Reaction to the Sentencing of Mel Weiss

By June 2, 2008Briefly Legal
  • American Tort Reform Association: “Weiss Sentencing Prompts ATRA to Again Press Congress for Hearings into Potentially Widespread Trial Lawyer Misconduct.” ATRA President Sherman Tiger Joyce:

    If Congress has time to investigate steroid use in baseball and the videotaping of defensive play-calling in professional football, one would think it could find time to investigate whether our civil courts are being routinely corrupted by those who can profit handsomely in doing so.

  • House Republican Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-OH): “Boehner Repeats Call for Congressional Hearings on Milberg Weiss Scandal as Another Trial Lawyer is Sentenced to Jail.

    “Earlier this year, I joined with Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) in calling on House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to schedule a hearing to examine the Milberg Weiss scandal and its impact on American families. To date, there has been no response from the Democratic leadership at all. The Democrat-led Congress is sitting idle in the face of this threat to our economy.

  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce, ChamberPost blog, Lisa Rickard, “Weiss Not a ‘Robin Hood’ in Kickback Scheme“:

    It is time for Congress to investigate this scandal, look into the growing culture of greed and corruption permeating the plaintiffs’ bar, and repair confidence in America’s civil justice system.

  • Wall Street Journal Law Blog, “Weiss v. Lerach: Analyzing Two Sentences
  • Walter Olson,, posts and links.
  • Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), in The Associated Press story:

    Mr. Weiss’ trip to federal prison is just the latest sad chapter in a series of scandals where high-flying trial lawyers have abused plaintiffs, investors and the legal system.

  • American Association for Justice:……………..
  • Oh, right.

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