Thursday, January 20, 2011

State CALA Chapter Criticizing Motive Behind Hydraulic Fracturing 'Public Forum'

New York-based personal injury law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg, has scheduled its "public forum" for tomorrow in Marshall County, W.Va. The forum is being billed as an information-sharing activity focused on increased natural gas drilling activities in the area and hydraulic fracturing. However, critics complain it is just an effort to line up plaintiffs for future lawsuits. According to an article on-line at, the West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) is warning residents that the meeting has ulterior motives. "Area residents need to realize that while this law-firm-sponsored event is held out as a 'public forum,' an ulterior motive could be to sign up plaintiffs for potential future lawsuits," WV CALA Executive Director Richie Heath is quoted in the "Anyone attending should go in knowing that the out-of-state personal injury law firm providing them with information has a profit motive for doing so. Area residents need to ask themselves why a New York-based personal injury law firm is interested all of the sudden in holding informational meetings in Cameron, West Virginia." Click to read the article.