Florida Chamber ad points out high cost of lawsuit abuse

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Florida families spend thousands more on goods and services due to the high cost of lawsuit abuse on the state’s court system, according to a new ad co-produced by the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

“Jars” is a new 30-second spot from the Chamber and the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform claiming families pay as much as $3,400 a year from the “detrimental effect that plaintiffs’ trial lawyers have on the state’s court system.”

“Because Florida’s plaintiff trial lawyers are unfairly hitting our state’s families and job creators with a lawsuit tax, we’re once again standing up for Florida’s workers and their jobs,” said Florida Chamber CEO Mark Wilson. “When Floridians get to keep their hard earned money, Florida wins. When Florida wins, families and communities prosper.”

On the ILR website, the group says its primary focus is controlling the “unfettered litigation” that inhibits the creation of new products and companies, kills jobs, and drags down the entire U.S. economy.

“Families put away money every year to prepare for important milestones and events in life, such as buying a new home, sending their kids to college and planning for retirement,” said ILR President Lisa Rickard. “But, what they don’t realize is that every year they are also paying $3,400 more for everyday goods and services because of lawsuits.”

“Jars” is also available on YouTube.

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