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    Tag: Ambulance Chasers

    Dems Resurrect Trial Lawyer Enhancement Act to Pay-Off Ambulance Chasers

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Tue Oct 11, 2011 at 03:05:32 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Democrats, Ambulance Chasers, Drugs, Liability, FDA, Regulations, HB4440, HB4650 (all tags)

    Here we go again.

    Democrat Representatives Lisa Brown and Jim Ananich have each sponsored (with 27 Democratic co-sponsors) a portion and re-introduced the Michigan Trial Lawyer Enhancement Act (House Bills 4440 and 4650).

    Every legislative cycle about this time Michigan Democrats attempt to take advantage of a largely hibernating voting public, sponsoring and passing legislation designed to pay off debts to big-time campaign donors and special interest friends.

    It's the oldest trick in the book.  You campaign as a populist, you tell the people its all about them and then as soon as they aren't looking you start funneling as many perks, favors and giant paydays as possible to your cronies, no matter how many Michigan jobs it'll kill.

    We've talked about this issue before.  We sounded the alert when the Dems tried to do their trial lawyer pals a solid in 2007.  We sounded it again when they took another stab later that year.  They tried it again in 2008 and we were there again in 2009.  ( I Should note on this last, a technical  ahem .. 'complication' truncated some great discussion ... sigh.)

    ~ Continued below the fold ~

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    Ambulance Chasers of the Intellectual Property realm

    By jgillmanjr, Section News
    Posted on Wed Sep 01, 2010 at 09:49:40 AM EST
    Tags: IP, Law, Ambulance Chasers (all tags)

    The WSJ today has a piece on how the ambulance chasers of the IP realm are going after companies who have expired patent numbers on goods.

    From the article:

    Lawyers for product manufacturers now fear clients are liable for up to $500 for every tube of mascara or box of garbage bags marked with an expired patent--an error that turns out to be quite common.

    In recent months, would-be plaintiffs have been fanning out across retail stores and the Internet searching for expired patent numbers on everything from toothpaste to toilet plungers.

    Now that's classy. Of course the reasoning?

    The people behind the suits say they see themselves as consumer advocates, helping to protect legitimate inventors from giant corporations who are pretending to have patents to keep competitors from stepping on their turf.

    "It chills competition, it misleads the public and takes away from the credit patent holders deserve," says Daniel Ravicher, founder and executive director of New York nonprofit Public Patent Foundation, which has filed numerous suits.

    Consumer advocates? Chills competition?

    Let me give some insight: Joe Public isn't going to care about a patent. It means essentially nothing to them. The only people that would care about it are entities looking to produce an identical or similar product. At that point in time, all the said entity has to do is do a quick search to see if the patent is expired or not. You can even type a patent number into google and it will pull it up.

    This has absolutely nothing to do with "consumer advocacy" or false advertising, but rather, it has everything to do with attorneys who probably don't have clients because they're shitty at their profession so they need to make money in unscrupulous ways.

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