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Lawrence J. McQuillan

Business & Economics

Bringing More Sunshine to California

To counter the powerful incentives facing elected and appointed public-sector officials and government employees to conceal information and operations, “sunshine laws” have been enacted to open the doors of government so the public can view the debates, decisions, and actions of government and the outcomes of government policies. The laws ...
Business & Economics

National Sunshine Week: New Report Shows How to Bring More Open Government to California

Study looks at the history, strengths, and weaknesses of open-government laws and practices in California and recommends more than two dozen reforms based on a comparative assessment of California’s laws and practices with those in the other 49 states. Sacramento—California’s open-government laws are weak in many areas and in need ...
Business & Economics

Obama should abandon energy fables and deal with facts

After a bruising battle over cap and trade last year, President Obama has set his sights on another target — oil and natural gas companies. Vilifying “big oil” might be good politics, but it’s bad policy. If we’re going to get serious about energy solutions, we first need to separate ...
Business & Economics

OPINION: Alaska’s legal climate far from harsh

Obamacare has been passed with great fanfare, but many Americans, unsure how the massive government program will work for them, are taking to the streets voicing their protests. Personal injury lawyers, on the other hand, are drinking champagne and voicing their approval, because they know Obamacare will work well for ...
Business & Economics

NH is among many states that could boost manufacturing with lawsuit reform

THE UNEMPLOYMENT rate in manufacturing is 10 percent, above the overall national level. If state lawmakers are serious about putting nearly 1.6 million people back to work in manufacturing, they should enact desperately needed lawsuit reforms. The newly released U.S. Tort Liability Index: 2010 Report ranks each of the 50 ...
Business & Economics

Tort reform boosts growth

Politicians have spent billions on so-called stimulus and bailouts, yet today’s unemployment rate is about two times greater than in January 2008. If state legislators want an effective solution — one that will actually create jobs — they should enact tort reforms, an area where many states need help. In ...
Business & Economics

Tort Reform (Tort Law Tally)

Tort reform іѕ a well Ɩονеԁ call-tο-proceedings when іt comes tο healthcare legislation. In general tort reform in thе healthcare arena refers tο sinking lawsuits οr hυrtѕ related tο medical malpractice. Several states hаνе enacted tort reform. Nο one argues thаt frivolous lawsuits need tο bе eliminated; rаthеr thе debate ...
Business & Economics

Jackpot Justice Series

The first film in the Jackpot Justice series titled “Lawyers Gone Wild” takes a humorous look at the absurd warning labels on everyday consumer products revealing a serious underlying problem—rampant abuse of our nation’s civil-justice tort climate. The second film titled “Judicial Hellholes” takes audiences on a tour of American ...
Business & Economics

California Tax Facts 2011

State of California General Fund Tax Revenue, Fiscal Year 2010 July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010 up 5.6% from FY 2009 Source: California State Controller (p. 12) $86.58 billion California Tax Facts 2011 – Revenue Sour Personal Income Taxes $44.83 billion 52% Retail Sales and Use Taxes $26.74 billion   ...
Business & Economics

Places where judges don’t allow justice to prevail

Part two of a three-part series. In 2009, the top 10 jury awards in the United States alone totaled $1.5 billion. Eight were doled out in states with the worst tort climates as measured by the U.S. Tort Liability Index. When judges and juries in the worst jurisdictions, referred to ...
Business & Economics

Bringing More Sunshine to California

To counter the powerful incentives facing elected and appointed public-sector officials and government employees to conceal information and operations, “sunshine laws” have been enacted to open the doors of government so the public can view the debates, decisions, and actions of government and the outcomes of government policies. The laws ...
Business & Economics

National Sunshine Week: New Report Shows How to Bring More Open Government to California

Study looks at the history, strengths, and weaknesses of open-government laws and practices in California and recommends more than two dozen reforms based on a comparative assessment of California’s laws and practices with those in the other 49 states. Sacramento—California’s open-government laws are weak in many areas and in need ...
Business & Economics

Obama should abandon energy fables and deal with facts

After a bruising battle over cap and trade last year, President Obama has set his sights on another target — oil and natural gas companies. Vilifying “big oil” might be good politics, but it’s bad policy. If we’re going to get serious about energy solutions, we first need to separate ...
Business & Economics

OPINION: Alaska’s legal climate far from harsh

Obamacare has been passed with great fanfare, but many Americans, unsure how the massive government program will work for them, are taking to the streets voicing their protests. Personal injury lawyers, on the other hand, are drinking champagne and voicing their approval, because they know Obamacare will work well for ...
Business & Economics

NH is among many states that could boost manufacturing with lawsuit reform

THE UNEMPLOYMENT rate in manufacturing is 10 percent, above the overall national level. If state lawmakers are serious about putting nearly 1.6 million people back to work in manufacturing, they should enact desperately needed lawsuit reforms. The newly released U.S. Tort Liability Index: 2010 Report ranks each of the 50 ...
Business & Economics

Tort reform boosts growth

Politicians have spent billions on so-called stimulus and bailouts, yet today’s unemployment rate is about two times greater than in January 2008. If state legislators want an effective solution — one that will actually create jobs — they should enact tort reforms, an area where many states need help. In ...
Business & Economics

Tort Reform (Tort Law Tally)

Tort reform іѕ a well Ɩονеԁ call-tο-proceedings when іt comes tο healthcare legislation. In general tort reform in thе healthcare arena refers tο sinking lawsuits οr hυrtѕ related tο medical malpractice. Several states hаνе enacted tort reform. Nο one argues thаt frivolous lawsuits need tο bе eliminated; rаthеr thе debate ...
Business & Economics

Jackpot Justice Series

The first film in the Jackpot Justice series titled “Lawyers Gone Wild” takes a humorous look at the absurd warning labels on everyday consumer products revealing a serious underlying problem—rampant abuse of our nation’s civil-justice tort climate. The second film titled “Judicial Hellholes” takes audiences on a tour of American ...
Business & Economics

California Tax Facts 2011

State of California General Fund Tax Revenue, Fiscal Year 2010 July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010 up 5.6% from FY 2009 Source: California State Controller (p. 12) $86.58 billion California Tax Facts 2011 – Revenue Sour Personal Income Taxes $44.83 billion 52% Retail Sales and Use Taxes $26.74 billion   ...
Business & Economics

Places where judges don’t allow justice to prevail

Part two of a three-part series. In 2009, the top 10 jury awards in the United States alone totaled $1.5 billion. Eight were doled out in states with the worst tort climates as measured by the U.S. Tort Liability Index. When judges and juries in the worst jurisdictions, referred to ...
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