Bob Dorigo Jones

CFA Senior Fellow


Let's Be Fair! Commentaries in 2011 and 2010

Bob Dorigo Jones, Senior Fellow at Center for America, is a leading spokesperson about abuses in the civil justice system and what we should do about them.  For more than two decades, he has been educating the public about how families, communities, and job providers are hurt by out-of-control lawsuit abuse.

"Let's Be Fair!" is broadcast weekly on more than 600 radio stations nationwide, including the Cumulus Network.  The dynamic and entertaining commentaries are heard by tens of millions of Americans each week, making "Let's Be Fair!" the widest-reaching and longest-running legal reform media program ever.

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Local Community Trails Threatened?

Grassroots activism has led to a new law in Connecticut that protects communities from being sued over injuries incurred on community trails.  Should your state consider a similar law?


More Warning Labels This Holiday!

The most “warningful” time of the year! Holiday warning labels perfect for 2012 Wacky Warning Labels Contest!


Fear of Lawsuits Costing Lives?

A woman stops CPR on an office colleague because her boss worries about “liability” – and the woman dies.  Should the cause of death be listed as “fear of lawsuit”?


Watch Out for Class Action Lawsuit Scams

Class action lawsuits too often include millions of Americans who received nothing – while lawyers pocket millions and even some judges’ pet projects benefit.


Can't We Be Friends?

A major cereal maker drops a lawsuit against a non-profit using a similar trademarked image – trademarks are important, but ending costly lawsuits should be praised, too.

  Better Ways to Spend Money Than on Lawsuits?

Thanksgiving reminds us of what’s truly important – especially when a member of an Indian tribe publicly scolds her tribe for suing a college to keep its Indian nickname when the funds could be better spent on housing and medical care.

  Are Clinical Trials At Risk Due to Lawsuits?

A woman in a clinical study sues the drug maker, even though she was given a placebo – and the rash of lawsuits makes it tougher for scientists to conduct studies and keep us safe.

  Lawyers Target New Medicines to Cash In

Frivolous lawsuits often hamper or prevent access to safe medical treatments like Chantix for smokers, despite FDA studies approving use.

  Silly Lawsuits Hurting Non-Profits

A 60-year old concert musician sues a non-profit group for young musicians for age discrimination, then asks for the judge to be removed because the judge is too old! Groups improving quality of life are often the target of ludicrous lawsuits.

  Frivolous Lawsuits Over Traffic Signs

Is there a difference between a road sign saying, “Watch for Ice on Bridge” and “Bridge May Be Icy?” Lawsuits – many frivolous – are forcing states to spend precious resources to change what should really be under the heading of common sense.

  Take the Easy Way Out?

Lets Be Fair takes a look at one of the easiest ways to fight a frivolous lawsuit. Judges have the power to dismiss such cases but must be asked by the defense attorney to do so.

  Waiving Your Right to Have Fun?

Legal waivers are often not worth the paper they’re written on…imagine calling off all the fun stuff in life because lawsuits are imminent, says Bob Dorigo Jones.

  The Main Street Plan for Jobs

With jobs as the #1 issue in America, we’ve heard from Washington and Wall Street, but we haven’t yet heard from Main Street – Bob Dorigo Jones points to John Ratzenberger’s plan for community action to train skilled workers.

  Travel the World -- For Medical Treatments!

NFL star Peyton Manning goes to Europe for medical procedure because FDA and lawsuit fears block key treatments, Bob Dorigo Jones explains in this week’s “Let’s Be Fair!”

  Sue First, Ask Questions Later!

Hurricanes and storms bring down trees that cause damage – but does that mean you should sue your neighbor? Bob Dorigo Jones tackles the sad and costly “sue first” legacy of natural disasters.

  Losing Lessons from the Playground

The New York Times reports vital life lessons learned on school playgrounds are thwarted due to lawsuit fears and removal of play equipment, according to Bob Dorigo Jones.

  American Needs 10 Million Skilled Workers!

Did you know the average age of America’s skilled workers is 55 years old? This will create a shortage of 10 million skilled jobs by 2020 – action needed now, says John Ratzenberger.

  Are You Afraid of Your Toaster?

In a recent comic strip, “Pearls Before Swine,” the characters read warning label after warning label, concluding, “I’ve never been so afraid of a toaster!” Bob Dorigo Jones describes the negative changes in consumer behavior based on scary labels.

  Lawsuits Are Costing Local Taxpayers Millions!

A local judge in Bowie County, Texas deletes mention in the public record of ceremonial prayer at the start of the court’s day out of fear of lawsuits, which cost millions to defend and cause most local governments to simply cave in.

  Malpractice Lawsuits are Driving Up Costs!

As nation debates debt crisis, wasteful spending in the form of defensive medicine is crushing medical care – six of ten medical malpractice lawsuits are abandoned because malpractice simply didn’t happen.

  Invent Something Great and Get Sued!

Great inventors like Al Thieme, (left) -- Amigo motorized scooters for disabled and elderly people -- meet the needs of millions, but still become the targets of abusive lawsuits.

  Can You Sue for Falling Asleep?

A 911 dispatcher falling asleep on the phone! It happened, and he sued and won under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as Bob Dorigo Jones points out the lawsuit abuses associated with a well-intentioned law.

  Have an Enlarged Prostate?  Or, PMS?!

Product label warns, “Do not use if you have an enlarged prostate.” What product? An over-the-counter painkiller for PMS. Some labels are head-scratchers but are necessary to keep people safe.

  Celebrating Bob's 100th Program!

Bob Dorigo Jones points to the President Reagan idea that great social change starts at our kitchen tables with stories – whether we take sharp aim at our challenges or celebrate the greatness of America’s freedoms. 

  A Rose is a Rose, Except ...

When someone sues over a pricked finger – the “open and obvious” rule no longer applies in U.S. lawsuits. 

  Independence from Arbitrary Government

Thomas Paine published “Common Sense” in 1776 as rebuke to the unpredictable power of King George III and thus rallied the colonies to independence from arbitrary government and courts.  What would he say about our courts and regulatory agencies today?

  More Self-service Checkouts Due to Lawsuits?

California retailers are hit with lawsuits demanding that cashiers are provided with chairs in order to do their jobs. When jobs are scarce, can we afford to play the costly lawsuit lottery?

  Shouldn't Judges Read the Law?

Should drunk drivers be able to sue pubs, bars and even picnic hosts when they drive and hurt themselves? In New Jersey, despite a state law banning such suits, the courts have allowed this kind of lawsuit – with costly consequences for all of us!

  Another Urban Legend!

A man sues Winnebago because his cruise control doesn’t keep him from crashing when he steps away for coffee – the so-called “Stella Awards” are shocking, but not true! Bob Dorigo Jones reports that real lawsuits are often stranger than fiction!

  First Aid Kit a Lawsuit Trap?!

Comic actor Ed Helms' recent injury on set was no laughing matter - the first aid kit was off-limits to the actor because it carried the potential for a lawsuit!

  Remember the Boy Who Cried Wolf?

Nobody paid attention when real danger appeared.  The same is true of too many warnings on products!  Learn about the hunter who is now has hearing loss due to loud gunshots.

  Wacky Warning Labels Have America Buzzing!

The 2011 Contest Finalists announced this week, and Bob Dorigo Jones shares new insights about “only in America” labels and lawsuits!

  2011 Wacky Warning Labels Contest Finalists!

The finalists have been selected for the 14th annual Wacky Warning Labels Contest -- and fear of lawsuits is driving manufacturers to extremes, says Bob Dorigo Jones, WWL creator and CFA Senior Fellow.

  Should We Buy Products Then Not Use Them?

A heating pad doesn’t give a warm feeling when the warning label causes unnecessary fear of fire. Lawsuit fears are driving labels to "alarmist" levels.

  Are Seesaws Now Just Museum Exhibits?

The playground see-saw is now an historical footnote due to litigation – except in Amish country, where lawsuits are rare.

  Will You Settle for a Coupon?

Class action lawsuits often benefit plaintiff lawyers through big fees, cost companies millions, and often result in class action plaintiffs getting little more than coupons.

  Can We See Our Baby Now?

New technology enables ultrasound videos of your unborn child – but many hospitals are withholding them from parents due to fear of lawsuits.

  Can You Burn a House and Then Sue for Damages?

Can a divorced man burn down his spouse’s house and then sue the insurance company for emotional distress? Insurance fraud costs $30 billion and drives up insurance premiums!

  Are Law Schools Creating Social Engineers?

Bob Dorigo Jones explores the dangers raised in Walter Olson’s new book on the subject – and why it’s important to all Americans.

  No Place to Ride Your Bike or Hike?

If you’re in Connecticut, it’s a reality. Bob Dorigo Jones highlights a $3 million verdict that threatens to close city parks and trails due to the threat of lawsuits. 

  Health Courts:  A Solid Idea to Help Judges

President Obama's budget proposal offers up health courts to handle avalanche of medical malpractice and health care claims clogging courts.

  Worst Place on Earth to Practice Medicine?!

Venerable insurance underwriter Lloyd's of London declares America as one of the riskiest places for physicians to provide healthcare - high costs and quality care at stake. 

  Lesson for Med Students: Getting Sued!

Half of medical school residents face medical malpractice claims before they complete their training. Is your doctor scared of lawsuits?

  When Regulators Get Sued

Medical group sues federal government for “conflict-of-interest” on diet guidelines – perfect storm of regulation and litigation, according to Bob Dorigo Jones

  Are You an Entrepreneur? Meet John Tyler!

Bob introduces you to John Tyler of the Kauffman Foundation, which focuses on ways to help entrepreneurs succeed.

  “Warning: Don’t Take Eyes Off Of…Traffic?”

Bob tackles the “icy” question of bridge warnings signs – a woman sued the state over the use of “Watch for Ice” when she ran into oncoming traffic!

  Congressman Settles Lawsuit -- Fast!

Bob spotlights a $150,000 lawsuit filed by a U.S. Congressman over an olive pit in a sandwich – the lawsuit settled after national outrage (and Bob’s column)!

  Shouldn't Parents Decide for Their Kids?

Bob profiles the outrageous California lawsuit against McDonald’s Happy Meal – taking away personal choice and responsibility.

  Childhood Vaccination Lawsuit Scam!

Bob spotlights a medical researcher who has been exposed as a fraud – he was paid by plaintiffs’ lawyers to manufacture a link between childhood vaccinations and autism, according to a respected medical journal.

  Can Governor Perry Change the Culture?

Bob features Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s bold proposal for “loser pays” to control frivolous lawsuits.

  A Perfect Game

Bob reflects on a case lesson in civility, when Major Leaguer Armando Galarraga pitched a perfect game – except for a blown call by the umpire.  Galarraga forgave the ump when the ump acknowledged the mistake – a lesson in resolving disputes with our “better angels.”

  A Lawyer Who Defends His Neighbor

Bob revisits the Love Thy Neighbor lawsuit – the media attention the case received inspired a lawyer to donate his time to defend Love Thy Neighbor – perfect story for the holidays.


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