The Examiner continues its series on America’s skewed system of civil justice, AKA “jackpot justice” where the goal too often becomes a big payout for individuals and lawfirms, with wealth redistribution the end effect. This week in “Lawyers Gone Wild”:
: The story of William Lerach and other “class-action pirates,” now found guilty of kickback schemes to solicit plaintiffs.
With some exceptions.
[Such] a congressional investigation is unlikely, according to Overlawyered.com’s Walter Olson: “We now know that the most prominent and influential law firm in the class action business was crooked from the top down, and that this was an integral part of its business plan over a period of decades.”
But Congress won’t investigate, Olson contends, because “some influential members of the majority in Congress assailed the prosecution when it was announced and must now be embarrassed, if they are embarrass-able at all, by the string of guilty pleas.”
All the more reason, but yes, Olson’s probably correct.
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