The latest war against nuclear lawsuits plaguing the trucking industry is an ongoing Louisiana lawsuit where a “ringleader” pleaded guilty to staging multiple accidents and is now facing sentencing for his crimes. As stated in the article, “According to his guilty plea, Labeaud staged numerous accidents for various attorneys, including at least 40 staged accidents with 18-wheeler tractor-trailers for ‘attorney A.’” Forty staged accidents by one individual for one unnamed lawyer? How many other stagers does this attorney, and others like him, have working for them?
The root cause is the two unnamed attorneys – obviously the legal profession protecting their own. I find it very bewildering that there is no identification of the two attorneys in this case; they haven’t been named. The real question is, will they continue this practice?
It seems that this settlement will only endorse fraudulent practices for unscrupulous ambulance-chasing attorneys in the future. Stricter legal ramifications need to be considered. The risk an attorney takes in filing suits such as this is still minimal, and those that performed the action are plea bargained to a fine and maybe jail time, while the mastermind attorney stays anonymous? I wonder who defended Labeaud and who, under attorney-client privilege, negotiated the settlement?
The trucking industry remains a target for these and other unscrupulous tactics masterminded by attorneys which includes the staging of accidents, expert witnesses, doctors that exaggerate the facts and pad medical bills, to the theatric trial… When is enough, enough?
Let’s take this opportunity to protect our truck drivers and at least identify these attorneys that were caught. Then, let’s instigate legislation that if the justice system finds in favor of the defendant that the suing attorney pay reciprocal damages to the defendant in the same amount as they were seeking. At the very least have these attorneys cover the legal fees for the trucking companies that had the fortitude to fight the case, probably against the wishes of their insurance provider. A fairer system will ensure that the real claims and claimants will have justice served, and the fraud will be eliminated.