay cases. The result is that more companies will be forced to “settle” lawsuits to avoid increased legal costs as a result of additional interest in a drawn out legal system.

Contact Senators on the Judiciary Committee and tell them Florida’s legal climate is bad enough without another job-killing, trial lawyer-backed bill.

Florida Chamber Launches TV Campaign In ‘Charlie’s Own Words’

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New TV Ad Includes Charlie Crist Admitting He’s a Trial Lawyer

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (October 17, 2014) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce, through its Florida Chamber of Commerce Alliance, Inc., today launched a television campaign highlighting the fact that Charlie Crist is a trial lawyer. Because of Florida’s lawsuit abuse problem and agendas of personal injury trial lawyers like Charlie, the average family in Florida pays an annual lawsuit abuse tax of $3,400.

“Governor Rick Scott has Florida’s economy moving in the right direction again, and the last thing Florida needs is another trial lawyer in Tallahassee,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “The trial lawyer agenda and lawsuit abuse hurts families and small businesses the most. Voters deserve to know that Charlie is a trial lawyer whose firm makes millions of dollars suing small businesses and families.”

“What we’re doing is helping educate voters so they will know the difference between job creators like Governor Rick Scott and trial lawyers like Charlie Crist,” said Wilson. “Knowingly violating the debate rules is consistent with a candidate who changes parties and positions based on political expediency.”

As poll after poll shows, more than 70 percent of Florida voters believe trial lawyers are more interested in making money than taking care of their clients.

“As the Florida Chamber focuses on job creation and making Florida more competitive, it’s time to say no to trial lawyers like Charlie,” said Wilson.

Transcript of the Florida Chamber’s Latest Ad:

Rick Scott added over 600,000 jobs.

Trial lawyer Charlie lost over 800,000 jobs.

Rick Scott has Florida’s economy headed in the right direction.

“I’m a trial lawyer,” says Charlie Crist.

Trial lawyers like Crist hurt our economy

But Florida’s on the right track with Rick Scott

The last thing we need are more trial lawyers

So give Charlie a call and let him know

Oh, and if he’s out suing someone, leave him a message

 

 

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Established in 1916 as Florida’s first statewide business advocacy organization, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations, aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.