Documentary film goes after abusive lawyers

Documentary Exposes Exploited Legal System
By U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Chamber is applauding a film that documents how the greatest system of justice in the world is being compromised by greed and corruption.

InJustice reveals the history behind America’s “lawsuit industry” and how it had transformed the practice of law from a calling into a multi-billion dollar a year business. The film by award-winning producer Brian Kelly highlights the abuses of opportunistic trial lawyers and reveals how their actions affect the court system, the legal profession, and lawsuit victims.

“Riveting. Fascinating. A revealing look under the hood of the American lawsuit industry. Anything thinking of hiring a lawyer should see this movie,” says Steve Forbes, president and CEO of Forbes, Inc.

InJustice takes viewers on an journey through the dark corridors of lawsuit scams and abuses, including asbestos and silicosis litigation, the Fen-Phen diet scandal, the mega-million dollar tobacco settlements, Wall Street power grabs, and shakedown operations in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

“InJustice focuses on something that I feel transcends the politics of the issues at hand,” Kelly says. There is really nothing to debate or examine other than how does something like this happen. The film looks inside a series of cases within the civil justice system where lawyers were able to perpetrate massive frauds upon the court, lie to judges, manufacture cases, and commit crimes solely for their own financial benefit. It is an exploration into the most basic of legal principals right v. wrong…Justice v. InJustice.”

The film, which premiered on the Reelz Network on July 11, received financial support from the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform (ILR).

Kelly approached ILR three years ago with his vision for the documentary. Kelly retained total control over the content of the film, according to Bryan Quigley, ILR senior vice president of Strategic Communications.

“InJustice isn’t a puff-piece,” writes Quigley. “Brian’s vision called for an ‘honest evaluation’ of the system, and the film doesn’t disappoint.”

ILR has long worked to reduce excessive and frivolous litigation while restoring fairness and balance to the nation’s civil justice system. With its groundbreaking Faces of Lawsuit Abuse video campaign, ILR has collected more than two dozen stories that illustrate, in human terms, the effects of abuse lawsuits on small businesses and society at large. These stories have been seen online more than 10 million times.

“We believe that the state of America’s lawsuit system, and the impact it has on everyday people, is most effectively illustrated through real stories,” Quigley says. “While some stories like our Faces campaign tell individual sagas, others such as InJustice can tell broader truths.”

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