THERE IS REASONS WHY AOL HATES LAWSUITS
AOL’s current article on “Most Outrageous Lawsuits” is ridiculous. There are reasons why AOL hates trial lawyers and it has nothing to do with lawyers–it has to do with their own actions. For example:
- Just this week, AOL “agreed” to pay $246 million to compensate the University of California because AOL allegedly inflated it stock price prior to its merger with Time-Warner by misrepresenting its sales, revenues and subscriber numbers.
- Last month, Time Warner reached agreements to pay $405 million to settle lawsuits related to past accounting problems at AOL.
- In December of 2006, AOL settled a securities fraud case for $50 million with the state of Alaska.
- In September of 2006, AOL members joined together in a class action suing AOL for violating their privacy by posting their search queries online.
- In January 2006, AOL settled a class action for $25 millions after the company was accused of wrongfully billing its customers.
- In 2005, Time Warner settled a $2.4 billion securities fraud lawsuit stemming from their misstatement of advertising revenue on the eve of its merger with AOL.
- In 2004, AOL settled two class actions that claimed it had continued to bill plaintiffs after their subscriptions were canceled.
Yes, AOL and other big corporations and insurance companies would love to convince the general public that there are too many lawsuits–then maybe they wouldn’t have to be held accountable for their bad acts.
Our jury system works. The American people that make up our juries are smart enough and can be trusted enough to listen to all the facts of a case and award verdicts that are substantiated by the evidence. Corporations and big business try to convince us otherwise. They promote legislation that capped the American juries’ ability to award what is determined fair. They want lawsuits eliminated–of course, unless they are the ones filing the lawsuits.
Law cases are decided by people, not corporations! If the American people who listen to the facts (and not simply hears bits and pieces) determine there is no case, they are smart enough to know not to award damages. In the same light, they are smart enough to award verdicts that they determine are fair under the particular facts of that case.
I don’t agree with every jury verdict, but I do feel that you and I are safer with American people deciding cases and not corporations who propagandize the general public about tort reform.
I’m a trial lawyer and proud of it. I will listen to any American who feels they were wronged by someone. If the case warrants, I will let a jury of Americans decide the damages. That’s the American way–not having corporations and insurance companies spouting half-truths about our jury system.
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