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					   Attitudes Toward Personal
        Injury Lawsuits:

A Survey of Louisiana Residents


Survey Conducted by Braun Research and
            Commissioned by
 Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch (LLAW)
           www.LLAW.org




              April 2007



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SUMMARY OF KEY FINDINGS


      More than 3-in-4 Louisianans believe that there are too many frivolous personal injury
       lawsuits filed in Louisiana courts, and the frivolous lawsuits are delaying justice for
       those who are truly harmed.

      More than 3-in-4 Louisianans are concerned that frivolous personal injury lawsuits
       and the threat of liability negatively affects decisions of businesses to locate in
       Louisiana and create new jobs.

      More than 3-in-4 Louisiana residents surveyed are concerned that personal injury
       lawsuits are harming Louisiana’s economy and recovery effort.

      More than 2-in-3 Louisianans believe that personal injury lawyer advertising
       encourages people to sue even if they have not been injured.

      A strong majority of Louisiana residents believe that personal injury lawyers are more
       interested in making money than in helping their clients.

      Two-thirds of Louisianans believe that the contingency fees personal injury lawyers
       charge to file lawsuits are too high.

      More than 3-in-4 Louisianans believe that people have limited or no awareness of
       alternatives to filing a lawsuit, such as mediation and arbitration.




METHODOLOGY

The findings reported in this release are from a telephone survey conducted by the opinion
research firm, Braun Research. The survey was sponsored by Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse
Watch. Braun Research completed 503 interviews with adults 18 or older in the state of
Louisiana. The interviews were conducted between March 16 and March 25, 2007. The
margin of error for this study is ± 4.37 percentage points. Interviews were monitored at
random.

Sampling for this study was conducted using a national probability sample of all exchanges
and area codes across the state of Louisiana. All interviews were conducted using a computer
assisted telephone interviewing system. Statistical weights were designed from United States
Census Bureau statistics.




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DETAILED FINDINGS

CONCERNS ABOUT NUMBER OF LAWSUITS
More than 3-in-4 (78%) of Louisiana residents agree that there are too many lawsuits in
Louisiana that are delaying justice for those truly harmed. Moreover, 62% of Louisianans
“strongly agree” with this statement.


          78%

                 Strongly




          62%




                                     11%

                 Somewhat            3%       Strongly
          16%
                                     8%       Somewhat           7%                      4%
         Agree                    Disagree                  Don't Know                  Neither


VIEWS ON WHO IS TO BLAME FOR LAWSUITS
The most frequently cited group Louisianans blame as the cause of frivolous lawsuits in
Louisiana are personal injury lawyers (40%).

                                              Don't know
                                                 6%
                                     Juries
                                      7%

                                                                      Personal Injury
                            Judges                                       Lawyers
                             11%                                           40%


                     Businesses
                        6%



                            State Law
                               13%
                                                  State Legislature
                                                         17%




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OPINIONS ON IMPACT OF LAWSUITS ON LOUISIANA’S ECONOMY, JOBS AND RECOVERY
More than 3-in-4 (76%) Louisianans are concerned that frivolous personal injury lawsuits and
the threat of liability negatively affects decisions of businesses to locate in Louisiana and
create new jobs.

                 76%

                           Very



                 37%




                                                 18%
                 39%
                           Somewhat
                                                  9%
                                                             Very
                                                  9%         Somewhat              6%

               Concerned                     Not Concerned                      Don't Know



A majority of Louisianans (75%) feel that personal injury lawsuits are harming Louisiana’s
economy and recovery effort.



                                          Don't know
                              No effect      8%
                                8%

                                                                        Hurts economy
                   Helps economy                                            75%
                        9%




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CONCERNS ABOUT PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER ADVERTISING
More than 2-in-3 (71%) of Louisianans believe that personal injury lawyer advertising
encourages people to sue even if they have not been injured.



                               Don't Know
                                 12%


                                                                Yes
                                                               71%
                         No
                        17%




A majority (55%) of Louisianans believe that there is too much personal injury lawyer
advertising.



                                   Don't Know
                                     13%
                      Not Enough
                          6%




                                                                Too Much
                                                                  55%

                    Right Amount
                        26%




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OPINIONS ON MOTIVES IN FILING LAWSUITS
A strong majority, almost 9-in-10 (87%), of Louisianans believe that personal injury lawyers
who file lawsuits are more interested in making money than helping their clients.


              87%


                         Strongly
               21%




                         Somewhat
               66%




                                              8%
                                      2%               Strongly
                                      6%
                                                       Somewhat                 5%

              Agree                         Disagree                         Don't Know


More than 2-in-3 (67%) of Louisianans believe that the contingency fees personal injury
lawyers charge to file lawsuits are too much.


                                      Don't Know
                                         10%
                              Not Enough
                                  3%                              Too Much
                                                                    67%


                      Right Amount
                          20%




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OPINIONS ON PUBLIC AWARENESS OF ALTERNATIVES TO FILING A LAWSUIT
More than 3-in-4 (77%) Louisianans believe that people have limited or no awareness of
alternatives to filing a lawsuit, such as mediation and arbitration.



                   77%


                                 No
                     30%         Awareness




                                 Few are                         23%
                                 Aware
                     47%
                                                                             Some are
                                                                 14%
                                                                             Aware

                                                                  9%        Most are Aware

                   Not Aware                                    Aware




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