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This article,  Trial Lawyers Want Radio Ad Pulled  (4/6/06), reports that the West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association has filed an FTC complaint against the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for radio ads that depict lawyers as crocodiles (wherever did they come up with that idea?!) with the slogan "Please don't feed the trial lawyers."  Apparently, the group disputes the study results used in the report, which claim that the country's litigation system costs each American $866 per year.  The figures are supported by a study, which the trial lawyers claim has been discredited.  Seems to me that there's a difference of opinion on the point, not false advertising.

The lawyers' complaint strikes me as silly because you can't have it both ways.  If lawyers want the ability to advertise, unfettered from these kinds of silly restrictions, then they can't turn around and cry foul when the advertisement at issue harms them.  After all, what's good for the goose (or the crocodile or the pit bull ...) ought to be good for everyone else.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on April 6, 2006 at 03:32 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


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