County Comment/Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week Proclaimed

by Norman Bassett
Washington County Public Information Officer

In its regularly scheduled meeting on October 5th, the Washington County Board of County Commissioners proclaimed the week of October 3-9 as “Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week” in the County.
Commissioner Dori Nipps presented a proclamation to Vikki Nelson, representing Maryland Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (MDCALA), and commended Nelson for her long-time involvement with the organization.
The group will host statewide events to speak about the effects of lawsuit abuse. This year, MDCALA plans a strong push to bring the issues associated with lawsuit abuse to the attention of Marylanders during this week. The theme for this year is “personal responsibility”. During the seven days of that week the group will hold seven events throughout the State highlighting seven examples of losses to lawsuits in Maryland.
MDCALA is a non-partisan; independent, non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the negative impact lawsuit abuse has on Maryland consumers and businesses. The group’s goal is to show how lawsuit abuses, such as frivolous lawsuits and excessive damage awards, lead to higher consumer costs, higher taxes, and lost jobs.
The Commissioners asked citizens to recognize the work of the Maryland Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse and avoid unnecessary litigation.