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Attys: insurers’ “mean-spirited, lampoon-style ads” are an offensive affront…

Postman's got a good post today re: trial lawyers' deep unhappiness with Referendum 67 ads implying that they're overly litigious.

The ads -- backed by insurance companies opposing a triple-damages provision when they wrongly deny a policy-holder's claim -- are causing "irreparable damage" to the public's estimation of attorneys and are "slanderous, uncivil and reckless," according to a letter of complaint posted on the Seattle Times' website.

"It is of critical importance that the (state bar association) not stand by silently while the public is whipped into a frenzy by special interest groups bent on destroying the credibility of our profession," the bar association president wrote to bar board members.

A spokeswoman for the insurers' group says the letter sounds a lot like lawyers warming up for a lawuit over ads that suggest they're too quick to sue.



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