Senate Majority Project

Friday, December 16, 2005

Frivolous Lott-igation

Do As I Say, Not As I Sue

After fighting to limit your ability to sue your insurance company, Katrina victim Sen. Trent Lott files a lawsuit against his ...

According to the Wall Street Journal, Senator Trent Lott is suing his insurance company, State Farm Insurance, after it refused to pay for the damage to the Senator's beachfront Pascagoula home, which was leveled by Hurricane Katrina. But not too long ago, Lott was leading a fight to limit Americans' ability to sue their health insurance company:

"It's sue, sue, sue... That's not the answer."

Republicans deplore the focus on litigation. 'It's sue, sue, sue,' said Trent Lott of Mississippi, the Senate Republican leader. 'That's not the answer.'” [The New York Times, 8/4/2001]
"You have a problem with HMOs, file a lawsuit. We don't think that's the answer."

"… the answer is not lawsuits. … You have a problem with HMOs, file a lawsuit. We don't think that's the answer. … You know, do lawsuits, you know, really prove anything in America? I'm a lawyer, but we are a society that has gotten to where we look to a lawsuit first. I think we should look for solutions, not add more costs." [Meet the Press, 7/11/1999]
Lawsuits Aren't "Necessary" to Get "Help and Answers"

"Do they want results or do they want lawsuits? Now, I think the answer should be found in the operating room, not in the courtroom. … When people are asked, "Do you think you have the right to sue?" Well, they -- you know, well, yes, probably yes…. [Democrats’] answer is always more government and more lawsuits for their plaintiffs' lawyers' buddies." [Fox News Sunday, 7/19/1998]
Lott Says Lawsuits Have Forced 44 Insurance Companies Out of Mississippi

"Lott said Sunday that frivolous lawsuits and unlimited damages have forced 44 insurance companies out of his home state of Mississippi 'because it has become just a personal injury lawyers' bonanza.'" [Associated Press, 6/24/2001


Not surprisingly, there are enough hypocritical Trent Lott quotes to fill several posts ... Sirota has more …