Trials & Litigation
City of Big Lawsuits
Posted Jun 19, 2007 9:41 AM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
New York is unsurpassed when it comes to lawsuits, according to New York Times columnist Clyde Haberman.
He writes of lawyers “of unparalleled dedication” such as the attorney who spent about $10,000 in billable time fighting a $65 traffic ticket.
The city is also home to a personal injury lawsuit filed by failed Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork, who in the past has criticized the tort system.
And it is the backdrop for a trial pitting a film company against the author of Sarah, said to be written by a teenage prostitute named JT Leroy. The author was actually a mother from Brooklyn, and the film company says it would not have paid $45,000 for rights to the book absent the fraud.