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Insurance Lobby says "We market on the Internet, but it's unseemly if Legal Funding companies do."
In a far fetched ploy to malign an industry that helps the little guy in his battle against Big Insurance, the Insurance Lobby, using the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as its front, has attempted to ...
FreeMarkets 04/20/2015 2 2 - -
Arkansas General Assembly misled into eliminating consumer choice with "Lawsuit Lending" law
The proxies of the Insurance Industry flexed their financial muscle and disseminated misinformation to push a gullible Arkansas General Assembly into passing a "Legal Funding" law that will ...
FreeMarkets 04/04/2015 6 4 - -
Arizona Senate sold a bill of goods on Lawsuit Lending reform pushed by insurance industry lobby
Billed as a tort reform initiative and a way to protect consumers, a bill promoted by front groups for the insurance industry lobby to restrict consumers from accessing legal funding (aka lawsuit ...
FreeMarkets 02/28/2015 3 3 - -
The Arizona Chamber mistakes legal funding bill as tort reform progress
The Arizona Chamber is acting like it has a new tort reform trophy in its grasp with recently introduced legislation into the Arizona General Assembly, SB1403, targeting consumer legal funding ...
FreeMarkets 02/16/2015 4 3 - -
Why does Arizona Chamber push for no rate caps agenda yet advocates for rate caps on Legal Funding?
The Arizona Chamber has decided to take a run at capping rates on legal funding in Arizona to push its agenda of banning legal funding as a cornerstone of its tort reform movement. Yet ...
FreeMarkets 02/07/2015 3 5 - -
Legal Funding helps Indiana champion of the little guy stand up to Big Insurance and State Farm
State Farm responds by pushing to prohibit Legal Funding from Indiana through HB 1340 Tomorrow, an Insurance Industry promoted bill (HB1340) sponsored by Indiana State Representatives Matt Lehman ...
FreeMarkets 01/27/2015 5 12 - -
New Jersey set to debate proper way to regulate legal funding industry with Rep. John McKeon bill
The debate over how to properly regulate the legal funding (aka presettlement finance or lawsuit lending) industry has come to the New Jersey General Assembly courtesy of Democratic lawmakers John ...
FreeMarkets 11/02/2014 1 - - -
U.S. Chamber of Commerce defends 17,000% APRs
In its online newsletter, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce expressed its outrage that the head of the CFPB, Richard Cordray, criticized its Big Bank constituents that issue debit cards and offer ATM ...
FreeMarkets 08/15/2014 7 12 1 -
Insurance Companies triumph over Consumers in Tennessee as Legal Funding Firms exit
Last week, the largest national consumer legal funding company, Oasis Legal Finance, announced that it is leaving Tennessee in what is expected to be an exodus of all the national consumer legal ...
FreeMarkets 07/07/2014 11 4 - -
What is in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's wallet, Louisiana?
As previously reported, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and LABI (the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry) went to the well for big insurance and big business in Louisiana recently, ...
FreeMarkets 06/30/2014 1 2 - -
Who will champion Louisiana citizens over aggressive Big Business and Big Insurance initiatives?
Big Business and Big Insurance have not been shy about moving the ball in Louisiana to limit their exposure to litigation and claims for wrong doing in Louisiana. And making the right campaign ...
FreeMarkets 06/24/2014 4 4 1 -
Thurbert Baker's fuzzy math and poor disclosure when US Chamber of Commerce bashing legal funding
Former Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker of McKenna Long and Aldridge is a well paid and articulate advocate for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. So why does General Thurbert Baker neglect to ...
FreeMarkets 04/26/2014 5 - - -
U.S. Chamber of Commerce promotes prohibition of forced arbitration for industry it does not like
A cornerstone of the U.S. Chamber's tort reform movement is to allow companies to force consumers into arbitration and waive their rights to a jury trial. This tort "remedy" apparently unclogs the ...
FreeMarkets 04/24/2014 5 4 - -
Big Insurance stands for competitive and transparent pricing, except wrt Legal Funding industry
CNBC just issued a report titled, "Data mining is now used to set insurance rates; critics cry foul". In the report, CNBC notes that you have to have insurance to buy a house or to drive a car. ...
FreeMarkets 04/17/2014 3 2 - -
Chevron takes out its wrath over commercial investors on consumers needing only $500 lifelines
We may never know what really happened in Lago Agrio, Ecuador more than 20 years ago, but we do know that Chevron has moved heaven and earth to deny relief for environmental damage to a group of ...
FreeMarkets 04/13/2014 4 15 1 -
Insurance Industry and US Chamber have the Tennessee Johnsons push their anti-consumer bill
The Insurance Industry has a friend in both Tennessee State Rep Curtis Johnson and Tennessee State Senator Jack Johnson. The Insurance Industry, and their front group led by the U.S. Chamber of ...
FreeMarkets 04/10/2014 5 2 - -
@USChamber built on shaky ground - power to the money class. Tennessee gets a taste.
The US Chamber of Commerce promotes on its website that its headquarters is built on land that had belonged to Daniel Webster. According to the site, "The U.S. Chamber and the legacy of Daniel ...
FreeMarkets 04/05/2014 3 1 - -
Pitfalls of McCutcheon v. FEC on display in Tennessee House debate
What are the consequences of removing political donation limits? The Insurance Company sponsored bill to run the legal funding industry out of Tennessee provides the perfect example. One industry ...
FreeMarkets 04/03/2014 4 2 - -
US Chamber will try again to push "bad bill" through Tennessee House and onto Tennessee Consumers
The Insurance Industry's version of regulation on the Legal Funding industry is to put the industry out of business - with no negotiations. This "bill to kill" hit the House floor of the Tennessee ...
FreeMarkets 04/02/2014 2 5 - -
Tennessee Republican stands up to preserve economic options for consumers in Tennessee floor debate
Last week, House Bill 1242 went to the floor of the Tennessee General Assembly State House and inspired an hour long debate until the sponsor of the bill rolled the bill another week in the face of ...
FreeMarkets 04/01/2014 1 4 - -
Nashville Hispanic Chamber of Commerce makes stuff up to support Big Insurance bill in Tennessee
Yuri Cunza, CEO of the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, decided to go the route of just making stuff up in the debate over Tennessee HB 1242 going to the floor of the Tennessee House ...
FreeMarkets 03/26/2014 2 1 - -
US Chamber enlists State Farm agents to lobby for Tennessee HB 1242 to deny consumers access to cash
I have an excerpt of what Big Insurance industry agents are saying in their letters to Republican House members of the Tennessee General Assembly on why to support HB 1242, which will ban legal ...
FreeMarkets 03/26/2014 1 2 - -
Will Tennessee Republicans prove tomorrow that they have no free market principles on HB 1242 vote?
Many Republicans in the Tennessee General Assembly have been waging a war on themselves for awhile to prove that they really do not have free market/free enterprise/anti-regulation principles, or at ...
FreeMarkets 03/26/2014 3 2 - -
US Chamber seeks to be on wrong side of history again with lawsuit lending debate in Louisiana
The Louisiana General Assembly is about to hear the same pitch from the US Chamber of Commerce that the Alabama General Assembly just listened to about the lawsuit lending bill they are sponsoring ...
FreeMarkets 03/23/2014 2 2 - -
Business Council of Alabama lays out plan to hurt working class citizens while helping Big Insurance
If the Business Council of Alabama, big insurance conglomerates like State Farm and Allstate, and big business advocacy group the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (and its Tort Reform affiliate the ...
FreeMarkets 03/04/2014 4 1 - -
The Truth about why the US Chamber of Commerce, State Farm, Allstate & Chevron hate Lawsuit Lending
The US Chamber of Commerce has been on an aggressive " truth " campaign about lawsuit lending . The US Chamber and its Institute for Legal Reform have been on an aggressive "truth" campaign on the ...
FreeMarkets 03/01/2014 8 9 1 -
Alabama General Assembly wants to take the fun out of being a welfare recepient
I will take a break for this diary from commenting on legal funding/lawsuit lending, and the US Chamber of Commerce's efforts to deny poor people access to it for another bill coming out of the ...
FreeMarkets 02/28/2014 9 1 - -
General Thurbert Baker attempts ethics opinion without disclosing paid lobbying ties to US Chamber
Former Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker, paid spokesman and lobbyist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its Tort Reform affiliate The Institute for Legal Reform, and now member of the ...
FreeMarkets 02/24/2014 1 - - -
State Farm's 14.5 million reasons to testify against legal funding at Indiana hearing on Lehman bill
State Farm's testimony at an Indiana House of Representatives Insurance Committee Hearing last month on Indiana Representative Lehman's HB1205 seemed a bit out of place. Why did State Farm have a ...
FreeMarkets 02/21/2014 7 22 2 -
LOL - The Tennessee Chamber says they want to protect Tennessee consumers and are against profit!
The latest Tennessee Chamber "Capitol Update" newsletter came out today with a message for State Representatives on the Tennessee House Committee for Consumer and Human resources. We are watching, ...
FreeMarkets 02/13/2014 2 5 - -
Tempers flare at Tennessee Committee on Consumer and Human Resources over HB1242
A recap of this week's Tennessee House Committee on Consumer and Human Resources over HB1242 was recapped in this Knoxville political blog: http://knoxblogs.com/humphreyhill/2014/02/12/lawsuit-...
FreeMarkets 02/13/2014 5 9 1 -
NFIB Tennessee scrutinized over spokesman Jim Brown survey techniques on legal funding question
At a Tennessee State House of Representatives sub-committee hearing on January 28th about legal funding, the NFIB (the National Federation of Independent Business – “Protecting the Future of ...
FreeMarkets 02/07/2014 3 - - -
Will Tennessee Chamber and Tennessee NFIB chapter succeed in banning the color purple?
In the Tennessee Chamber and NFIB led push to ban lawsuit lending in Tennessee, debate occurring in the Tennessee on January 28th, a true to her principals free market republican said something ...
FreeMarkets 02/06/2014 1 - - -
Tennessee State House debates whether to believe US Chamber and ban lawsuit lending
The Tennessee House subcommittee on consumer and human resources debated HB1242 on January 28th, which holds the fate of lawsuit lending (aka legal funding) in Tennessee in the balance. Should ...
FreeMarkets 02/05/2014 4 - - -
Indiana State House of Representatives do not get poor people or their need for legal funding
A public hearing at the Indiana Assembly's House committee on insurance was aired live on the Internet 2 weeks ago. I did my best to give a preview in a prior diary (see http://bit.ly/1mBXFGS about ...
FreeMarkets 02/01/2014 3 2 - -
Tennessee State Senator Jack Johnson moves along efforts to ban Lawsuit Lending to start session
Limit regulation, let the free markets cure everything. Key Republican principals. Tennessee State Senator Jack Johnson wanted to make sure he started the year off on the right foot by proving ...
FreeMarkets 01/22/2014 2 1 - -
Indiana State Rep Lehman's Lawsuit Lending HB1205 witch hunt takes to the stage on Wednesday.
Big Insurance versus Legal Funding 2014, Round 3 (also know as "she turned me into a newt...") If you are ready to see how a model bill turns into a law at the state level, this Wednesday morning ...
FreeMarkets 01/21/2014 4 - - -
South Dakota recognizes need to clean up Insurance Company denial of claims practices
As just reported by the Insurance Journal, a South Dakota legislative panel has approved a package aimed at giving people better protection against unfair practices by insurance companies. The ...
FreeMarkets 01/21/2014 1 4 - -
Indiana Rep Lehman ignores Governor Pence no new regulations stance. Is the Tea Party Watching?
One has to love Republicans when they trip over each other to contradict their own principals. Governor Pence of Indiana took a bold stance by making his third executive order not to introduce any ...
FreeMarkets 01/17/2014 5 1 - -
Indiana House Rep Lehman drops State Farm model bill to kill Lawsuit Lending through HB1205
Insurance Industry v. Legal Funding, round two of 2014 Indiana House Bill 1205 "Insurance is my world", Indiana House Representative Matt Lehman told the Insurance Journal in September 2013 (link ...
FreeMarkets 01/16/2014 2 1 - -
Tennessee Chamber and Senate help State Farm stick it to Consumer Lawsuit Lending yesterday
Insurance Industry v. Legal Funding, round one of 2014 Yesterday, the Tennessee Senate voted on the US Chamber of Commerce's model bill, SB 1360, to curtail the Legal Funding industry. The Sponsor, ...
FreeMarkets 01/15/2014 3 4 1 -
State Farm and Allstate charitable giving higher than profits of Legal Funding industry
State Farm and Allstate targeted the Legal Funding industry in 2012, viewing it as a threat to their way of life because the product offering could possibly empower consumers in their struggles ...
FreeMarkets 01/14/2014 2 4 - -
State Farm uses US Chamber as its front to attack "Lawsuit Lending" with model act
I recently watched a bad movie with a great quote (apologies to Sacha Baron Cohen fans). In The Dictator, the title character makes the following speech: Why are you guys so anti-dictators? ...
FreeMarkets 01/05/2014 6 3 - -
US Chamber pushes unilateral discovery rights in "model bill" to destroy Lawsuit Lending industry
In a prior diary, I referenced an editorial from an Indiana newspaper titled “Looking after accident victims’ interests - Legal funding helps clients stand up to low-ball insurers”. http://
FreeMarkets 12/25/2013 49 163 2 -
US Chamber of Commerce wants free markets and limited government for its members but not for others
US Chamber and Big Insurance want free markets and limited government for themselves, but attack Legal Funding industry with price controls and onerous regulation I have promised to explain more ...
FreeMarkets 12/16/2013 3 8 1 -
US Chamber attacks Legal Funding industry by embracing (gasp) price controls and regulation
Price Controls. Increased Regulations. Stifling Innovation. This isn’t your father’s U.S. Chamber of Commerce. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a free market is defined as “an ...
FreeMarkets 12/10/2013 11 6 - -
Tort Reform and the IFLR = business protection, not consumer protection
I have heard of the virtues of Tort Reform being extolled often, but never fully appreciated until recently how this virtuous sounding idea is actually a frontal assault on consumers. You have to ...
FreeMarkets 12/08/2013 2 - - -
Hypocrisy Watch: The US Chamber of Commerce
How does an advocacy group have both an Institute for Legal Reform (IFLR) and a National Chamber Litigation Center? One group that attempts to weaken consumer rights and access to the court system, ...
FreeMarkets 12/07/2013 6 5 - -
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